ARCHIVES 2008: Archival R/Evolution & Identities
72nd Annual Meeting
Pre-conference Programs: August 24–27, 2008
Conference Dates: August 26–30, 2008
2008 Exposition Dates: August 28–29, 2008
Hilton San Francisco
333 O'Farrell Street
Professional Tours and Tour Companies
Organized Free Tours
Free Walking Tours of San Francisco organized by San Francisco City Guides.
No need to make a reservation, just show up at the time and place indicated on the schedule.
Several tours within walking distance from Hilton:
Tour listings and descriptions by neighborhood: www.sfcityguides.org/descriptions.html.
For a modest donation, City Guides will arrange a private tour for a group (schedule a special tour several weeks in advance).
For more information, visit www.sfcityguides.org/group_tours.html. To schedule a private tour, contact City Guides at grouptours[at]sfcityguides.org or 415-557-4266.
San Francisco Botanical Garden free daily tours
“Escape to a unique urban oasis of extraordinary beauty. Enjoy the San Francisco Botanical Garden's world of gardens, excellent horticulture library, bookstore, and education programs. The San Francisco Botanical Garden is open daily, 365 days a year and is free to the public. Weekday hourse are from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Weekend and holiday hours are from 10 am to 5 pm. FREE GUIDED WALKS are given daily.”
San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park
Redesigning the Waterfront: A Self-Guided Walking Tour
The tour begins at Hyde Street Pier and continues west to Lower Fort Mason. Rest spots along the route offer stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Marin Headlands, Angel and Alcatraz Islands, and the East Bay Hills.
Duration: 45 minutes / three-quarters of a mile (1.2 kilometers).
Free Walking Tour of Golden Gate Park
Organized by the San Francisco Parks Trust, www.sfpt.org/.
“Discover the rich history behind San Francisco’s natural beauty. Whether you grew up in San Francisco or are visiting for the first time, our enthusiastic guides will take you “behind-the-scenes” and reveal how Golden Gate Park became one of America’s most diverse and beloved parks.”
Tour dates and times vary seasonally. Please call SFPT 24-hour hotline for details at 415-263-0991, or visit www.sfpt.org/Default.asp.
San Francisco Walking Literary Tour
“This two hour walking tour takes place in North Beach and Chinatown, visiting the old haunts, including stops at the former Montgomery Street residence of Allen Ginsberg, the site of San Francisco's first literary journal, where Mark Twain and Bret Harte cut their teeth, the San Francisco bohemian cafe where John Steinbeck, Truman Capote, and William Saroyan hung their hats, the bar where Dylan Thomas, Jack Kerouac, and Neil Cassady would often end up stinko, and the bookstore (City Lights bookstore) that not only changed the course of book publishing in this country but helped uphold the 1st amendment.”
Wok Wiz: Chinatown Walking Tours
“Chef Shirley Fong-Torres, owner of WOK WIZ, designed her tours to showcase one of the most remarkable neighborhoods in San Francisco. Every tour leader on Shirley's team was either born in or grew up in Chinatown, giving a very local flavor to the tour. Each speaks fluent English as well as Chinese.”
Public tours are offered weekly. For tour description, schedule, or to make a reservation, visit www.wokwiz.com/tours/index.html. Private group tours can be scheduled at wokwiz[at]aol.com or 650-355-9657.
San Francisco Movie Tours
“See San Francisco through Hollywood’s eyes. Bringing movies to life, San Francisco Movie Tours take guests on fun and entertaining tours to locations made famous by both current blockbuster and classic San Francisco movies.”
There is a pick-up / drop-off stop at Union Square. Make reservations at
San Francisco Architectural Heritage Tours
Haas-Lilienthal House Tour
“The Haas-Lilienthal House is at 2007 Franklin Street (between Washington & Jackson) in San Francisco. This exuberant Queen Anne-style Victorian was built in 1886. It is the only intact private home of the period that is open regularly as a museum, complete with authentic furniture and artifacts. The House has elaborate wooden gables, a circular corner tower, and luxuriant ornamentation. Volunteer docents lead tours through the House and explain the Victorian architecture of the exterior.”
Tours of this house museum are offered regularly on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Wednesdays and Saturdays from Noon to 3:00 p.m. General admission is $8; seniors and children 12 & under are $5. For more information or to schedule a private tour, call information line at 415-441-3004.
Pacific Heights Walking Tour
“This is an illuminating 2-hour tour of eastern Pacific Heights which includes examples and insights into San Francisco's diverse architecture as well as stories of earthquakes, fortunes and fame.”
Tour leaves from the Haas-Lilienthal House every Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Reservations are not required for this walk. General Admission is $8; seniors and children 12 & under are $5. Duration is approximately two hours.
Precita Eyes Mural Arts and Visitors Center Tours
“Precita Eyes' mural tours give you the rare opportunity to learn about the unique and beautiful murals of San Francisco in the company of experienced local muralists.”
Mission Trail Mural Walks: “Cultural and Historic Walking Tours of the Mission's murals along Mission Street and the 24th Street corridor.”
