Walking Tours through San Francisco with Monika Trobits

Upcoming 2016 Tour Dates:
(Additional days/dates may be available upon request. Monika’s generally not available Tuesdays or Fridays. Heavy rain cancels.)

Are you local, want to learn more about San Francisco and available on Thursday mornings? If so, read on. I will be teaching a course for San Francisco State University’s OLLI* program beginning in late October. The course is entitled San Francisco Journeys and will be a combination of in-class lectures and walking tours. We will be exploring Union Square, The Great White Way of Market Street, a portion of Lake Merced and the San Francisco of the 1850s and 1860s. These journeys will take place on most Thursdays from October 27 through December 8. For more information and to register: www.olli.sfsu.edu. (*OLLI = Osher Lifelong Learning Institute)

Did you graduate from SFSU? Are you a member of the University’s alumni association? If so, spend an autumn afternoon Under Three Flags. On Saturday afternoon, October 29, I will be leading a three-hour walking tour of San Francisco’s Presidio/Crissy Field/Fort Point for members of San Francisco State University’s Alumni Association. For more information, please see https://webapps.sfsu.edu/public/webcalendar/event/46639.

During the first week of November, I’ll be leading three walking tours for the Mechanics’ Institute Library in connection with the Reinvention conference that MIL is hosting for librarians from private libraries across the U.S. During these tours, we will be Circling the Square (Union Square), walking/hiking The Bridge to the Beach (Golden Gate Bridge to Ocean Beach) and walking/riding San Francisco’s Mid-City. These tours are also open to MIL members and the general public. For more information and to register, please see www.milibrary.org/events.


Tour #1 – Grand Tour: Downtown/Mid-City Journey:
Mondays: Oct 17, 24, 31; Nov 14, 21, 28; Dec 5, 12, 19, 26.
Wednesdays: Oct 26; Nov 9, 16, 30.
Thursdays: Oct. 20; Dec 22.
Friday (Day after Thanksgiving): Nov. 25.
Saturdays: Nov 12, 19; Dec 17, 31 or by arrangement.

Tour #2 – Mid-19th Century Journey: Antebellum and Civil War Days in San Francisco:
Thursdays: Dec 15, 29.
Saturdays: Oct 22; Nov 26; Dec 10 or by arrangement.

Tour #3: Not currently offered.

Reserve your spot/s using the Brown Paper Tickets link on this site.

More Tours, Upon Request:
For more information about these tours (cost, timing, etc.), please contact Monika directly at monika@sanfranciscojourneys.com.

#4 – Circling the Square: A three-hour exploration of the heart of Union Square, its development and its transformation over the last century and a half. This walking tour includes the works of prominent architects and local artists plus a literary landmark. Learn about films made at the Square, a 1920s-scandal at a nearby hotel, “crib alley” and the area’s connections to Dashiell Hammett as we wind our way down to Market Street.
#5 – Bridge to Beach: This 4-5 hour walk/hike begins at the Golden Gate Bridge, explores the geological splendor of San Francisco’s northwest coastline and ends at Ocean Beach. Learn about the bridge, past and present, while soaking in the surrounding vistas of the bay where it meets the ocean, followed by an exploration of the shoreline of the Presidio, continuing through Land’s End to the ruins of the Sutro Baths.

Advice for visiting or living in San Francisco: Be open-minded and have a sense of humor.

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The Walking Tours

Tour #1: The Grand Tour of San Francisco – Part 1

The Downtown/Mid-City Journey
Duration | 9:30 a.m. – approx. 4:45 p.m.
Offered | Please check current tour dates noted above.

Not the average sightseeing tour but rather an opportunity to experience San Francisco from a different perspective. Join Monika for an eclectic walking/riding (public transport) tour tracing San Francisco’s transition from an 18th century pueblo to the booming 19th century mining town leading to its becoming the Queen City of the West and finally emerging as the modern metropolis of the 21st century . . .
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Tour #2 The Grand Tour of San Francisco – Part 2

The Mid-19th Century Journey: Antebellum and Civil War Days in San Francisco
Duration | 10 a.m. to approximately 3 p.m.
Offered | Selected Thursdays and Saturdays (See Tour Schedule above for dates).

This tour celebrates Monika’s first book, Antebellum and Civil War San Francisco: A Western Theater for Northern & Southern Politics. It focuses on those eras in mid-19th century San Francisco which coincided with a worldwide migration to the city seeking gold and silver riches. Join Monika on a walking/riding tour visiting historic sites that remain from the city’s earliest days. Learn about the daily dramas and colorful characters, both on and off local theater stages, that frequented San Francisco during the years leading up to and during the Civil War. . .
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Tour #3: The Grand Tour of San Francisco – Part 3

The Northern Waterfront Journey: Telegraph Hill to the Ferry Building
Duration | N/A
Offered | Not currently offered.

Explore Loma Alta, the “high hill,” and discover its origins and transitions with Monika, your guide for this memorable journey. Visit the landmark structure that crowns Telegraph Hill. View and learn about the magnificent murals in Coit Tower . . .
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About Your Guide

Monika Trobits is a street-wise, native New Yorker and a long-time San Francisco resident of more than three decades. Within a few years of arriving in Northern California, she began her on-going, formal and informal study of San Francisco’s and California’s history, architecture, politics, art, unique features and culturally-diverse neighborhoods. Doing all of that inspired her to seek opportunities to become a walking tour docent and tour guide so that she could lead tours of her adopted city for anyone who would show up and listen. She’s been successfully doing that since 1989. Her presentations are engaging, comprehensive, witty and historically accurate. She leads visitors and residents alike on enjoyable and insightful journeys through San Francisco’s districts. Learn More

Walking Tours through San Francisco with Monika Trobits

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