Real Metro + Downtown Tour

Cable Cars + Sightseeing, 1:00 p.m. Downtown Trek.

DAYS: Monday-Friday
DURATION
: 8:30a.m. – 4:00pm
TREK: 3+ miles
DIFFICULTY
: Easy
AGE: 8+
PRICE
: $75 (includes Metro Tour)

EXPLORE THE CORRIDORS

After spending the morning on our Real Metro Sightseeing Tour we will take a nice lunch break, then begin this amazing add on tour of the alleyways, passages, and corridors of Downtown S.F.. On this more traditional style historic tour we’ll discover the location of buried ships from the Gold Rush era, a hidden tunnel from the Prohibition era, rooftop views, and some of the wonders of current day S.F. If you want to see the city our way but aren’t sure about the longer walks or the hills, and you are interested in more detailed history, this is the tour for you.

Embarcadero / SOMA

Ferry Building

Chinatown

Barbary Coast

Financial District

Pyramid Building

Yerba Buena Lane

Union Square

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WHERE TO MEET

CALIFORNIA STREET
CABLE CAR TERMINUS

This Tour meets at the intersection of Market and Drumm Streets look for the clock on the pole (see photo). This clock is between the Hyatt Regency Hotel and the intersection of Market and Drumm, near a marketing kiosk. The meeting place is approximately 20 feet from the terminus of the California Street Cable Car line. It is across the street from the Wells Fargo Bank. Please do not look for 50 Drumm Street.* Tours meet 10-15 minutes prior to the published departure time. There is no office, so if you arrive early please be patient. All tours depart at the published time.

GETTING THERE

We recommend using transit to get to the start of the tour. BART and MUNI both stop at the Embarcadero Station. When you exit the train look for signs that direct you towards the Ferry Bldg. and Drumm St. The historic F line streetcars stop at Market and Drumm if you are coming from the Fisherman’s Wharf direction, or at Market and Beale if you are coming from The Castro direction. Some bus lines service this intersection such as the 21 Hayes.

PARKING

Is very difficult and expensive and driving is not recommended particularly on weekdays. Meters are enforced 24/7 along the Embarcadero. On Saturday parking is available at the Maritime Building on Clay between Front and Davis for $7.00 or $3.00 with a validated Ferry Building stamp (available at the Bay Crossings shop.

*We must use the 50 Drumm Street address online in order for Google Maps and other mapping apps to point at the right location. This is actually the address of the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The meeting place is between the south side of the Hotel and Market Street. Please make sure not to wait in front of the Hotel or in the Lobby. Please do not go to the Ferry Building Clock Tower.

INFO TO GO

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WALKING

Even though this tour is primarily flat walking, it requires walking 3 miles. This tour does not include any stops for shopping or samples.

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TRANSIT PASSES

All necessary public transportation passes are included with the purchase of this tour.

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WEATHER

Be prepared for changing weather, you will most likely experience San Francisco’s famous micro climates.

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DRESS

Please only wear comfortable closed toe walking shoes. Dress in layers.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Water
  • Light Jacket
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Kleenex
  • Snacks

FOOD

Eat a good lunch before the tour. We do make a brief snack stop along the route (snack not included).

REAL METRO + DOWNTOWN ROUTE

This 3 hour portion of the tour is made up of an approximately 3 mile trek through Chinatown, Jackson Square, SOMA, and Union Square, San Francisco’s cosmopolitan downtown districts.

From Washington Square Park in North Beach, where the Metro tour ends, we head into the heart of Chinatown. We take a brief walk through the amazing backstreets and alleyways of this famous neighborhood, before continuing to the old  Barbary Coast District. Often overlooked, yet rich with history and modern day culture we now call this area The Jackson Square Historic District. The tour then passes through a mini redwood forest right at the base of the Pyramid bldg. We explore incredible architecture and the view from the roof of a 15 story building. A short walk takes us back to Market Street where there are additional rooftops to explore.

Then we make our way back to the foot of Market St. and cross The Embarcadero for stunning views of the Bay Bridge and a breif pass through the Ferry Bldg.
Next up is the heart of the downtown SoMA District passing through Yerba Buena Lane home of the Jewish Heritage museum and one of the city’s oldest church’s, St. Patricks. We take in a great views from  Yerba Buena Gardens of the new SF MoMA and a quickly changing skyline.
Finally we make our way back to the intersection of Powell and Market near the heart of the Union Square Shopping District.

 

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