Tales of the City Hiking Tour by Urban Hiker San Francisco

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Duration: 2h 30m
Location: San Francisco, CA United States | San Francisco, United States

Category: Adventures

Vigorous urban hike around Russian & Telegraph Hills
Landmarks from Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City
Hidden staircases, secret gardens & little-known parks
Sights like Coit Tower, Golden Gate Bridge & Lombard Street
Passionate local guide shares city facts & anecdotes

Guided walking tour of San Francisco


Tackle San Francisco’s hills, streets, and secrets with a passionate local guide on this urban hiking tour based on Armistead Maupin’s beloved novel Tales of the City. Scope out city landmarks and hidden gardens as you trek up stairways and steep sidewalks from Coit Tower to Lombard Street.

Meet your guide in North Beach and hit the pavement, hiking between locations from the Tales of the City books and TV series as you explore San Francisco’s concealed staircases and little-known side streets. Get your heart rate rising with a jaunt up the Filbert Street Steps and a climb up the decorative, mosaicked stairs of Greenwich Street, admiring lovely gardens and historic homes along the way. Atop Telegraph Hill, gaze up at the white pinnacle of Coit Tower and listen for calls from the neighborhood’s resident colony of colorful parrots.

Follow your guide to the easy-to-miss entrance of hidden and tiny Jack Early Park, an intimate lookout offering views of the Golden Gate, the Bay Bridge, and Alcatraz. See the crooked curves of Lombard Street, and pass by Saints Peter and Paul Church—where Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio posed for photos on their wedding day.

Make your way down the tree-shaded pedestrian alley and rickety wooden steps of Macondray Lane, which Maupin recast as Barbary Lane in Tales of the City, and detour off Union Street to explore the clandestine, flower-filled garden of Molinari Mana Park. Rest your feet and take in the sweeping bay views from a comfortable bench, and pick up more tips for exploring the city on foot before parting ways with your guide.

Cancellation Policy: 72 hours
Know before you book: This tour is not recommended for children under 13; children are allowed, but must be able to hike 4–5 miles (6–8 km)., The tour route covers 4–5 miles (6–8 km) at a moderate pace, and includes lots of stairs. You must be able to climb and descend stairs and walk on uneven or unpaved surfaces., At least 2 people are required for this activity to take place., Maximum group size is 15 people.

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