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Barbary Coast Trail

900 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102-2804
+1 415-454-2355
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
900 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102-2804
Union Square
+1 415-454-2355
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Reviewed 24 May 2017

We walked from the wharf to Dragons Gate and noticed the "Barbary Cost Trail" plaques on the sidewalk. Interesting walk, but I wish I had the booklet that described the trail and what was along it. So do yourself a favor and get the booklet...More

1  Thank parrottdize
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...More

Thank chris p
Reviewed 12 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...More

Thank fizzy1991
Management response:Responded 13 October 2016

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!

Reviewed 8 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...More

1  Thank 219eleanorh
Reviewed 23 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...More

2  Thank Ddnarms
Reviewed 9 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...More

3  Thank mini
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...More

1  Thank MestaChios
Reviewed 13 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...More

Thank Oldyogastudent
Reviewed 30 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...More

Thank mghtmck
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...More

1  Thank wanderlust s
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John G
27 June 2017|
Response from danielbacon | Property representative |
The bronze Barbary Coast Trail medallions embedded in the sidewalk are merely markers to designate the trail route. The markers lead you to the historic sites along the trail. and the story of each site is described in our... More