City Orientation Walking Tour II, San Francisco

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.
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City Orientation Walking Tour II Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walking Tour II
Guide Location: USA » San Francisco (See other walking tours in San Francisco)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
Author: alex1007
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Grace Cathedral

1) 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.
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Sight description based on wikipedia
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Cable Car Museum

2) Cable Car Museum (must see)

One of the most distinct features of San Francisco is its cable cars and one cannot afford to miss a visit to the museum that educates and celebrates the advent of the cable cars in the city. Invented in the late nineteenth century, the cable cars were introduced on an experimental basis for the uneven and steep terrain of San Francisco. After two centuries, the cable car has not only proven vital for the life in San Francisco, it has also become an identity of the city and its people.

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Sight description based on wikipedia
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Washington Square

3) Washington Square

Filled with the chitter chatter in Italian, children playing about, people basking lazily in the sun and families enjoying a sunny morning, the Washington Square is a typical town square. Being one of the most accessible places in the city, the Washington Square is a popular place for community gatherings, festivals and picnics.

Having been laid out half a century ago, the Washington Square is located in the midst of a North Beach neighbourhood, which is predominantly Italian. Overlooking...   view more
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Sts. Peter and Paul Church

4) Sts. Peter and Paul Church

The Sts. Peter and Paul Church is one of the many structures in San Francisco that has a rich history to blend in with its brilliant architecture. Located opposite the Washington Square Park in the city, the Church has a dedicated following of many pocket communities in San Francisco like the Chinese, Italian, Hispanic, Japanese and Indian. The St. Peter and Paul Church is a Roman Catholic Church and administered by the Salesians of Don Bosco.

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Sight description based on wikipedia
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North Beach

5) North Beach

North Beach is a neighborhood in the northeast of San Francisco adjacent to Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf and Russian Hill. The neighborhood is San Francisco's Little Italy, and has historically been home to a large Italian American population. It is still home to many Italian restaurants today, though many other ethnic groups currently live in the neighborhood. It was also the historic center of the beatnik subculture. Today, North Beach is one of San Francisco's main nightlife...   view more
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Lombard Street

6) Lombard Street (must see)

Lombard Street is reckoned to be one of the most crooked streets in the world, which is far from actuality. Nevertheless, the 8 turns on a 4-degree slope do make one feel that it is, indeed, the steepest.

Year after year Lombard Street manages to get its share of visitors who are awed by its scenic beauty and marvel at its natural strangeness. The zig-zag pattern of the Street makes it quite an experience when you take a ride up or down the Lombard.

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Sight description based on wikipedia
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Ghirardelli Square

7) Ghirardelli Square

Ghirardelli Square is a landmark with shops and restaurants in the Fisherman's Wharf area of San Francisco. A portion of the area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Pioneer Woolen Mills and D. Ghirardelli Company. Ghirardelli Square once featured over 40 specialty shops and restaurants. Some of the original shops and restaurants still occupy the square. The square also recently opened a new children's day care center, Peekadoodle Kids' Club. Notably, Gary...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Anchorage Square

8) Anchorage Square

Anchorage Square offers over 35 places for entertainment, recreation, shopping, dining, combined to bring you an unforgettable experience. It is located in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf. Anchorage Square has something to offer for everyone: families, kids, singles, and seniors...   view more
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Musée Mecanique

9) Musée Mecanique (must see)

In today’s day and age, with attention to detail, the world of video games is getting more complex and has significantly progressed from where it started. The world of arcade games also has come a long way but many from the older generation will argue that the games back then had a different appeal to them. Today, there are very few places that offer the experience of these vintage arcades that were the highlight of their time. One such place left in San Francisco is the Musée Mecanique.

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Sight description based on wikipedia
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Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum

10) Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum (must see)

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum is a two-floor complex of 11 galleries and more than 300 strange yet wonderful exhibits. All collections depict strange people and odd animals, tribal artifacts collected from around the globe, weird and wacky art, etc.

Why You Should Visit:
If you have a couple of hours and are looking to do an inside activity, this is a fun place! Package deals are economical.

Tip:
While visiting, be sure to check out the Niagara Theatre exhibit which showcases...   view more
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Aquarium of the Bay

11) Aquarium of the Bay (must see)

Spread across 9000 square feet, the Aquarium of the Bay is a fun visit for people of all ages. The Aquarium of the Bay is dedicated to providing its viewers an insight into the aquatic life within the San Francisco Bay and its neighboring waters. The mission of the Aquarium is to educate and raise awareness amongst its visitors about marine life and inspire people to conserve the aquatic wildlife.

An Aquarium like no other in the world, here you get to touch, feel and see the world that...   view more
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Alcatraz Island

12) Alcatraz Island (must see)

Alcatraz Island has appeared many times in popular culture. Its appeal as a film setting derives from its isolation and its history as a prison from which, officially, no prisoner ever successfully escaped. Don Siegel's 1979 thriller Escape from Alcatraz chronicles the story of Frank Morris and brothers John and Clarence Anglin, who escaped from Alcatraz in 1962, although it is not known whether they survived the trip across the bay. Alcatraz's isolated and fortified image has meant...   view more

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.
SoMa/Civic Center Nightlife

SoMa/Civic Center Nightlife

Home to some of the most exciting clubs and bars found the world over, the Nightlife Tour in San Francisco features a wide selection of hot spots to dance the night away. Being a major metropolitan area with a diverse community, the range of musical flavors available here is truly astounding. Whether looking for top DJs or big name music acts, or just a solid local talent spinning your favorite hits, San Francisco’s nightlife scene has it all.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 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
Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour

Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour

Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood is home to world-class entertainment opportunities in San Francisco. The historic tourist attractions make the area a popular place to visit. Fisherman's Wharf is an important center of the city's historic fishing industry. Take this walking tour to explore the most visited sights in Fisherman's Wharf.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
Souvenir Shopping

Souvenir Shopping

It would be a pity to leave San Francisco without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to San Francisco, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.4 km
Gay Nightclubs and Bars Tour

Gay Nightclubs and Bars Tour

San Francisco is known as the gay capital of the world. The famous Castro district offers a wide variety of entertaining options, like bars, cafés and nightclubs. The bar and club scenes are incredibly diverse in age, race and interests. Take this tour to explore San Francisco Gay nightlife.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 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

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