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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
Fantastic!!!
Riding in a Volkswagen van again was a living memory of life in the 70’s. Our tour guide was filled with information and anyone who hands me a glass of wine with a pink flamingo straw is unforgettable. San Francisco is sung an enjoyable city. Will definitely do other tours!!!
Kathy_K, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in San Francisco

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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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Absolute Perfection!!!
TonyDale_C, Jun 2021
Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour
The tour was absolutely amazing in every way!!! Our tour guide, Josh, was also amazing in every way too!!! We saw many major sights of the city and took some breathtaking pictures!!! The vehicle was very clean and comfortable and we had a blast with the different people on our tour!!! Josh was so friendly, accommodating, patient, and informative!!! This was a perfect choice for a day of our stay in SF!!! 🙌🏻🙏🏻💜
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Great way to tour the city!
Krystal_S, Nov 2021
Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour
Armando was a tour guide and he was so great! He was so knowledgeable about the city and took us to so many of the must do stops. Highly recommend his tour and the ride with buttercup was so much fun! We loved it.
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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.
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Highly recommend!
Jorge_C, Nov 2021
Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour
Highly recommend taking this tour. Gürkan was a great and knowledgeable tour guide. He answered all of our questions along the tour. Thank you for this great experience!
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Great way to start our trip!!!
Deanne_S, Nov 2021
Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour
Armando was very informative and fun! Great way to see the various highlights of the city and get local knowledge
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Go for it! You won't be disappointed.
Kim_R, Nov 2021
Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour
What a great way to see San Francisco! Sam was a fun, knowledgeable tour guide, and Rosie, our adorable pink VW Bus was the perfect vehicle for getting around. Highly recommend!
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Great Fun and informative
Edward_L, Nov 2021
Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour
Samantha was a great host, knew all the information about the city and made our trip fun. We hit all different neighborhoods and got a full tour for three hours
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Mother and daughters tour San Fran.
Valerie_M, Nov 2021
Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour
Our tour guide, Gurkan, was lovely. He was very informative and invited us to ask questions. He provided multiple photo stops. The view of the Golden Gate Bridge was outstanding. I highly recommend this tour.
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Groovy
Annemarie_O, Nov 2021
Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour
Armondo was wonderful, full of knowledge and great tips for sightseeing! Would do this again and again, we had a great time!
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Armando is a great guide.
Tom_T, Oct 2021
Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour
Armando is a great guide. He is bright,, respectful and has a great knowledge of history. He is very accommodating . We are seniors and he made our day easier. His knowledge of the city is remarkable.
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Enjoying San Fran in the Rain
Regina_F, Oct 2021
Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour
Despite the heavy rain and winds, our tour guide made our tour very pleasurable. He was excellent! We saw all the major sites except the Golden Gate Bridge due to fog. Yo ensure we got our money’s worth, the tour guide took us to a great French bakery for great coffee and pastries.

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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