Architecture Walking Tour (Thursday, June 29, 10 am – 12 pm)
San Francisco is overflowing with sights beyond just the well-known landmarks. This is a city that even the locals look around in awe at the diverse yet appropriately eclectic architecture that fills the streets. From the colorful Victorian Homes and traditional Ferry Building, to the modern Bay Bridge and iconic Transamerica Pyramid, the city’s skyline changes from every direction the eye can see. Learn the history of this bustling city’s architecture as you see historical landmarks as you make your way through the iconic shopping mecca of Union Square, stroll down Ross Alley to discover good fortune in China Town, and venture the canyons of towering skyscrapers of the Financial District. (Tour sites and walking route subject to change.)
Barbary Coast Walking Tour (Friday, June 30, 10 am – 12 pm)
A fascinating tour of San Francisco’s lesser known past! Let yourself be transported back into the world of gold seekers and railroad barons—to an exciting, yet infamous, time when the city was run by gangs. A time when gambling, bordellos, and opium dens were the norm. This historical area is where the Gold Rush of 1849 gave way to a population explosion that led to a city filled with decadence and deceit. On this tour, you will walk past sites such as the Jackson Square gold rush brick buildings, where you will learn about the dark origins of being “shanghaied,” and why years later, publisher William Randolph Hearst started a crusade against the area that we know today as Chinatown, North Beach, and The Embarcadero.