Experience hosted by Kathy

  1. 2 hours
  2. Hosted in English
Cultural immersion
Guests felt absorbed in a community or culture.

What you'll do

Explore the largest sexual and gender diverse community in the world and cruise the Castro like a local on this fun and fascinating two-hour LGBTQ cultural walk. As a long-time resident and civil rights activist, I'll show you why diversity is celebrated as we meet real people with real stories in this beautiful village of rainbows. Offering the most comprehensive LGBTQ tour in the world, you'll visit twice as many historical sites than any other tour experience. Discover how the Gold Rush, World War II, civil rights leader Harvey Milk, the AIDS epidemic, and the Rainbow Honor Walk created such a strong and progressive LGBTQ community. Learn how LGBTQ equality and civil rights are still being fought for in the United States today.

Private groups of 10 or more can be accommodated on a request basis and are subject to availability.
Other things to note
Fortunately, San Francisco's weather is mostly mild year round so tours operate rain or shine. Please dress accordingly. Our route is easy, with no large hills and is handicapped accessible. There will be adult content.
Explore the largest sexual and gender diverse community in the world and cruise the Castro like a local on this fun and fascinating two-hour LGBTQ cultural walk. As a long-time resident and civil rights activist, I'll show you why diversity is celebrated as we meet real people with real stories in this beautiful village of rainbows. Offering the most comprehensive LGBTQ tour in the world, you'll visit twice as many historical sites than any other…

Meet your Host, Kathy

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 480 Reviews
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Last year my company was proudly awarded the San Francisco Legacy Business status as the first and ONLY tour company celebrating "30" years of walking with Pride! Recognized as a longstanding, community-servicing business and a valuable cultural asset to the City and County of San Francisco. Wow! My predecessor Trevor Hailey began the tour in 1989 and became an icon until she retired in 2005. Being a travel professional and Castro resident, I had purchased Cruisin' the Castro Walking Tours, am the sole owner/operator and serve as an Emeritus Board Member for the Rainbow Honor Walk too. I've also had the pleasure of participating in the movies "Milk" and "When We Rise"! My focus is to bring education and awareness in regards to LGBTQ culture, equality and achieving civil rights.
Last year my company was proudly awarded the San Francisco Legacy Business status as the first and ONLY tour company celebrating "30" years of walking with Pride! Recognized as a longstanding, community-servicing business and a valuable cultural asset to the City and County of San Francisco. Wow! My predecessor Trevor Hailey began the tour in 1989 and became an icon until she retired in 2005. Being a travel professional and Castro resident, I had purchased Cruisin' the Castro Walking Tours, a…
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Where you'll be

Explore over 20 vibrant sites in the Castro that are of historical significance to LGBTQ culture. From the birth of the rainbow flag to the empowering Rainbow Honor Walk plaques, this is the most comprehensive walk covering the past, present, and future of LGBTQ rights.

Rated 4.94 out of 5 from 480 reviews.

Natascha
November 2021
Great experience! We went on a couple tours during our stay in San Francisco and learning about the Castro and LGBT history and politics was by far our favorite. Thank you so much Kathy for the wonderful tour!
Carla
November 2021
The tour was an easy walk. Kathy shared history, frank information, and provided an open space to ask and answer questions. The Castro has plaques in the sidewalks and Kathy added more information on their lives. Thank you, Kathy, for the interesting and open conversations.
Laura
November 2021
We had the most wonderful morning touring the Castro with Kathy. Her tour was personal, informative, and entertaining. She’s clearly a legend in the community and it was so fun to hear the stories of the neighbourhood come to life through Kathy. Would recommend without hesitation!
Chris
November 2021
This was a fun, educational, interesting tour. The Castro is a phenomenal area. Kathy is very knowledgable, and willing to answer any questions. We loved it.
Inbar
November 2021
kathy took us on an amazing tour around Castro neighborhood. She was so knowledgeable and kind, answering all of our questions! We got to see a whole new side of San Francisco. If you want to learn about the history and the culture of lgbtq community this is the tour for you.
Jake
October 2021
We really enjoined the tour of the Castro with Kathy as our guide, was definitely a highlight of our trip. The way she integrated historical moments into the present day was a great feature of the tour and her knowledge. She is also great at getting to know everyone and including everyone’s experiences into the group tour

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  • Tue, Dec 14
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    $35 per person
  • Thu, Dec 16
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    $35 per person
  • Fri, Dec 17
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    $35 per person
  • Sat, Dec 18
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    $35 per person
  • Tue, Dec 21
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    $35 per person
  • Wed, Dec 22
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    $35 per person
  • Thu, Dec 23
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    $35 per person
  • Fri, Dec 24
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    $35 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 5 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

Water; Sunscreen; Umbrella (if applicable); An Open Heart!