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Ride vintage SF streetcar to base of Telegraph Hill, walk up to Coit Tower

Less well known by tourists and local travelling cognoscenti is that the San Francisco Municipal Railway ("MUNI") operates a fleet of vintage street-cars along one particular scenic route, called the F-Line.

We will start our sojourn by hopping on one of muni's vintage street-cars ($2 fare).   Allow 15 minutes to visit the SF Railway Museum (free) and gift shop with cool items.  The San Francisco Railway Museum is where you can soak up some colorful history on San Francisco mass transit vehicles and preservation efforts.  The streetcar we catch could be a throw-back to the turn of the 20th century, and could have originated its service life in SF or some other metropolis of the world.

Imagine if you were travelling this same line 107 years ago -- if you can't, click here for footage of the exact same route, just 4 days prior to the 1906 quake!   You can just make out the Ferry building in the background.

It is a few stops on the F-line along the Embarcadero, where we will disembark at Greenwich street.   We'll then turn right into Levi Strauss plaza -- a serene mini-oasis of "the Wharf" district.   Right there, the Levi Headquarters affords us another history stop at Levi's vault -- a mini museum of Levi artifacts and history, including an array of vintage blue jeans.  I will make a few stops to point out some cool history of this district where San Francisco started its rapid growth in the mid-1800's.

From the plaza, we will stretch our legs (and calf muscles) by ascending up Filbert "street", which is actually a series of STEEP stairs to the top -- counted 385 steps in all!   Plenty of vintage architecture, gold rush era even, not to mention the odd avian parrot residents and a few other surprises.

We will then ascend the 'summit' of Telegraph Hill, site of the world famous Coit Memorial Tower (optional $admission, good views anyway).  We'll stay for snacks and chat at the end of the tour.

Well, that's about all I can think of for now.  Beyond Telegraph Hill lies plenty more site-seeing to complete your day -- Columbus street, Chinatown, Broadway...   If anyone cares to follow me, I will walk back on Montgomery Street to check out a few surviving dwellings from the 1850's.

To get back to Market Street, I would suggest walking a few blocks west and then pick up the Powell-Mason cable car line at Mason Street.

Other pictures, for your interest prior to the trip.   Check out the map of (or click >>>) buried ships:




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  • Tor

    A great hidden gem/secret passage, plus great exercise. Thanks for the tour, Marcus!

    September 14, 2013

  • Franny

    Hi Newbies,

    Tomorrow's event will be a special unique SF experience led by Marcus, a great host. Please update your RSVP to "No" if you can not longer attend. No shows are noted.

    Also, look for the upcoming Eco-Hike 2, where we'll be joined by members from Meetup Group! Enjoy!

    September 13, 2013

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