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Tuesday March 19 11:00 am - Main Library
The SF Public Library was named "2018 Library of the Year" by Library Journal magazine. Discover the role of the Main Library in that prestigious award! A dramatic skylight crowns the soaring atrium, flooded with natural light. Bridges span spacious lightwells. Stunning architecture, a vast collection, wide-ranging services - explore it all! (Indoors; 1 hour.)
Meet at the Information Desk, 1st floor Atrium, through Grove St. entrance. Lots of stairs; elevators available. [map]

Tuesday March 19 11:00 am - Japanese Tea Garden - 11AM
Join 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. [map]

Tuesday March 19 11:00 am - Castro: Tales Of The Village
Explore 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 [map]

Tuesday March 19 11:00 am - Pacific Heights Mansions
Walk 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. [map]

Tuesday March 19 11:00 am - City Hall and the Civic Center
Explore a National Historic District and tour San Francisco's most beautiful building: its City Hall. PARTICIPANTS ARE STRONGLY URGED TO NOT BRING BACKPACKS OR LARGE TOTES.
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 [map]

Tuesday March 19 12:00 pm - Ferry Building
Enjoy 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. [map]

Tuesday March 19 1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
Join 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, Wednesday and Friday 9:30 morning tour.
Meet just inside the entrance to the garden. [map]

Tuesday March 19 1:30 pm - Historic Market Street: Path Of Gold
From 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. [map]

Wednesday March 20 9:30 am - Japanese Tea Garden
Join 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, Wednesday and Friday 9:30 morning tour.
Meet just inside the entrance to the garden. [map]

Wednesday March 20 10:00 am - Port of San Francisco: Turbulent Waterfront
Look behind the seawall to find evidence of what once was, and what might be expected in the future. The built environment tells the story of San Francisco’s transformation from West Coast premier port, to one of the world’s premier hubs for innovation and entrepreneurship. We'll examine resistance to change, and some of the global economic, social and geological forces that have made it inevitable.
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. [map]

Wednesday March 20 11:00 am - Coit Tower Murals
Murals--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. [map]

Wednesday March 20 11:00 am - SOMA & Yerba Buena Gardens
Understand the history and development of the South of Market area (SoMa), from the earliest rough neighborhoods called "South of the Slot" to the family-friendly environment that is today's Yerba Buena Gardens complex. View an exciting variety of buildings and architectural styles, including an historic church, posh hotels, and the highest concentration of museums in the city. Learn to look at this neighborhood with a new eye. Even people familiar with the area will discover beautiful gardens and unique sculptures that are "hidden in plain sight."
Meets in front of St. Patrick's Church, Mission St. between 3rd and 4th Sts. Public transportation: MUNI line 14; MUNI/BART Powell St. Station. [map]

Wednesday March 20 1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
Join 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, Wednesday and Friday 9:30 morning tour.
Meet just inside the entrance to the garden. [map]

Wednesday March 20 1:30 pm - Gold Rush City
Relive 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. [map]

Wednesday March 20 2:00 pm - Downtown Deco
Discover 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 [map]

Wednesday March 20 2:00 pm - Nob Hill
Here 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. [map]

Thursday March 21 10:00 am - South Beach and the South End Historic Warehouse District
Learn the rich history of one of San Francisco's most underappreciated neighborhoods. See scores of historic brick warehouses and industrial buildings including a half-dozen pre-earthquake structures in this recently revitalized neighborhood. Search for evidence underfoot of the area's rich rail-roading history. Learn about a Chinese fishing village from the 1850s; the Pacific Mail Steamship Company; dockworkers' waterfront restaurants and the artist who paints them. Experience good and not so good examples of adaptive reuse of historic buildings.
Meet on the corner of Brannan Street and Embarcadero (by the Delancey Street Restaurant awning). [map]

Thursday March 21 10:00 am - Club Land - Architecture and Culture of San Francisco's Grand Old Clubs
Some 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.
Meet at the northwest corner of California and Mason (near Pacific-Union Club). [map]

Thursday March 21 11:00 am - Golden Gate Bridge
This tour has everything. Soaring design, stunning engineering, terrifying geology, ripping currents and tides, famous fog, sailboats, ships and marine mammals, fearless ironworkers, cowardly bankers ... and then there's the view!
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. [map]