There are three tours on Saturdays and Sundays, starting at 11 am and 1:30 pm. Cost is $10-12 (discounts for seniors, youth, and students) per person. For tour details, visit http://www.precitaeyes.org/tours.html.
Special private and group tours on foot, on bicycle, or on a bus are available. Adult group tour starts at $50. Call or email mural tour coordinator, Patricia Rose, for details at 415-285-2287 or tours[at]precitaeyes.org.
The Dashiell Hammett Walking Tour
Hosted by Don Herron.
“Travel with Don Herron over the fog-shrouded hills stalked by Sam Spade, the Continental Op, and other hardboiled characters created by San Francisco's most renowned mystery and noir writers. During this walk you'll see the buildings where Hammett wrote his most famous stories and the majority of locales from his classic novel, The Maltese Falcon.”
2008 Schedule: Sundays in the month of May and in the month of September, meet at noon at the intersection of Fulton and Larkin. Check website for extra walks, book signings, and Hammett-related activities at www.donherron.com/news.html.
Cost: $10.00 per person.
Duration: 4 hours.
Tours may be given by appointment. Email Don Herron for details. Check the tour Web page for additional information, email addresses, and descriptions: www.donherron.com/tour.html.
Bike the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito and Tiburon, and return via ferry.
“With the completion of the new bike path through the Presidio National Park a ‘great bike ride’ has now become the ‘bike ride of a lifetime’. Follow the bike path along the San Francisco Bay towards the Golden Gate Bridge while passing several exciting points of interest, both historical and modern."
"BIKE THE BRIDGE!, 1.7 miles of biking bliss and easy pedaling on the bridge sidewalk, stop and take advantage of the many photo opportunities along the way. Then it’s a downhill coast to beautiful Sausalito, where you are greeted with an abundance of fabulous restaurants for fine, bay view dining, art galleries, and many boutiques. At this point you have the option to return to San Francisco via ferry for a cruise across the bay or, for those riders who just cannot get enough excitement and adventure, your journey is just beginning!”
There are five locations at San Francisco’s Waterfront and North Beach:
www.blazingsaddles.com/Blazing-Saddles-SF.html. For additional information or to make advance reservations, visit www.blazingsaddles.com/index.html, or call 415-202-8888.
Bay City Bike
“Ride a bicycle through the city and around the San Francisco Bay for an unforgettable, unique sightseeing experience.”
Segway Tours, San Francisco Electric Tour Company
“As the world's first and only self-balancing electric transport mechanism, the Segway Human Transporterhas set a new standard for eco-friendly sightseeing fun! Experience for yourself why a Segway is the ideal way to tour the waterfront or climb the hills. An added benefit for the environment is a few less tour buses on the streets of the city each day. The San Francisco Electric Tour Company will be solar powered in 2008!”
The San Francisco tour starts at Fisherman’s Wharf. For more info or to schedule a tour, visit the website.
Electric Time Car Rentals
An environmentally-friendly way to explore San Francisco!
“Enjoy the sights and sounds of the City in a two- or four-person, non-polluting Electric Time car. Easy to drive and hard to miss, these brightly-colored vehicles measure over one foot narrower than an average-sized car and over two feet slimmer than an SUV, making parking a cinch. Electric Time cars can easily climb San Francisco's notoriously steep hills while providing exceptional visibility. All Electric Time vehicles have car-like operation and handling. Also, the cars come equipped with safety features such as seatbelts, safety glass, windshield wiper, full lighting (including brake and signal lights), rearview mirrors, and a horn. So, no helmets! Three new GPS based audio tours will guide visitors through the streets of San Francisco.”
The rental office is located at San Francisco’s Waterfront, 2800 Leavenworth Street, Suite #121(Anchorage Alley), San Francisco, CA 94133. For rental information, call 415-674-8800 or visit www.etcars.com/rentalInfo.html.
“Want to experience the San Francisco most visitors never see? Fold up your map, put away the guidebook, and jump into a GoCar. Zip all over town while this little yellow car takes you on a GPS-guided tour of San Francisco. The GoCar takes you to spectacular places few visitors get to see. It’s like having a local show you around. And this little car can go where the tour buses can’t. Best of all, the adventure happens at your pace.”
To make a reservation, call 1-800-91-GoCar or visit the online reservation page at www3.ssldomain.com/DomainID112689/gocar-sf/Step1.aspx.
One of GoCar's pick up and drop off locations is within walking distance from Hilton at the corner of Mason and O'Farrell Streets: www.gocartours.com/sanfrancisco/rental-locations.html.
Deluxe City Tour by Red and White Fleet
All the best sights are visited with expert narration, and in the comfort of a Motor coach! Call 415-673-2900 for reservations.
On the Water
Alcatraz Island Tours by Alcatraz Cruises
Alcatraz Cruises is the official source for tickets to Alcatraz Island. Visitors can purchase tickets online (recommended) at http://alcatrazcruises.com/website/buy-tickets.aspx.
Tours for groups of 15 people or more must be scheduled a month in advance. Plan a visit to Alcatraz Island at www.nps.gov/alcatraz/.
