Barbary Coast Trail, San Francisco, California
Tel: 415 454 2355
Concierge.com's insider take:
When San Francisco was a bustling port, the colorful neighborhood of brothels, saloons, and lodging houses frequented by sailors was known as the Barbary Coast. The Barbary Coast Trail connects 20 historic sites, including the birthplace of the Gold Rush, the U.S. Mint Building, the oldest Asian temple in North America, and a Silver King mansion. Begin this 3.8-mile trail at Mission and Fifth streets and follow the path marked with bronze medallions set in the sidewalk. Maps and official trail guides can be purchased at visitor centers and local bookstores, and the San Francisco Historical Society sponsors various tours of the trail.