Thursday March 21 11:00 am - Landmark Victorians Of Alamo Square
See some of the city's most opulent and carefully restored 'Painted Ladies' including the world famous Postcard Row. You will also be treated to breathtaking panoramic views from the Alamo Square Historic District.
Meet in front of 824 Grove Street. Public transportation: MUNI lines 21, 22, 5. [map]

Thursday March 21 1:00 pm - Fort Mason To Aquatic Park
This remarkable walk along the northern waterfront includes unique views and exciting accounts of many of the most important events of San Francisco history, including the Spanish era, military changes, Civil War times, 1906 Earthquake, PPIE, the astonishing development of the GGNRA and the saga of Aquatic Park. Incomparable vistas adjacent to the last unaltered bit of SF coast!
Meet at NW corner of Van Ness & Bay. [map]

Thursday March 21 1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
Join 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, Wednesday and Friday 9:30 morning tour.
Meet just inside the entrance to the garden. [map]

Thursday March 21 2:00 pm - Nob Hill
Here 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. [map]

Thursday March 21 4:00 pm - Theatre In San Francisco
Caruso, O'Neill, Booth, Lotta, Belasco, Ball, Tetrazzini, and more . . . stars of the stage in San Francisco. Join our guide to learn the fascinating history of theatre in the City by the Bay
Meet at the entrance to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street between 3rd & 4th Streets across from the Contemporary Jewish Museum [map]

Friday March 22 9:30 am - Japanese Tea Garden
Join 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, Wednesday and Friday 9:30 morning tour.
Meet just inside the entrance to the garden. [map]

Friday March 22 10:00 am - South of Market Architecture Stroll
Compare 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". [map]

Friday March 22 10:00 am - City Scapes And Public Places
Discover 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. [map]

Friday March 22 11:00 am - Fisherman's Wharf: A Hidden History
Experience 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. [map]

Friday March 22 11:00 am - City Hall and the Civic Center
Explore a National Historic District and tour San Francisco's most beautiful building: its City Hall. PARTICIPANTS ARE STRONGLY URGED TO NOT BRING BACKPACKS OR LARGE TOTES.
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 [map]

Friday March 22 1:00 pm - Presidio: From Military Post to Earthquake Refuge to National Park
Learn 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. Click here to get the details on the free shuttle from downtown SF to the Presidio <a href="http://www.presidio.gov/transportation/presidigo/presidigo-downtown-shuttle">http://www.presidio.gov/transportation/presidigo/presidigo-downtown-shuttle</a> [map]

Friday March 22 1:00 pm - Art Deco Marina
Admire the stylish and elegant buildings in the Marina District while learning to recognize the Art Deco style made popular in the 1920s and 1930s. Chevrons, zigzags, speed lines and stylized floral forms decorate the facades of the commercial buildings along Chestnut Street and apartment buildings in the residential Marina neighborhood. The 1925 Worlds Fair in Paris featured art and artifacts inspired by King Tut's Egypt, the Mayans and Cubism. The other layers of history in the Marina include the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition and the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
Meet in front of the Marina Library, 1890 Chestnut Street, near Webster. Public transportation: MUNI lines 22, 30, 43. [map]

Friday March 22 1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
Join 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, Wednesday and Friday 9:30 morning tour.
Meet just inside the entrance to the garden. [map]

Friday March 22 1:30 pm - City Scapes And Public Places
Discover 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. [map]

Friday March 22 1:30 pm - Gold Rush City
Relive 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. [map]

Saturday March 23 10:00 am - North Beach
It's where food, culture, colorful history, and unexpected views all intersect-an Italian "urban village" that was once the center of bohemian society.
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. [map]

Saturday March 23 10:00 am - Ferry Building
Enjoy 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. [map]

Saturday March 23 10:00 am - Omni Hotel Walk
Starting 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) [map]

Saturday March 23 10:00 am - Chinatown
Explore 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, PARK LEVEL, in front of Parking Garage Elevators adjacent corner of Walter U. Lum Pl. & Washington St. Public transportation: MUNI lines 1, 30, and 45. [map]

