WALKING TOUR SCHEDULE

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Thursday May 26
11:00 amCity Hall and the Civic CenterExplore a National Historic District and tour San Francisco's most beautiful building: its City Hall. Meet at steps of Main Library facing the Pioneer Monument on Fulton St. between Hyde & Larkin. Public transportation: MUNI line 19; MUNI/BART Civic Center Station
11:00 amGolden Gate BridgeThis tour has everything. Soaring design, sleazy politics, stunning engineering, terrifying geology, ripping currents and tides, famous fog, sailboats under your feet, fearless ironworkers and cowardly bankers...and then there's the view from center span Meet at the Strauss statue in the visitors plaza, the SF side of the Bridge. Weather can be unpredictable. Bring a jacket! Public transportation: MUNI lines 28. Very Limited parking during landscape reconstruction around the bridge.
1:00 pmSacred Places In San FranciscoSan Francisco's diversity is reflected in its places of worship. Visit churches, temples, a cathedral, and a synagogue. View the symbols and architecture and hear the history of the city's religious institutions. Meet at the main plaza entrance of St. Mary's Cathedral, Gough & Geary. Public transportation: MUNI line 38.
1:00 pmJapanese Tea GardenJoin us for a stroll through this five-acre world-famous garden. Learn about the icons of the Garden and the family that lived there. Admission to garden required except on the Monday and Wednesday 9:30 morning tour. Meet just inside the entrance to the garden.
2:00 pmNob HillHere once rose the rococo palaces of the old railroad and silver kings. Expect architectural tidbits and anecdotes about a great cathedral, four prestigious hotels, and a most exclusive men's club. Elegance, urbanity, and fabulous views. Meet at the front entrance to the Stanford Court Hotel on California Street between Powell and Mason. Public transportation: MUNI Powell or California Street cable car; Powell Street MUNI/BART station.
2:00 pmJapantown, Urban Renewal and the Fillmore DistrictSan Francisco's Japantown dates from the earthquake and fire of 1906. During World War II, Japanese American residents were imprisoned and replaced largely by African Americans, whose thriving businesses included many jazz clubs. Beginning in the 1950s, a decades-long urban renewal project reshaped both the neighborhood's population and its physical landscape. Today we see Japanese-style architecture next to classic Victorians and the birth of the Fillmore Jazz Preservation District. Meet at the intersection of Buchanan and Sutter Streets, near 1747 Buchanan Street, next to the large Japanese gate (rectangular arch) at the entrance to the pedestrian mall. Public transportation: MUNI lines, 2, 22, 38.
Friday May 27
9:30 amJapanese Tea Garden/Stow Lake/Strawberry HillWe'll start with a tour of the Japanese Tea Garden, then climb up to Stow Lake. We'll explore San Francisco's second highest sand dune, a place known as "the island," even before it was surrounded by water. See a waterfall funded by a railroad tycoon and a nesting tree for California's largest water bird. We'll cross the Roman Bridge and hike up the Carriage Path to the top of Strawberry Hill, the site of the Sweeny Observatory and then descend down Huntington Falls to the Taipei Pavilion. This tour may be abbreviated, at the discretion of the guide, due to weather. Meet inside the Tea Garden Gate in Golden Gate Park. Tea Garden admission is free.
10:00 amSouth of Market Architecture StrollCompare Classical Revival, modern, postmodern and green trends. Architecture includes building facades, public places, and public art. Zigzag and saunter along main streets and back alleys toward the emerging Transbay Terminal complex. Meet on Yerba Buena Lane between Market St. and Mission St. at the Jewish Contemporary Museum's "Big Blue Cube".
10:00 amClub Land - Architecture and Culture of San Francisco's Grand Old ClubsSome older tourist guide books from the mid 20th century refer to the area between Nob Hill, Union Square, and the Financial District as Club Land or Club Row. The heyday of these social clubs was from the late 19th century up to the Great Depression. There were clubs for men, women, and a huge range of social, ethnic, and interest groups. They all took pride in a handsome club house. After the Second World War, society and its clubs changed into a more mixed and uneven phenomenon. Some clubs disappeared, others adapted, and a small number remained just as powerful and exclusive as ever. This tour includes 11 buildings, starting on Nob Hill and ending at Union Square. On Saturdays, whenever possible, we will go inside one of the clubs, so please observe an informal but appropriate dress code. California and Mason Streets, southwest corner. Next to the large dark pair of doors right on the sidewalk, with canopy, and 1001 written in the transome
10:00 amCity Scapes And Public PlacesDiscover hidden parks, rooftop gardens, while learning colorful history and distinctive architecture of San Francisco's Financial District. Meet at the Native Sons Monument, Montgomery at Market. Public transportation: MUNI/BART Montgomery Station; all Market Street buses & streetcars.
10:00 amHistoric Market Street: Path Of GoldFrom the Ferry Building to Lotta's Fountain, Market Street provides a cross section of San Francisco history as it slices diagonally across the city. Lining the city's first boulevard, dubbed the "Path of Gold" as it was rebuilt after the 1906 earthquake, are historic buildings, monuments and modern skyscrapers. Hear the street's relevance to everything from the Gold Rush to Bay Area Rapid Transit and vintage street cars. Meet in front of the Landmark Building at One Market Street, south side of Market St. between Steuart & Spear Sts.No hills. Wheelchairs welcome. Public transportation: BART and MUNI lines F, 2, 6, 9, 9L, 14, 14L, 21, 31.
11:00 amFisherman's Wharf: A Hidden HistoryExperience hidden treasures most visitors miss. Go behind the scenes to learn about the bay, ships, swimmers, and fishing history of this vital part of San Francisco. Meet by the Mermaid Fountain, main courtyard of Ghirardelli Square, off Larkin St. between North Point & Beach Sts.
11:00 amAlfred Hitchcock's San FranciscoThe Master of Suspense loved San Francisco and used its beauty, elegance and mystery to great effect in several films. From Nob Hill to Union Square, you'll see some of the hotels, clubs, retail stores and other locations featured in Vertigo and other Hitchcock classics. You'll hear why Hitchcock chose them and how he filmed them. And you'll learn about their history, architecture, and the stories they tell about the San Francisco of fifty years ago and today. Meet at the fountain in Huntington Park, off Sacramento Street between Taylor and Mason. Tour ends in Union Square and includes a steep downhill walk.
12:00 pmFerry BuildingEnjoy an hour-long walk on the rise, tragic fall, and modern rebirth of one of San Francisco's most renowned historic landmarks. Visit a contemporary swirl of shops and learn the history of ferries, freeways and quakes. Meet at the foot of the stairs at the front entrance, Market and Embarcadero. Meet at the main entrance, near the stairs to the 2nd Floor. Public transportation: MUNI F/Market, 14/Mission; MUNI Metro/BART Embarcadero Station. Lots of stairs; elevator available.
1:00 pmJapanese Tea GardenJoin us for a stroll through this five-acre world-famous garden. Learn about the icons of the Garden and the family that lived there. Admission to garden required except on the Monday and Wednesday 9:30 morning tour. Meet just inside the entrance to the garden.
1:00 pmPresidio: From Military Post to Earthquake Refuge to National ParkLearn about the Presidio from its critical role in the 1906 earthquake to its current transition from a military base to a crown jewel in the National Park System. Allow extra time before or after your walk to stop in at the newly renovated Officers' Club on the Main Post. Meet near the entrance to the Officer's Club, 50 Moraga Avenue, on the Main Post.
1:30 pmGold Rush CityRelive the early history of an instant city. Learn about the Vigilance Committee and a fleet of abandoned ships. Who was Emperor Norton? Walk the streets of Yerba Buena Cove, the haunts of the original 49ers. Meet on the northeast corner of Clay & Montgomery at the Transamerica Pyramid. Public Transportation: MUNI lines 1.
1:30 pmCity Scapes And Public PlacesDiscover hidden parks, rooftop gardens, while learning colorful history and distinctive architecture of San Francisco's Financial District. Meet at the Native Sons Monument, Montgomery at Market. Public transportation: MUNI/BART Montgomery Station; all Market Street buses & streetcars.
Saturday May 28
10:00 amNorth BeachSavor a taste of the International District, home to the Latin Quarter of the 1850s, Little Italy since the 1880s, and the stage for turn-of-the-century bohemians and mid-20th century beatniks. Meet at 666 Filbert Street on the steps of Saints Peter and Paul Church, across from Washington Square. Public transportation: MUNI lines 30, 45. Parking: city garage - 735 Vallejo, between Stockton and Powell.
10:00 amVisitacion Valley Part IExplore Visitacion Valley, named by 18th-century Spaniards lost in the fog and part of the only local land grant deeded to an Anglo. The morning's focus is on the valley's commerce, transportation, and development, including a foray through Little Hollywood and ending at Silvestri's log cabin. Meet at 45 Leland Ave. near Bayshore. Public transportation: MUNI lines 9, 8 and T light rail line
10:00 amOmni Hotel WalkStarting from the lobby of the Omni Hotel enjoy one of City Guides popular downtown tours. Each week take a surprise tour that could include Chinatown, Embarcadero Skyway or Gold Rush City. 500 California Street (at Montgomery)
10:00 amChinatownExplore local alleys and walk among sites of temples and tongs, and shops of joss, dim sum, herbs; learn some colorful history and stories from the oldest Chinatown in the US. Meet inside Portsmouth Square Park in front of Parking Garage Elevators adjacent corner of Walter P. Lum Pl. & Washington St. Public transportation: MUNI lines 1, 30, and 45.
10:00 amFerry BuildingEnjoy an hour-long walk on the rise, tragic fall, and modern rebirth of one of San Francisco's most renowned historic landmarks. Visit a contemporary swirl of shops and learn the history of ferries, freeways and quakes. Meet at the foot of the stairs at the front entrance, Market and Embarcadero. Meet at the main entrance, near the stairs to the 2nd Floor. Public transportation: MUNI F/Market, 14/Mission; MUNI Metro/BART Embarcadero Station. Lots of stairs; elevator available.
10:00 am1906: Earthquake And FireImagine awakening before dawn on April 18, 1906 to the unthinkable--a massive earthquake has toppled chimneys and buildings, and ripped apart city water pipes. With the fire on your heels, escape from the alleyways south of Market to what should be the safety of Union Square. Meet between the 525 building and 555 building on the south side of Market Street at Market Street Plaza Park benches.
11:00 amCoit Tower MuralsMurals--some controversial--created by 25 of California's leading artists of the 1930s reflect scenes of the Great Depression, landscapes, farm workers, industries, a stylish soiree, and vibrant city life. Meet at the main entry of Coit Tower atop Telegraph Hill. No parking. Public transportation: MUNI line 39.
11:00 amCastro: Tales Of The VillageExplore a neighborhood you thought you knew. What was once dairy farms and dirt roads is now one of the city's most vibrant and cohesive communities. Stairs and steep hills. Meet near the giant rainbow flag - southwest corner of Market and Castro Streets, upper level of Harvey Milk Plaza. Muni K, L, M, Castro Station
11:00 amGolden Gate Park: West EndA magical garden and the windmills that helped create Golden Gate Park. Discover Lucien Labaudt's magnificent murals of 1930s city life in Willis Polk's landmark Beach Chalet, Meet at the Dutch windmill, northwest end of Golden gate Park, J.F.K. Drive at Great Highway near Fulton St.
11:00 amPort of San Francisco: Turbulent WatersShipping reigned supreme, then nearly disappeared. An exclusive neighborhood rose, then fell. No other port has been so shaken by seismic events, natural and man-made. Discover the changing face of the downtown shoreline. Understand the financial and geologic erosion that doomed it – then revived it. Meet at Mission & Steuart Streets, by Rincon Center. Public transportation: Muni lines 12, 14-Mission, all Market Street lines (to Ferries), and Embarcadero BART/Muni Station.
11:00 amPacific Heights MansionsWalk past palatial homes and consulates in Pacific Heights--mansions used as the Japanese and German consulates in 1941. Learn of Victorian lifestyles and earthquake refugees. Meet in Alta Plaza Park, atop the stairs above Pierce & Clay Sts. Public transportation: MUNI lines 3, 1, 24, 22.
1:00 pmTelegraph Hill Stairway HikeEnjoy views of the bay and semi-tropical gardens along the Filbert Steps while learning about Coit Tower, quarrying, castles, parrots, 19th century cottages, and modern condos. Meet at the Marconi Monument, opposite 290 Lombard, at the intersections of Lombard, Kearny and Telegraph Hill Blvd. Best approach is on Lombard from the west (North Beach). NOTE: Because of intervening cliffs, it is NOT possible to reach the Marconi Monument on Lombard from the east (Embarcadero) or on Kearny from the north (Fisherman's Wharf). Tour ends at Union and Montgomery.
1:00 pmPresidio: From Military Post to Earthquake Refuge to National ParkLearn about the Presidio from its critical role in the 1906 earthquake to its current transition from a military base to a crown jewel in the National Park System. Allow extra time before or after your walk to stop in at the newly renovated Officers' Club on the Main Post. Meet near the entrance to the Officer's Club, 50 Moraga Avenue, on the Main Post.
1:00 pmScandalous Murals of Rincon CenterControversial! Shocking! Revolting! Partisan hysteria echoed from San Francisco to Washington D.C. when these murals were unveiled. Powerful voices called for their destruction, yet 30 years later, they saved the building from demolition. The murals tell many stories, from the growth of San Francisco to Cold War politics. Discover the artistic and political drama behind these New Deal treasures - and get a great overview of The City's history. Meet at the east end of Rincon Center lobby, Mission at Steuart. Public transportation: MUNI lines F, 2, 14, 21; BART/MUNI Metro Embarcadero station.
1:00 pmJapanese Tea GardenJoin us for a stroll through this five-acre world-famous garden. Learn about the icons of the Garden and the family that lived there. Admission to garden required except on the Monday and Wednesday 9:30 morning tour. Meet just inside the entrance to the garden.
1:30 pm1850's San Francisco: Paris Of The PacificGold Rush San Francisco had a large population of French Parisians. Their influence, abilities, and taste for the finer things of life helped San Francisco to blossom almost overnight from the mud of Yerba Buena Cove into a sophisticated, cosmopolitan city. Meet at the corner of Clay and Montgomery at Transamerica Pyramid
2:00 pmSilent Film San FranciscoSan Francisco's connection with the movies goes back more than 125 years to the dawn of the moving picture. From iconic locations to obscure alleys, San Francisco was the setting for hundreds of silent films from the 1890s on, with stars like Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Mary Pickford, Lon Chaney and Rudolph Valentino. Many of its native sons and daughters became famous in front of and behind the camera as the silent era peaked in the 1920s – and an infamous downtown speakeasy was the setting for an historic studio scene that sounded (literally) the end of silent film. Join us on a walk through the Barbary Coast, Chinatown, the Financial District and Union Square and learn about an eccentric photographer, a golden molar, the first Hispanic movie star, the influence of anti-Chinese laws, and the greatest scandal of the silent era. Tour starts at the southeast corner of Pacific Ave and Kearny St., across from “The Station” Cafe.
2:00 pmJapantown, Urban Renewal and the Fillmore DistrictSan Francisco's Japantown dates from the earthquake and fire of 1906. During World War II, Japanese American residents were imprisoned and replaced largely by African Americans, whose thriving businesses included many jazz clubs. Beginning in the 1950s, a decades-long urban renewal project reshaped both the neighborhood's population and its physical landscape. Today we see Japanese-style architecture next to classic Victorians and the birth of the Fillmore Jazz Preservation District. Meet at the intersection of Buchanan and Sutter Streets, near 1747 Buchanan Street, next to the large Japanese gate (rectangular arch) at the entrance to the pedestrian mall. Public transportation: MUNI lines, 2, 22, 38.
2:00 pmMaking Waves on the WaterfrontSan Francisco is well-known for changing the world through innovative, even revolutionary, ideas and actions in politics, business, technology and society. Many of these changes occurred along the northern waterfront, where Gold Rush pioneers, labor organizers, entrepreneurs, genius inventors, and architects helped created our modern city. Join us as we travel over level ground (no hills!) to visit historic sites and hidden parks. Meet in front of the Ferry Building under the clock tower, at the foot of Market St. Public transportation: MUNI lines 12, 14, F Historic Streetcar; MUNI/BART Embarcadero Station
2:00 pmLand's End: Sutro HeightsIn sunshine or fog, experience the dramatic wind swept vistas where San Francisco meets the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy Sutro Heights Park, Mayor Sutro's gift to the public, and see the ruins of his gigantic baths. Somewhat strenuous. Meeting at the entrance gate to Sutro Heights Park on Point Lobos Avenue close-by the 48th Avenue traffic light.
2:00 pmVisitacion Valley Part IIExplore Visitacion Valley, named by 18th-century Spaniards lost in the fog and part of the only local land grant deeded to an Anglo. The afternoon tour concentrates on community life – including Eichler housing, a Julia Morgan church, landscaped greenways, and more – in the "Valley of the Windmills." Somewhat strenuous. Meet at 45 Leland Ave. near Bayshore. Public transportation: MUNI lines 9, 8 and T light rail line.
Sunday May 29
9:00 amTenderloin Neighborhood Part IIExplore the Tenderloin’s isolated rural village beginnings and its years as a quiet residential and small business neighborhood. Find out how it morphed into San Francisco’s hotel and silk stocking entertainment and vice district, how it became part of the mean streets in the last half of the 20th century, and how it is trying to reinvent itself as the entertainment and restaurant district it used to be. Learn about the days of the Uptown Tenderloin, San Francisco’s bootlegger wars, the start of the San Francisco movie industry, famous madams, neighborhood gambling and jazz clubs, and Little Saigon. Meet at McAllister & Leavenworth Streets
11:00 amCastro: Tales Of The VillageExplore a neighborhood you thought you knew. What was once dairy farms and dirt roads is now one of the city's most vibrant and cohesive communities. Stairs and steep hills. Meet near the giant rainbow flag - southwest corner of Market and Castro Streets, upper level of Harvey Milk Plaza. Muni K, L, M, Castro Station
11:00 amJapanese Tea Garden - 11AMJoin us for a stroll through this five-acre world-famous garden. Learn about the icons of the Garden and the family that lived there. Admission to garden required except on the Monday and Wednesday 9:30 morning tour. Meet just inside the entrance to the garden.
11:00 amHaight-AshburyCome explore streets, sidewalks, parks, and vistas that tell the story of a Victorian era resort site subsequently developed by comfortable merchants, whose gingerbread homes still grace its streets. Somewhat strenuous. Meet at the Park Branch Library, 1833 Page St. Public transportation: MUNI lines 33, 43.
11:00 amMission Dolores NeighborhoodVenture through a history-rich area of the famous Mission district. Learn about the neighborhood's Spanish mission, its miraculous survival from the 1906 earthquake and fire, and how immigrants ranging from Native Americans and the first Europeans to present-day techies have shaped its unique identity. See a spectacular view of the San Francisco skyline, plus an eclectic mix of treasures, including the city's oldest intact building, its most heroic fire hydrant, fine examples of Victorians, and the hip Valencia Street corridor. Meet at the gold-painted fire hydrant (which saved the neighborhood in 1906),SE corner of Church and 20th Sts. Public transportation: MUNI line J Church streetcar.
11:00 amBillionaire's Row: Outer Broadway ArchitectureExplore the most exclusive corner of Pacific Heights; where, since the late 19th century, San Francisco's wealthiest families have built mansions with spectacular views of the bay. Find out which society family ran a nursery school from their home and which rehab program had its headquarters in this unlikely setting. Stroll past a Victorian Firehouse turned private residence and visit a humble church that started a new architectural movement. Meet at the top of the Lyon Street steps at the intersection of Lyon and Broadway. Public transportation: MUNI lines 3, 43.
11:00 amGolden Gate BridgeThis tour has everything. Soaring design, sleazy politics, stunning engineering, terrifying geology, ripping currents and tides, famous fog, sailboats under your feet, fearless ironworkers and cowardly bankers...and then there's the view from center span Meet at the Strauss statue in the visitors plaza, the SF side of the Bridge. Weather can be unpredictable. Bring a jacket! Public transportation: MUNI lines 28. Very Limited parking during landscape reconstruction around the bridge.
1:00 pmJapanese Tea GardenJoin us for a stroll through this five-acre world-famous garden. Learn about the icons of the Garden and the family that lived there. Admission to garden required except on the Monday and Wednesday 9:30 morning tour. Meet just inside the entrance to the garden.
2:00 pmNob HillHere once rose the rococo palaces of the old railroad and silver kings. Expect architectural tidbits and anecdotes about a great cathedral, four prestigious hotels, and a most exclusive men's club. Elegance, urbanity, and fabulous views. Meet at the front entrance to the Stanford Court Hotel on California Street between Powell and Mason. Public transportation: MUNI Powell or California Street cable car; Powell Street MUNI/BART station.
2:00 pmVictorian San FranciscoSee and learn about Victorian era architecture of the city's first suburb. As we walk in the neighborhood of Lafayette Square, you'll also learn about Victorian lifestyles and San Francisco's illustrious history. Some steep streets. Many fabulous views! Meet outside the Octavia St. entrance to the 1801 Bush St. garden, just off the SW corner of Bush and Octavia. Public transportation: MUNI lines 1, 3.
2:00 pmGold Rush CityRelive the early history of an instant city. Learn about the Vigilance Committee and a fleet of abandoned ships. Who was Emperor Norton? Walk the streets of Yerba Buena Cove, the haunts of the original 49ers. Meet on the northeast corner of Clay & Montgomery at the Transamerica Pyramid. Public Transportation: MUNI lines 1.
7:00 pmNorth Beach By NightThe other side of North Beach history - that of its bars, bordellos and beatniks - comes alive on this evening tour. Weather can be chilly, dress accordingly. Meet in front of Specs Cafe, 12 Saroyan Place, just off Columbus, south of Broadway and next to Tosca Cafe.
