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San Francisco Architecture Walking Tour

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Address: 191 Sutter Street@Kearney, Lobby of the Galleria Park Hotel, San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: 415 264-8824
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A wonderful way to get to know your own city

I have lived in San Francisco for many years but it was only when I took Rick's tour that I truly began to appreciate what extraordinary architecture I was surrounded by. Rick... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
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San Francisco, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

I have lived in San Francisco for many years but it was only when I took Rick's tour that I truly began to appreciate what extraordinary architecture I was surrounded by. Rick takes you to places you didn't know exist and gives you the history of buildings you walked by all the time without really noticing. But he's not just... More 

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Irvine, California, United States
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I love waking tours and take them all over the world. I have been to SF many times and thought I knew a lot about the city. Rick's tour dispels that notion right away! I learned many interesting "secrets" I shared with my relatives who have lived in the Bay Area for years! They were amazed at the information and... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I have just come back from a 4 night vacation in San Fran (my first time) where my wife and I did all the usual touristy things (Alcatraz, etc.). It was only until we did this architectural tour on our third day in the city did we fully understand the architectural richness and diversity of the inner city. Rick is... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Rick is extremely knowledgeable guy. He guided our group thru the history of SF and the architecture of the time. It was great to stop and soak in the beauty of the buildings and gain a higher understanding of this fantastic city. Highly recommend! Rick also gives other tours of the city which I'm definitely going to do.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

We had a problem finding the meeting point on the day but Rick agreed to have us on the tour next day .It was the best tour we ever had.We walked around the financial district and enjoyed the the view and the stories about San Francisco remarkable buildings of different architectural styles- from art deco to modern contemporary. Would recommend... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Rick gave a wonderful tour of various landmark buildings in the financial district, sharing their history. He made it very interesting, showing us little known corners and aspects. You don't have to be an architecture student; he explains everything and shows you roof gardens, building lobbies, etc. that you could return to and appreciate in the future.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

It's a wonderful walking tour. We enjoyed it and we highly recommend it. Thet time flew by. We learned a lot.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

I have taken many tours in many countries and Rick's is so worth your time and money I would go back to SF to take the other tours he offers. In fact, one of the tour participants had taken his China Town Back Alley tour and was back for this 1, with a relative in tow. I was speaking with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

This was a fantastic tour of an unknown part of SF. Rick is quite knowledgeable, answering any and all questions and has many interesting stories to make the 2 - 2.5 hours go very quickly. I work in this area of SF and he opened up my eyes to so much more making this a fascinating place to see and... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

My husband and I were recently in San Francisco, and while he attended a meeting, I was on my own to explore the city. I took a number of walking tours, but this one was definitely a highlight. Rick is a very knowledgeable, interesting and entertaining guide. I am certainly not an expert in architecture, but you didn't have to... More 

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Staying in Financial District

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Financial District
The Financial District lies just east of Chinatown but can seem a world apart given it’s San Francisco’s version of Wall Street. The rush of business people make up a hectic weekday and add to a frenetic pace of life, but visitors who spend a few hours walking the narrow streets will be rewarded with fine examples of historic and contemporary architecture, including the iconic Transamerica Pyramid. After business hours, bars and restaurants quickly fill up with happy hour revelers. Stocks aren’t the only kind of market being followed, the Ferry Building Marketplace on the Embarcadero is a gourmet food emporium and farmers market that will satisfy anyone working up an appetite.
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