WALKING TOUR SCHEDULE

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Wednesday May 24
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 amMission Bay: Hidden WatersFrom placid waters fished by ancient peoples to the biggest construction project in San Francisco since 1906, the transformation of Mission Bay has been incredible. Gain a unique perspective on the area, and discover a hidden park and a forgotten creek. (If it's a bay, where's the water?) Meet in plaza on south side of Caltrain Station, 4th & King Streets. Muni: N Judah, T Third, 30 Stockton, 45 Union, 47 Van Ness.
11:00 amTastes & Tales Of North BeachMeet 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 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.
Thursday May 25
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 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 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. 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, Wednesday and Friday 9:30 morning tour. Meet just inside the entrance to the garden.
1:00 pmHaight-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.
1:00 pmArt Deco MarinaAdmire 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.
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 May 26
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 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 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".
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 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.
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.
Saturday May 27
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 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 U. Lum Pl. & Washington St. Public transportation: MUNI lines 1, 30, and 45.
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 BeachIt'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.
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 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 WaterfrontShipping 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 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 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
12:00 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 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 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 in Rincon Center lobby, east end, Mission near Steuart. Public transportation: MUNI lines F, 2, 14, 21; BART/MUNI Metro Embarcadero station.
1:00 pm1906: 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.
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 pmJapantownSan 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.
Sunday May 28
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.
10:00 amInner Richmond: Part IIThe district's rich history goes back to the 19th century and includes robbers' roosts and racetracks, squatters and roadhouses, a saloon district and a red light district, as well as charming Victorian row houses and beautiful Craftsmans, the 1902 and 1903 Big Games, an earthquake shack camp, Wyatt Earp's house, and what may be the city’s oldest Chinese laundry business. Meet on the corner of 6th Ave & Geary.
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 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.
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 Bridge (Tour Cancelled) This 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. Limited parking during landscape reconstruction around the bridge.
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 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.
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 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 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 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 29
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 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 U. Lum Pl. & Washington St. Public transportation: MUNI lines 1, 30, and 45.
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 amRussian Hill, Architecture and Culture of an Island in the CityOn 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
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 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 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 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.
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 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, 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.
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.
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.
Tuesday May 30
10:00 amA Touch of Glass: Glass in San Francisco's Commercial 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. Transportation: Muni 45 and 41 and Hyde Street Cable Car. Meet at Hyde & Filbert Streets.
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 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 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.
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.
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