Frommer's Memorable Walks in San Francisco

Frommer's Memorable Walks in San Francisco

by Erika Lenkert
     
 

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Walking is the best way to get to know a city intimately, exploring its neighborhoods and taking time to savor its details and hidden treasures, so follow Frommer's for an up-close-and-personal look at San Francisco. We've designed 12 fabulous walking tours, taking in the city's most intriguing neighborhoods. Each route takes a few hours and comes complete with

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Walking is the best way to get to know a city intimately, exploring its neighborhoods and taking time to savor its details and hidden treasures, so follow Frommer's for an up-close-and-personal look at San Francisco. We've designed 12 fabulous walking tours, taking in the city's most intriguing neighborhoods. Each route takes a few hours and comes complete with detailed directions, suggested refreshment stops for snacks along the way, and an accompanying map.

Come along with us to discover the most colorful neighborhoods in San Francisco. We'll introduce you to the North Beach and Russian Hill haunts of the Beat Generation and tell you tales of the larger-than-life personalities who made it all happen. You'll enjoy funky shopping and Summer of Love flashbacks in the Haight, and join us for cultural and culinary adventures in the Mission District and Chinatown.

Slim and easy-to-carry, Frommer's Memorable Walks in San Francisco offers a wonderful way to make the city your own!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764567469
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/17/2003
Series:
Frommer's Memorable Walks Series, #8
Edition description:
Fifth
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
4.43(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.55(d)

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There are some cities that are best seen on foot, and San Francisco is one of them. Unlike burgeoning metropolises such as Los Angeles, whose boundless sprawl blurs the line between city and suburbia, San Francisco is confined by bay and sea to a mere 47 square miles of highly coveted real estate. The result, not surprisingly, is an incredibly dense and intricate maze of man-made minutia. Americans may think big as a whole, but most San Franciscans are content to coexist in crowded and dearly priced confines, a small price to pay (so we say) for living in one of the world's most popular cities.

There is, however, a silver lining to our foggy surroundings, for there are few places on earth where one can find so much to do, see, eat, and enjoy within such a condensed and readily walkable radius. Truth is, San Francisco is one big, beautiful walking tour. All I've done is break it down into manageable parts, add a dash of historical lore and a pinch of modern-day gossip, and package each tour into a thoroughly enjoyable 2- to 3-hour jaunt into the city's past lives and present virtues.

Even I, a city-savvy local, and Matthew Richard Poole who contributed to the last edition of this guide, found ourselves surprised by all the sultry secrets and delightful wonders San Francisco had been hiding as we researched the city to write this guide. It seemed that around every corner was yet another enticing shop, grand old mansion, or little-known historical tidbit that we had overlooked for, what, the thousandth time? Instead of seeing the forest for the trees, as we did our homework, we were constantly reminded that it's the little things that count the most: an intricately carved medallion on a Victorian frieze, that weathered wooden stairway leading into a river of small gardens, a modest home where Jack London was born--little things that add to a growing appreciation of one of the most intriguing cities on earth.

Meet the Author

A native San Franciscan, Erika Lenkert writes food, travel, and lifestyle articles for San Francisco Magazine, Wine Country Living, and Four Seasons. She is also the author of The Last Minute Party Girl, Frommer’s San Francisco, and Frommer’s Wine Country, and the co-author of dozens of guides about California, including Frommer’s California. She divides her time among her favorite destinations—San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Napa Valley—while continuing to be subservient to her owners, two Siamese cats. Erika is pleased that she actually gets paid to force her opinions onto others—something she’d done pro bono for years.

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