Saturday March 23 11:00 am - Pacific Heights Mansions
Walk 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. [map]

Saturday March 23 11:00 am - Castro: Tales Of The Village
Explore 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 [map]

Saturday March 23 11:00 am - Port of San Francisco: Turbulent Waterfront
Look behind the seawall to find evidence of what once was, and what might be expected in the future. The built environment tells the story of San Francisco&rsquo;s transformation from West Coast premier port, to one of the world&rsquo;s premier hubs for innovation and entrepreneurship. We'll examine resistance to change, and some of the global economic, social and geological forces that have made it inevitable.
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. [map]

Saturday March 23 11:00 am - Coit Tower Murals
Murals--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. [map]

Saturday March 23 1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
Join 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, Wednesday and Friday 9:30 morning tour.
Meet just inside the entrance to the garden. [map]

Saturday March 23 1:00 pm - Telegraph Hill Stairway Hike
Enjoy 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. [map]

Saturday March 23 1:00 pm - Scandalous Murals of Rincon Center
Shocking! Revolting! Subversive! 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 in Rincon Center historic lobby, east end, near Mission & Steuart Sts. Public transit: MUNI lines F, 2, 14, 21. BART/MUNI Metro: Embarcadero station. [map]

Saturday March 23 1:00 pm - 1906: Earthquake And Fire
Imagine 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. [map]

Saturday March 23 1:00 pm - Presidio: From Military Post to Earthquake Refuge to National Park
Learn 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. Click here to get the details on the free shuttle from downtown SF to the Presidio <a href="http://www.presidio.gov/transportation/presidigo/presidigo-downtown-shuttle">http://www.presidio.gov/transportation/presidigo/presidigo-downtown-shuttle</a> [map]

Saturday March 23 1:00 pm - Art Deco Marina
Admire the stylish and elegant buildings in the Marina District while learning to recognize the Art Deco style made popular in the 1920s and 1930s. Chevrons, zigzags, speed lines and stylized floral forms decorate the facades of the commercial buildings along Chestnut Street and apartment buildings in the residential Marina neighborhood. The 1925 Worlds Fair in Paris featured art and artifacts inspired by King Tut's Egypt, the Mayans and Cubism. The other layers of history in the Marina include the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition and the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
Meet in front of the Marina Library, 1890 Chestnut Street, near Webster. Public transportation: MUNI lines 22, 30, 43. [map]

Saturday March 23 1:30 pm - 1850's San Francisco: Paris Of The Pacific
Gold 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 [map]

**Cancelled**Saturday March 23 2:00 pm - Silent Film San Francisco
San 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. [map]

Saturday March 23 2:00 pm - Japantown
San 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. [map]

Saturday March 23 2:00 pm - Land's End: Sutro Heights
In 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. [map]

Sunday March 24 10:00 am - Creating Downtown
Delight in the multifaceted blueprint created as the result of 1906 Earthquake. More than 15 architectural styles will be represented from the 20th century.
Meet at the corner of Stockton and Maiden Lane, just east of Union Square. Public transportation: MUNI line 38; also near Powell Muni/BART station. [map]

Sunday March 24 10:30 am - Chinatown Family Associations, Tongs and Gangs: A Historic Look
We'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. [map]

Sunday March 24 11:00 am - Castro: Tales Of The Village
Explore 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 [map]

Sunday March 24 11:00 am - Mission Dolores Neighborhood
Venture 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. [map]

Sunday March 24 11:00 am - Haight-Ashbury
Come explore San Francisco's first "suburb," evolving from a Victorian playground to a post 1906 earthquake and fire refugee camp, to ultimately the epicenter of the San Francisco Sound during the Summer of Love, hosting Hippies, Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, Hell's Angels and Charles Manson. Somewhat strenuous.
Meet at the Park Branch Library, 1833 Page St. Public transportation: MUNI lines 33, 43. [map]

Sunday March 24 11:00 am - Billionaires' Row: Outer Broadway Architecture
Explore 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 rehab program had its headquarters in this unlikely setting and visit a humble church that ignited 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. [map]

