Classic Walking Tour of San Francisco with Emperor Norton

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Embrace the quirky charm that defines San Francisco. See some of the City by the Bay's most iconic and historic sights—including Union Square, the St. Francis Hotel and more—guided by Emperor Norton I, San Francisco's unofficial mascot.

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Duration: 1 hour
Cancellation: 24 hours in advance.

What You Will Do

  • Meet one of the most colorful characters central to the quirky history of San Francisco, self-proclaimed "Protector of Mexico," Emperor Norton I
  • Follow your entertaining Emperor-dressed guide on an interactive sightseeing tour filled with historical anecdotes from his life
  • Gain a unique perspective on the earthquake and great fire of 1906, and other historical events that shaped San Francisco
  • Visit and learn the stories behind Union Square, the St. Francis Hotel, Maiden Lane, Lotta’s Fountain, Bummer and Lazarus, the Palace Hotel, Jackson Square, Portsmouth Square, and the Barbary Coast

What's Included

  • 1 hour walking tour of San Francisco with costumed guide

Customer Reviews

332 reviews

Intelligent and fun. Emperor Norton's style is nothing short of mesmerizing and sometimes hypnotic. My God, he speaks in complete sentences, pausing where the period would be, then starts a new sentence! He doesn't string everything together with "and" or other fillers. His mental library of fascinating facts is impressive. I've taken rhe tour twice, and there was new info the second time around. I've already recommended it!

August 8, 2015

The subject matter was fascinating! Even though I have visited the city many times, on this tour I saw places I have never seen before. Through his acting, Emperor Norton brought the history to life in a very enjoyable way - no dry history!

August 8, 2015

Emperor Norton is FANTASTIC! Love the entire tour and historical journey around SF!!

August 3, 2015
Union Square, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA

Additional Information

  • To Know:

    Bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes.