Best Eccentric Walks - 2006
Stairways Across San Francisco
Buns of steel await those able to conquer the physically demanding routes offered by Stairways Across San Francisco. More than a fleeting tourist fancy, these tours require a bit of commitment, ranging from several hours to all day, and involve climbing the most treacherous steps the city has to offer. Some stairs feel as close to 90 degrees as possible, which isn't exactly conducive to the well-being of those with vertigo. But the views whether of land, water, or curious architecture are just as rewarding as the burn. Stairways proprietor Dennis Macheel offers the antithesis to all those leisurely walking tours in which strolling rarely gives way to flat-out urban hiking.