City Orientation Walking Tour I, San Francisco

Bursting with popular tourist attractions and diverse neighborhoods, San Francisco is considered to be a "wonder to behold". Full of museums, religious buildings, parks and amazing architecture, this city can keep any tourist busy for his entire trip. Take this walking tour to explore San Francisco's most visited tourist attractions.
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City Orientation Walking Tour I Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walking Tour I
Guide Location: USA » San Francisco (See other walking tours in San Francisco)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 13
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Author: doris
City Hall

1) City Hall (must see)

One of the most prominent buildings in San Francisco, the City Hall stands with all its glory and grandeur in the city. Not only is it one of the best structures in the city, but it is also one of the finest looking Beaux-Art buildings in the country. Designer Author Brown is said to have drawn inspiration from the Dôme des Invalides in Paris while designing the City Hall in San Francisco.

The City Hall is special not only for its architecture but is also known for its history, for enduring...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Asian Art Museum

2) Asian Art Museum (must see)

Housing one of the largest Asian Collections in the Western World is the Asian Art Museum. The Museum boasts a proud collection of over 15000 pieces from the histories of countries like India, China, Japan, Korea, Persia and other South Asian nations.

Previously residing in the Golden Gate Park, after expansion, the Asian Art Museum shifted premises to the former San Francisco City Library, opposite the Civic Centre. The interiors of the building were specially designed by the award-winning...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Powell Street Station

3) Powell Street Station (must see)

The Powell Street Station located on Market Street is one of the most photographed areas in Downtown, San Francisco. It is a Rapid Transit and Muni Metro Station. It opened in 1973, becoming one of the most famous tourist attractions in the city.

Why You Should Visit:
In spite of long queues and the $7 fee for a one-way cable car trip, it's worth getting on at least once on this street because there's nothing else like it anywhere in the...   view more
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

4) San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (must see)

Devoted only to 20th-century art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is a must visit if you are an avid follower of modern art. Established in the year 1935, the SFMOMA was the first museum of its kind that was dedicated to introducing the modern and contemporary art form to the world.

Displaying some of the most path defying pieces of modern art, the SFMOMA has come a long way since its inception. Today the museum houses over twenty-six thousand pieces of modern art, works that...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Maiden Lane

5) Maiden Lane

From rags to riches, from tacky to elegant, classy and fashionable, the Maiden Lane is one street that has undergone an extreme make over after the 1906 earthquake. Presently laden with high end gift shops, couture salons, expensive boutiques and designer outlets, there is nothing in the fashion and luxury world that the Maiden Lane does not offer.

Although the present may seem glittery and filled with glamour and elegance, a century back the lane didn’t quite have the reputation it holds...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
American Conservatory Theater

6) American Conservatory Theater

Famous opera director, William Ball founded the American Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T) in Pittsburgh in the year 1965. Theatre enthusiasts in San Francisco convinced Ball of presenting half an year’s season in the city. In the very first season at its new home, A.C.T. performed sixteen productions in the city’s Geary and Marines Memorial Theatres. In addition, the company also toured other cities in the state of California and performed 28 plays to establish themselves as a theatre company...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Curran Theater

7) Curran Theater

If you enjoy watching broadways, operas and live performances, the Curran Theatre is a must visit in San Francisco. However, one needn’t have to be a diehard opera fan to visit and be charmed by the Curran.

Its brilliant presence and majestic look is sure to take any onlookers breath away. This magnificent building stands at the 445 Geary Street, where it welcomes its audience into a world far away from the hustle bustle of city life. Known as one of the finest Broadway theatres in the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Union Square

8) Union Square (must see)

For a shopaholic, there can be no place on earth that comes anywhere close to the Union Square in San Francisco.

The Union Square marks the perfect destination where one can bask in its rich past and at the same time get enthralled by its vibrant present. The Union Square till date is the most visited site in San Francisco. Filled with premium boutiques, high scale departmental stores, art galleries and salons, the Union Square is a sanctuary for shopaholic at heart. Counted as one of the...   view more
Ruth Asawa's Fountain

9) Ruth Asawa's Fountain

Ruth Asawa's Fountain was built as a tribute to the city of San Francisco, that was completed in 1972. The fountain consists of 41 bronzed plaques, each depicting San Francisco's most famous landmarks,and illustrating the rich historical past of the...   view more

10) Chinatown (must see)

One of the most popular places in San Francisco and one that must be on everyone’s must-visit list when touring the city is the Chinatown. San Francisco hosts one of the largest Chinese communities outside Asia and is home to one of the oldest Chinatowns in North America.

