Journey back in time when gold was king, vices such as gambling and drinking were encouraged, vigilante justice prevailed and Emperor Norton sought to make San Francisco a legendary place. Locals and visitors will enjoy learning about San Francisco’s colorful history on this entertaining walking tour.
Emperor Norton's Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine is a 2.75 hour walking tour, visiting 25 historic places that helped shape San Francisco’s present. Discover how events such as the Gold Rush and the 1906 Earthquake and devastating fire forever changed San Francisco. Learn about other famous figures whose lives impacted San Francisco including Lotta Crabtree, Enrico Carusso, and President Harding.
The tour begins in Union Square, visiting such landmarks as the Westin St. Francis Hotel, Monadnock Building, and Lotta’s Fountain while learning about the history of San Francisco and its’ legendary Emperor. Discover beautiful architecture, hidden murals, secret tunnels and more walking through Chinatown, the Barbary Coast and North Beach.
Emperor Norton was an eccentric character in a city full of eccentric individuals. A visionary, he printed his own currency and made suggestions for the founding of a League of Nations and the construction of a bridge spanning Oakland with San Francisco, both of which were later realized. He was beloved by San Franciscan’s and was a regular at the best restaurant’s and watering holes in town. Join him as he shares his memories and knowledge of San Francisco’s rich past.
Details: Emperor Norton’s Fantastic Time Machine Tour is offered Thursday and Saturday’s at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. It is a two mile walking tour lasting 2.75 hours. You might also enjoy the Emperor Norton’s Fantastic Time Machine Waterfront Tour held at 11 a.m. on Sundays starting at the Ferry Building and walking to Fisherman’s Wharf. Advance reservations requested by calling (415) 644-8513 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, tours are $20 per person.
Other walking tours include San Francisco Food Safari's through the Mission District and North Beach, offered Wednesday (Mission) and Friday (North Beach) at 11 a.m.
About the Author: Karla writes about wine, food, horse racing, and exotic car events, as well as undiscovered travel locations. Discover more from over 400 travel articles of places to explore.
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