Chinatown, Russian Hill and North Beach - Private tour


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Activity Level



Adventure / Active, City, Hiking and Walking, Museums / Culture


Kid Friendly: Yes. This tour is good for kids 8 and up.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 8



English (fluent)

Walking tour of three of San Francisco's most famous neighborhoods with a private guide

This four mile loop takes you through three of San Francisco's most famous and picturesque neighborhoods. Beginning and ending at the Friendship Gate of Chinatown, we travel through the colorful back alleys of the oldest and largest Chinatown in the world.

We stop at the first Chinese temple in the US and then onto the Cable Car Museum and Powerhouse to see the history of the fabled cable cars and watch how they operate. A short climb up to the summit of Russian Hill where some of America's most famous writers held their salons, and home to San Francisco's most amazing and eclectic architecture.

We meander through one of the City's most beautiful hidden streets which was the inspiration for Barbary Lane in Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City series.

Just a short bop on to North Beach, the hip Italian enclave that was the epicenter for the Beat Generation, and still maintains much of its Italian charm. This walk has a couple of steep staircases, but the views at the top are well worth the walk.


- Chinatown Gate
- Waverly Place
- Tin How Temple
- Ross Alley
- Golden Gate Fortune Cookie factory
- Stockton Street Markets
- Cable Car Museum and Powerhouse
- Vallejo Street Steps
- Russian Hill Summit
- Macondary Lane
- Washington Square
- St. Peter and Paul Cathedral
- City Lights Books
- Grant Street
- Portsmouth Square

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Meets in front of the Chinatown Gate at the intersection of Bush @ Grant St, near Union Square.

End location: The tour is a loop and ends at the Chinatown Gate.

Duration: 3 hours 30 min.


Transportation provided by your own two feet, so please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water.

What’s Included

Amazing walking tour of three of SF's most famous neighborhoods.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

2 $5 - We visit an old Chinese temple and I ask that people donate at least $1. Also optional is a slice of pizza in North Beach which is $4.

What’s Extra

I make recommendations and reservations for dining and nightlife with the City.


I am not a licensed driver.

A Recent Review of this tour

Ryan was fantastic! he's very knowledgeable, friendly and fun. The kids enjoyed the tour as did the parents esp because this is not a touristy tour, but an insiders view of local favorites as well as this section of the city's highlights. We highly recommend him and would book him again in a heartbeat. Thanks Ryan!
Katie Hartley

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