49 Mile Scenic Drive 80th Anniversary Events

80th Anniversary Events—49 Mile Scenic Drive

A San Francisco Celebration!

[read about the history of the 49 Mile Scenic Drive]

THANK YOU for joining us on our 80th Anniversary virtual tours, guided walks, public presentations, book signings, and more. You made it so much fun!

Special thanks to other 80th Anniversary participants, including:

  • The Mechanics Institute
  • Treasure Island Museum
  • Golden Gate Int’l Expo Speakers and Organizers
  • SF Public Libraries (7 of them!)
  • Everyone who came on a group walk and attended a virtual tour
There are still a few ways for you to celebrate:
  • There will be more Virtual Shows this fall of: Walking SF’s 49 Mile Scenic Drive—in 45 minutes
  • You can still join us for a few more Author-Guided Walk along a section of the 49 Mile Drive
  • OF COURSE, There is still time to take the Challenge to WALK the Drive in one year
  • You can also get your very own iconic seagull sign to celebrate SF for years to come


Take the Challenge: WALK the entire Drive over one year
3 Options:
1. Golden Gate Int’l Expo 80th Anniv Challenge
2. Walk San Francisco fundraiser group walks — Two Saturdays per month through October
3. On our own—create your own adventure

There are a few public events left…

(Eventbrite registration links to 2019 author guided walks are added two months before each event)

Thurs, Oct 3, 6:30-8pm   $5 TIX HERE
MUNI Diaries LIVE taping: Hidden San Francisco 

Betabrand Podcast Theater
780 Valencia Street, SF

Sat, Oct 5, 10am
FINAL LEG of Walk San Francisco’s group walk of the entire drive!
Get passport tix here.

Sat, Oct 19, 10am [second chance!]
FINAL LEG of Walk San Francisco’s group walk of the entire drive!
Get passport tix here.

Sun, Oct 20, 1pm-3pm
VIRTUAL TOUR of the 49 Mile Drive
Cypress Lawn Cemetery 
1370 El Camino Real, Colma, CA
Cypress Lawn’s Reception Center
Light Refreshments served

Sun Oct 27, 10am
Walk 8: Lake Merced
with murder site visit! FREE TIX!

Thurs Nov 29, 10am
Walk 5: Sea Cliff
with calorie burning beach walk-back

Weds Jan 1, 10am
Walk 1: Civic Center to Chinatown Gate

San Francisco’s 49 Mile Scenic Drive officially opened on Sept. 14, 1938

The iconic seagull street signs have been pointing the way since 1954.

San Francisco’s 49 Mile loop-trail around the city was created as part of the 1939-40 Golden Gate International Exposition held on newly created Treasure Island. Designed to show off the city’s most famous landmarks and varied neighborhoods, it became an instant hit. Visitors, locals, motorists, cyclists—and now urban hikers—have been using the trail to explore San Francisco ever since. [read full history here]

This gorgeous, retro, fun San Francisco adventure turns 80 this year. Come rediscover this City gem.

80th Anniv Events Include:
—Virtual Tours: The 49 Mile Drive in 45 Minute

During these lively programs, local experts, Kristine Poggioli and Carolyn Eidson, take you on a visual tour of the “Drive.” Strap on your seat belts. Get ready to hear about their adventure and learn some of the quirky, unknown, and most-likely-true history they discovered along the historic route. It’s a fun, inspiring presentation with audience participation.

Gandhi hikes the 49 Scenic Drive every day!

You’ll meet Gandhi along the 49 Mile Scenic Drive (walk 16)

—Author-Guided Walks

Join the authors on a 2-3 mile hike along a section of SF’s 49 Mile Drive. Bring your kids, your date, or your well-behaved dog out to explore the historic route and learn some of the SF history in that part of the City.


Help celebrate the 80th Anniversary of a true San Francisco treasure!
Come explore SF’s 49 Mile Scenic Drive soon!

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