True Crime Tales From the Haight-Ashbury Walking Tour

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Murder, mayhem, and music

As the sun sets over Golden Gate Park, we’ll begin our exploration of Haight-Ashbury, famous for the Summer of Love, hippies, and counterculture. But the park is also known for bloodshed. It’s said as many as 151 murders took place here in 1969 alone.

Our guide to True Crime Tales From the Haight-Ashbury Walking Tour

You’ll learn about San Francisco’s Ripper, venture down the most haunted walk on Haight Street, and visit the homes of some of the most notorious serial killers in history.

This two-hour experience is a must for any and all fans of true crime and the paranormal. Our expert guides weave their passion for San Francisco history into the stories that make this neighbourhood so spooky. The result is an unforgettable experience you’re sure to remember.

Haight tour itinerary

  • Lake Alvord

Where the body of a murdered homeless man was found floating one morning

  • Charles Manson home

Where the serial killer recruited much of his “family” after his second release from prison

  • 1480 Waller Street

In the middle of the aptly named Terror Terrace

  • Janis Joplin’s home

A pretty pink Victorian landmark where the singer lived with her lover

  • Jimi Hendrix’s home

AKA The Red House since it was painted red in the musician’s honor

  • Grateful Dead homes

Beautiful Queen Anne-style building where the band lived during the 1967 drug bust

  • Former Hells Angels headquarters

Home to the infamous biker gang during the ’60s and ’70s

  • Home of Jim Jones

Where the preacher-turned-serial-killer lived before moving his congregation to Guyana

  • Trax Bar

Famously haunted by the spirit of a man only recently identified

  • Buena Vista Park

Paved with tombstones from the Gold Rush era


Start Times: 5 PM

Departs: Thursday-Sunday

Duration: 2 hours

Meeting Point: The intersection of Haight Street and Stanyan Street

Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions for True Crime Tales From the Haight-Ashbury Walking Tour

  • You will receive a voucher for this experience. Please read it thoroughly.
  • Itinerary subject to change without notice. 
  • This tour is conducted in English only.
  • Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory. 
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. 
  • This tour ends at Haight Street and Masonic Street.
  • *Cancellation Policy: Free cancellations for bookings cancelled with the supplier 72 hours prior to the tour date. No refunds are given for cancellations made within 72 hours of the tour date. Amendment requests are subject to availability and price changes. Late arrivals and no shows are non refundable.


Frequently Asked Questions for True Crime Tales From the Haight-Ashbury Walking Tour

General Information

  • What is the True Crime Tales From the Haight-Ashbury Walking Tour?

    The True Crime Tales From the Haight-Ashbury Walking Tour is a guided walking tour through the iconic Haight-Ashbury neighbourhood in San Francisco. This tour dives into the dark and intriguing history of the area, exploring infamous crimes, notorious criminals, and the impact these events had on the community.

  • How much walking is there?

    This tour covers just under a half mile at a leisurely pace.

  • What if it rains?

    Our tours run rain or shine. If there’s extreme weather and we have to cancel, you’ll get a full refund.

  • Are gratuities included?

    Tips aren’t included but are always appreciated by our guides. If you think your guide did an outstanding job, a tip is a great way to show that.

Duration of Visit

  • How long does the tour last?

    The tour lasts approximately 2 hours, covering a distance of about 1.5 miles at a leisurely pace.

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