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Victorian Home Walk in Pacific Heights with a San Francisco Local

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  • See more than 200 restored Victorian homes on this San Francisco walking tour
  • Go places where tour buses are prohibited, and visit the interior of a Queen Anne home
  • Learn about the history of San Francisco through the evolution of its architecture
  • Transport provided from Union Square
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Discover the famed architecture of San Francisco on an architecture walking tour with a guide. You'll see the Painted Ladies and other Victorian gems as you learn about the Queen Anne style and more. Plus, pass by homes where celebrities such as Robin Williams and Francis Ford Coppola have lived and homes you may recognize from movies like "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "The Princess Diaries."
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Pass By: Westin St. Francis (hotel), 335 Powell St Union Square, San Francisco, CA 94102-1804

Meet across street from St Francis Hotel which survived the 1906 earthquake. A true San Francisco landmark!

Stop At: Union Square, San Francisco Shopping Districts, San Francisco, CA 94102

Meet on Union Square at CORNER of Powell and Post. Square has great coffee shops and art for sale.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Japantown, Post and Buchanan Streets, San Francisco, CA

Pass through Japantown on bus from Union Square to Pacific Heights.

Stop At: Queen Anne Hotel, 1590 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA

Go inside a former Victorian girls finishing school which has been converted to a bed and breakfast.
Explore the original interior with its period furnishings. Restrooms available.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: St. Mary's Cathedral, 1111 Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94109-6686

Enjoy a spectacular view of St. Mary’s Cathedral from the Queen Anne Hotel.

Pass By: Lafayette Park, Washington, Sacramento, Gough and Laguna Streets, San Francisco, CA

Pass by this beautiful park on way to row houses.

Stop At: Painted Ladies, Alamo Square, Steiner and Hayes Sts., San Francisco, CA

Walk through Lower Pacific Heights with its colorful row houses. Many of these houses were featured in the famous”Painted Ladies” book.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore St Ca 94115, San Francisco, CA 94115-1318

Pass by Calvary Presbyterian Church which was moved from Union Square to present location to make room for St. Francis Hotel.

Pass By: Congegration Sherith Israel, 2266 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115, EUA, San Francisco, CA 94115-2891

Pass by Sherith Israel Synagogue which survived the 1906 earthquake. The neighborhood was once a thriving Jewish community.

Stop At: Pacific Heights, 2356 Pine St, San Francisco, CA 94115-2715

Stroll through Pacific Heights with its famous mansions, beautiful gardens and bay views (no hills). See homes owned by famous people and locations used in popular movies.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Golden Gate Bridge, US-101, San Francisco, CA 94129

Enjoy a spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge from Pacific Heights.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Mrs Doubtfire House, 2640 Steiner St, San Francisco, CA 94115-1142

Take a picture of the Mrs. Doubtfire House and see where Robin Williams lived during the filming. His house was on the same street!

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Cow Hollow, Union St, San Francisco, CA

Tour ends in Cow Hollow which used to be full of dairy cows. It is now home to Union Street, our Victorian commercial district. You have the option to remain for lunch on your own or return directly back to Union Square on the trolley bus after the tour.

Pass By: Union Street Association: 1686 Union St. Cow Hollow, San Francisco, CA 94123

Tour ends on Union and Steiner where there are lots of great restaurants. My three favorite are Rose Cafe, Belga and Perry’s. However, there are many more and all good!
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Reviewed September 25, 2018

Jay is an excellent tour guide! The walk was well paced and interesting. He was entertaining and knowledgeable, with a clear passion for the city. I'll never forget the smothered victorians!!

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed July 30, 2018

It seemed like a SF sort of thing to do - a little history, a little architecture, a little walking. What a gem of a tour. Jay is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the Victorians and about the neighborhoods we walked through. It was my first...More

Date of experience: July 2018
3  Thank WanderingHobbits
victorianwalk, Owner at Victorian Home Walk, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2018

This tour is great for the first time visitor and the local who has lived here all their life. The information comes from the homeowners making the tour a unique experience for all!

Reviewed July 27, 2018

My husband and I recently experienced the Victorian Home Walking Tour, and were blown away by the experience. Jay is a knowledgeable and engaging tour guide whose love for his city shows throughout the tour. Among the many things we learned on this tour are...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank 744brookeb
victorianwalk, Owner at Victorian Home Walk, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2018

The emphasis of the tour is Victorian architecture, but we cover other styles as well. You learn the history of San Francisco through the evolution of its architecture.

Reviewed July 17, 2018

The tour was fun and well organized. Jay was very knowledgeable and personable. My husband and I really enjoyed the tour and whole heartedly recommend it.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Jean S
Reviewed July 9, 2018

This tour allowed us to experience something we would never have known to do on our own. We learned about the various kinds of architecture - the famous people who inhabited some of the homes - and were fascinated by how knowledgeable the guide was.

Date of experience: July 2018
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victorianwalk, Owner at Victorian Home Walk, responded to this reviewResponded July 12, 2018

You make a good point. This tour brings you to places completely off the beaten track. We go where tour buses are not allowed!

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Julie P
July 15, 2018|
Response from victorianwalk | Property representative |
No, that is Alamo Square. We go to Pacific Heights which is full of Painted Ladies. We see the Mrs. Doubtfire home which is two doors down from where Robin Williams used to live!!
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