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Coit Tower and Lombard Street (Tales of the City)

San Francisco, CA , United States
3h
English

About Your Host

I'm Alexandra Kenin and I’m the founder of Urban Hiker SF. Originally from New Jersey, I've lived up and down the East Coast in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. While living in New York in 2004, I took a vacation to San Francisco and realized I didn't want to come home. It took three years, but I finally moved to San Francisco in 2007. When I bought my one-way ticket out west, my father bought me a copy of Adah Bakalinsky's Stairway Walks in San Francisco. At the time, I was a marketing manager at Google and would commute up to three hours a day. On weekends, inspired by the Stairway Walks book, I would take off to explore my new home on foot. One fateful day, a native San Franciscan friend brought me on a walk to the Embarcadero via the Vallejo and Filbert Street Steps. I loved the views from by the stairways, I loved the exercise I got from climbing them, and I loved how they seemed to be a secret to most. From that moment on, I was hooked on urban hiking. Since then, I have fallen into an entire band of urban hiking enthusiasts. A group of us now goes on monthly day hikes - up to 30 miles in distance. We love finding new secret spots in the city and now I want to share our findings with you!

What we'll do

The Coit Tower and Lombard Street tour is a 4½ mile, 2½ hour stairway-filled adventure through the North Beach, Telegraph Hill, and Russian Hill neighborhoods. You’ll see two of San Francisco’s most famous landmarks – Coit Tower and Lombard Street – plus you’ll walk two of the city’s longest and most beautiful stairways: the Filbert and Greenwich Street Steps. You’ll explore city parks where we’ll see both the Golden Gate bridge and the San Francisco Bay Bridge from a single vintage point and get our absolute favorite view of downtown San Francisco. You’ll also learn the history of Levi’s jeans and see the church where Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio took their wedding photos. We’ll visit places that not even the locals know, such as one of San Francisco’s few remaining dirt roads and the peaceful pedestrian lane that inspired the Tales of the City book series about life in San Francisco from the 1970s to today. And if we’re lucky, you might just see and hear the wild parrots of Telegraph Hill. Our Top Itineraries We offer some hikes on a weekly schedule and some by special request. Please read the hike descriptions for the days and times we offer these hikes. If you are booking a private tour, you can choose your own schedule. Email us to schedule a private hike. Castro and Twin Peaks (Urban Jungles) The Castro and Twin Peaks tour is our most popular tour and heads from the heart of a historic San Francisco neighborhood to the top of the city–and back in 5 miles and 3 hours. With a great mix of city streets, parks, and dirt trails, this is a great introduction to urban hiking. This route is all about the views, and we’ll see downtown San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Marin County, San Francisco Bay, and the Pacific Ocean from a number of scenic hilltops. We’ll also visit the base of Sutro Tower: the tallest point in the entire city. When we’re not soaking up panoramic views, we’ll climb secret stairways, walk peaceful trails, discover quaint neighborhoods, explore an enchanting eucalyptus forest, check out an 1890s Victorian mansion, and more. From the concrete jungle to the lush, green urban jungle, the variety of sights on this tour can’t be beat. Union Square, Nob Hill, Chinatown Other information: Starts at Castro Theatre (429 Castro Street) $49 pp (gratuities not included) Thurs. and Fri. at 1:30 pm; Sat. at 9:30 am. The Union Square, Nob Hill, and Chinatown Tour explores 3 of San Francisco’s most central and historic neighborhoods in 3 miles and 2 hours. The hike starts in Union Square, now famous for shopping, but once a gathering place for celebrating Union victories in the Civil War. From here, you’ll take in the sights of Nob Hill—the Fairmont Hotel, Grace Cathedral, and the Cable Car Museum—learning about San Francisco before and after the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906. From Nob Hill, you head to Chinatown, visiting the Chinatown Gate, the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory, and the place where Gold Rush was announced to the world. ​​Other information: Starts and ends in Union Square $49/person (gratuities not included) Fridays at 9:30 am Other information: Starts in Levi's Plaza $49/person (gratuities not included) Saturdays at 1:30 pm

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