Castro and Mission Loop - A Private tour


Tour Number

Activity Level



Adventure / Active, City, Hiking and Walking, Local Experience


Kid Friendly: Yes. Best for children 8 and up.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 8



English (fluent)

A walking tour with a private guide

The least hill-intensive of our excursions, totaling two small hills and one staircase, this tour covers the vibrant history of the Castro and how it came to be the Gay Mecca is it today. After a cruise through the Castro and it's impeccably maintained Victorian homes, we wander through a small neighborhood called Liberty Hill and down to the Mission District. Known for it's sunny climate, Latin flair, restaurants, murals, and nightlife, the Mission is one of the hippest neighborhoods in America. The oldest building in the City, an alley of murals, Victorian Architecture, and a buried lagoon are just some of the sites on this 3. 5 mile walk.


- Harvey Milk Plaza
- Castro Theater
- Castro Camera Shop (Harvey Milk HQ)
- Cumberland Street Steps
- Dolores Park
- Valencia Street
- Smitten Ice Cream
- 826 Valencia
- Paxton Gate
- Women's Building
- Dearborn Garden
- Clarion Alley
- Mission Dolores

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: The meeting spot is under the big rainbow flag at Castro and Market Street.

End location: The tour is a loop so the finish is at the same spot we start at... Castro @Market St.

Duration: 3 hours


Your feet are your mode of transportation, so please be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes.

What’s Included

Other: An amazing walking tour accompanied by historical photos on the iPad.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

1 $5 - We make a stop at an ice cream shop called Smitten, and a cup of ice cream is $5.

What’s Extra

Other: I will also make recommendations and reservations for dining and nightlife within the City.


I am not a licensed driver.

A Recent Review of this tour

Ryan was a wonderful guide. He was enthusiastic, knowledgable and fun to be with. He obviously loves his city. We took this tour after being on an organized 5 day tour and he tied up all the loose ends answering questions on a variety of topics. Our 3 generation group felt it was time well spent. Be prepared to walk a lot, but it is worth it.
Lynn Sides

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