Saturday, July 07, 2007

"Stairway Walks in San Francisco"

When touring in San Francisco, my guests frequently comment about the hills and the steepness of the streets. They say how San Franciscans must be in good shape if we are going to climb up and down the hills.

One can easily plan a walk to avoid the hills; however, it's fun to take walks that include ascending and descending some of the hills. A great guide to help you enjoy San Francisco's hills is "Stairway Walks in San Francisco" by Adah Bakalinsky and Marian Gregoire. The 27 walks detailed in the book explore many of the City's hills and feature the stairways that facilitate walking from level to level. Many of the stairways were built where the hills are too steep for roads.

My favorite walks are on Russian Hill. Here you can see homes that escaped destruction in the 1906 Earthquake and Fire and explore Macondray Lane, a narrow alley that was the inspiration for Armistead Maupin's Barbary Lane in his "Tales of the City" series of books.

If you are planning to visit San Francisco, purchase "Stairway Walks in San Francisco" before you arrive so you can read about the various walks and then follow the routes that look like the most fun during your stay. If you would like help with planning your visit to San Francisco, please call me at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or e-mail me by clicking here.

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