SF Tales of the City Tour


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Hike to the top of the Filbert Steps and climb down one of the most crooked streets in the world, learning interesting local history along the way. See a different side of San Fran on this fascinating tour.
Duration:  1hr
Cancellation:  48.0hrs
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  • Set off on a 4.5-mile hiking tour of various historically-noted spots in San Francisco
  • Climb up the Filbert Steps and meet the wild parrots of Telegraph Hill at Coit Tower
  • Discover Jack Early Park, a small park with a big view and visit the famous crooked Lombard Street
  • Check out Macondray Lane, the real ‘Barbary Lane’ from Armistead Maupin’s ‘Tales of the City’ series
  • See where Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio took their wedding photos and descend the Greenwich steps back to the starting location

What's Included

  • Guided tour

Additional Information

If you can, you’ll want to use public transit instead of a car. There are some metered spots along 18th Street between Sanchez and Eureka, but empty spots can be hard to find. On Sunday, parking is easier as the two hour neighborhood permits don’t apply. There is a garage about 1.5 miles from the hike start at Mission/Bartlett Garage 3255 21st Street / 90 Bartlett Street. Hiking shoes are the best option for our hike. If you don’t have hiking shoes, sneakers are fine. Open-toed shoes are discouraged because you’ll encounter some sharp rocks on some of the trails. It’s also pretty muddy on one section of the hike, so make sure your shoes and clothes are ok in the mud. Please bring layers that account for both warmer and colder temperatures. Recommended for ages 12+. Dogs are welcome but please ask before your bring your dog.

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Jun 29, 2014
We wished we had done this urban hike at the beginning of the trip, it really got you into the heart of the city to see some of the lesser know parts of the city. Our tour guides were fantastic! Would definitely recommend this to anyone traveling to San Francisco. It is quite a bit of walking so dress appropriately and be prepared to do some hills. We are active so it wasn't an issue but being from Florida it worked some areas that we don't typically work our flat land legs.


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