We'll meet on Union Square and take public transit to Pacific Heights with its colorful Victorian row houses, famous mansions, and diverse architectural mix. Learn the history of San Francisco through its architecture. Explore the inside of a period Queen Anne Victorian with all its original detail and furniture. See where Mrs. Doubtfire and Princess Diaries were filmed, or where Robin Williams and Francis Ford Coppola lived and much more. Enjoy lunch after the tour on Union Street in Cow Hollow, our exclusive Victorian commercial district, or return directly back to Union Square by bus. A truly unforgettable experience!
I have been living in San Francisco since the 70's, bought and restored my first Victorian home in the 80's, and have been studying and teaching San Francisco architecture since the 90's. I have a great passion for our city's trademark architecture, Victorians, and am an active member of the The Victorian Alliance and The San Francisco Architectural Heritage.
Tickets for the bus ride
Tour begins by exploring the interior of a former Victorian girls boarding school which is privately owned and in period. From there we walk through the colorful Victorian row houses of Lower Pacific Heights. Next is Pacific Heights with its incredible water views including the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. All the famous diverse houses are here where no tour buses are allowed. Ending on upscale Union Street full of restaurants.
Wear comfortable shoes. We go around hills, never up them. Water and snacks available for purchase at beginning of tour at local corner store. Tour operates rain or shine, one restroom stop on route.