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Painted Ladies
Painted Ladies

Painted Ladies

Free admission
Alamo Square - Steiner and Hayes Streets, San Francisco, 94117

The Basics

The Painted Ladies sit directly across from Alamo Square, a centrally located park 11 blocks east of Golden Gate Park, making it easy to stop by on your way to Golden Gate Park if you’re coming from Union Square or Fisherman’s Wharf. Because of certain bus restrictions, you’ll need to book a small-group tour by minivan or an alternative activity like a bike or walking tour if you wish to visit the Painted Ladies with a guide. Otherwise, put on your comfiest shoes and walk there from other popular neighborhoods like Haight-Ashbury, Hayes Valley, or Pacific Heights.

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Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour
Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour
$85.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great SF starter tour
Armando was a great guide, super friendly, and knowledgeable. The picture stops were great and the additional info on places to go after the tour were a helpful way to start off a trip to SF.
Jess_H, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in San Francisco

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Reccomended tour for SF highlights
Mariana_M, Jan 2022
Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour
Sam was a great tour guide, humorous and knowledgable. A Must in this city that has so much to see and it s useful for the first day so then you can deepen what you loved
star-5
Sam and “Daisy” made it the best tour ever!
Melva_M, Jan 2022
Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour
This was the best tour!!! Sam was our tour guide and she was EXCELLENT. From the pickup throughout the tour, Sam amazed us with her knowledge of San Francisco. Her love of the city was evident in the way she described the city, its people, history and culture. This tour is a must for anyone traveling to San Francisco…. I highly recommend it.
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SF tour
Dana_P, Nov 2021
Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour
We had Armando as our tour guide & he was phenomenal! He provided such a wealth of knowledge & took us to all the places that were on our “to see” list! He even provided some great restaurant recommendations and some additional things to see & do when while in town! Would def recommend Armando & the Painted Ladies!
star-5
A Great Tour.
Karen_P, Jan 2022
Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour
Our tour guide Sam, was amazing. She is very personable, knowledgeable with a sense of humor. The time went very fast. We viewed areas of the city no other tour went. Definitely worth the time and money.
star-5
Great!
Anita_W, Nov 2021
Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour
Armando made us feel like we were site seeing with family. He hit all the key spots & new the history. Painted Ladies SF tour well worth the money.
star-5
Great tour
Prasad_G, Dec 2021
Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour
Great tour for first-time travelers. Armando our tour guide was knowledgeable, weather would have been better.. but can't complain
star-5
HIGHLY RECOMMEND
Martha_S, Dec 2021
Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour
Armondo was one of the BEST tour guides! He was so knowledgeable, personable, and interesting! We enjoyed seeing some SF sights we had already seen with a fresh perspective and marveled at several new places such as the Fine Arts Palace, Lombard Street, and Twin Peaks. We extend a heartfelt thanks to Armondo for making our day a VERY memorable one! We highly recommend this tour and Armondo!!
star-5
Armando was a GREAT tour...
Rick_D, Nov 2021
Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour
Armando was a GREAT tour guide and very educational and comedic in our drive around San Francisco. Twin Peaks, Painted Ladies. Lombard crooked street, Golden Gate Bridge, numerous neighborhoods, etc. Highly recommend for someone not familiar with their surroundings or if you just want to be chauffeured around where you can relax and enjoy the views of the city.
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Tour with Miss Rosie!
Gabbi_N, Dec 2021
Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour
Sam was our tour guide! She gave us a lot of great history on San Francisco and made the tour really fun. It was so nice of her to offer to take pictures of us in front of the sites, as I was a solo traveler. I'd definitely recommend this tour for anyone trying to explore the city.
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Serendipity
Karen_C, Nov 2021
Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour
I randomly decided to take the Painted Ladies tour because it seemed like a unique experience. The reason I came to San Francisco was to visit the City Lights Bookstore. I was thoroughly impressed by the tour guide’s knowledge and his personality. I will treasure this memory for the rest of my life. Armando was the best tour guide, hands down.
star-5
A great way to see the city
shellyc1509, Dec 2021
Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour
This a great tour to see all the cool tourists spots in a fun van! We had Armando as our tour guide and he was amazing! He shared a lot of knowledge of the city and answered any questions we had. He also takes great pictures which is a bonus! We did the afternoon tour which included wine. Overall, a great tour with an awesome guide. 10/10 recommend.
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Best way to get a snapshot of San Francisco
Sarah_H, Dec 2021
Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour
I took this tour with my mom on our first day in San Francisco and it was the best decision! We were exhausted from our flight but Sam kept us engaged and excited the whole time we were in Rosie—the cutest pink VW! It was the best way to hit all the hot tourist spots around the city in about 3 hours so we could get a feel for every neighborhood. Definitely take this tour! Thanks Sam!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Painted Ladies are private homes where San Francisco residents live, so be respectful of their property by not posing for photos on the front steps or near the front doors.

  • Street parking can be hard to find in this residential neighborhood, so give yourself time to circle the block if you’re driving; there are time limits, so check all signs carefully.

  • Bring a jacket for the potential wind or fog that can roll across the city at any minute.

  • Coaches and other large tour buses are not allowed to stop on the streets closest to the Painted Ladies, so be ready to do a little walking if you’re taking a big-bus tour.

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How to Get There

The Painted Ladies are on Steiner Street between Grove and Hayes streets. City buses 5 (Pierce and McAllister stop), 21 (Hayes and Steiner stop), 22 (Hayes and Fillmore stop), and 24 (Divisadero and Hayes stop) will get you the closest, or take the N light rail line to Duboce Park, about a 7-block walk from Alamo Square.

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When to Get There

The houses face west, so go just before sunset for a glowing photo op in the best light. Evening and early morning provide better chances for less crowds. If you want to do as the locals do, head to Alamo Square on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon with a blanket, food, drinks, and a Bluetooth speaker for a relaxation session on the grass.

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Exploring Alamo Square

After a multimillion dollar renovation that ended in 2017, Alamo Square features new paths, trees, landscaping, and an accessible restroom. The 12-acre park is home to a tennis court, playground, picnic tables, and plenty of green space. Dogs are allowed, making this a favorite place for locals to gather—the Tanner family included.

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