A walking tour with a local is a fun and unique way to explore new terrain and meet the people that breathe life into it. Whether you're prone to getting lost walking around on your own or you just like the tidbits of trivia that guides provide, seeing a city with one of its own dwellers is a great way to experience a new place.
In San Francisco, you can experience the city through the eyes of a native with a free guided tour provided by Discover Walks. Discover Walks walking tours first began in Paris with the goal of giving visitors something special to take home with them -- memories from a tour by a local Parisian. Now offered in Barcelona, Prague, and London, these friendly and free tours are making their way to San Francisco this March.
The mission for each Discover Walk's guide is to know the city better than an English cabbie knows London, and they go through demanding training to get there. The end result is an informative, intimate, and exciting experience that helps each tour-goer see the city as if they had been born and raised there. From Chinatown to North Beach to Fisherman's Wharf, each walk is packed with diversity, culture, and the kind of insights you can count on a San Franciscan to know. What better way to see the place you're visiting than with someone who knows the area like the back of their hand.
On the Chinatown tour, you'll see attractions like the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory, the Old Opium Den, the Mandarin Theater, and even some live poultry markets. Since San Francisco's Chinatown is the largest in the world, outside of China itself, this tour is a great way to travel to the East without crossing the Pacific. Reserve a spot on the North Beach and Barbary Coast tour if you want to get a feel for the city's friskier side. Highlights include some of the area's most vibrant, diverse, and liberal neighborhoods, featuring characters like Robin Williams, Jack Kerouac, and Mark Twain. No tour of San Francisco is complete without a walk along Fisherman's Wharf. Featuring the Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory, and views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, to name a few sites. The Fishman's Wharf tour is a great introduction for any visitor, not to mention a great tour for photo ops!
Notable landmarks, animated stories, spectacular views -- there's a little something for everybody here, including tips on how to eat, shop, and live like a local. Tours are offered at various times throughout the week; check their website for complete details.
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