Walking San Francisco's 49 Mile Scenic Drive: Explore the Famous Sites, Neighborhoods, and Vistas in 17 Enchanting Walks

Poggioli, Kristine & . Quill Driver. Nov. 2016. 270p. illus. maps. index. ISBN 9781610352796. pap. $16.95. TRAV
OrangeReviewStarSan Franciscans Poggioli and Eidson have produced a detailed and entertaining guidebook for walking their city's famed 49 Mile Scenic Drive. They have broken down the journey into two- to four-mile pedestrian segments. Maps, colorful photographs, number of steps, hill steepness ratings, and turn-by-turn instructions accompany every walk. Sights along the way are explained with blurbs of history and culture. Every chapter concludes with facts about parking nearby, mass transit access to the walk's end points, and even public restrooms. Detours and alternate return routes offer more opportunities for exploration. Tips point out views, artwork, and sounds at various locations. Additional chapters provide information about walking, architecture, parking, and mass transit. Although the authors invite inhabitants to complete the route within a year, some walks identified as "must see" encourage visitors with limited time to enjoy the drive's highlights. Interspersed among the walk descriptions, the Daily CRAB pages reveal historical photos and unusual anecdotes about the city's past.
VERDICT Anybody living near or traveling to San Francisco can utilize this handy and fascinating walking guide. If only every city had one as comprehensive as this.
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