Cruisin’ the Castro Walking Tours began in 1989 by local historian, Trevor Hailey. By the late 1980s, she had started the walking tours that led tourists visiting San Francisco’s Castro District on an amazing trek through gay history.
Upon Trevor’s retirement in 2005, local resident and professional tour guide, Kathy Amendola, had purchased the business that continues to thrive to this day. Kathy has many years of travel and tourism expertise, is a long time local resident and an active member of the LGBT community.
In 2009, both Kathy and Cruisin’ the Castro Walking Tours, were awarded the “Certificate of Honor”, from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors as public recognition of distinction and merit for outstanding service to the people of the City and County of San Francisco. In addition to this, Kathy is actively involved with serving her community as a Board Member for several organizations such as currently the Rainbow Honor Walk and previously with the Merchants of Upper Market & Castro and the Golden Gate Business Association.
Since 2011, Cruisin’ the Castro Walking Tours has been awarded the “Certificate of Excellence” and “2015 Hall of Fame Member”, from TripAdvisors for outstanding tour experiences.