Ultimate LGBTQ Castro District Walking Tour
An insider’s guide to this queer, colorful corner of SF
- Explore San Francisco’s Castro District, the most iconic gayborhood on the planet.
- Pay tribute to the LGBTQ lives lost during fascist Europe at the Pink Triangle Memorial.
- Learn about the instrumental role Twin Peaks Tavern played in cementing the Castro as an LGBTQ district.
- Visit Harvey Milk’s old camera shop and campaign headquarters.
- Celebrate the progress the LGBTQ community has made since the first Pride march in 1970.
- Make a new friend at the Mix, a popular neighborhood hangout.
What you'll do
We’ll begin our experience in Harvey Milk Plaza, named after the first openly gay elected official in American history. As we descend into the metro station, we’ll learn about the life and activism of this civil rights leader before exiting on the other side of the street, in ...
We’ll begin our experience in Harvey Milk Plaza, named after the first openly gay elected official in American history. As we descend into the metro station, we’ll learn about the life and activism of this civil rights leader before exiting on the other side of the street, in front of the memorial honoring the LGBTQ lives lost during World War II.
Upon our return to the main drag, we’ll step inside the iconic Twin Peaks Tavern, one of the first gay bars to open in the neighborhood. We’ll also talk about Officer Jane Warner, the first out officer in neighboring Marin County. And we’ll visit one of the last palace theaters in the country before stopping at the historic Hibernia Beach.
No walking tour of the Castro neighborhood would be complete without a visit to Harvey Milk’s old camera shop and campaign headquarters, and this is one of our last but most iconic stops.
The tour conveniently ends at a popular neighborhood hangout, the Mix, where you can go inside and grab a drink or make a new friend. Your guide is happy to share tips on what to order or what else to see in the Castro if you want to explore more on your own.
Harvey Milk Plaza
Named after the first openly gay elected official in the United States
Pink Triangle Memorial
Honoring the 15,000+ gay and lesbian individuals sent to death camps from 1933 to 1945
Twin Peaks Tavern
The first gay bar with large open windows so patrons wouldn’t be anonymous
The last of the great palace theaters from the 1920s
The corner of 18th and Castro that historically served as a memorial to community members who’ve passed away
Restaurant dedicated to celebrating the life of Harvey Milk
GLBT Historical Center
Cozy museum that houses artifacts, including the first Pride flag
A popular neighborhood bar
Plan your trip
This tour is accessible for strollers and wheelchairs.
Tour ending point
This tour ends at 4086 18th St., San Francisco, CA.
We offer a 100% refund up to 24 hours before the start time.
We will meet at Harvey Milk Plaza in front of SoulCycle. Your guide will be wearing an orange hat and/or a blue windbreaker.
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.