October is here and so are “Twofers”

We have paired two of our fabulous tours and allowed ample time for you to travel to the second tour. It’s the perfect way to spend a day in San Francisco.

Thursday, October 13

City Hall followed by Salesforce Transit Center

City Hall at 10:00 AM

After the original City Hall perished in the 1906 earthquake, San Francisco had a chance to think bigger the second time around. You’ll see — and be swept away by — the beautiful architecture, including imposing structures like City Hall, the Asian Art Museum, the War Memorial Opera House and the State Building.

To sign up for City Hall on October 13 at 10:00 am, click here.

Following the City Hall tour, walk over to the Civic Center MUNI Station and take any inbound MUNI train to the Embarcadero Station. Walk down to Beale Street and make a left. Salesforce Transit Center is just passed Mission Street. Grab a coffee or lunch at the nearby cafes or enjoy the public park. For the next tour, meet your Guide in Salesforce Plaza on the South West corner Mission and Fremont Street by the sky gondola.

Salesforce Transit Center at 2:00 PM

Occupying nearly two square blocks in the heart of a neighborhood of gleaming office and residential towers, the Salesforce Transit Center is at once a functional inter-modal transit hub and an inspirational public space. Join us on a walk through this new city landmark, including its Grand Hall, interactive art, a visit to the center’s renowned rooftop park of lush gardens and unmatched skyline views.

To sign up for Salesforce Transit Center on October 13 at 2:00 pm, click here.

Saturday, October 15

Ferry Building followed by A Touch of Glass in SF’s Commercial Architecture

Ferry Building at 10:00 AM

For much of the early 20th century, nobody traversed the Bay without going through the Ferry Building. At its peak in the 1930s, it was the second-busiest travel hub in the world, shuttling more than 50,000 people both to and from San Francisco each day. When the city built its famous bridges, ferry travel dropped dramatically, and the building suffered for decades. In the ‘90s the Ferry Building transformed into a world-class food market focusing on local artisan creations.

To sign up for Ferry Building on October 15 at 10:00 am, click here.

Following the Ferry Building Tour, do take advantage of the many cafes and restaurants in the Ferry Building and nearby. The next tour starting point is at the 242 California Street (Tadich Grill) between Battery and Front. It is a 10-minute walk away from the Ferry Building. Walk up to Market Street, turn right on Drumm, left on California, left on Front and left on California.

A Touch of Glass in San Francisco’s Commercial Architecture at 2:00 PM

Some of the best examples of modern San Franciscan architecture involve a commonly overlooked design element: glass. It wasn’t always that way. Make do, plain-front buildings sprang up during the frenzied years of the Gold Rush and gingerbread-covered Victorians were built in the decades that followed. But in 1918 San Franciscans were awe struck when famed architect Willis Polk unveiled his elegant Hallidie Building. Glass-shrouded buildings have taken over the skyline ever since, from the sleek skin of Financial District skyscrapers to the ornate ceilings of a Union Square landmark.

To sign up for a Touch of Glass on October 15 at 2:00 pm, click here.