Your Local Guide Kimberly
Hello, Everyone! I’m a native Californian, born and raised in the East Bay and have lived in San Francisco continuously since 1990. I caught the travel bug early; after college I fulfilled a dream of living in Europe, working for a Greek cruise ship line for three years, sailing all around the Mediterranean and South Africa. Returning to the USA, I pursued my education further, earning a law degree and working in the legal industry for many years. Desiring to return to a more creative life, I became a walking Tour Guide several years ago, before starting on my Extranomical adventure. I travel whenever and wherever I can, always glad to return home to San Francisco. I still can't believe I live in the most beautiful city in the world! I look forward to helping you fall in love with San Francisco and other amazing places in California. Until we meet- my best to you!
Tips from Kimberly: Top 10 things to do in the Bay Area
Hike Land’s End from the Visitor’s Center to the Sea Cliff neighborhood for breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and Golden Gate Bridge. There are some stairs involved and wear shoes with a tread, as the path is not paved.
Drive to Mill Valley (take the Stinson Beach exit) and turn left on Tennessee Valley Road. Park when you get to the end of the road, then take an easy hike about 1.5 miles…to the Pacific Ocean and Tennessee Valley Beach. Bring a picnic lunch.
Walk the Embarcadero from Fisherman’s Wharf to Oracle Ballpark. Great views of the Bay, plenty of sightseeing and shopping at Pier 39, visit the Ferry Building, have lunch at Red’s Java House and people watch visitors and natives alike, out for a pleasant stroll.
Run, walk or bike from Fort Mason to Chrissy Field. It’s mainly flat and very easy to traverse. You’ll have great views of the Bay, fresh air, and feel proud of yourself for getting exercise at the same time.
Spend a day at the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park. Visit the de Young Museum for world class art exhibits (go to the tower for a 360 degree of the City), the Academy of Sciences for having fun with biology, geology, and astronomy, and the Japanese Tea Garden, the oldest public Japanese garden in the United States.
Drive through the Robin Williams tunnel going into San Francisco. Just as you exit the tunnel, you’ll see my favorite view of the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands and skyline of San Francisco, all at once. Unbeatable!
Take a cable car ride, either from Powell and Market to Fisherman’s Wharf or from the Hyatt Regency on Drumm Street to Van Ness Avenue. $8.00 for a single ride. It’s a must when in San Francisco!
Have lunch at the Cliff House on Point Lobos Avenue. Ask to sit by the window to be rewarded with ocean views. It’s a delightful restaurant- very tasty fare! May want to get a little dressed up for this, but jeans with a nice top is probably okay.
Walk around Nob Hill, the square consisting of California, Mason, Sacramento and Taylor Streets. Be sure to visit Grace Cathedral’s two labyrinths, the Ghiberti doors, the Keith Haring altarpiece, and the lovely stained glass windows, consisting of over 7,290 feet of glass. You can even take a yoga class here. Drop by the Tonga Room for a tiki experience like no other! Don’t forget the Top of the Mark for unparalled views of the City while you enjoy a drink.
Get out on the water! Take a Bay Cruise, a ferry to Sausalito, Angel Island or Alcatraz, or go fishing from a boat. You can find skippers down at Fisherman’s Wharf who will be glad to take you out on our beautiful waters.
Trips Guided by Kimberly
Afternoon Guided City Tour of San Francisco
Muir Woods Redwood Forest and Sausalito Tour
Redwoods and California Wine Country Tour