Monday May 30
9:30 amJapanese Tea GardenJoin us for a stroll through this five-acre world-famous garden. Learn about the icons of the Garden and the family that lived there. Admission to garden required except on the Monday and Wednesday 9:30 morning tour. Meet just inside the entrance to the garden.
10:00 am1906: Earthquake And FireImagine awakening before dawn on April 18, 1906 to the unthinkable--a massive earthquake has toppled chimneys and buildings, and ripped apart city water pipes. With the fire on your heels, escape from the alleyways south of Market to what should be the safety of Union Square. Meet between the 525 building and 555 building on the south side of Market Street at Market Street Plaza Park benches.
10:00 amChinatownExplore local alleys and walk among sites of temples and tongs, and shops of joss, dim sum, herbs; learn some colorful history and stories from the oldest Chinatown in the US. Meet inside Portsmouth Square Park in front of Parking Garage Elevators adjacent corner of Walter P. Lum Pl. & Washington St. Public transportation: MUNI lines 1, 30, and 45.
11:00 amMission Dolores NeighborhoodVenture through a history-rich area of the famous Mission district. Learn about the neighborhood's Spanish mission, its miraculous survival from the 1906 earthquake and fire, and how immigrants ranging from Native Americans and the first Europeans to present-day techies have shaped its unique identity. See a spectacular view of the San Francisco skyline, plus an eclectic mix of treasures, including the city's oldest intact building, its most heroic fire hydrant, fine examples of Victorians, and the hip Valencia Street corridor. Meet at the gold-painted fire hydrant (which saved the neighborhood in 1906),SE corner of Church and 20th Sts. Public transportation: MUNI line J Church streetcar.
11:00 amSigmund Stern GroveDiscover this 63-acre city park, the jewel of the Sunset District. Walk through beautiful meadows and learn about the area's colorful history, including how it escaped being turned into a residential community. Meet at 19th Ave. & Sloat Blvd. Rain cancels the tour. Meet at 19th Ave and Sloat Blvd.
11:00 amJapanese Tea Garden - 11AMJoin us for a stroll through this five-acre world-famous garden. Learn about the icons of the Garden and the family that lived there. Admission to garden required except on the Monday and Wednesday 9:30 morning tour. Meet just inside the entrance to the garden.
11:00 amGolden Gate BridgeThis tour has everything. Soaring design, sleazy politics, stunning engineering, terrifying geology, ripping currents and tides, famous fog, sailboats under your feet, fearless ironworkers and cowardly bankers...and then there's the view from center span Meet at the Strauss statue in the visitors plaza, the SF side of the Bridge. Weather can be unpredictable. Bring a jacket! Public transportation: MUNI lines 28. Very Limited parking during landscape reconstruction around the bridge.
11:00 amBawdy & NaughtyThis two-block stroll explores how, starting with the Gold Rush, professional women arrived to become a part of San Francisco's legend and lore. Learn about Belle Cora, Ah Toy, French parlor houses, and Barbary Coast dives. Meet at Kearny & Maiden Lane. Public transportation: MUNI lines 9x, 9ax, 9bx, 15, 30, 45, 81x; also one block west of Montgomery MUNI/BART station.
11:00 amFisherman's Wharf: A Hidden HistoryExperience hidden treasures most visitors miss. Go behind the scenes to learn about the bay, ships, swimmers, and fishing history of this vital part of San Francisco. Meet by the Mermaid Fountain, main courtyard of Ghirardelli Square, off Larkin St. between North Point & Beach Sts.
12:00 pmFerry BuildingEnjoy an hour-long walk on the rise, tragic fall, and modern rebirth of one of San Francisco's most renowned historic landmarks. Visit a contemporary swirl of shops and learn the history of ferries, freeways and quakes. Meet at the foot of the stairs at the front entrance, Market and Embarcadero. Meet at the main entrance, near the stairs to the 2nd Floor. Public transportation: MUNI F/Market, 14/Mission; MUNI Metro/BART Embarcadero Station. Lots of stairs; elevator available.
1:00 pmJapanese Tea GardenJoin us for a stroll through this five-acre world-famous garden. Learn about the icons of the Garden and the family that lived there. Admission to garden required except on the Monday and Wednesday 9:30 morning tour. Meet just inside the entrance to the garden.
