Each guide includes:
• Background and historical
• Points of interest
• Map and full-color photos
All walks feature:
• No hills or steps
• Length of 1 mile or less
• A wide, uncrowded walkway
• Places to rest
• Safe environments to explore
• Views and points of interest
• Parking options
• Public transit information
• Access to a public phone
• Curb cuts
• A special Puzzler for the
"young at heart"
What is unique about ON
THE LEVEL Guidebooks?
ON THE LEVEL
Guidebooks are designed for getting the most out of exploring San
Francisco by foot.
Each excursion is designed as a
separate, free-standing booklet. Each booklet contains all the
information you need for a specific trip – including a description of
the area, color photos and a map guiding you to the points of interest.
You can read the descriptive overview in advance, plan how to get to the
beginning of the walk, and then start your adventure with the booklet
handy in your purse or pocket. Whether you are enjoying a leisurely,
level walk, pushing a stroller, or traveling by wheelchair, the less you
have to juggle, the better. After the excursion you have the guide to
reuse or to save as a souvenir. I hope you find ON THE LEVEL
these self-guided excursion booklets or find them at your local retail
Golden Gate Bridge
/ Fort Point
This walk leads you across San
Francisco's most recognized landmark, the majestic Golden Gate
Bridge, and to one of the city's lesser known but fascinating
sites, Fort Point, which sits in the shadow of the bridge.
You'll learn about the discovery of the "Golden Gate,"
the construction of the bridge, and information about the bridge's
daily operations. A side-trip to Fort Point, a Civil War-era
fort modeled after Fort Sumter, includes its fascinating history
and the story of the bridge's graceful arch that was designed to
preserve this historic structure. The walk across the bridge
is 1.7 miles each way; for a shorter walk, you can go to the
midway point between the two towers. The Fort Point
excursion is less than a mile.
This is a three-in-one
self-guided walking tour. Explore Stow Lake, Strybing
Arboretum, and Spreckels Lake as three separate excursions -- each
a mile or less -- or spend the day and visit them all. Each
walk has a unique flavor, but the synergy of the three walks plus
the Introduction to Golden Gate Park gives you a complete
historical and modern day perspective of the whole park.
This walk, featuring Victorians
and the colorful history of Cow Hollow, explores Green Street from
Van Ness to Fillmore. With Union Street shops and
restaurants only one block away, this one-hour walk can be easily
expanded to fill a day. Cow Hollow is so named for the dairy
farms which dominated the area in the 1860's. This walk
offers intriguing facts about the area's history and its
transition to today's upscale neighborhood. Mention ON
THE LEVEL when booking a room at the Bed
and Breakfast Inn and you will receive a complimentary booklet
This walk of less than a mile
follows a path along well-maintained city sidewalks. Pacific
Heights is one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in San
Francisco. This walk offers incredible views, gardens in bloom
year round and a look at the homes of the rich and famous. This
booklet is full of facts about the history, the designers and the
early owners of the huge homes along the route. Mention ON THE
LEVEL when booking a room at the Hotel
Drisco and you will receive a complimentary booklet.
The Gardens and surrounding
cultural opportunities offer a quiet oasis in the middle of busy
downtown San Francisco. This area was designed to be completely
accessible to walkers, wheelchairs and strollers. Here you'll find
a rich variety of artwork, flowers and water works. Come and spend
the day - there are shops, theaters, restaurants, and museums all
around the Gardens.
This mile long route highlights
history, architecture and current use of some of San Francisco's
finest Victorians. Of course, you have glimpses of views and
gorgeous gardens as well. This walk suggests looking for
architectural details on the homes - the entryways, tile work,
finials (tops of buildings), decorative trim. Mention ON THE
LEVEL when booking a room at the Jackson Court Bed and
Breakfast Inn (415/929-7670) and you will receive a
As a park and historical Army
base, this area has something for everyone. Kids will enjoy
playing on the rolling hills of the meadow. The panoramic views of
the Bay delight young and old alike (last time I visited I spotted
a whale breaching in the Bay!) History is abundant - everything
from cannons to Victorians to plaques showing the area covered with
tents as it looked after the 1906 earthquake.
Locals and visitors alike
frequent this park by the Bay. Did you know that Marina Green and
the adjacent Marina neighborhood is all built on landfill? There
are surprises in store for everyone who tries this walk. It's FREE
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