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Self-Guided Excursions

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Explore parks, neighborhoods, coastal and
urban areas using ON THE LEVEL Guidebooks.




Each guide includes:

Background and historical information

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 Guides user-friendly!


Order these self-guided excursion booklets or find them at your local retail outlet:



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.







Golden Gate Park

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. 





Cow Hollow

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








Pacific Heights West

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.


Cover:  Pacific Heights West    2000, Marilyn Straka




Yerba Buena Gardens

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.

Cover:  Yerba Buena Gardens    2000, Marilyn Straka


Pacific Heights East

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 complimentary booklet.

Cover:  Pacific Heights East    2000, Marilyn Straka


Fort Mason

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.


Fort Mason    2000, Marilyn Straka


Marina Green

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 on this website.


Boats viewed from the Marina Green    2000, Marilyn Straka



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