True Crime Tales From the Haight-Ashbury Walking Tour

Murder, mayhem, and music

$39 per adult

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$39 per adult

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  • Local experts
    Personal stories and insider travel tips
  • Top-rated
    Thousands of reviews averaging 4.9 stars
  • Worry-free booking
    Flexible scheduling and refunds

Highlights

  • Learn about the Haight-Ashbury of the ’70s, a dangerous neighborhood at the epicenter of the Summer of Love.
  • See the homes of serial killers Charles Manson and Jim Jones.
  • Get to know the ghosts of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, and more musicians roaming the Haight.
  • Hear true SF crime stories about the Zodiac Killer, the murder of Mayor George Mosone, and the Harvey Milk assassination.
  • Venture into spooky Buena Vista Park, filled with forgotten tombstones.

What you'll do

As the sun sets over Golden Gate Park, we’ll begin our exploration of Haight-Ashbury, famous for the Summer of Love, hippies, and counterculture. But the park is also known for bloodshed. It’s said as many as 151 murders took place here in 1969 alone. 

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As the sun sets over Golden Gate Park, we’ll begin our exploration of Haight-Ashbury, famous for the Summer of Love, hippies, and counterculture. But the park is also known for bloodshed. It’s said as many as 151 murders took place here in 1969 alone. 

You’ll learn about San Francisco’s Ripper, venture down the most haunted walk on Haight Street, and visit the homes of some of the most notorious serial killers in history.

This two-hour experience is a must for any and all fans of true crime and the paranormal. Our expert guides weave their passion for San Francisco history into the stories that make this neighborhood so spooky. The result is an unforgettable experience you’re sure to remember.

Haight tour itinerary

  • Lake Alvord

    Where the body of a murdered homeless man was found floating one morning

  • Charles Manson home

    Where the serial killer recruited much of his “family” after his second release from prison

  • 1480 Waller Street

    In the middle of the aptly named Terror Terrace

  • Janis Joplin’s home

    A pretty pink Victorian landmark where the singer lived with her lover

  • Jimi Hendrix’s home

    AKA The Red House since it was painted red in the musician’s honor

  • Grateful Dead homes

    Beautiful Queen Anne-style building where the band lived during the 1967 drug bust

  • Former Hells Angels headquarters

    Home to the infamous biker gang during the ’60s and ’70s

  • Home of Jim Jones

    Where the preacher-turned-serial-killer lived before moving his congregation to Guyana 

  • Trax Bar

    Famously haunted by the spirit of a man only recently identified

  • Buena Vista Park

    Paved with tombstones from the Gold Rush era

Plan your trip

Accessibility

This tour is accessible for strollers and wheelchairs.

Tour ending point

This tour ends at Haight Street and Masonic Street.

Refund policy

We offer a 100% refund up to 24 hours before the start time.

Haight tour reviews

"We had such a great time with Rob who showed us around and respectfully provided insight into the darkest corners of Haight Ashbury. A really personable and informative approach made it feel like we were hanging out with friends. A highlight of our week long trip to the city."

— Chris
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Great tour guided by one of the most interesting guys I’ve ever met
Robert was an amazing tour guide and quite an interesting guy! His lived experiences in the area really made the tour feel personalized. He was very knowledgeable about the history of Haight Ashbury too. The tour was very entertaining and informative. Highly recommend to anyone interested in the darker side of things (and the history of the Summer of Love).

Lauren

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Robert is great
Great walking tour. Robert the guide was excellent. Lots of local and personal insights.

Niall

Meeting point

Meet at the Stanyan Street entrance of Golden Gate Park.

Your guide will be wearing an orange hat and/or a blue windbreaker.

FAQs

How much walking is there?

This tour covers just under a half mile at a leisurely pace. If mobility is an issue, please arrange for a private tour.

What is the rescheduling policy?

We understand plans change. We offer a 100% refund or the option to reschedule up to 24 hours prior to your tour start time. Within 24 hours of your tour, we would have incurred hard costs and therefore cannot allow rescheduling or cancellation without costs.

When should I get there?

Plan to show up 15 minutes early. The tour starts promptly, and you may not be able to catch up if you arrive late.

What if it rains?

Our tours run rain or shine. If there’s extreme weather and we have to cancel, you’ll get a full refund.

Are gratuities included?

Tips aren’t included but are always appreciated by our guides. If you think your guide did an outstanding job, a tip is a great way to show that.

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