SF Chronicle launches new audio walking tours of San Francisco


A knowledgeable and knowledgeable tour guide can change the way you see the world around you, even in a place you’ve been to countless times.

That’s the idea behind the new San Francisco Chronicle audio tours, reported and narrated by Chronicle reporters and posted on the VoiceMap app.

The columnists are San Francisco experts. They know the weird and delicious corners of the city and the stories of the visionaries and forces that shaped the cityscape. They are therefore the ideal guides to show you around, whether you are a tourist visiting for the weekend or a native who wants to see their city with a fresh eye.

On our first audio tours, urban design critic John King walks you through the central arteries and alleys of the Financial District, pointing out the jaw-dropping design details most people miss and lighting up the dramas behind the remarkable towers of the city. And on their tour, cultural critic Peter Hartlaub and columnist Heather Knight lead you on a trek through Golden Gate Park, celebrating their favorite corners and sharing tales of eccentric tycoons and headstrong horticulturalists along the way.

Each visit is regularly priced at $ 6.99, available to Chronicle subscribers at a reduced price of $ 3.99. To access your subscriber’s promo code, click here. To purchase a guided tour, go to www.sfchronicle.com/audiotours.

Tours are hosted on the VoiceMap app, which uses GPS technology to create narration that accompanies you as you walk. It’s like a podcast in motion, where the sound from your headphones responds directly to your surroundings, telling you precisely when to turn and where to look.

The first audio tours of the Chronicle are:

Unfold the Financial District: Design Adventures in Downtown San Francisco
This tour offers a crash course in 20th-century architecture with the behind-the-scenes dramas that shaped the city. You’ll admire white marble unicorns, stumble upon a row of walrus heads, and learn about the identity of the faceless figures that adorn the roof of a tower.

Secrets of Golden Gate Park: Transplant, Gunshots, and 90-Year-Old Fish
This 4.2 km hike introduces walkers to the wild tales and quirky characters of the park, from the California grizzly bear with its own memorial grove to the tycoon who offered a landmark to the park as a bribe. You’ll admire little-known sights and take a selfie with a monument dedicated to the park’s horticultural hero (who fiercely hated statues).

“Taking these tours is like John, Peter and Heather showing you around, sharing their favorite details and telling you stories about San Francisco,” said Tim O’Rourke, Director of Products and Strategy. “You will learn something new and see something new, even if you walk to work in the Financial District or have visited Golden Gate Park countless times.”

About the San Francisco Chronicle
The San Francisco Chronicle (www.sfchronicle.com) is the largest newspaper in Northern California and the second on the West Coast. Acquired by Hearst Corporation in 2000, The San Francisco Chronicle was founded in 1865 by Charles and Michael de Young and received six Pulitzer Prizes for journalistic excellence. Follow us on Twitter at @SFChronic.


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