Guided tour

San Francisco: Castro LGBTQ Walking Tour

Guided tour

San Francisco: Castro LGBTQ Walking Tour

From US$ 35 per person

Explore the diverse and colorful sites of the Castro, home of the world's largest LGBTQ community, on a guided walking tour. Learn about San Francisco's crucial role in LGBTQ culture and civil rights.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Visit the largest LGBTQ neighborhood in the world with a local guide
  • Learn how San Francisco's LGBTQ community has impacted world history
  • Discover the Harvey Milk Plaza and many other important sights
  • See the Rainbow Honor Walk and the Pink Triangle Park and Memorial
  • Enjoy an easy walking tour that's ADA-compliant and involves no large hills
Full description

Discover the rich diversity of the world's largest LGBTQ community, the Castro, on this award-winning tour. Join a local LGBTQ activist who will guide you through over 170 years of San Francisco's diverse culture and its historical impact. Visit the Pink Triangle Park and Memorial and more.

On your educational, inspirational tour, hear about the life and times of Harvey Milk, the slain supervisor and LGBTQ Civil Rights leader who later created the foundation of LGBTQ culture in this San Francisco neighborhood. Find out where he lived, worked, and advocated for equality.

See Castro's abundance of historical LGBTQ sites representing the past, present, and future of this evolving sexual and gender-diverse culture. Pause for reflection in Pink Triangle Park and Memorial, which remembers the thousands of homosexual men persecuted during WWII.


Continue to the AIDS Memorial Quilt and Names Project, the GLBT Historical Society, the Rainbow Honor Walk — bronze sidewalk plaques honoring famous LGBTQs who have made an impact in world history — and many more sites besides.

  • ADA-compliant walking tour
  • Guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Tips

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Meeting point

The tour starts at 400 Castro Street next to the Big Rainbow Flagpole Landmark. Please look up and behind you for the 20 meter high flagpole. Please note that the illustrated Google Map location below is correct at 400 Castro Street however, the location photo is featured incorrectly and shows the Castro Theatre.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • The tour route is easy and ADA-compliant with no large hills
  • Tours run rain or shine
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based on 54 reviews

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What a wonderful tour. As emotional as it was insightful, I learnt so much but it was also fun and so interesting. Kathy is a brilliant guide, more than that, she was thought provoking, informative and open to questions and conversation. I will do this tour anytime I'm in SF and would recommend my friends to do it too - I came to it myself via recommendation from friends. I would love if Kathy could do other tours too, I'd take them all!

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April 21, 2022

This tour is amazing. The guide Kathy was well knowlegable and friendly. The information was accurate and very interesting, at the end of the tour you feel like you are able to understand better the LGBTQ community and you are aware of their struggles and influence in many other minorities. I loved the tour and I highly recommend it for anybody who is a lifelong learner. I will do this tour again. Also, the neighborhood is super friendly and the vibe is great.

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June 29, 2021

Fun and informative

Kathy is a blast. She creates a great atmosphere on the tour - encouraging people to share their stories and making the tour about history but also about the sense of community here. She is respectful and inspiring. For people like me that worry about how far an hard will the walk be it was super easy, lots of stops and thoughtful restroom break midway. Couldn’t recommend more. Wish this was required learning for all of us.

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June 10, 2019

Product ID: 15127