The “Classic San Francisco” walking tour highlights the city’s oldest neighborhoods while telling the story of its transformation from tiny Mexican trading post to “Emporium of the Pacific.” Traversing Nob Hill, Chinatown, Russian Hill, Jackson Square, North Beach, Telegraph Hill, etc., the experience, both urban and botanical, offers breathtaking views of the San Francisco skyline and surrounding Bay Area, along with fresh perspectives on many of the city’s most famous landmarks. Roughly four hours in duration, occasional public transportation (transit costs are included), and a lunch stop in North Beach (cost of lunch is not included–lunch stop only on Saturday), the tour is geared to both first time, and seasoned visitors. It’s the perfect start to a memorable day in San Francisco.
DAYS: Saturday & Sunday (see booking calendar for availability)
TIME: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Saturday; 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., Sunday
WALK: 5 miles
AGE: 13 and up*
PRICE: $75/adult; $60/teen
WHERE TO MEET UP
The tour leaves at 9:00 a.m. from Huntington Park, bound by Sacramento, Taylor, California and Cushman streets in SF’s Nob Hill District (link at top of site). There is a fountain at the center of the park that cannot be missed. Your guide will meet you right there (see map and photo below), rain or shine. If you use Google Maps, you can pin the location using “Huntington Park, San Francisco, CA,” or 1000 Taylor St. as the address.
RECOMMENDED ITEMS TO BRING
– Mask (you will need this for the few times we use public transit during the tour)
– Snacks? (Tour ends around noon, but sometimes runs a few minutes late, so best to be prepared food and energy-wise. Note however that the tour ends nearby many dining options.)
– Extra layer of clothes (windbreaker, hat, etc.)
– Adequate walking shoes (i. e. no flip-flops, etc.)
* Due to the topography, and steady pace of the tour, babies and/or strollers are not recommended, and actually discouraged. While buses handle all major uphill sections of the tour, there is the walking of one or two blocks uphill, plus three or four staircases up. Likewise, there is one section that is a steep, descending staircase for two blocks, so please be forewarned. Ultimately, if you walk regularly, or get your daily recommended exercise, you will have no problem with the physicality of this tour.