The establishment of Chinatown in San Francisco can be dated back to the mid-19th century that saw the influx of immigrants mostly from China’s Guangdong Province. Many of the Chinese settlers were employed with the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
555 California Street

11) 555 California Street

Apart from being the second tallest building in the city of San Francisco, 555 California Street, is a display of wealth and power of the Bank of America. Formerly known as the Bank of America Centre, this 52- story sky scraper is located in the “FiDi” or Financial District, a commercial area of San Francisco city. Built in 1969, the building was designed by Pietro Belluschi and architectural responsibilities were shared by famous firms Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and Wurster, Bernardi and...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Nob Hill

12) Nob Hill (must see)

Nob Hill, located above Union Square and Chinatown, is one of the most elegant of the 44 hilltops of San Francisco. Nob Hill is bounded by Washington Street, Post Street, Stockton Street and Polk Street. Nob Hill is known not only for its rich swanking inhabitants but also for its gigantic mansions, luxury hotels and cable car museum, which make it an interesting place to visit.

One of the prime reasons why the Nob Hill attracts the affluent of the city is its centralized position in San...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Grace Cathedral

13) Grace Cathedral (must see)

An Episcopal church, the Grace Cathedral is visited by Christians and tourists from all over the world. Built in 1849, the Grace Church was a little chapel located at a different site. A fire in 1906 destroyed the Grace Cathedral, as it was called then. A daughter cathedral was then commissioned at the Nob Hill site by the Crocker family, which is the present day Grace Cathedral. Lewis Hobart designed this magnificent structure in French Gothic style which was then built in concrete and steel.
...   view more
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Walking Tours in San Francisco, California

Create Your Own Walk in San Francisco

Create Your Own Walk in San Francisco

Creating your own self-guided walk in San Francisco is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Japantown Walking Tour

Japantown Walking Tour

Japantown in San Francisco is the oldest Japanese community in the continental United States. The first Japanese immigrants came to San Francisco in the 1860s. Located in the heart of San Francisco, this six block area is a colorful, friendly community, that is home to some of the best Japanese cultural, eating and entertainment venues in the United States. Take this tour to explore most visited tourist sights of Japantown.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 km
North Beach Walking Tour

North Beach Walking Tour

North Beach is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, known as San Francisco's Little Italy. This fun area features a great mix of architecture, museums, restaurants and old shops. Take this tour to explore the beauties that North Beach has to offer.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
SoMa Nightlife

SoMa Nightlife

Being one of the most-visited cities in the world, San Francisco features an awesome array of nightclubs and bars for guests to the city can enjoy. A major cultural hub that includes more than its fair share of museums and art galleries, San Francisco bars and nightclubs reflect the creative and vibrant force that pervades the city. Take this Nightlife Tour in San Francisco and experience the best hot spots this cosmopolitan city has to offer when the sun goes down.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
Chinese Heritage Walking Tour

Chinese Heritage Walking Tour

San Francisco Chinatown is the largest Chinatown outside of Asia and the oldest Chinatown in North America. It provides an astounding abundance of varied merchandise at surprising prices, a great selection of restaurants and gift shops. San Francisco's Chinatown features several amazing attractions that can be enjoyed, ranging from museums and churches, to specialty shops and restaurants. Take this walking tour to explore the main tourist attractions in Chinatown, San Francisco.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km
Gay Walking Tour

Gay Walking Tour

It is well known that San Francisco is the place where gay and lesbian culture flourished. While Castro District houses many of the city's gay-owned businesses and households, LGBT culture is considered a distinct part of San Francisco's identity. Use this list to explore the most visited gay attractions in San Francisco.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.5 km
City Orientation Walking Tour II

City Orientation Walking Tour II

The unmatched beauty of San Francisco combined with its riches of instantly recognizable structures and locales has attracted filmmakers from around the world for over 100 years. San Francisco has provided and continues to provide the backdrop for some of the most famous movie scenes ever filmed. It is almost impossible to traverse the sights of San Francisco without conjuring an image from a special Hollywood movie. According to some film historians, San Francisco, rather than Hollywood, should have become the capitol of the motion picture world. Motion pictures were actually invented in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km

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