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Sunday March 29

  • 10:30 am

    Russian Hill Stairways (No Tour Today)

    Come along and climb hidden stairways 345 feet above the Bay. Walk through bucolic lanes, national historic districts and beautiful natural spaces. See where Willis Polk lived and worked, and discover a beautiful example of the Octagon House movement. It’s an architectural gem, supported by an extraordinary vista of San Francisco. Trust us — the view is always better at the top.

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  • 11:00 am

    Billionaires' Row: Outer Broadway Architecture (No Tour Today)

    After the 1906 earthquake pummeled their Nob Hill enclaves, the wealthy titans of San Francisco became temporary nomads. With the landscape wiped clean, where in the city was the best place to put down roots? The best view of the Bay was located on the hills of Pacific Heights, where real estate was essentially up for grabs. They parked their old money in mammoth mansions and created one of the most expensive zip codes in the world.  

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  • 11:00 am

    Golden Gate Bridge (No Tour Today)

    What more is there to say? It’s an international symbol of San Francisco, a mind-blowing feat of engineering, and one of the most-photographed places in the entire world. The iconic Golden Gate Bridge has captivated locals and tourists alike since it opened in 1937. It was the world’s longest and tallest suspension bridge at its opening, and almost a century later, remains one of the most impressive structures ever built by humans.

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  • 11:00 am

    Mission Dolores Neighborhood (No Tour Today)

    See a mix of treasures in one of San Francisco’s most eclectic neighborhoods, starting at the famous golden fire hydrant where  locals successfully fought to save the area during the 1906 earthquake. Learn the history of gorgeous Dolores Park, when it was home to earthquake survivors and where today you will enjoy iconic views of the city’s skyline. Be dazzled by countless landmark Victorians, meander down the hip Valencia Street corridor, whet your appetite with sampling of murals, hear about a famous food corridor, and discover the city’s Spanish history at the oldest building in San Francisco, Mission Dolores, the church of Saint Francis of Assisi.

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  • 1:00 pm

    Japanese Tea Garden (No Tour Today)

    After the successful 1894 Mid-Winter Exposition San Francisco decided to keep the Japanese Village exhibit. Makoto Hagiwara was hired to be the new manager of the Garden and immediately set about expanding the Garden three-fold to its size today. An impressive variety of flora greets you as you enter a Japanese inspired wonderland of small scenes created throughout the Garden. The peace and quiet of the Garden encourages one to slow down and be mindful of the surroundings - A perfect walk for those seeking a peaceful afternoon...

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  • 2:00 pm

    Architecture Downtown (No Tour Today)

    After the 1906 earthquake  San Francisco was back to square one. If it wanted to remain the major American city of the West, it wouldn’t just need to rebuild — it needed to transcend what had been done before.  Over the next century, luminous designers from Chicago and New York would bring their experiences working with new materials set at record heights to innovate the local blueprint. Architects like George Kelham, Willis Polk, William Pereira, and SOM would paint the skyline out of thin air.

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  • 2:00 pm

    Corona Heights Stairways (No Tour Today)

    Explore the Corona Heights neighborhood, directly adjacent to the Castro.The tour visits the Corona Heights Hill, Buena Vista Park, Mount Olympus, and takes in some of the most spectacular views of San Francisco. You will learn about the history, architecture and the underlying geology of the neighborhood, and the people and events that shaped the hill. PLEASE NOTE: this tour includes several stairways, some steep hills and uneven ground. You should be reasonably fit to get the maximum enjoyment from this tour and sturdy walking shoes are highly recommended.

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  • 2:00 pm

    Gold Rush City (No Tour Today)

    "Gold! Gold from the American River!", shouted San Francisco businessman Sam Brannan, as he ran down Montgomery Street in May,1848, waving a jar filled with gold over his head, sparking the Gold Rush. As word spread rapidly around the world, the tiny village of San Francisco, tucked amidst massive sand dunes by the Bay, and frequented by grizzly bears and mountain lions, was transformed virtually overnight into a booming instant city.

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  • 2:00 pm

    Land's End: Sutro Heights (No Tour Today)

    Across the West Coast, there’s few ocean vistas more arresting than Land’s End — a fact millionaire Adolph Sutro was well aware of when he built the first passenger steam train to the park in 1880.  He wasn’t done there: Sutro transformed the land, adding an elaborate public garden, renovating the quaint Cliff House and constructing the Sutro Baths, a massive swimming facility on the oceanfront. Come experience Adolph Sutro’s gift to San Franciscans

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  • 2:00 pm

    Nob Hill (No Tour Today)

    Walk the streets where railroad barons, silver kings, and other wealthy San Franciscans built lavish mansions.  Hear stories of the success and scandals of the high society men and women who lived on Nob Hill, the place that locals call Snob Hill. Experience the splendor of a world famous hotel where Tony Bennett first sang "I left my Heart in San Francisco". Visit a cathedral whose stained-glass windows honor scientists as well as saints, whose memorial chapel displays sections of the AIDS quilt, and whose labyrinth is the site of both meditative walks and candlelit yoga classes.

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  • 2:00 pm

    Victorian San Francisco (No Tour Today)

    Ever wondered why there are so many Victorian style houses in San Francisco with an endless variety of decoration? The answer lies in the rich and fascinating history launched primarily by the California Gold Rush in 1849 and the advent of the cable car.  Walkers learn cues to recognize the different styles of homes built across 4 decades.  If you are a fan of Victorian architecture, and don't mind walking a few steep hills, or just want to learn more, this tour is for you.

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