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  • Gold Rush Tour of San Francisco Led by One of the City's Most Colorful Characters: In San Francisco, CA

    Joseph Amster

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    Gold Rush Tour of San Francisco Led by One of the City's Most Colorful Characters

    Did you know that San Francisco's nickname the Barbary Coast was inspired by the pirate-infested North African coastline? Learn the fascinating history of San Francisco's Union Square, downtown, and beyond.

    San Francisco, CA

    10-20 people

    10-20 people

    2.75 hours

    US$13/person Total US$125

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    January  2018

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      The Experience

      Step back into turn-of-the-century San Francisco, a freewheeling time filled with outlaws, pirates, madams, and society with your guide Joseph Amster. In the spirit of the age, he will lead a walking tour in costume as Emperor Norton I, an eccentric San Francisco resident originally born Joshua Abraham Norton, who declared himself Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico.

      During this lively, entertaining, and informative walking tour of SF, you’ll get a unique view of the city from one of its strangest and most beloved historical characters. Learn the legends behind local landmarks: Union Square, The St. Francis Hotel, Maiden Lane, Lotta’s Fountain, the 1906 earthquake, The Palace Hotel, The Barbary Coast, Chinatown and more.


      Photography by Danielle Rueda for IfOnly


      • Private walking tour of Union Square led by Joseph Amster in San Francisco
      • Stops include
        • Union Square
        • The St. Francis Hotel
        • Maiden Lane
        • Lotta’s Fountain
        • The Palace Hotel
        • The Barbary Coast
      • For parties larger than 20 guests, please contact the IfOnly concierge at concierge@ifonly.com or (415) 376-4640

      • Guests are asked to wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers for a two mile walk

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