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Tour Info

Guided tours by appointment: $25 per person, $400 minimum.

Four separate tours are available (see right).

Each tour is two hours. Custom tours are also available.

To schedule a tour, call (415) 454-2355, or email me.

PLEASE NOTE: There is a $400 minimum for our guided tours. This means you or your group can hire a guide for that amount for up to sixteen people. Add $25 per person for groups larger than sixteen.


School Tours

The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society offers free guided tours of the Barbary Coast Trail to San Francisco public schools. Other schools may arrange tours for a fee. To schedule a tour, please contact us at (415) 454-2355.


Guided Tours


Daniel Bacon Author and trail creator Daniel Bacon is your personal guide to the Barbary Coast Trail. His lively descriptions and amusing anecdotes are a treat for all those who love The City by the Bay.

Guided Tours are available by appointment. The cost is $25 per person with a $400 minimum. You can also take a self-guided tour of the trail anytime using our Audio Tour or Printed Guides.


This tour explores an area that was devastated in 1906 and then rebuilt into a world-class city.

Old U.S. Mint, a national historic landmark
Union Square, site of Civil War-era rallies
Maiden Lane, a sunny street with a shady past
Oldest Catholic cathedral in the West
Street of the Painted Balconies
First Asian temple in America


This tour explores the period when San Francisco catapulted from a small Mexican village into a thriving metropolis.

Portsmouth Square, the birthplace of the Gold Rush & the village of Yerba Buena
Commercial Street
The city’s original shoreline
Pony Express headquarters site
Wells Fargo History Museum, featuring Gold Rush artifacts
Jackson Square, the last cluster of Gold Rush and Barbary Coast era buildings
A 19th century shanghaiing den
“Terrific Street” where Jelly Roll Morton once performed for enthusiastic dancer


This tour highlights the vibrant bohemian culture of North Beach.

Vesuvio Café, once a Beatnik mecca
City Lights Bookstore, where Allen Ginsberg & Jack Kerouac once read their work
Molinari’s, an authentic Italian delicatessen since 1896
Washington Square, the heart of North Beach
Telegraph Hill, where we examine priceless Depression-era murals
Filbert Steps, a beautiful garden on the east side of Telegraph Hil


This tour explores San Francisco’s rich maritime heritage.

The Great Seawall, San Francisco’s largest public works project
USS Pampanito and Jeremiah O’Brien, two WWII era vessels
Fisherman’s Wharf
Hyde Street Pier, the largest collection of historic ships in the United States
Aquatic Park, the most beautiful WPA project in the country
The Maritime Museum, a streamlined modern gem



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