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    Nob Hill Walking Tour

    For more than a century, San Francisco's Nob Hill has been associated with the upper crust, the 'beau monde.' Take a guided walking tour to admire the neighborhood's most distinctive landmarks including the exclusive Fairmont Hotel and Mark Hopkins Hotel, majestic Grace Cathedral and serene Huntington Park, as well as posh mansions, the famous cable cars and sweeping views of San Francisco Bay. As you explore one of the city's most affluent neighborhoods, your expert guide will entertain you with historical anecdotes about the area's rise to fortune and fame. Your expert guide will narrate the history of this distinctive neighborhood, one of San Francisco's famous "Seven Hills", while taking you to the area's most iconic and historical landmarks. Learn about this affluent neighborhood's rise to fortune, staring in the mid-1800s with gold, silver and the Central Pacific Railroad. You'll discover the interesting little-known fact that the name 'Nob' comes from the area's earliest settlers, deriving from a Hindi word for a very wealthy or powerful person. After the infamous 1906 earthquake and fire, nearly every mansion in Nob Hill was destroyed. The hill rose from complete devastation to showcase the most exclusive and posh hotels in the city. Near the famous intersection of California Street and Powell Street, you'll stand in awe of the Fairmont Hotel, the Mark Hopkins Hotel, the Stanford Court and the Huntington Hotel. Admire majestic Grace Cathedral, one of the city's largest places of worship. Pass Masonic Temple, the glamorous Ritz Carlton, the stately Brockleback Apartments, serene Huntington Park and the Pacific Union Club, the former James Clair Flood Mansion. Along the way, you'll be entertained by stories of San Francisco's pioneers, aristocrats and tycoons, as well as the events that helped shape this iconic neighborhood, all while enjoying lovely views of the surrounding San Francisco Bay.
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    Vampire Walking Tour

    Trying to really sink your teeth into San Francisco? The Vampire Tour of San Francisco ought to get your blood flowing. Led by Mina Harker herself (sort of), this mostly true tour of the city is rife with fun vampire lore and humor. You'll begin your walk on the supernatural side near the Grace Cathedral, spending 20 minutes looking into its history. Then you'll head to Nob Hill Cafe, learning about what sat on those very same grounds (or didn't). More foolery arises as you make your way to Huntington Park and the Pacific-Union Club. Next up, ghost stories at the Fairmont Hotel, widely considered one of San Francisco's paranormal hotspots and one of the world's most famous hotels. You'll take a peek inside of the famous Venetian Room, before hopping across the street to the Mark Hopkins Hotel, where you'll learn about the hotel's founder. Along the way, you'll learn historical and faux-historical facts that will leave you intrigued and questioning reality. This is the perfect tour for those with quirky senses of humor and fanciful imaginations.
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