Emperor Norton's Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine

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What You'll Get


Take a tour through San Francisco's history with one of its most colorful characters. Emperor Norton was a prominent businessman who lost it all on a bad investment. He responded to his failure by declaring himself "Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico." Rather than dismissing him, San Francisco embraced him, treating him as royalty and accepting his self-created currency. Tour guide Joseph Amster incorporates his journalistic and acting talents to provide a one-of-a-kind tour, taking on the persona of Emperor Norton and introducing you to the history of the city's most unique and interesting sites through the eyes of this larger-than-life unofficial city mascot.

Event Description:

The tour lasts approximately 2.5 hours and covers two miles.

Leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcome to attend with ticketed owners.

You’ll learn about: Emperor Norton, the man and the myths • Union Square • The St. Francis Hotel • Maiden Lane • Lotta’s Fountain • The 1906 earthquake and fire • Bummer & Lazarus • The Palace Hotel • Jackson Square • The Barbary Coast • Portsmouth Square • and much more!

The tickets identified in this promotion are made available through Goldstar. Groupon is not affiliated with or sponsored by Union Square in connection with this deal.

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Be prepared to walk at least two miles and climb two small hills, and dress accordingly for a two hour walk outdoors. ALL SALES FINAL. Groupon promo codes may not be used for this offer. Discount reflects current ticket prices, which may change. Ticket value includes all fees. Holder assumes all risk in connection with the event and releases Groupon, Goldstar, the venue and their affiliates from any related claims. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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