WALKING TOUR SCHEDULE

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Thursday December 8
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 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 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 amCity Hall and the Civic CenterExplore 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
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 pmNorth of the PanhandleThis central part of the City started out with sand dunes and marsh to become a fashionable neighborhood. The Depression era gave way to a working class area. After the summer of love, came a population exodus until today where it is becoming a desirable neighborhood to live again. Hear and see the details of the physical, cultural, and ethnic changes that occurred in the pass one hundred fifty years. One steep hill. Meet on Baker St. between Oak and Fell St, across the street from the DMV.
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, Wednesday and Friday 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.
Friday December 9
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, Wednesday and Friday 9:30 morning tour. Meet just inside the entrance to the garden.
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 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 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. Meet at the northwest corner of California and Mason (near Pacific-Union Club).
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.
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, Wednesday and Friday 9:30 morning tour. Meet just inside the entrance to the garden.
1:00 pmFort Mason Historic DistrictA unique San Francisco landmark, Fort Mason's Port of Embarkation, once known as the "Gateway to the Pacific," has evolved from a dynamic military post to a contemporary cultural center. Enjoy spectacular Bay views, Gas House Cove, unique and special architecture. Discover the important role of nearby Lobos Square in San Francisco history. Meet next to the Gate House, just inside the Main Gate, Laguna and Marina Blvd.
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. Click here to get the details on the free shuttle from downtown SF to the Presidio http://www.presidio.gov/transportation/presidigo/presidigo-downtown-shuttle
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.
2:00 pmDogpatch and Potrero PointDesignated as a San Francisco Historic District, this colorful neighborhood has important ties to many of the city's past commercial industries. Explore the past and present of this eclectic neighborhood in transition, from its historic working-class cottages and industrial-age relics to modern lofts. Meet at 3rd and 20th Streets. Muni 22 or T-3rd.
Saturday December 10
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, PARK LEVEL, 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 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 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.
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 amInner Sunset: The Birth Of A Neighborhood (Tour Cancelled) Discover how this charming neighborhood emerged from the windswept dunes originally deemed hopeless and uninhabitable. Explore the area, see the bustling local color, and hear fascinating history (and an occasional bit of lore). Meet at Arguello and Hugo. Tour ends at 9th & Lincoln. Public transportation: MUNI lines 71, N Judah streetcar.
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 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 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 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 amSOMA & Yerba Buena GardensUnderstand 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.
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, Wednesday and Friday 9:30 morning tour. Meet just inside the entrance to the garden.
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 pmFort Mason To Aquatic ParkThis 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.
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. Click here to get the details on the free shuttle from downtown SF to the Presidio http://www.presidio.gov/transportation/presidigo/presidigo-downtown-shuttle
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 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 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 pmCastro: 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
4:00 pmUndercover Folsom Street (Tour Cancelled) Peek under the covers of Folsom's "Miracle Mile," where gay and leather establishments reigned supreme from the 1960s to the 1980s. Learn why the LGBT and leather communities were attracted to the South of Market neighborhood; what caused most of the queer bars and bathhouses to close; and bear witness to some of the longest-running LGBT establishments in San Francisco. Content may not be appropriate for children under 14 years of age Meet at Folsom and Russ, NW corner, next to Fondue Cowboy. Public Transportation: Muni/Bart: Powell or Civic Center Station; Muni 12 or 27. Tour ends at 11th and Folsom.
Sunday December 11
10:00 amRising Steel: 20th Century Downtown ArchitectureWitness the legacies of more than 15 architects including Frank Lloyd Wright, Daniel Burnham and Timothy Pflueger. Learn how the 1906 Earthquake created a new city blueprint that allowed the Chicago School, Gothic Revival, Arts and Crafts, International, and Post-Modern styles to emerge downtown. 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.
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 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 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 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 amDowntown 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
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 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 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 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.
1:00 pmGolden Gate Park: East EndThe 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
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, Wednesday and Friday 9:30 morning tour. Meet just inside the entrance to the garden.
1:00 pmMurals And The Multi-Ethnic MissionSee 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.
2:00 pmBillionaire'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.
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.
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.
Monday December 12
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, Wednesday and Friday 9:30 morning tour. Meet just inside the entrance to the garden.
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 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 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, PARK LEVEL, 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 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.
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, Wednesday and Friday 9:30 morning tour. Meet just inside the entrance to the garden.
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, PARK LEVEL, in front of Parking Garage Elevators adjacent corner of Walter P. Lum Pl. & Washington St. Public transportation: MUNI lines 1, 30, and 45.
Tuesday December 13
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 amScandalous 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 in Rincon Center lobby, east end, Mission near Steuart. Public transportation: MUNI lines F, 2, 14, 21; BART/MUNI Metro Embarcadero station.
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 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. 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
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, Wednesday and Friday 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 December 14
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, Wednesday and Friday 9:30 morning tour. Meet just inside the entrance to the garden.
11:00 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 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 amAmerican 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.
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 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 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.
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, Wednesday and Friday 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.
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