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Edward Gibbons is a native SFist. While many people naturally love where they live, San Francisco residents such as Edward Gibbons seem to possess a heartfelt and passionate affection for the many wonders of their city. Edward Gibbons recommends seeing San Francisco on foot as an especially effective way to appreciate its uniqueness. Gibbons points out that San Francisco City Guides offers free walking tours for those interested in learning more about the many fascinating aspects of the city. Based on his experience with San Francisco walking tours, Edward Gibbons highly recommends visits to historic and cultural neighborhoods and landmarks, such as Telegraph Hill, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Presidio, Market Street downtown, and the Victorian homes of Alamo Square. Other frequented spots on these tours include the Coit Tower murals, Nob Hill, Lands End, Crissy Field, Sutro Baths, Fort Point, Chinatown, North Beach, Japantown, the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, Fort Funston the South Beach waterfront, and the Ferry Building.

While the free tours offer many valuable benefits, Edward Gibbons recommends paying for the occasional tour, as well, to gain access that would otherwise not be available. On the Candlestick Park Stadium and AT&T Park tours, participants can walk on the field where the San Francisco 49ers and San Francisco Giants play and visit the players’ locker room. For another outing, Edward Gibbons suggests that a group of visitors try out the Haight Ashbury Flower Power Walking Tour or some of the Gourmet Walks. On the Haight Ashbury Flower Power Walking Tour, participants can experience that neighborhood's particularly colorful history that crosses 12 city blocks of Victorian architecture along the beautiful Golden Gate Park Panhandle. The San Francisco gourmet tours visit “foodie” neighborhoods, sampling culinary delights from San Francisco and nearby Napa wine country. This gourmet tour has been in operation since 2007 and offers a special holiday tour for those visiting the city in December.

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A Longtime Resident of San Francisco

Throughout the years, Edward Gibbons has familiarized friends and family to his most favorite location, San Francisco Bay Area. The City by the Bay is held in high esteem as one the world’s most appealing and diverse cities. San Francisco has become one of the most visited places as a result, with 16 million individuals arriving every year to take in San Francisco Bay Area’s natural beauty and renowned cultural variety. However, as with any multifaceted place, San Francisco has a learning curve, and Edward Gibbons has suggested a number of tips to help newcomers to more effectively become acquainted with his brilliant city.

First, Edward Gibbons has always recommended getting off the beaten track and exploring the city beyond the tourist destinations. While Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz, and Pier 39 deserve their reputations, San Francisco has much more to offer, including the view from Delores Park at Church Street and 20th Street, the vista from Coit Tower atop Telegraph Hill, culinary walking tours in Chinatown and the crookedest of all San Francisco streets located on Potrero Hill. Many visitors and even San Francisco occupants, like Edward Gibbons, were surprised to learn that the crookedest street in San Francisco was not beautiful Lombard Street but is in fact located at 22nd Street off of Kansas Street. Second, the best way to access all San Francisco has to offer is by taking advantage of the city’s public transportation system, with MUNI buses, historic streetcars, or BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit). The best way to plan and organized your transportation is by accessing trip planner. San Francisco public transportation can offer people a better experience than trying to navigate the city by car. Third, having a hotel close to Market Street also helps, as staying near Market enables easy transportation to most of the city’s delights. Fourth, having lodging close to BARTalso helps, as staying near BART enables easy access to transportation hubs where one can transfer to the city’s beloved venues. Fifth, while San Francisco has a reputation for good weather, Edward Gibbons always stresses being prepared for the city’s micro-climates; wearing of layers, including jackets come highly recommended while shorts can most likely be left at home. Sixth, be ready with a stout pair of good walking shoes as well, since the city’s legendary hills can result in an unhappy outcome for unprepared feet.


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