Classic Walking Tour of San Francisco with Emperor Norton

  • 411 Ratings

Embrace the quirky charm that defines San Francisco. See some of the City by the Bay's most iconic and historic sights—including Union Square, the St. Francis Hotel and more—guided by Emperor Norton I, San Francisco's unofficial mascot.

Duration: 1 hour
Cancellation: 24 hours in advance.

What You Will Do

  • Meet one of the most colorful characters central to the quirky history of San Francisco, self-proclaimed "Protector of Mexico," Emperor Norton I
  • Follow your entertaining Emperor-dressed guide on an interactive sightseeing tour filled with historical anecdotes from his life
  • Gain a unique perspective on the earthquake and great fire of 1906, and other historical events that shaped San Francisco
  • Visit and learn the stories behind Union Square, the St. Francis Hotel, Maiden Lane, Lotta’s Fountain, Bummer and Lazarus, the Palace Hotel, Jackson Square, Portsmouth Square, and the Barbary Coast

What's Included

  • 1 hour walking tour of San Francisco with costumed guide

Additional Information

  • Bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Customer Reviews

  • 411 Ratings

  • Devon

Emperor Norton is warm, colourful, and informative. He has developed a clever dialogue which mixes facts about the life of Emperor Norton whom he portrays flawlessly with other important facts about San Francisco's history. We appreciated that he is genuinely interested in his subject matter and made a point of telling us that he'd never make things up. We were not surprised to learn that he trains tour guides for other programs. We highly recommend this tour.

April 20, 2018

  • Collin

Great tour! Emperor Norton was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and tons of fun. We saw some areas of the city that we hadn't been to before and learned a lot. Thanks for a great time, we'll definitely recommend it to those visiting SF.

April 16, 2018

  • Laurel

We had a WONDERFUL time on Emporer Norton's tour. Even though our group lives in SF, we had a blast exploring new parts of the downtown area and learning facts about places we've walked past 100s of times. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone visiting or living in the San Francisco Bay area. You will not be disappointed.

March 12, 2018
Union Square, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA