Emperor Norton's Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine, San Francisco

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Emperor Norton's Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine is a lively, informative, and entertaining walking tour of historic San Francisco led by Emperor Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico.

The tour lasts approximately two hours and is 1.5 miles long.

Emperor Norton's Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine departs Thursdays & Sundays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. from Union Square (meet under the statue). Advance reservations required. Cost is $20, cash only.

Learn the fascinating stories behind:

Union Square

The St. Francis Hotel

Maiden Lane

Lotta's Fountain

The Palace Hotel

Jackson Square

Portsmouth Square

And much more!
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  • The Emperor leads you on a grand walkabout through his haunts on the Barbary Coast, sparing no detail about its delightfully sordid past (though respectfully checking with the parents on the trip...  more »
  • A very enriching and educational tour! The Emperor has exceptional knowledge of San Francisco history, adding his own personal flair to every site we visited. A must see/do when visiting SF!  more »
  • My Wife and I have just done this tour today with The Emperor. This has got to be one of the best city tours we have ever done. It was entertaining and informative, the Emperor was great company for nearly 3 hrs. If you want to do a walking tour in San Francisco. do this one it was GREAT.
  • We just had the best walking tour with Emperor Norton! I won't give anything away however, if you enjoy history with an animated and loved tour guide this is a must. Emperor Norton is delightful, insightful and simply marvelous. This is a MUST tour in San Francisco.

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