Visitors looking to experience San Francisco beyond the touristy trolley tours might want to stroll over to the Mission district. Here one can find a wide array of brightly colored murals painted by local artists.
First stop off at the Precita Eyes Mural Arts & Visitors Center located at 2981 24th Street to purchase maps and embark on a self-guided tour of the murals located along Mission Street and 24th Street corridors. Those with very limited time can get a taste of the murals by purchasing a map for a self-guided tour of the Balmy Alley murals.
To explore these murals more in depth, book one of the weekend tours conducted by muralists offered via the Precita Eyes Mural Arts & Visitors Center. Check out their website for specific tours and times. Also, private tours, group tours, bicycle tours, bus tours, and other customized mural tours are available by appointment for any day of the week. After touring the murals, stroll around the district and explore the local shops and restaurants. For additional information about booking a vacation to San Francisco log on to Visit San Francisco.