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.

Duration:  1hr
Cancellation:  24.0hrs
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  • 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

Additional Information

Bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes.

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Nov 15, 2022
We had an amazing time on the tour! Learned a ton about the city and its history. Highly recommend the experience to locals and tourists!
Oct 24, 2022
This was such a fun tour! The Emperor was incredibly entertaining while imparting so much information about the city of San Francisco. It was well paced and took us to parts of the city we'd never been to. He had so many little stories about the city and the people who helped create such an exciting place, that it was extremely entertaining. I recommend this highly to visitors and residents.
Oct 18, 2022
Aug 19, 2022
It was so much fun and very informative.
Aug 15, 2022
Aug 15, 2022
Emperor Norton is magnificent. Highly, highly recommended!
Jul 19, 2022
Mar 28, 2022
Emperor Norton's knowledge of San Francisco history has not diminished, despite his ripe old 200+ year age. A wonderful experience. We learned a lot of fascinating tidbits.
Feb 28, 2022
We had a wonderful and very intimate (only three of us) experience on this tour. We learned so much about S.F. history and architecture! What a lovely time!!
Feb 7, 2022
Entertaining and interesting, a great walking tour



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