Walking All of Geary Street in San Francisco

Walking All of Geary Street Route Map
Last Sunday Jen and I walked all of Geary Street in San Francisco. We took BART to Montgomery Street, which is a block away from where Geary begins at Market Street. The beginning of the walk goes through Union Square, into the Tenderloin, through the Western Addition and Japantown before traveling the length of the Richmond District out to the ocean where Geary Street ends at Point Lobos just above the Cliff House. The whole length of Geary Street is about 6.1 miles. The weather was perfect, and the walk was a lot of fun. We stopped to eat at Louis’ Restaurant which has an amazing view of the Sutro Baths — especially on a rare clear Summer day. After lunch we continued down past the Cliff House and down the beach. To get back to downtown, look for the windmill on the other side of the road, cross the Great Highway, and continue 2 blocks South to Judah Street to the N Judah streetcar. Here’s a Google Map of the full route which runs 7.6 miles. Note that it’s Geary Street on the downtown side of Van Ness, and Geary Blvd after that. This could be a 3-4 hour fast walk, but there are so many things to see and do that it’s much better as an all day adventure. Enjoy the photos!

12 thoughts on “Walking All of Geary Street in San Francisco”

  1. I nominate Geary Blvd as the greatest street in SF. You can make a case for Market, Van Ness and Lombard. But, they’re all gimicky. Geary is a freeway, an ethnic enclave, ghetto, family neighborhoods, etc. There’s a historical doc that runs on ch. 2 every once in a while.

  2. Joe,

    I think this is a great project that you and Jen are doing: setting aggressive walking goals, and photographing along the way. It’s a great way to combine the talents that both of you have, and it’s a great way to explore neighborhoods that are just off your beaten path. I hope to see more (although you’ve already hit the two streets that I’d be most interested in seeing: Mission and Geary).


  3. ishak – yeah, i don’t like to play favorites, but Geary really does kick ass.

    Andy – Thanks! We’re both having a lot of fun. Now that Jen has walked every street in Berkeley, we’re thinking that every street in Albany is next.

  4. joe, great series! geary is a street near and dear to my heart. i may be moving to a new city in a number of months and i am thinking of doing a similar thing. posting a map of your route is a nice touch.

  5. Hey Joe, what a cool couple of mini-projects – I can see more of them in a series. The Google route map aids with a neat bit of eye-candy. Well done!

  6. This was so much fun to read and see the accompanying photos. Did you also see that ice cream sign as saying “Joe’s Quality Homemade Vicecream”? Because the cone was next to the I? Well anyhoo, I always find humor in many of your photos and enjoy that very much.

  7. Troy – If someone would sponsor the project, every street in Trona would no doubt rock.

    Dan – Thanks! Walking is a great way to explore the place you live.

    Brad – Thanks – we should go street shooting again sometime soon.

    Jamie – Glad you dig it. I didn’t notice the “V” – maybe it was subconscious. This walk could’ve used some Vice Cream back towards the start in the Tenderloin though!

  8. Great selection of “off beat” images in both walks (Geary and Mission). I really appreciate the social and cultural aesthetic used to frame these images.
    I’m inspired to walk some streets myself… :]

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