I settled in Silicon Valley and live there still today. In 2010 I became a tour guide in San Francisco, the wine country, Monterey and of course, my own neighborhood, Silicon Valley.
I never tire of showing the beauty, the bustle, and the excitement of our area to visitors and residents alike. In 2015 I became a "certified guide" per the San Francisco Tour Guide Guild and also became licensed to drive passengers for private custom tours. I hope you will visit the Bay area and join me for a tour soon!
My tours vary depending on my group.
Many of my tours originate in San Francisco, where I can serve as a step-on guide for tourists or students. I also enjoy conducting walking tours (Chinatown, the waterfront, etc. ) public transportation tours (trolleys, buses, and cable cars), and driving tours in my own car (up to 4 passengers). Besides San Francisco, I also conduct tours in Silicon Valley, Napa and Sonoma wine country, Yosemite, Monterey and Carmel, Muir Woods and Sausalito, and unique destinations chosen by the tourists.
In my spare time, I enjoy hiking the hills around the Bay, reading books about the people and places of the area, and discovering new perspectives about California to add depth to my tours.
Exploring this landscape is always new, always fresh, and always inspiring. I thrill at uncovering little-known and yet significant events in and around the Bay area.
I welcome you to tour the area with me and deepen your appreciation for the Bay area.
A Recent Review of this guide
Neither Erica nor I had been to San Francisco or even to the States, so it was very interesting to experience a first-hand account of the destination from such a lovely and knowledgeable guide. She quickly took us round the old city and described its origins and development and we got a real flavour of the place and where to go. I certainly enjoyed the experience and would happily send others on a similar tour - but I suppose in the end we would always prefer to actually go! And I would recommend Sharon.
I have been a Bay area resident since 1977 and attended International Tour and Management Institute in 2010, becoming a Certified Tour Director. Since then I have been leading tours in and around the Bay area, the state of California, the Pacific Northwest, and the East Coast (Washington DC and NYC). In October 2015 I qualified as a "certified tour guide" per the requirements of the San Francisco Tour Guide Guild. I am licensed to drive passengers in my Acura MDX -- TPC #36052
I have taken numerous continuing education courses at Stanford to expand my knowledge including "Innovations in Silicon Valley", and "The History of California" with the late Kevin Starr.
I am a step on guide for motorcoach tours and am licensed to drive up to 6 passengers in my Acura MDX. TPC#36052