1:00 pmAmerican History in Golden Gate ParkHere are statues, plaques, monuments and trees in Golden Gate Park that commemorate events in American history. This two hour walk takes you to sites familiar and unfamiliar to most visitors. Come for a nice walk in the Park as we review American history. Meet in Front of the Conservatory of Flowers at the top of the stairs.
1:30 pmChinatownExplore local alleys and walk among sites of temples and tongs, and shops of joss, dim sum, herbs; learn some colorful history and stories from the oldest Chinatown in the US. Meet inside Portsmouth Square Park in front of Parking Garage Elevators adjacent corner of Walter P. Lum Pl. & Washington St. Public transportation: MUNI lines 1, 30, and 45.
2:00 pmLand's End: Sutro HeightsIn sunshine or fog, experience the dramatic wind swept vistas where San Francisco meets the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy Sutro Heights Park, Mayor Sutro's gift to the public, and see the ruins of his gigantic baths. Somewhat strenuous. Meeting at the entrance gate to Sutro Heights Park on Point Lobos Avenue close-by the 48th Avenue traffic light.
2:00 pmEmbarcadero SkywayTake flight (sort of)! Most of the tour is above the ground. View "Rockefeller Center West" from a different angle and discover a hidden urban oasis. Tread on buried ships that once housed saloons, jails, stores and brothels. Meet in front of 400 Sansome Street (at Sacramento). Lots of stairs; wheelchairs not advisable.
2:00 pmAlfred Hitchcock's San FranciscoThe Master of Suspense loved San Francisco and used its beauty, elegance and mystery to great effect in several films. From Nob Hill to Union Square, you'll see some of the hotels, clubs, retail stores and other locations featured in Vertigo and other Hitchcock classics. You'll hear why Hitchcock chose them and how he filmed them. And you'll learn about their history, architecture, and the stories they tell about the San Francisco of fifty years ago and today. Meet at the fountain in Huntington Park, off Sacramento Street between Taylor and Mason. Tour ends in Union Square and includes a steep downhill walk.
Tuesday May 31
10:00 amGlass with Class in San Francisco ArchitectureThe tour examines the great varieties of glass in 20th Century San Francisco, from the Financial District to Union Square. It will be found underfoot, overhead, and in the wall; in buildings by famous masters and by lesser-known local practitioners. 242 California Street (Tadich Grill) between Battery and Front.
10:00 amRussian Hill StairwaysClimb hills and hidden stairways 345' above San Francisco Bay to visit bucolic lanes, national historic districts, and ghosts of fascinating bohemian characters. See where Willis Polk lived and worked as well as an octagon house Meet at Hyde & Filbert Streets.
10:30 amPotrero Hill Potrero Hill is a diverse neighborhood on one of our many hills that has an interesting history, fascinating characters, vistas to the four winds and great weather. This hill even has a unique brewery and a one-of-a kind church across the street from each other. Meet in front of the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House (NABE) at the corner of Southern Heights and DeHaro Sts.
11:00 amPacific Heights MansionsWalk past palatial homes and consulates in Pacific Heights--mansions used as the Japanese and German consulates in 1941. Learn of Victorian lifestyles and earthquake refugees. Meet in Alta Plaza Park, atop the stairs above Pierce & Clay Sts. Public transportation: MUNI lines 3, 1, 24, 22.
11:00 amCastro: Tales Of The VillageExplore a neighborhood you thought you knew. What was once dairy farms and dirt roads is now one of the city's most vibrant and cohesive communities. Stairs and steep hills. Meet near the giant rainbow flag - southwest corner of Market and Castro Streets, upper level of Harvey Milk Plaza. Muni K, L, M, Castro Station
11:00 amCity Hall and the Civic CenterExplore a National Historic District and tour San Francisco's most beautiful building: its City Hall. Meet at steps of Main Library facing the Pioneer Monument on Fulton St. between Hyde & Larkin. Public transportation: MUNI line 19; MUNI/BART Civic Center Station
12:00 pmFerry BuildingEnjoy an hour-long walk on the rise, tragic fall, and modern rebirth of one of San Francisco's most renowned historic landmarks. Visit a contemporary swirl of shops and learn the history of ferries, freeways and quakes. Meet at the foot of the stairs at the front entrance, Market and Embarcadero. Meet at the main entrance, near the stairs to the 2nd Floor. Public transportation: MUNI F/Market, 14/Mission; MUNI Metro/BART Embarcadero Station. Lots of stairs; elevator available.
1:00 pmJapanese Tea GardenJoin us for a stroll through this five-acre world-famous garden. Learn about the icons of the Garden and the family that lived there. Admission to garden required except on the Monday and Wednesday 9:30 morning tour. Meet just inside the entrance to the garden.
