Custom tours are available by request.
The Charms and Challenges of Chinatown
San Francisco’s Chinatown is both the oldest and densest in the United States. Yet, the neighborhood we visit today is much changed since the 1906 earthquake and fire. Join me for a 2 1/2 hour walking tour in Chinatown, exploring its history of hardships and successes. Our tour will begin in Portsmouth Square, one of the oldest parks in San Francisco, and currently Chinatown’s “Living Room”. Our route will take us through narrow alleyways, vibrant food markets, unique shops, and local temples. We will learn about important Chinese immigrants, their friends and their adversaries. While the route is not long, it does require walking up and down hills.
Duration: 2 hours 30 min. (1.5 miles with some moderate hills).
Waterfront Walking Tour
Take our waterfront walking tour and hear about the origins of Yerba Buena, the settlement that became San Francisco.
We will start at Pier 39 and walk west to Ghiradelli Square, enjoying beautiful views of Alcatraz and Angel Island while learning about the gold rush, the earthquake of 1906, and the development of Fisherman’s Wharf. Along our route we’ll visit the Aquarium of the Bay and the sea lions. We’ll see some historic ships that are docked at Pier 45 and the Hyde Street Pier. We’ll also visit the National Maritime Historical Park Visitors Center, and play some antique arcade games at the Musee Mechanique. Before finishing we’ll sample some Ghiradelli chocolate and hear about it’s rich history.
Duration: 2 hours. (1 mile walk on a flat, well-paved path).
Tech Highlights Tour of Silicon Valley
From Vacuum Tubes to Google Glass, learn about the who, what, when, where and why of Silicon Valley. Visit the Peninsula south of San Francisco for an in-depth look at the sites and companies that have changed our lives with technology and social media.
This tour can be customized to your individual needs and can include any combination of the following: Stanford University, the Computer History Museum, Intel Museum, the Tech Museum, NASA, Google, Apple, Facebook and many others. Please contact Sharon Traeger for information and ideas about tour distances and time frames.
Duration: 6 hours. (Transportation is not included but can be arranged if needed).
Custom Tours By Request
We can help you design a tour that explores a theme, a neighborhood, or an experience. These tours are especially suited to families or groups with a special celebration (birthday, graduation, retirement), a club outing (continuing education, bookclubs, fraternities, etc.), or a corporate bonding experience.
Themes—art, architecture, music, literature
Neighborhoods—Oakland, the Mission, Palo Alto, Estates of the Peninsula
Experiences—tasting tours, nature hikes, scavenger hunts