WALKING TOUR SCHEDULE

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Wednesday October 18
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 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
10:00 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.
10:30 amDiego Rivera Mural at City CollegeSee the last and largest of the murals done by Diego Rivera in the U.S.: Pan American Unity, painted for the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1940. Meet in the lobby of Diego Rivera Theatre (approach from Judson), San Francisco City College, Judson and Phelan. Public transportation: MUNI lines K streetcar, 36.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
2:00 pmDowntown DecoDiscover downtown's legacy of the Jazz Age through skyscrapers and office buildings from the Roaring Twenties and early 1930s. Visit some stunning lobbies and learn about some of San Francisco's architects and artists who embraced the Art Deco style. Meet in front of the Telephone Building at 140 New Montgomery, in between Mission and Howard. Public transportation: MUNI/BART Montgomery Station; all Market Street buses & streetcars
Thursday October 19
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.
11:00 amLandmark Victorians Of Alamo SquareSee 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.
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
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 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 pmSacred Places In San FranciscoSan Francisco's diversity is reflected in its places of worship. Visit churches, temples, a cathedral, and a synagogue. View the symbols and architecture and hear the history of the city's religious institutions. Meet at the main plaza entrance of St. Mary's Cathedral, Gough & Geary. Public transportation: MUNI line 38.
1:00 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 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.
4:00 pmTheatre In San FranciscoCaruso, 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
Friday October 20
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.
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 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 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 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 by the McKinley Statue.
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 October 21
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.
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 amBungalows of Westwood ParkCraftsman, English Tudor, Spanish Revival, Colonial Revival-you'll see all these styles and more strolling through this west side neighborhood of 650 cozy bungalows built for middle class San Franciscans in the early 20th century. Meet at Ocean & Faxon Avenues
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 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 amMission MuralsSee the colorful people's art of the Mission District, one of San Francisco's largest ethnic communities. Meet at Precita and Harrison, behind Flynn Elementary School. Public transportation: MUNI lines 12, 27.
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.
11:00 amVisitacion Valley Part IIExplore Visitacion Valley, named by 18th-century Spaniards lost in the fog and part of the only local land grant deeded to an Anglo. The tour concentrates on community life – including Eichler housing, a Julia Morgan church, landscaped greenways, and more – in the "Valley of the Windmills." Somewhat strenuous. Meet at 45 Leland Ave. near Bayshore. Public transportation: MUNI lines 9, 8 and T light rail line.
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 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 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 amLandmark Victorians Of Alamo SquareSee 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.
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
1:00 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 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 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 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.
Sunday October 22
9:00 amTenderloin Neighborhood Part IExplore the Tenderloin’s isolated rural village beginnings and its years as a quiet residential and small business neighborhood. Find out how it morphed into San Francisco’s hotel and silk stocking entertainment and vice district, how it became part of the mean streets in the last half of the 20th century, and how it is trying to reinvent itself as the entertainment and restaurant district it used to be. Learn about the days of the Uptown Tenderloin, San Francisco’s bootlegger wars, the start of the San Francisco movie industry, famous madams, neighborhood gambling and jazz clubs, and Little Saigon. Meet at Powell & Market Streets
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).
10:00 amCreating DowntownDelight 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.
11:00 amHaight-Ashbury (Tour Cancelled) 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.
11:00 amArt 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.
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 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 amBillionaire's Row: Outer Broadway ArchitectureExplore the most exclusive corner of Pacific Heights; where, since the late 19th century, San Francisco's wealthiest families have built mansions with spectacular views of the bay. Find out which society family ran a nursery school from their home and which rehab program had its headquarters in this unlikely setting. Stroll past a Victorian Firehouse turned private residence and visit a humble church that started a new architectural movement. Meet at the top of the Lyon Street steps at the intersection of Lyon and Broadway. Public transportation: MUNI lines 3, 43.
11:00 amGolden Gate BridgeThis tour has everything. Soaring design, sleazy politics, stunning engineering, terrifying geology, ripping currents and tides, famous fog, sailboats under your feet, fearless ironworkers and cowardly bankers...and then there's the view from center span Meet at the Strauss statue in the visitors plaza, the SF side of the Bridge. Weather can be unpredictable. Bring a jacket! Public transportation: MUNI lines 28.
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.
1:00 pmOld South ParkA short tour of San Francisco's first planned community -- its ups and downs, fortune, romance, and the infamous '2nd Street Cut.' Meet at the Shell station on 3rd St. between Bryant and Brannan Sts. Public transportation: MUNI lines 12, 15, 30, 45.
1:00 pmHaight-AshburyCome 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.
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
2:00 pmUncovering the ParksideFind out about the Parkside, the first neighborhood to begin growing on the west side of SF in the early 1900s. You'll find out how public transportation made the difference and learn to identify the three major periods of development by the houses you see. Meet at the bottom of the stairs to Parkside Library on Taraval at 22nd Ave.
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 October 23
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.
11:00 am1850'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
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 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.
1:30 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.
Tuesday October 24
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 am1850s SAN FRANCISCO: PARIS DU PACIFIQUEEn 1849 la ruée vers l'or en la Californie a créé une grande sensation en France, surtout à cause des compagnies de mines d'or qui promettaient l'opportunité de devenir riche comme Midas. L'or a attiré des milliers de français dans les années 1849-1853. Dès le début, ils ont donné à San Francisco un air parisien, civilisé et sophistiqué, et San Francisco est devenue le Paris du Pacifique, une ville qui est apparue brusquement de la boue de Yerba Buena Cove. Le tour finit au coin de Bush et Grant. Retrouvez votre guide au coin de Clay et Montgomery à la Pyramide de Transamerica.
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 amPacific Heights MansionsWalk past palatial homes and consulates in Pacific Heights--mansions used as the Japanese and German consulates in 1941. Learn of Victorian lifestyles and earthquake refugees. Meet in Alta Plaza Park, atop the stairs above Pierce & Clay Sts. Public transportation: MUNI lines 3, 1, 24, 22.
11:00 amCastro: Tales Of The VillageExplore a neighborhood you thought you knew. What was once dairy farms and dirt roads is now one of the city's most vibrant and cohesive communities. Stairs and steep hills. Meet near the giant rainbow flag - southwest corner of Market and Castro Streets, upper level of Harvey Milk Plaza. Muni K, L, M, Castro Station
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 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 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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