Edited by James O’Reilly, Larry Habegger, and Sean O’Reilly

Including stories by Andrei Codrescu, Barnaby Conrad, Herbert Gold, Michele Anna Jordan, Herb Caen, Linda Watanabe McFerrin, Richard Rodriguez, and many more

“As glimpsed here through the eyes of beatniks, hippies, surfers, ‘lavender cowboys’ and talented writers from all walks, San Francisco comes to vivid, complex life.”
—Publishers Weekly

San Francisco is spoken of in the same breath as Paris, Venice, and Rome, and has earned the slogan “America’s Favorite City” for its openness, dramatic beauty, world-class cultural attractions, and the diversity of its neighborhoods and population. Travelers’ Tales San Francisco is a gathering of stories about this fascinating city, an enduringly popular destination with no end of tales to tell.

The forty-plus true stories in this collection are told by natives and visitors alike and include both historical glimpses and contemporary vignettes. Whether its cable car romance, or a late night jam session with Jerry Garcia, you’ll find it inTravelers’ Tales San Francisco. The stories span the years and delve into the many sides of San Francisco, a city with delicate Victorian architecture, a rough and tumble Gold Rush beginning, ethnic complexity, and stunning views from its many hills. Walk the streets of San Francisco with these well-known and emerging writers; feel the sea breeze and watch the fog pour through the Golden Gate.

In Travelers’ Tales San Francisco readers will:

  • Survive a dangerous swim under the Golden Gate Bridge with Lynn Cox
  • Roam North Beach with Herbert Gold and Allen Ginsberg
  • Discover the freaky side of the City with Michael Lane and Jim Crotty (a.k.a. the Monks)
  • Experience Jack London’s San Francisco through the eyes of Fred Setterberg
  • Join Elgy Gillespie as she floats away her cares at a new-age hot springs
  • Search for a Great White shark off the Pacific coast with Tom Stienstra
  • & much more.

About the editors

James O’Reilly, president and publisher of Travelers’ Tales, wrote mystery serials before becoming a travel writer in the early 1980s. He has visited more than forty countries and worked on all of the Travelers’ Tales books, winning many awards for excellence. James lives with his family in Palo Alto, CA.

Larry Habegger is the executive editor of Travelers’ Tales. As a series editor he has worked on virtually all of the Travelers’ Tales titles, winning many awards for excellence. He is co-author, with James O’Reilly, of “World Travel Watch,” a syndicated column that since 1985 has appeared in major newspapers in five countries. Larry lives in San Francisco, CA, with his family.

Sean O’Reilly, editor-at-large and director of special sales for Travelers’ Tales, is an editor of award-winning travel books, including The Road Within, The Ultimate Journey, Pilgrimage, and The Spiritual Gifts of Travel. He is also the author of the book How to Manage Your Dick: Redirect Sexual Energy and Discover Your More Enlightened, Evolved Self. He lives with his family in Arizona.

About Travelers’ Tales

Founded in 1993, Travelers’ Tales is celebrating its many years of excellence in travel publishing with the publication of Travelers’ Tales San Francisco. By publishing the best travel writing from world-famous authors and new and emerging writers, the editors’ goal is to inspire and enlighten readers through true stories by travelers who have explored the depths of their experiences. The award-winning series includes: country and regional guides; books which explore the themes of women’s travel, spirituality, food, humor, and adventure; travel advice books; Footsteps: The Soul of Travel, a series of single-author travel narratives; and Travelers’ Tales Classics, a series which introduces out-of-print favorites of travel literature to a new audience. Travelers’ Tales San Francisco (Updated) is the latest in the country and regional guide series.

Travelers’ Tales…the Power of a Good Story.

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Travelers’ Tales San Francisco
Edited by James O’Reilly, Larry Habegger, and Sean O’Reilly
Travelers’ Tales, November 2002
$18.95, Trade Paperback, 496 pages, 5 1/8″ x 8″
ISBN: 1-885211-85-6