Self-Guided Walking Tours to Explore San Francisco, California

Follow these 24 expert-designed self-guided walking tours to explore San Francisco, California on foot at your own pace. You can also create your own self-guided walk to visit the city attractions which interest you the most.

How it works: download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. Each walk comes with a detailed tour map as well as photos and background information for the featured attractions. The app's navigation functions guide you from one attraction to the next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.


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Gay Walking Tour

Sightseeing Walk: Gay Walking Tour

Chinese Heritage Walking Tour

Sightseeing Walk: Chinese Heritage Walking Tour

Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour

Sightseeing Walk: Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour

Union Square Walking Tour

Sightseeing Walk: Union Square Walking Tour

Japantown Walking Tour

Sightseeing Walk: Japantown Walking Tour

Gay Nightclubs and Bars Tour

Sightseeing Walk: Gay Nightclubs and Bars Tour

North Beach Walking Tour

Sightseeing Walk: North Beach Walking Tour

Souvenir Shopping

Sightseeing Walk: Souvenir Shopping

SoMa Nightlife

Sightseeing Walk: SoMa Nightlife

SoMa/Civic Center Nightlife

Sightseeing Walk: SoMa/Civic Center Nightlife

Chinatown Shopping

Discovery Walk: Chinatown Shopping

Mission Street Art

Discovery Walk: Mission Street Art

Hayes Valley Shopping

Discovery Walk: Hayes Valley Shopping

Russian Hill Walking Tour

Discovery Walk: Russian Hill Walking Tour

Polk Street Shopping

Discovery Walk: Polk Street Shopping

North Beach Discovery Walk

Discovery Walk: North Beach Discovery Walk

Embarcadero Walking Tour

Discovery Walk: Embarcadero Walking Tour

Hayes Valley

Article (B): Hayes Valley

The Outer Sunset

Article (B): The Outer Sunset

Eats: San Francisco

Article (B): Eats: San Francisco

Mission San Francisco

Article (B): Mission San Francisco

Soma, San Francisco

Article (B): Soma, San Francisco

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in San Francisco for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best San Francisco has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as San Francisco, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

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