• Wine Tour

    Wine Country in the City

    You’re invited to an urban tasting trip of San Francisco’s wine bars, hosted by a knowledgeable resident and wine enthusiast. Sample wines by the glass, or in flights designed to showcase California's best wines.
  • The Mission

    The Mission District

    San Francisco's first neighborhood, The Mission District is still the heart and soul of vibrant San Francisco. This culinary journey is so wonderfully vast that we've split the Mission into two tours
  • North Beach

    North Beach

    North Beach is that rare thing -- a neighborhood that manages to be a perennial hit with tourists, and also to remain beloved by San Franciscans. It's San Francisco's Little Italy and the home of the beatniks
  • Scenic Running

    Scenic Running

    Just a short run from the urban landscape of San Francisco's busy city streets you will find numerous trails and parks offering phenomenal views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the City Skyline and other gems.
  • Chinatown


    Established in the 1840s, San Francisco's Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in North America and the largest Chinese community outside Asia.
  • Parrots!


    Wild Parrots in San Francisco? Yes there are officially at least two flocks of wild Parrots here. These Parrots have evolved into a brand new species of parrot indigenous to San Francisco.

Welcome to the Heart and Soul of San Francisco

San Francisco's first neighborhood, The Mission District is still the heart and soul of vibrant San Francisco. You've shopped at Union Square. You've eaten crab Louis on Fisherman's Wharf and had pot stickers in Chinatown. You've strolled through North Beach and ridden halfway to the stars on a little cable car. These are all perfectly pleasant ways to spend time in San Francisco, but they're not the end of the story. They're not even the beginning. San Francisco's very first neighborhood  —the sprawling, urbane, and sunny Mission District—is all but unknown to most visitors. It was here, in 1776, that Spanish padres founded a mission, and it is here, today, that you will find the city's most exciting and interesting neighborhood. It's time to give the Mission a try, it is time to take a walking tour with Explore San Francisco through the Mission District and see the city as a local.

We will begin our walking tour at a Golden Fire Hydrant and make our way through Dolores Park; originally an Ohlone seasonal village, later, two Jewish Cemeteries inhabited the space, a couple decades passed and then the City bought the land for the newly planned "Mission Park"...Ringling Brothers Circus came to SF and set up their tents in the soon to be park, and they are responsible for the terraces cut into the hillside that are still visible to this day. Nowadays the park may be packed with hipsters, gay men, tech workers, dancing robots, Latin American immigrants, dogs, their owners, and well off urbanites with strollers and children. Hear the story of how the great fire of 1906 was stopped right there on 20th Street, where one side of the street is considerably older than the other. We will travel up and across Liberty Hill to view the stately Victorians, stroll vibrant Valencia Street, where we will see a miniature park dedicated to the Triceratops. Then were off to see The Women's Building, B'nai David Temple, hidden gardens and an alleyway or two of stunning murals. After paying our respects at the birthplace of the burrito, and buzzing through the exciting area of 16th and Valencia, we're off to the "El Camino Real", past the old bull fighting ring turned girl's school turned retirement home, a gay synagogue that houses a Menonite community, a German speaking Lutheran church and we will end our exploration at the Missión San Francisco de Asís- commonly known as Mission Dolores.

The Mission itself, was originally built close to the banks of a creek that on the day the Spanish first found the creek, there were several natives crying near it's banks. So the Spanish called the creek "Arroyo de Nuestra Señora de los Dolores," meaning "Our Lady of Sorrows Creek. But mosquitoes, winds and grizzly bears eventually had the padres think twice and they relocated a few blocks uphill. The creek, now referred to as Mission Creek, in later years was used as somewhat of a sewer system and then was buried under the city streets. We will see the Mission Dolores Basilica which was dedicated by Pope Pious in 1951. In 1984, while protestors chanted, Pope John Paul ll caused a scandal by hugging a child with AIDS.

Though this is where we say goodbye, you will now have the opportunity to tour the Mission, the oldest building in San Francisco. The original building was completed in 1776, several weeks before the Declaration Of Independence was signed. There is a small museum on site displaying artifacts from the decimated native population. Tour the garden of native California plants, it's small but impressive. The graveyard, filled with tombstones of mainly Irish immigrants, is also open to the public and filled with some famous early citizens. Some 5000 Ohlone were buried here as well.  Admission to the Mission is not incuded on this tour.


Explore The Mission

Explore the Mission District Tour (Optional Lunch)

What: Mission District Walking Tour
When: SAT AT 11:00
Original Price $ 69.00 Book Online Now for $40.00
Reservations 415.504.3636 X 102


Golden Fire Hydrant- (Earthquake and Fire of 1906)

Mission Dolores Park

Public Art, Community Gardens and Neighborhood Murals

Mission Dolores

Mission Food Tours

Mission Creek

Mission District Neighborhoods, Homes, and Architecture


Links to our other Mission DistrictTours:

Pope To Porn: A Subversive History of the Mission District


Mission District Food Tours:

Mission Food Tours Home Page: A District Seemingly Designed For Food Tours

Mission North Food Tour: 16th to 18th along the Valencia Corridor

Mission South Food Tour: El Corazon de la Misione, the Heart of the Mission; 24th Street

Mission Food and Drink: Mission North with Alcohol Pairings

Mission Veggie: A Mid-Mission Vegetarian Tour: Finally a Mid-Mission Tour, Finally a VegetarianFood Tour, Want No More

Mission Sweets: A Mission Dessert Tour: More Desserts Per Square Mile, Than Any Other District in the City. Sweet!

Explore SF Food Tours Home Page



Tickets: Food Tours from $49, Explore Alcatraz and The Mission $68, Explore The Mission, $40,  Pope to Porn, from $40
Tour Reservations
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¡Los Mejores Excursiones La Misión!:
Explore the Mission Walk | Mission Food | Mission North | Mission South | Mission Food & Drink
Mission Veggie| Mission Sweets | Alcatraz and The Mission | Pope to Porn

We also offer these related tours:
          North Beach Walking Tour    |    North Beach Food      |  Deco San Francisco  |    North Beach & Chinatown Tours
Alcatraz Package Tours        |   Chinatown Food   |  Chinatown Walk |  Mission Food   |   Mission Walk  |   Nob Hill

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