Russian Hill Stairways

Neighborhood: Russian Hill


Before Willis Polk revolutionized architecture with the proto-skyscraper Hallidie Building, he spent his days designing relatively quaint, classical homes on Russian Hill. His direction elevated the neighborhood’s aesthetic, inspiring both grand mansions and understated homes up and down its steep grade.

Russian Hill is an iconic San Francisco neighborhood with a rich and varied history. This tour explores its hidden stairways and alleys to learn about the artists, poets and architects that created this extraordinary Bohemian enclave. The tour takes in 3 historic districts, that include many architectural gems, and provides delightful accounts of the people and their deeds that shaped the hill. In addition, as the tour winds its way over the hill, we are treated to fabulous views of the City and Bay, and manage to get in some good exercise!

Next Tours

  • Sunday, April 14 at 10:30 am given by Dennis W.Sign Up
  • Sunday, April 21 at 10:30 am given by Mike P.Sign Up
  • Wednesday, April 24 at 10:30 am given by Rudy K.Sign Up
  • Sunday, May 26 at 2:00 pm given by Mike P.Sign Up
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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.



Meet at Mason and Vallejo at the bottom of the Vallejo Street Steps.


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Please note: Private group tours required for groups of 8 or more.