History and Architecture Walking Tour of Nob Hill

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  • Live Guide
  • Group Tour
  • E-Ticket
  • 2.5 hr

Learn the secrets of San Francisco's 19th century Silver Kings and Railroad Barons on this easy two and a half hour walking tour of affluent Nob HiIl. Learn tales of divorce, murder, and adultery while touring inside private ballrooms and gardens in the Fairmont Hotel. See where Tony Bennett sang " I Left my heart in San Francisco" the first time. Tour inside the magnificent Grace Cathedral with its famous Ghiberti doors and an historical museum at the iconic Mark Hopkins hotel. Enjoy unique historic memorabilia and photos in the sophisticated private Huntington Big Four restaurant. Stanford Court lobby is a renovated "techie" oasis of art. A local expert guide will walk with you in this architecturally significant neighborhood with breath taking views

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Operated by: Hobnob Tours

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Pass By: Nob Hill

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Stop At: Hobnob Tours

Of all the many hills San Francisco is famous for, few contain the special history and strange regard of the local population as the hill - Nob Hill at the top of downtown. Once home to governors, lumber barons, railroad tycoons and wealthy land speculators, the hill at the top of California street played an integral part in the special history of what makes San Francisco special, weird, and unique. Your walking history tour of this once uber-affluent neighborhood begins at front of the Fairmont Hotel with your choice of a morning or early afternoon departure. After meeting your guide and the rest of your small group, you will proceed down the street with an introduction of how this single hill become home to some of this city's most famous and wealthy families. Names like Huntington, Hopkins, and Stanford still ring out more than 100 years later as your guide fills you in on the details of the business, social and political rivalries that once dominated the landscape. You'll learn how the cable car changed the perception of where the rich wanted to build their mansions and how this new form of public transportation tied the city together in a whole new way. You'll hear tales of the great earthquake of 1906 and how the fires reshaped the neighborhood permanently while discovering new restaurants, bars, and places to explore on your own. Once your two hour tour is complete, you'll have the option of eating lunch at one of the famous eateries near the top of the hill at your own expense.

Duration: 2 hour 30 minutes
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