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Author Topic: AMG 07 - Some interesting walks right from the front door of the hotel  (Read 1599 times)

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Offline allanq

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Here are some fairly short and pleasant walks that can be done right from the front door of the Powell Hotel. There's a bit of hill climbing in the walk to Grace Cathedral, but the other walks are level.

Chinatown (via Union Square & Maiden Lane)
San Francisco has the largest Chinatown outside of China. Although many of the shops and restaurants along Grant Avenue cater to tourists, Chinatown is also a cultural and commercial center for the 20% of San Francisco's population that is Chinese.

To get to Chinatown, walk up (north) on Powell Street to the west side of Union Square. Cut across Union Square and walk down Maiden Lane, a little pedestrian street that starts on the east side of the square. On Maiden Lane, No. 140 is a 1948 Frank Lloyd Wright building whose ramped gallery looks like a prototype for the Guggenheim Museum in New York. (Visitors are welcome inside the gallery.)

Walk one block on Maiden Lane, and then go left onto Grant Avenue. Continue on Grant for three blocks up to Bush Street, where you'll see the Chinatown Gate. Grant Avenue is lined with restaurants and souvenir shops. Walk three blocks up Grant Avenue to Sacramento Street. Go left on Sacramento, then right onto Waverly Place, then two blocks up Waverly to Washington Street. Go left on Washington one block to Stockton, then left onto Stockton for the walk back to the hotel.

Ferry Building
The Ferry Building is the building with the clock tower at the foot of Market Street on the waterfront. It was built in 1896 and survived the 1906 earthquake. To get there, just walk straight down Market.

Before the Bay Bridge was completed in November 1936, the Ferry Building was the busiest ferry hub in the world. During the last few years, the building has been restored and transformed into an interesting collection of restaurants and fancy food stores. All the food inside is organic (and expensive).

An elevated two-level freeway used to run along the Embarcadero, obscuring the Ferry Building and blighting the entire area. The Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989 damaged the freeway beyond repair, and it was torn down. This led the way to a major renewal project that has transformed the entire waterfront area into a very attractive and welcoming area for both residents and visitors.

Yerba Buena Center, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Metreon
This area started to get developed in the late 1970's, with the construction of the Moscone Convention Center. It's now a very important center for business and and the arts.

To get there, walk down Market Street (toward the Ferry Building) to 4th Street. Go right on 4th Street one block to Mission Street, then left on Mission to 3rd Street, then right on 3rd Street. Look inside the Museum of Modern Art to see its unusual skylight. Across 3rd Street is Yerba Buena Gardens, a very pleasant urban park. The Metreon, at the west side of the park, houses a collection of movie theaters and also a showcase for Sony products. The bar on the top floor of the Marriott Hotel (sometimes called the Jukebox) has nice views.

Grace Cathedral

This Episcopal Cathedral is on an impressive site on California Street at the top of Nob Hill. Great mansions used to line California Street, but the 1906 earthquake and fire leveled all of these wooden palaces. The shell of the Flood Mansion, which was the constructed of brownstone,  survived the earthquake and fire, and it now houses the Pacific Union Club for San Francisco's "elite." Nob Hill is still home to many of San Francisco's most wealthy citizens.

To get to Grace Cathedral, walk up Powell Street to California Street (8 moderately uphill blocks from the Powell Hotel). Go left on California, and walk two blocks to the cathedral. The huge bronze doors of Grace Cathedral are replicas of the doors on the Baptistry in Florence, Italy, and are called "The Gates of Paradise." Just inside the entrance is an AIDS memorial.
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Offline anniebc

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Thanks Allan

There certainly is a lot to see and enjoy and I hope I can get round most of them...the only thing I would have a problem with is getting to the Grace Cathedral..my legs just won't do hills, but if I can get some kind of transport  then it's defiantly a place I would love visit.

Thanks again for all your help on our AMG 07..I'm really looking forward to meeting you and seeing the sights of SF.

Hugs
Jan :-*
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