The Free SF Tour
City overview and insider's tips
Welcome to our free tour of SF! This tour combines an introduction to the city, a really fun walking tour, meet-up and trip planning, all in one!
Designed with backpackers and solo travelers in mind, you’ll get tips on how to use transit, find cool bars, cheap food and make new friends, while seeing some of our favorite secret spots in of San Francisco.
Tour lasts 2 hours, and is “pay-what-you-wish” for your guide ($10-15 per person suggested)
- Every day at 10 AM
- Meets at Union Square (corner of Post and Powell)
- Be careful! There is another free tour company meeting at the same time–you want Wild SF with the yellow flag 🙂
- Just show up–no reservations needed
- Look for the yellow Free Tour flag!
What we see
- Union Square’s Gold Rush history
- Presidential assassins
- How to ride Cable Cars and public transit
- SF bar & drinking history
- Life in San Francisco today
- Tips for cheap food and beer
- Hidden rooftop gardens
- A taste of Ghirardelli chocolate
- Lotta’s Fountain
- The Great Earthquake of 1906
- Homelessness in SF
- Downtown, Financial District and Union Square
- …and much more!
Wild WesCo-founder Wes is a third-generation San Francisco Bay native. He makes "bedroom soul" music as Wes Leslie, the Bedroom Player and fixes cocktails at Mrs. Jones on Market Street. He has spent time traveling, backpacking and/or hitchhiking through the US, Europe, Israel and Mexico, and spent a year living in Madrid, Spain. He is (slowly) reading Don Quixote in Spanish and English and could use your encouragement.
FischerA screenwriter and director, Fischer's craft has taken him to Cannes Film Festival to premiere one of his short films. He studied film and cinematography at SF State, and when not directing, pursues photography and food (he's obsessed with Anthony Bourdain). Armed with a sharp wit and a bag of knee-slapping jokes, Fischer leads epic journeys on our Rise SF route.
MinaArtist and actress Mina can usually be found with a coffee in one hand and a drawing utensil in the other. With a passion for creating, she found her niche in technical theatre and moved to SF to study costume design. When she’s not creating costumes or building sets for the stage, she turns her focus to playwriting and improv to bring characters to life. She can be found on the Rise SF route.
MazMaz is a community organizer, musician and holistic health advocate who can be found hosting open mics and local events, leading meditation workshops, or playing his ukulele in the streets of the Mission District. Of Sudanese heritage, Maz grew up between the Bay area and Dubai. He studied International Relations at SF State before founding the non-profit Holistic Underground. His passions are integrating the Arts, Activism and Holistic Healing for ecological solutions, social justice and spreading peace.
The Rise SF route shows off the best of San Francisco’s origins and rise as the Gold Rush metropolis, home to the crazed, the wealthy and the inspirational. Hear how this overnight city began, and what it’s become today. In Chinatown, hear tales of revolutionary leaders, the Great Earthquake of 1906, surprising architecture and fortune cookies in a vibrant community often visited by tourists, yet rarely understood.
Our most eerie experience. A macabre and murderous tour through the hotels and streets of downtown and the Tenderloin.
Not just a ghost tour, this after-dark journey includes tales of unexplained deaths, scandalous murders, ruthless cult leaders, the old red light district, famed spirits, serial killers, assassins and more. Not for children.
Meets near Union Square. Not recommended for children. Lasts 1.25 hours.
Explore the social movements and hip neighborhoods that shaped San Francisco into the city it is today. You will visit ground zero for Harvey Milk’s gay civil rights movement, see stunning political street art, and understand how feminists, Latinos, artists and activists have fought, and continue to fight, for the soul of SF. This tour is great for new locals and those seeking an off-the-beaten-path experience.