1:30 pmHistoric Market Street: Path Of GoldFrom the Ferry Building to Lotta's Fountain, Market Street provides a cross section of San Francisco history as it slices diagonally across the city. Lining the city's first boulevard, dubbed the "Path of Gold" as it was rebuilt after the 1906 earthquake, are historic buildings, monuments and modern skyscrapers. Hear the street's relevance to everything from the Gold Rush to Bay Area Rapid Transit and vintage street cars. Meet in front of the Landmark Building at One Market Street, south side of Market St. between Steuart & Spear Sts.No hills. Wheelchairs welcome. Public transportation: BART and MUNI lines F, 2, 6, 9, 9L, 14, 14L, 21, 31.
Wednesday June 1
9:30 amJapanese Tea GardenJoin us for a stroll through this five-acre world-famous garden. Learn about the icons of the Garden and the family that lived there. Admission to garden required except on the Monday and Wednesday 9:30 morning tour. Meet just inside the entrance to the garden.
11:00 amTastes & Tales Of North BeachIn North Beach, one gust of wind can carry the sound of sea lions, the salty mist of fog, and the smells of this village's basic food groups - coffee, chocolate, wine, and focaccia. Meet our local purveyors on this charming walk and find out why the American Association of City Planners rates San Francisco's Little Italy one of the ten best neighborhoods in the country. Meet at the NW corner of Broadway & Columbus beneath the North Beach mural.
11:00 amChinatown Family Associations, Tongs and Gangs: A Historic LookWe'll walk down colorful alleys, go over immigrant history, and learn how family associations and tongs started in Chinatown after the 1850's Gold Rush.Content may not be appropriate for children under 14 years of age. Meet across from the elevators in Portsmouth Square, Washington between Kearney and Grant.
11:00 amCoit Tower MuralsMurals--some controversial--created by 25 of California's leading artists of the 1930s reflect scenes of the Great Depression, landscapes, farm workers, industries, a stylish soiree, and vibrant city life. Meet at the main entry of Coit Tower atop Telegraph Hill. No parking. Public transportation: MUNI line 39.
11:00 amGolden Gate Park: West EndA magical garden and the windmills that helped create Golden Gate Park. Discover Lucien Labaudt's magnificent murals of 1930s city life in Willis Polk's landmark Beach Chalet, Meet at the Dutch windmill, northwest end of Golden gate Park, J.F.K. Drive at Great Highway near Fulton St.
12:00 pmFerry BuildingEnjoy an hour-long walk on the rise, tragic fall, and modern rebirth of one of San Francisco's most renowned historic landmarks. Visit a contemporary swirl of shops and learn the history of ferries, freeways and quakes. Meet at the foot of the stairs at the front entrance, Market and Embarcadero. Meet at the main entrance, near the stairs to the 2nd Floor. Public transportation: MUNI F/Market, 14/Mission; MUNI Metro/BART Embarcadero Station. Lots of stairs; elevator available.
1:00 pmJapanese Tea GardenJoin us for a stroll through this five-acre world-famous garden. Learn about the icons of the Garden and the family that lived there. Admission to garden required except on the Monday and Wednesday 9:30 morning tour. Meet just inside the entrance to the garden.
1:30 pmGold Rush CityRelive the early history of an instant city. Learn about the Vigilance Committee and a fleet of abandoned ships. Who was Emperor Norton? Walk the streets of Yerba Buena Cove, the haunts of the original 49ers. Meet on the northeast corner of Clay & Montgomery at the Transamerica Pyramid. Public Transportation: MUNI lines 1.
2:00 pmNob HillHere once rose the rococo palaces of the old railroad and silver kings. Expect architectural tidbits and anecdotes about a great cathedral, four prestigious hotels, and a most exclusive men's club. Elegance, urbanity, and fabulous views. Meet at the front entrance to the Stanford Court Hotel on California Street between Powell and Mason. Public transportation: MUNI Powell or California Street cable car; Powell Street MUNI/BART station.
2:00 pmDowntown DecoDiscover downtown's legacy of the Jazz Age through skyscrapers and office buildings from the Roaring Twenties and early 1930s. Visit some stunning lobbies and learn about some of San Francisco's architects and artists who embraced the Art Deco style. Meet in front of the Telephone Building at 140 New Montgomery, in between Mission and Howard. Public transportation: MUNI/BART Montgomery Station; all Market Street buses & streetcars
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