Discover San Francisco’s most exciting neighborhood on this 1.5-hour walking tour of the Mission District. With a local guide you will explore the sights in the sprawling, urbane, and sunny Mission District, an unknown area to most visitors to the city.
What to Expect
San Francisco's first neighborhood, the Mission District is still the heart and soul of the vibrant city. Perhaps you have already shopped at Union Square, eaten Crab Louis on Fisherman’s Wharf, had pot stickers in Chinatown, strolled through North Beach, and ridden halfway to the stars on a little cable car. But they are not the end of the story; they are not even the beginning. There is even more to explore in the great city of San Francisco, including the Mission District.
The sprawling, urbane, and sunny Mission District is all but unknown to most visitors. It was here, in 1776, that Spanish padres founded a mission, and it is here, today, that you will find the city's most exciting and interesting neighborhood. You will begin the tour at a Golden Fire Hydrant and make your way through Dolores Park, originally a Jewish cemetery. Today it is likely to be packed with hipsters, gay men, Latin American migrants, dogs and their owners, and families with strollers and children.
Hear the story of how the great fire of 1906 was stopped right there on 20th Street, where one side of the street is considerably older than the other. You will travel up and across Liberty Hill to view the stately Victorian buildings, and stroll along vibrant Valencia Street, where you will visit the miniature park known as Triceratops Park. Then you will continue on to see the Women's Building, B'nai David Temple, hidden gardens, and an alleyway or two of stunning murals.
After paying your respects at the birthplace of the burrito and buzzing through the exciting area of 16th and Valencia, you will head off to the "El Camino Real", past the old bull fighting ring turned girl's school turned retirement home, a gay synagogue that houses a Mennonite community, and a German-speaking Lutheran church. You will end the exploration at the Missión San Francisco de Asís, commonly known as Mission Dolores. Here you will see the Mission Dolores Basilica, which was dedicated by Pope Pious in 1951. Although your guide will leave you here, you will have the opportunity to explore Mission Dolores by yourself.
- 1.5-hour walking tour
- Entertaining, friendly, and knowledgeable guides who are Mission District residents
What's Not Included
- Gratuities for the guide
- Food is not included on this tour but many affordable and superb eating options are available
- 6 entrance fee to the Missión San Francisco de Asís and Mission Dolores Basilica
Know Before You Go
Meet at 20th and Church Street at the top of Dolores Park. The J Church Line stops right there. Bart is 6 blocks away and street parking is easy during the day.
This tour runs rain or shine.