THE STINKIN' RICH & DIRTY MONEY
THAT BUILT NOB HILL

Hobnobbing with Gobs of Snobs examines the stinkin' rich and dirty money that built Nob Hill. That’s right: San Francisco’s cleanest neighborhood is also her dirtiest! Put on your white gloves and hold your nose high so you don’t catch a whiff of the corruption.

Learn how The Railroad Barons and The Bonanza Kings used insider trading, price gouging, graft, money laundering, forgery, illegal monopolies, and bribery to build their empires from San Francisco’s most exclusive address, Snob Hill—I mean, Nob Hill.

This tour sneaks around some of the City’s hoity-toitiest architecture: you’ll see world-class mansions, hotels, and churches, so please wipe your feet before entering. Don’t forget your monocle!

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Hobnobbing with Gobs of Snobs covers such topics as the Silver Rush, the Transcontinental Railroad, the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906, the invention of the cable car, and—in America’s favorite retail area, Union Square—shopping.

We'll also tell riveting stories about millionaire inventors, the Spite Fence, and how a bartender went from serving champagne one day to bathing in it the next.

tour distance: about 12 blocks tour duration: about two hours
hills: one very steep downhill of three blocks
ending location: the St. Francis Hotel, across the street from Union Square

Because it visits many interiors, this tour is ideal during inclement weather.

  • The Fairmont, one of the City’s signature hotels
  • A hidden rooftop park
  • Three survivors of the Great Earthquake and Fire
  • Grace Cathedral, a 50-year-old church that doesn’t look a day over 500
  • Window shopping in Union Square—please no drooling
  • The Clock (that’s right: The Clock)

  • Plus games, gags, gawking, and tons o’fun

Advance purchase required. Tours usually sell out in advance!

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Here are our regular tours.
We can also customize a fun tour for your group or family.
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CHASING THE DRAGON
disorient yourself in the history and mystery of Chinatown

COME OUT TO THE CASTRO
San Francisco’s gay village from top to bottom

FLASHBACK
from the Summer of Love to the Winter of Discontent

FULL EXPOSURE
an expose into the full history of North Beach
GO WEST, YOUNG WOMAN
ten daring divas who did it their way
HOBNOBBING WITH GOBS OF SNOBS
the stinkin’ rich and dirty money that built Nob Hill
LUSCIOUS LOBBIES
intimate interiors of Nob Hill & Union Square

NUDE, LEWD & CRUDE
the rise of strippers, comedians, and beats in North Beach

SAN FRANCISCO IN A NUTSHELL
the nuts and bolts of the City's history

SHAKE & BAKE
the heartbreak of the great 'quake

WHERE'S THE F-ING BEACH IN NORTH BEACH?
a neighborhood tour sponsored by the letter F

THE WHOLE SHEBANG
three individual tours squeezed into a deluxe three-hour tour of Nob Hill, Chinatown, and North Beach

 

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