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Listen to the sounds of history and make your tour come alive.
• You’ll hear the rumble of the 1906 earthquake and the roar of the fire.
• Listen to Sam Brannan kick off the Gold Rush in 1848.
• Hear a tong war battle in Chinatown.

Here’s How it Works
1. Order your Barbary Coast Trail audio tour(s) below — and receive a link to download the audio tour files.
2. Save the files to your computer or smartphone.
For smartphones you’ll need a a free app to extract the zip file which is detailed in the instructions page.

We offer three Barbary Coast Trail audio tours. The amount of time it takes to complete each tour is listed below, however you can shorten the time by visiting fewer sites or lengthen it by exploring sites in greater depth.

Order all three audio tours for a discounted price and tour the entire Barbary Coast Trail, add the pocket guide and save even more!

Starts at the Old Mint, a national historic landmark, visits Hallidie Plaza, Union Square, one of the first public squares in SF, Maiden Lane, a sunny street with a shady past, St. Mary's, the first cathedral in the western US, and Chinatown, including the “street of the painted balconies.”

Audio length: 40 minutes
Time to complete the tour: 2 hours
Printable map included (PDF).

Begins at Portsmouth Square, birthplace of the village of Yerba Buena (later renamed San Francisco) and the site where Sam Brannan jump-started the Gold Rush, the western headquarters of the Pony Express, follows the original shoreline into the Jackson Square Historic District, and ends in the old Barbary Coast, including the last shanghaiing den in SF.

Audio length: 45 minutes
Time to complete the tour: 2 hours
Printable map included (PDF).

Begins at two haunts of the Beat generation, explores North Beach and Telegraph Hill, including Coit Tower and its priceless Depression-era murals, travels along the waterfront to Hyde Street Pier, the largest collection of historic ships in the US, and includes a cable car ride up to Nob Hill.

Audio length: 65 minutes
Time to complete the tour: 2 1/2 hours, plus 1 hour for the Nob Hill section.
Printable map included (PDF).

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