Walk the city's most misunderstood neighborhood with people who call it home.
"If you’ve lived here your whole life, you’ve lived a hard life – period." Kathleen Lee slept in her car, until it was stolen. After that, she slept on the street. She's seen the worst, most dangerous and difficult sides of the Tenderloin, but... More
- 50 minutes
The ideal starting time for this walk is 11am on a weekday. One of the best stops on this Detour has limited hours, so its best to follow the recommended hours on this one. You can take this Detour at other times too, but some of the stops may be closed.
The streets of the Tenderloin are safer than you think, but visitors are sometimes mugged or hassled. Keep your phone in your pocket, and be aware of your surroundings. Please don't take photos of people without asking permission. All that being said, the Tenderloin can be a warm and welcoming community filled with wonderful people. We hope you get a chance to meet and talk with some of them.
This Detour takes you places where people sleep and live. Inside St. Boniface and the Arlington Hotel, be as quiet and respectful as you can.
Bring cash for a drink and tip at Aunt Charlie's Lounge