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Nob Hill

Nob Hill

Free admission
Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA

The Basics

The top of Nob Hill is the block bordered by Sacramento, Taylor, California, and Mason streets. You’ll feel like you’re at the top of the city as you take in the French Gothic–style architecture of Grace Cathedral, the stately Fairmont Hotel, and the Flood Mansion. Book a history walking tour or a movie sights tour, or stop into the popular Cable Car Museum, to get the most from this tony neighborhood.

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Recent reviews from experiences in San Francisco

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Nob Hill history
Michael_P, Aug 2022
History and Architecture Walking Tour of Nob Hill
Learning about the railroad tycoons and how they stamped their spot in history at Nob Hill. Comprehending the magnitude of the wealth they acquired through this deal.
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Fascinating insight into the lives and history that created the Nob Hill we see today
Ali_M, Jul 2022
History and Architecture Walking Tour of Nob Hill
Cathy was a lovely and informative guide to the history and architecture around Nob Hill. She answered our many questions with knowledge and patience and took great care of us and the rest of our group. We enjoyed seeing the photos of the people she was telling us about too.
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Great tour
Judy_S, Jul 2022
History and Architecture Walking Tour of Nob Hill
I loved hearing about the history and the tour guide had plenty of interesting stories to tell. We are SF natives and learned several new things.
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1. View of buildings...
Richard_M, Jul 2022
History and Architecture Walking Tour of Nob Hill
1. View of buildings from roof garden of Fairmont. 2. Interesting historical characters and tidbits.
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Interesting SF silver & railroad barons his
Cynthia_F, Jul 2022
History and Architecture Walking Tour of Nob Hill
Behind the scenes tour of Fairmont Hotel ... interesting historical info. of SF silver & railroad barons. Alas the mansions are mostly gone. Very pleasant tour guide
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SF history for locals
Gini_B, Jun 2022
History and Architecture Walking Tour of Nob Hill
Having lived in the Bay Area for more than 15 years it was great to spend the afternoon learning about its history. Such a fun way to explore the city
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San Fran overview
Rebecca_N, Jun 2022
History and Architecture Walking Tour of Nob Hill
Our guide Valerie did an excellent job with the tour. I especially liked the colorful stories to go along with the history and the visual photos. She spoke loud and clear.
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Great Guide
DScott_E, Mar 2022
History and Architecture Walking Tour of Nob Hill
Super knowledgable and kind guide. Really knew her history and was eager to share, with the excitement of learning readily apparent.
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Visit historic old hotels
kbackpacker2000, Mar 2022
History and Architecture Walking Tour of Nob Hill
Fascinating to learn about the gold and silver rushes of the nineteenth century. Guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic.
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Great tour- in-depth understanding of the architectural history of SF
KathyMcdermott, Mar 2022
History and Architecture Walking Tour of Nob Hill
Very informative and a great understanding of Chicago history. Valerie was extremely informative! Not as much walking as expected
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Fantastic tour of Nob Hill
JamesK_M, Jul 2022
History and Architecture Walking Tour of Nob Hill
I would highly recommend this tour for both visitors and SF locals. It is funny how one can walk through the streets and neighborhoods of a city and forget to “look up”, passing buildings and sites that are filled with history. Before taking this tour, I was unaware of Nob Hill’s fascinating history that included the “silver kings,” the railroad barons and also the many luminaries associated with the Fairmont Hotel. Valerie was a wealth of knowledge and the pictures she provided as visual aids also really added to the experience. I attended this tour with my husband and parents and we all loved it!!! A+++++++ We are looking forward to taking some of Hob Bob’s other tours in SF!!!
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Delightful history
Nancy_H, Nov 2021
History and Architecture Walking Tour of Nob Hill
A very pleasant lady lead us on a delightful tour of Nob Hill. She had many interesting stories to share with us.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • There is a lot of metered and free street parking available, but pay attention to posted signs about parking limits during street cleaning, rush hour, construction, or special events.

  • Bring a jacket; the fog and wind can roll in quickly and it gets chilly on top of the hill.

  • Wear shoes appropriate for walking down steep grades.

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How to Get There

Nob Hill sits between Van Ness Avenue, Broadway, Powell Street, and Bush Street. For the most quintessentially San Francisco experience, ride up the hill on the Powell-Hyde cable car line from Union Square, or the California line from Market Street. The neighborhood is also accessible via Muni bus No. 1.

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When to Get There

Commuting locals and traffic crowd the main thoroughfare of California Street during morning and evening rush hour, so either avoid this time or embrace your experience of the city’s daily bustle. It’s not a major nightlife area, so go during the day to visit the attractions and admire the elegant architecture at the top of the hill.

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Nob Hill Hotels

Check out these three hotels for a taste of old San Francisco luxury and unparalleled views. The

Fairmont opened in 1907 and is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places; enjoy a drink in the famous Tonga Room Tiki bar. At the InterContinental Mark Hopkins, which opened in 1926, visit the upscale Top of the Mark cocktail lounge. Or head to the Huntington, opened in 1922, and dine at the Big 4 restaurant.

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