Meeting Place and Time:
Next to the painting across from the San Francisco Visitor Information Center entrance located at 900 Market Street, on the lower level of Hallidie Plaza, next to the cable car turntable at Market & Powell Streets. Take the escalator (by the cable car turntable) down to the lower level. Meeting time will be 9:30 am.
Included with price of the Urban Trek
An Urban Trek Leader with informative commentaries about the sites you will visit.
Not included with price for the Urban Trek
Cost of fare for Muni. Estimated cost for entire Urban Trek is $6.75 to $9.00 ($3.00 to $4.00 for seniors, 65 years old, and minors, under 18 years old).
Cost of meals and snacks during the Urban Trek. Trekkers are free to choose where to have a meal within the boundaries of the trek vicinity. Meals can cost from $10 to $25 depending on the place the trekker chooses. There will be a variety of places to choose from.
DUE TO THE CLOSURE OF ALAMO SQUARE FROM APRIL 2016 TO DECEMBER 2016, URBAN TREK 3 IS TEMPORARILY DISCONTINUED. URBAN TREK 4 IS BEING OFFERED ON WEDNESDAYS INSTEAD.
Urban Trek 3 - UN Plaza Farmers Market, Civic Center Plaza (City Hall), Hayes Valley, Alamo Square, Cow Hollow, North Beach & Union Square DUE TO THE CLOSURE OF ALAMO SQUARE FROM APRIL 2016 TO DECEMBER 2016, URBAN TREK 3 IS TEMPORARILY DISCONTINUED. URBAN TREK 4 IS BEING OFFERED ON WEDNESDAYS INSTEAD.
(Offered Wednesdays only, starts at 9:30 am and ends around 4:00 pm. At this time, all urban treks are in English only.)
Urban Trek 3 focuses on the architecture of the Civic Center's best examples of Beaux Arts style buildings (e.g. City Hall) and the best examples of Victorian houses around Alamo Square. On a clear day, you will witness the magnificent and panoramic views of San Francisco's skyline, the bay and Golden Gate Bridge from the various neighborhoods you will visit. The farmers market in UN Plaza is an added bonus. At North Beach, San Francisco's "Little Italy," there will be an opportunity to taste one of the best cakes in San Francisco when we have a coffee/tea break at one of the neighborhood cafes. Lunch will be at Union Street in Cow Hollow where there will be a variety of restaurants to choose from. As an added bonus, guests will get a brief history about the UN Plaza, Union Square, the cable cars, Muni and other historical events that occurred in San Francisco.
Dogs are not allowed unless the dog is a service dog for the blind and must be disclosed at the time of making a reservation.
Shopping or browsing
at stores is NOT part of the urban trek except for certain designated
areas when a specific amount of time is set aside for you to be on your
own. Please send an e-mail to email@example.com if you have any questions.
The Urban Trek for San Francisco is done in a way to make it as easy as possible for anyone to complete the Urban Trek. Most walks are done at a normal pace for approximately 20 minutes before a rest period. Uphill walks are made as infrequent as possible. However, most parks are atop a small hill to get the benefit of the best views of the City. Lunch break is about an hour to give the group time to enjoy a relaxing meal. Most stops have public rest rooms available.
What to bring for the Urban Trek
Exact Muni fare ($2.25 each ride for adults, $1.00 for those under 18 years old and seniors 65 years old or older). The Muni fare for the entire
urban trek will be approximately $6.75 to $9.00 for adults.
Money for snacks and/or a meal.
Your mobile/cell phone, if you have one.
Snack or fruit in case you get hungry before lunch.
Sunscreen and a small bottle of water.
What to wear for the Urban Trek
Comfortable and sensible walking shoes because there will be a lot of walking.
Dress in layers. San Francisco weather can vary greatly from morning to afternoon and from neighborhood to neighborhood. You can remove or add a layer as needed. A hooded sweatshirt will be your best friend.
Other helpful tips
Have a good breakfast before the Urban Trek
Anything you carry should not be too heavy that it will become a burden over the duration of the Urban Trek.
To be able to complete the Urban Trek for San Francisco, you must be in good enough physical condition to do all of the following without assistance:
Walk at a normal pace for at least 20 minutes before resting.
Walk uphill (10-18% grade) for at least 1 city block.
Walk down stairs.
Must be at least 18 years old. Minors should be accompanied by an adult.
Detail of Urban Trek – San Francisco #3
We will meet at 9:30 am next to the painting across from the San Francisco Visitor Information Center entrance located at 900 Market Street, on the lower level of Hallidie Plaza, next to the cable car turntable at Market & Powell Streets. Take the escalator near the GAP store and cable car turntable down to the lower level.
After a brief orientation, we will take the Muni Metro from the Powell Street station to the Civic Center station. The Trek Leader will explain the Muni Metro system so you will be familiar with how to take it on your own.
Upon exiting the Civic Center station, we will walk through U.N. Plaza which was constructed to commemorate the drafting and signing of the U.N. Charter here in San Francisco. The Trek Leader will provide some information about that event. The best thing about going here on Wednesday is the farmers market. You will have some time to look around and, if you want, buy some fresh and delicious fruits, nuts, etc.
At the Civic Center Plaza, we will see the Public Library, the Asian Art Museum, and City Hall. We will stop to take photos and the Trek Leader will give some information about the buildings. We will then enter City Hall and walk through its magnificent rotunda. As we exit the other side of City Hall at Van Ness Avenue, we will see the War Memorial Opera House, Veterans Memorial Building, and Davies Symphony Hall. The Trek Leader will explain the role Van Ness Avenue played in the 1906 earthquake. (Click here for link to photos)(Click here for link to videos)
We will take a Muni bus to our next destination, Alamo Square. On the way, we will go through the Hayes Valley neighborhood, which is one of the city's hip neighborhoods with lots of trendy boutiques, bars, and restaurants.
At Alamo Square, we will see the “Painted Ladies” which are probably the most photographed row of houses in the City, if not the world. On a clear day, we will also have a spectacular view of San Francisco’s skyline and other parts of the City. The Trek Leader will give some information about the area. There will be ample time to take lots of photos. (Click here for link to photos)(Click here for link to videos)
We will take another Muni bus to our next destination, Pacific Heights, where you will see a fabulous view of the bay and Golden Gate Bridge on a clear day.
We will then walk down the hill to the Cow Hollow neighborhood. At approximately 12:30 pm, we will reach Union Street were we will enjoy our lunch break. Our lunch break will be about an hour to give time to enjoy the atmosphere of this neighborhood.
At Cow Hollow, we will walk on Union Street where we will see old Victorian houses that have been transformed into commercial establishments.