Today’s California owes everything to the year 1848, when James Marshall found gold along the American River, north east of the Bay Area. After that day, San Francisco rose as the gateway to the gold rush, ushering in one of the world’s largest human migrations. Lawless lands and lonely men lead to very wild and dangerous times in the Wild West, earning San Francisco the nickname, The Barbary Coast. The tour starts with a drive to the outer reaches of the city to visit historic Barbary coast and gold rush sites. The tour finishes with a very fun walking tour of downtown, the Barbary coast, and beyond, lead by a colorful character from the 1800s. Come explore and learn about those early days as we make our way around San Francisco, stopping to explore historic sites and hear fascinating stories and tales of the Wild West!