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  1. United States
  2. California
  3. San Francisco
  4. Union Square

San Francisco: Union Square Historical Walking Tour

Product ID: 224511
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This tour takes you beyond the tourist sights and flashy stores of Union Square and immerses you in the hidden history at the heart of San Francisco.
About this activity
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts


  • Visit sights from the 1906 earthquake
  • See the famous Frank Lloyd Wright building
  • Admire modern art installations
Full description
Enter the opulent lobby of the Palace Hotel which was once destroyed by the 1906 earthquake. The famous earthquake transformed the entire area around Union Square, but if you know where to look, you can still find the foundations of 19th-century San Francisco.

From the hotel, you will be guided around the neighborhood to the vestiges of what once was, like the brothels of Maiden Lane and the hallmarks of the modern city, the lobby of the Westin St. Francis Hotel and a boutique designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Stop at iconic monuments like Lotta’s Fountain, where survivors of the 1906 earthquake gathered to search for their loved ones, the Powell Cable Car Line, and the Hearts of Union Square Sculptures.

Along the way, learn about neighborhood history and lore while seeing spots of enduring cultural importance, like the Magneta Grandfather Clock and Ruth Asawa’s fountain. Aside from being a history enthusiast, your friendly local guide can also tell you where to eat and what else to do in the neighborhood, making this tour a great way to introduce you to one of San Francisco’s most popular destinations.
  • Guided walking tour
  • Expert local guide
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup or drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Baby strollers
Know before you go
• While never expected, tips and gratuities are always appreciated
• Please note that guests must arrive 10 minutes before tour departure time
• Due to San Francisco's hills, as well as crowded city streets and unpaved pathways, guests with mobility limitations, wheelchairs, or strollers cannot be accommodated
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