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Barbary Coast Trail

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Address: 900 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102-2804
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+1 415-454-2355
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

The Barbary Coast Trail is a walking path connecting 20 of San Francisco's...

The Barbary Coast Trail is a walking path connecting 20 of San Francisco's most important historic sites. It is marked with a series of bronze medallions and arrows set in the sidewalk.

We offer three ways to walk the Barbary Coast Trail:

1) printed guides available at the Visitor Information Center or can be ordered from our website

2) audio guides can be downloaded from our website

3) guided tours by appointment.

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Overview of SF - past & present!

Heard about this Trail from a guy in Seattle...bought the trail booklet from the Visitor Centre at BART Station near Powell St. on our first day, and set off. It is well marked... read more

Reviewed 2 December 2016
chris p
Northumberland, United Kingdom
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Northumberland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 December 2016

Heard about this Trail from a guy in Seattle...bought the trail booklet from the Visitor Centre at BART Station near Powell St. on our first day, and set off. It is well marked with brass direction-indicators on the pavements and the booklet provides a wealth of information. It is a great introduction to the city, taking a meandering course through... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 11 October 2016

A great history lesson can be seen on this walk through the city on the Barbary coast trail. Make sure you download your journey before hand so you will know at each point what you are looking at and it's place in the history of San Francisco. The medallions on the ground leading the way are a great touch.

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The trail is actually 3.8 miles long, and each end is connected by the Hyde-Powell cable car line. Thanks for the great review! More 

Glendale, California
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Reviewed 7 December 2015

Wow!! This was fabulous! We bought the booklet at the Visitor Center near the BART station at Powell and Market. We started at the US Mint and went to the end--well, almost the end. We didn't go all the way to the ships as we had been there before, and we skipped Coit Tower, too, because it was dark, and... More 

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Reviewed 22 May 2015 via mobile

We spent 7 hours walking the trail, stopping to see something, grabbing a coffee and lunch. Great views and a wonderful way to see many areas of SF. Would recommend a stop at the visitor center at Union Station for the tour book/map, $10 well spent. Filled with wonderful facts on the areas. Only bummer of the day was a... More 

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Fremont, California
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Reviewed 8 February 2015

There is a lot of history in the Barbary Coast area of San Francisco. It started with the Gold Rush of 1849, continued as a red lamp district and bars, etc, and then was hit hard by the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. Since then it has evolved and transitioned to what one sees today. Today we enjoy going to... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 August 2014

Before going to SF I had bought Daniel Bacon's "Walking San Francisco on the Barbary Coast Trail" It made great reading before the trip and was our guide book for a very enjoyable walk. We did the whole thing in a leisurely day, stopping for drinks and food along the way. The walk is broken up into districts so you... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed 12 July 2014

We bought a trail map/brochure for $10 at the Tourist Information center at the Powell Street BART Station, and used it to learn quickly about some interesting sights around Chinatown and Nob Hill. I think the entire walk (about 4 miles) would be too much for one day, considering this is San Francisco and you will be going up and... More 

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Dover, New Jersey
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

This is the standard walking tour. You can get a map from a number of sources (do your own web search) and you can also follow street markers. Start at the SF Mint. (Please pay for parking). Oh, plan to eat in North Beach (Italian area).

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 9 July 2013

Wow! Just....Wow! Every day I am more I more amazed by our great city & its incredible history. If you want to learn wonderful tidbits about places you pass every day, this is the tour for you! Or if you ARE a tourist who is looking for a somewhat non-touristy thing to do, this is the event for you! "From... More 

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Atlanta Ga
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Reviewed 21 February 2012

We did this walk on a vist to SF and thoroughly enjoyed it. The city is extremely walkable, but this tour provided information and history. It linked diferent spots together to create a wonderful view of this city. We will wallk it again on another visit. The guide booklet is a good souvener, plus helps you keep on track. Not... More 

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