Hidden Stairways of San Francisco

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San Francisco, US
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San Francisco, US
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Discover the hidden gems of San Francisco with the exhilarating Hidden Stairways of San Francisco walking tour. Rated as the #1 Airbnb Experience in the Bay Area, this 2-mile tour takes you through beautiful mosaic tiled steps and unveils the fascinating stories behind them. Along the way, soak in breathtaking 360° views of iconic landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, and downtown San Francisco. Immerse yourself in the charm of neighborhoods and gardens that are often overlooked by tourists. You may even get the chance to take home a succulent as a souvenir! With commentary, context, and historical anecdotes provided by your guide, this leisurely-paced tour is suitable for everyone. Don't miss out on this truly remarkable experience. Book your spot today and explore the hidden stairways of San Francisco in style.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Suitable for 1-10 Participants
  • Small Group Tour, Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Breathtaking 2 mile walking tour
  • See gorgeous mosaic tiled steps
  • Take in stunning 360° views
  • Discover beautiful neighborhoods and gardens
  • Learn commentary, context, and history along the way
  • Certified guide

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Explore the hidden treasures of San Francisco with the Hidden Stairways of San Francisco walking tour. This leisurely 2-mile stroll takes you through picturesque neighborhoods and reveals the city's secret stairways adorned with stunning mosaic tiles. Rated as the #1 Airbnb Experience in the Bay Area, this tour offers a unique perspective of San Francisco that you won't find in guidebooks.

What to Expect?

During this walking tour, you can anticipate a leisurely pace suitable for almost everyone. While there are some stairs involved, the tour is not strenuous and is accessible to all. You'll have the opportunity to admire beautiful mosaic-tiled steps and learn the stories behind them. As you ascend these hidden stairways, breathtaking 360-degree views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, and downtown San Francisco will unfold before your eyes. Additionally, you'll discover charming neighborhoods and gardens that are often overlooked by tourists. Keep an eye out for the chance to take home a succulent as a unique souvenir of your experience.

Who is this for?

The Hidden Stairways of San Francisco tour is designed for anyone looking to delve deeper into the city's hidden gems. Whether you're a local seeking to uncover hidden pockets of beauty or a traveler eager to explore beyond the typical tourist attractions, this tour is for you. The leisurely pace and inclusive nature of the tour make it suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. So, grab your friends, family, or even go solo, and embark on this unforgettable adventure.

Why Book This?

Embark on this walking tour and experience San Francisco like never before. Discover the city's hidden stairways embellished with stunning mosaic tiles, and learn the intriguing stories behind them. Marvel at panoramic views of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, and downtown San Francisco from vantage points that are off the beaten path. This immersive tour allows you to explore neighborhoods and gardens that are rarely frequented by tourists, providing you with a unique insight into the city's vibrant culture and history. With a knowledgeable guide providing commentary and historical context along the way, you'll gain a deeper appreciation for San Francisco's rich heritage.

Good to Know

The Hidden Stairways of San Francisco tour takes place in a moderate climate, with temperatures rarely exceeding 70°F (21°C) or dropping below 50°F (10°C). However, fog may be present in the morning during the summertime. The tour is not suitable for strollers, and small children may need to be carried. If you're bringing a guest under 18, it's important to ensure that the activities are age-appropriate. For more stunning photos and insights, you can follow the tour's Instagram account @hiddenstairssf and use the hashtag #hiddenstairssf. Should you have any questions, feel free to message the tour organizer.


Previous participants of the Hidden Stairways of San Francisco tour have raved about their experiences. They have praised the informative commentary provided by the knowledgeable guide, as well as the opportunity to explore lesser-known areas of the city. Many have marveled at the breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge and downtown San Francisco from the hidden stairways. Overall, participants have expressed their satisfaction with this unique and highly-rated Airbnb Experience, making it a must-do activity for visitors and locals alike.

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  • You can book at any time before the event

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  • At least one adult or senior required per booking



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Greg was an outstanding guide; knowledgeable, personable, prepared, and enthusiastic! Steps and gardens were spectacular. One of the best tours we have ever been and we have been on many. Don’t miss this one!


Greg was very knowledgeable and passionate about San Francisco, specifically the Sunset district. He even knew a lot of the locals in the district and the artists of the stairs. Not only are the mosaic stairs beautiful, so are the gardens and houses in the area. We even got to eat a flower! The tour is slow paced but there are a lot of stairs that some people failed to understand and could not do. Once you reach the top, you get a beautiful overlook of the city and the Golden Gate Bridge off in a far distance. Greg took our pictures for us at the stairs and overlook, as well as various parts of the tour in which he creates a video. He shares the video link and also airdrops or sends any pictures he took. He offers succulents at the end that are from his garden. The tour ends where it started and Golden Gate Park is a short distance away.


We had so much fun and learned so many interesting things about San Francisco! Our guide, Greg, was so knowledgeable and engaging. The staircases were amazing and the views spectacular. I highly recommend this tour for locals and tourists!


The tour was amazing! Greg leads it in such a fun and interesting way, that we not only had beautiful views, but also learned about SF. I 100% recommend doing his tour if you have the chance!


Greg McQuaid was our guide and you could not have asked for a nicer, more informative person to take you on this journey. Well informed of history of area. Would never have known of these amazing works of art set in stairs without this tour. Greg even takes photos of everyone on steps and sends them to you free of charge. Even sent an amazing video of tour. Very passionate and even donates back to community for upkeep of cleaning stairs.


Greg McQuaid was our guide and you couldn’t have asked for a more informative, helpful person to take you through the tour and tell the history of the area. He even knows residents we passed on the way.


Greg's tour was absolutely brilliant, he is so knowledgeable and fun! I really appreciated how much he took interest in everybody in the tour and gave us such a wonderful experience. We learned so much about San Francisco. This walk was a wonderful way to see the city and I would heartily recommend it. Greg is terrific!


Greg was so nice and an excellent tour guide. Not only do you get to see two beautiful staircases surrounded by beautiful gardens, Greg also gives you a great overview of city history and facts. The walk itself was not too bad, you do have to climb a lot of stairs obviously, but Greg went at a great pace that it never felt like it was unmanageable. It was a great introduction to San Fran and I would highly recommend it.


Greg was absolutely awesome. The tour was well paced and full of information but not at all boring. Highly recommended to anyone who wants something a bit unique rather than the usual tourist sights. Thanks Greg.


i enjoyed very much the activity. Greg is a very interesting and cultivated guide We learned a lot of intersting things about San Francisco. Thank you Greg
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