Macondray Lane Tours
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The two block pedestrian lane in San Francisco’s Russian Hill neighborhood is a charming and unique residential spot with extraordinary views of Alcatraz Island and the San Francisco Bay. Tucked away from the busyness of the main streets, Macondray Lane is known for its Edwardian style cottages with wooden exteriors, covered in flowers and greenery.
Its cobblestone walkways and overflowing gardens create a unique oasis in the middle of the city. Between ferns and flowers, look closely and you may even see the small pond. At one end of the lane lies a series of steps that offer up some of the best bay views. Fans of the Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City books may recognize the area (known as Barbary Lane in the books) — various scenes were set here and still come to life for many who visit.
Macondray Lane is between Leavenworth and Taylor streets alongside Union and Green Streets in San Francisco. It is accessible only by foot.
Address: Macondray Lane, San Francisco, California, USA, USA
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Macondray Lane
San Francisco is undoubtedly a hilly place, and this challenging 5-mile walking tour doesn’t shy away from the steepness. Instead, it takes you off the beaten path and onto some of the city’s stairways for an incredible exploration of several neighborhoods and downtown attractions. While meandering through SF’s Russian Hill, Telegraph Hill and North Beach neighborhoods, you’ll come upon some hidden gems, jaw-dropping views, and world-famous sites. Climb to Coit Tower via the Filbert Street Steps; ascend Lombard Street, often referred to as the crookedest street in the world; and discover a tiny park overlooking St Peter and Paul Church, where Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio took their wedding pics after tying the knot at San Francisco City Hall.
This tourist scavenger hunt will take you from Fishermans Wharf to Russian Hill and North Beach! In fact, it will take you to all the major sites, museums and lookout points, as well as a few hidden gems.
We take you places that no one else does, traversing the city by cable car, rail and bus as we visit downtown, Nob Hill, City Hall, the Hayes Valley, Castro, Haight-Ashbury, the Painted Ladies, Lombard Street, Little Italy and Chinatown. If you really want to get to know SF, this is the best way to do it.
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