Sunday March 24 11:00 am - Golden Gate Bridge
This tour has everything. Soaring design, stunning engineering, terrifying geology, ripping currents and tides, famous fog, sailboats, ships and marine mammals, fearless ironworkers, cowardly bankers ... and then there's the view!
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. [map]

Sunday March 24 1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
Join 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, Wednesday and Friday 9:30 morning tour.
Meet just inside the entrance to the garden. [map]

Sunday March 24 1:00 pm - Golden Gate Park: East End
The East End of Golden Gate Park holds many features and stories of its past one hundred and forty year existence. The Conservatory of Flowers, underground tunnels, a rock quarry, and a long gone aviary are part of its past. View the AIDS Memorial Grove, and the new buildings in the Music Concourse, site of the 1894 World's Fair. We will be walking up small hills and climbing some stairs in this two-hour walk.
meet at the top steps of the Conservatory of Flowers [map]

Sunday March 24 1:00 pm - Murals And The Multi-Ethnic Mission
See how the culture, lore, and history of this neighborhood have literally left their mark on its walls! We start with a four-story mural at the Women's Building and end with an eight-story example at Bethany Center. We'll invoke ghosts from the past, including Catholic missionaries, orthodox Jews, German Lutherans, and Palestinian refugees. But we won't wallow in the past. The neighborhood is now a hipster magnet, full of modern construction and re-purposed buildings on the Mission Street "Miracle Mile." Specific destinations may vary in this dynamic district where change is the only constant!
Meet at the Women's Building, 3543 18th Street, between Guerrero and Valencia. Public transportation: MUNI lines 14, 33, 49; BART 16th Street station. [map]

Sunday March 24 2:00 pm - Gold Rush City
Relive 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. [map]

Sunday March 24 2:00 pm - Nob Hill
Here 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. [map]

Sunday March 24 2:00 pm - Victorian San Francisco
See 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. [map]

Monday March 25 9:30 am - Japanese Tea Garden
Join 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, Wednesday and Friday 9:30 morning tour.
Meet just inside the entrance to the garden. [map]

Monday March 25 10:00 am - Chinatown
Explore 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, PARK LEVEL, in front of Parking Garage Elevators adjacent corner of Walter U. Lum Pl. & Washington St. Public transportation: MUNI lines 1, 30, and 45. [map]

Monday March 25 11:00 am - Fisherman's Wharf: A Hidden History
Experience 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. [map]

Monday March 25 11:00 am - Bawdy & Naughty
This 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. [map]

Monday March 25 1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
Join 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, Wednesday and Friday 9:30 morning tour.
Meet just inside the entrance to the garden. [map]

Monday March 25 1:30 pm - Chinatown
Explore 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, PARK LEVEL, in front of Parking Garage Elevators adjacent corner of Walter U. Lum Pl. & Washington St. Public transportation: MUNI lines 1, 30, and 45. [map]

Tuesday March 26 10:00 am - Russian Hill, Architecture and Culture of an Island in the City
On one of the iconic hills of San Francisco, see panoramic views and intimate lanes. Learn about artists and eccentrics, Beats and Bohemians, mansions and cottages. Discover a place that stands out in San Francisco's distinctive historic and architectural mix.
Meet at Hyde & Filbert Streets [map]

Tuesday March 26 10:00 am - North Beach
It's where food, culture, colorful history, and unexpected views all intersect-an Italian "urban village" that was once the center of bohemian society.
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. [map]

Tuesday March 26 11:00 am - City Hall and the Civic Center
Explore a National Historic District and tour San Francisco's most beautiful building: its City Hall. PARTICIPANTS ARE STRONGLY URGED TO NOT BRING BACKPACKS OR LARGE TOTES.
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 [map]

Tuesday March 26 11:00 am - Castro: Tales Of The Village
Explore 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 [map]

Tuesday March 26 11:00 am - 1850's San Francisco: Paris Of The Pacific
Gold 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 [map]

Tuesday March 26 12:00 pm - Ferry Building
Enjoy 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. [map]

Tuesday March 26 1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
Join 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, Wednesday and Friday 9:30 morning tour.
Meet just inside the entrance to the garden. [map]

Tuesday March 26 1:30 pm - Historic Market Street: Path Of Gold
From 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. [map]