Planning your trip just got a lot easier. Rather than spending hours digging through websites and reviews, to then run into crowds and expensive tourist traps. Get the inside scoop on the best and most loved experiences by city locals themselves.
Virgil uses real locals to recommend and curate only the best travel experiences. With the cities you visit always changing, consider our locals the perfect experts to provide you with the most up to date information.
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How it works
Fill out a short questionnaire telling us about your likes, interests, and preferences
We develop a personalized guidebook for you with the best secret spots and local recommendations we think you’ll love
Enjoy your trip and have the peace of mind that you will have a great trip!
Other travelers are getting immersed in San Francisco Culture at local recommended spots
Get to know San Francisco like a local by visiting some of their favorite and unique places. Here are just a few that we think you might be love:
Neighborhood - SOMA
Price - $
The classics can be... well classic... SFMOMA has a fantastic art collection pushing the limits that will make you think and wonder.
San Francisco Symphony
Neighborhood - Hayes
Price - $$$
While major cities have their own symphony the SF Symphony has movies nights where they play the soundtrack while you watch the movie live!
Precita Eyes Muralists
Neighborhood - Mission
Price - $$
Murals aren't just art they tell a story. For an understanding of the story they are telling visit here for a tour and history of the murals and The Mission
Neighborhood - North Beach
Price - Free
Most people think of San Francisco and Chinatown but it has a vibrant Italian district. If the director of The Godfather lives here it's worth checking out!
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Why Choose Us
Free guide revision and questions
Information from SF locals
No kickbacks from companies
Suggested reading and playlist
Focus on ethical travel
After grinding it at work during COVID all I wanted was some good live music, cocktails, and fantastic food while avoiding the tourist traps. That's exactly what I got when I worked through Virgil!
I always spent hours trying to figure out where I wanted to go and what I'd feel comfortable with while traveling alone. Patrick and Virgil helped me plan my perfect solo travel and met fantastic people! Definitely will be back!
It can be a challenge to find what events are going on in a city while I'm traveling. Patrick sent me some fantastic small concerts and vintage fairs to check out. If you haven't used Virgil I highly recommend it!
How does the process for my personalized custom guide work?After you checkout, you will receive a short questionnaire for you to fill out via email. Once we understand your budget, likes/dislikes, travel style, etc. we put together your personalized guide within 24-48 hours. If you have anything on your guide you don’t like please let us know and we’ll be happy to swap them out.
How do you make sure you have the best information and guides?We use a variety of locals coming from all different backgrounds to put together a consensus of what Virgil deems is best. They not only have different backgrounds but personally enjoy finding the best places for food, culture, and sites.
Why should I pay for information I can find online?We love to travel but there comes to planning it can be serious work. Global websites. Local websites. Instagram pages. Twitter feeds. Yelp/Google. Where do you start and stop? There is too much information out there and the vast majority of it is bad, outdated, or not what you were looking for. We cut through all of that and give exactly what you are looking for. With the extra time
What happens if I don’t like a recommendation in my guide?No problem! Just email us back and we’ll try to understand what you didn’t like to find a better recommendation for you.
What makes us different from others companies or travel agencies?Our focus is to ensure you have the best travel experience and nothing else. This means no “experts” that have only traveled to a city once, no kickbacks from other companies, and no high prices.
Do you make reservations for me?We do not and it’s for your benefit. By allowing us to focus on the guide we’re allowed to pass on the savings to you. Making reservations is also easy for most people. Book your flight, hotel, and a nice restaurant and 9/10 people are ready for their trip. If any trouble comes up we also aren’t a middle man that’s creating more trouble than solutions.
Will you answer questions after I receive my guide?Absolutely! Give us 24 hours to get back with you but we’re happy to answer any questions.