“Offers kayaking trips around San Francisco downtown from two locations:
- From South Beach Harbor (Pier 40), the company offers kayak trips to San Francisco downtown waterfront, McCovey Cove, and Mission Creek. The condition is mostly placid, and comfortable recreational touring kayaks are used.
- From Pier 39, the company offers trips to Alcatraz and Golden Gate Bridge. The condition requires more sea kayaking skills, and performance sea kayaks are used for these trips.”
To check the calendar and make advance reservations, visit www.citykayak.com/trips.htm.
For more information, contact Embarcadero at Townsend, San Francisco, 415-357-1010 or info[at]citykayak.com.
Narrated Tours of San Francisco Bay
Blue and Gold fleet offers a one hour tour, sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge and along the city’s historic waterfront. The tour departs from Pier 39. Visit www.blueandgoldfleet.com/Sightseeing/Boat/baycruise.cfm to check the schedule or buy tickets.
California Sunset Cruise
Red and White Fleet also offers three Bay Cruises, including California Sunset cruise, which departs from Pier 43 ½ in the heart of Historic Fisherman’s Wharf. Cruises powered by biodisel.
San Francisco Helicopter Tours
Discovering San Francisco Tours
See all the best from the skies! Helicoter tours over every great sight in San Francisco! See website for details!
List of tours: www.buysanfranciscotours.com/tours/wine_country_tours_info.html.
Check out the abundance of tour companies from the following list:
- Wine country tour shuttle: www.winecountrytourshuttle.com
- Napa Valley Wine Train: www.winetrain.com
- Napa Valley information: www.napavalley.com
- Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food, and the Arts: www.copia.org
“COPIA is the Wine Country gathering place for people, learning and ideas. Through a menu of fun and interactive programs, tastings, exhibitions, festivals, dining, performances and organic gardens, COPIA brings the general public and enthusiasts together with leading vintners, chefs, gardeners and artists to explore and celebrate wine, food, gardens and the arts.” COPIA is located in the Napa Valley.
- Sonoma Valley: www.sonomavalley.com
- Super Sightseeing Tours
This nine-hour tour winds through the picturesque Napa and Sonoma valleys with plenty of stops along the way to sample the wines produced there. Price includes pickup at most hotels in San Francisco. Call for details.
National and State Parks
Muir Woods National Monument
“Muir Woods National Monument offers a quiet sanctuary in a growing urban setting. Known for its giant old growth stand of coast redwood trees, people from all over the world come to visit this special ecosystem."
"Muir Woods contains six miles of trails. There is a half-hour loop, a one-hour loop, and a one-and-a-half-hour loop, as well as longer hikes on trails that extend into surrounding parks. All of these walks afford views of thousands of old-growth coast redwoods, the tallest living things in the world. Picnicking, pets, bicycles, smoking, and camping are not permitted within the park."
Muir Woods is located 12 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Entrance fee is $5.00 for adults.
Point Reyes National Seashore
"The cultural history of Point Reyes reaches back some 5,000 years to the Coast Miwok Indians, who were the first human inhabitants of the Peninsula. Over 120 known village sites exist within the park. According to many experts, Sir Francis Drake landed here in 1579, the first European explorer to do so. In response to the many shipwrecks in the treacherous coastal waters, key lighthouse and lifesaving stations were established by the United States government in the late 1800s and early 1900s. In the early 1800s, Mexican land grantees established ranchos. They were followed by a wave of American agricultural operations, which continue to this day in the Seashore's pastoral zone."
Point Reyes is located approximately 30 miles north of San Francisco on Highway 1 along the west coast of California.
No entrance fee is charged at Point Reyes.
Fort Ross State Historic Park
“Fort Ross was a thriving Russian-American Company settlement from 1812 to 1841. This commercial company, chartered by Russia's tsarist government, controlled all Russian exploration, trade, and settlement in the North Pacific and established permanent settlements in Alaska and California. Fort Ross was the southernmost settlement in the Russian colonization of the North American continent and was established as an agricultural base to supply Alaska. It was the site of California's first windmills and shipbuilding, and Russian scientists were among the first to record California’s cultural and natural history. Fort Ross was a successfully functioning multi-cultural settlement for some thirty years. Settlers included Russians, Native Alaskans, Californians, and Creoles (individuals of mixed Russian and native ancestry).”
Approximate driving times from San Francisco: 3.5 hours.
Chinatown Evening Tour and San Francisco Lights
Four-and-a-half-hour evening tours of Chinatown, views of the gorgeous San Francisco city lights, and a fabulous dinner at the famous Cathay House. See website for details.
Alcatraz Tours and Muir Woods
Start with the giant redwood trees of Muir Woods, and then head to the number-one attraction in San Francisco: Alcatraz Prison! See website for details.
Sunset Sail on San Francisco Bay
One-and-a-half-hour sailing cruise past Alcatraz, towards the Golden Gate Bridge, and along the city. Trampoline on board! See website for details.
Taste of San Francisco
Eat your way through the best restauranats in the best neighborhoods in San Francisco. Five hours on Fridays, and taste menus at each location! See website for details.