Walking San Francisco  by Tom Downs

Walking San Francisco Guide Book

by Tom Downs (Wilderness Press)
Walking San Francisco  by Tom Downs
San Francisco—heart of the left coast and home to vertical streets, vibrant neighborhoods, fivestar dining, and a history that includes the Gold Rush, Summer of Love, and not-so-distant dotcom days. In Walking San Francisco, insider and raconteur Tom Downs is your guide on 33 walks from the Embarcadero to Lands End, Bernal Heights to Golden Gate Park. On each urban trek you’ll soak up history, gossip, and architectural trivia, plus tips on local cafes, bars, and nightlife spots. For the confirmed pub crawler, two walks explore the best bars in North Beach and the Mission District. Along with the detailed maps and accurate directions you’ll find essential advice on parking and transportation. Whether you’re looking for a 2-hour workout or a full day’s (or night’s) entertainment, grab this book, step outside … walk S.F.!

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Trails from the "Walking San Francisco" Guide Book
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Bernal Heights rises up from the southern edge of the Mission, where narrow streets dead-end long before they can reach this rocky, windswept hilltop. The broad views of the Mission, Potrero Hill, the ...
San Francisco, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 2
San Francisco has a Chinatown to rival any city’s Chinatown, and like many Chinatowns, San Francisco’s has an air of inauthenticity. Many of the buildings here reflect naive American notions of what E ...
San Francisco, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 1.75
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San Francisco’s Civic Center is one of the most elegant and cohesively planned complexes in the U.S. Huge monumental Beaux Arts structures went up after the 1906 quake, making the area impressive but ...
San Francisco, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 1
Dolores St. is luxuriant without being snooty, grand but not opulent. For some 2 miles, the street’s palm-shaded medians follow a straight and gracefully undulating path along the eastern edge of the ...
San Francisco, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 2.5
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Much of the history of early San Francisco centered on the waterfront around Yerba Buena Cove, which before it was filled in curved into what is now the Financial District, as far inland as Battery St ...
San Francisco, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 2.25
In recent years, no part of San Francisco has changed as much as the waterfront south of Market St. The development of luxury condominiums, high-rise office towers, and the Giants’ ballpark AT&T Park ...
San Francisco, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 1.75
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This is where the big wheels turn in San Francisco. Looking much like a short section of Midtown Manhattan or the Loop in Chicago, the Financial District is a grid of canyons formed by the high-rise p ...
San Francisco, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 1.75
Nothing against tourists from Ypsilanti, mind you. But Fisherman’s Wharf is the prototypical tourist trap, and for that reason most San Franciscans regard the neighborhood as a party that they haven’t ...
San Francisco, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 2.5
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San Francisco’s urban continuity is frequently broken by hills topped by outcrops of rock and mounds of soil yielding auburn grasses. In the case of Glen Canyon, the city gives way to a deep impressio ...
San Francisco, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 2
People who have never been to San Francisco or know very little about the city, at least know about the Golden Gate Bridge. The taut swag of its cables, recognizable in silhouette form, are an emblem ...
San Francisco, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 4
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Golden Gate Park is a celebration of nature—only, there is really nothing natural about it. The 1,000-acre urban parkland, among the nation’s largest, is a series of groves, gardens, and lakes, all se ...
San Francisco, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 4.5
Along with the Gold Rush, earthquakes, and the Gay ’70s, the Summer of Love is one of those things for which San Francisco is commonly known to the outside world. The intersection of Haight and Ashbur ...
San Francisco, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 2
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There is little disputing that San Francisco got off to a spectacular start. By all accounts, the city was thrown up with the purposeful chaos of a carnival pulling into town in the dark of night. For ...
San Francisco, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 0.75
Japantown is an odd and interesting neighborhood. Japanese immigrants began settling here after the ’06 quake and were unjustly moved from their homes and relocated in internment camps during World Wa ...
San Francisco, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 1.25
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San Francisco is oriented toward its bay, but to overlook the coastal trails that run along the cliffs at the city’s western edge is to miss out on some very striking natural scenery. Trails, some of ...
San Francisco, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 3
Market St. slices through San Francisco’s grid at a brash, oblique angle, cutting a prominent seam through the city’s central neighborhoods. It is a direct conduit into the city from San Francisco’s h ...
San Francisco, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 2
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The Marina might be summed up as the new-money counterpart to old-money Pacific Heights. Both are upper-class enclaves, but while Pacific Heights rises above the city with a Victorian regalness, the M ...
San Francisco, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 3.5
As the sun goes down on the Mission District, the neighborhood’s vibrant murals fade into the shadows and irresistible artificial light splashes out onto sidewalks from the barrooms. This is one of th ...
San Francisco, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 2.25
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The nabobs and their opulent mansions are long gone, but Nob Hill still has a prestigious air about it. In the 1870s, soon after the advent of cable cars simplified getting up the hill from downtown, ...
San Francisco, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 0.75
North Beach no longer swarms with the goatee-and-beret crowd, and the Italian language is less commonly heard in the neighborhood than it once was. And yet the neighborhood continues to benefit from i ...
San Francisco, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 1
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