Barbary Coast + Chinatown + North Beach
The Rise SF route is an interactive journey through time, from the Gold Rush to today. Venture under the shade of skyscrapers, and understand San Francisco’s origins and rise as an overnight metropolis, home to the crazed, the wealthy and the inspirational.
In Chinatown, head down hidden alleys to hear tales of revolutionary leaders, the Great Earthquake of 1906, surprising architecture and fortune cookies in a vibrant community often visited by tourists, yet rarely understood.
Head into the 1850’s heart of old SF, the lawless Barbary Coast, to hear of kidnapped sailors in underground tunnels, hilarious drag queens and ruthless tycoons.
In North Beach, hear of Jack Kerouac and the Beats starting a literary revolution, and see our Little Italy.
- 1:30p-4:30p, includes cafe break
- Meets near the Transamerica Pyramid
- Reservations required, must book online
What we see
- Taste samples from a Fortune Cookie factory
- Local characters and performers of Chinatown
- Stop at a local cafe
- Portsmouth Square, Chinatown’s “living room”
- Photogenic Chinatown alleys (from the Pursuit of Happyness)
- The plaza where the Gold Rush began
- Painted balconies of Waverly Place
- Understand the birth of ethnic enclaves in SF
North Beach & Barbary Coast
- The Great Earthquake of 1906
- Transamerica Pyramid, SF’s iconic skyscraper
- City Lights bookstore and Beatnik hangouts
- Underground tunnel for kidnapping sailors
- Alleyways of the Financial District
- Secret rooftop view of the waterfront
- Inspiring women who shaped our city
- Preserved Gold Rush 1850’s neighborhood