Tours of the Tales


Index of Locales in the Miniseries

"Tales of the City”

Episode 1:

Mary Ann calls her mother to say she’s not returning to Cleveland (Buena Vista Bar):
Tour #1

Mary Ann’s walk through a park after calling her mother about not returning to Cleveland (Aquatic Park): 
Tour #1

After walking through the park, Mary Ann descends a set of stone bleachers; the Ghirardelli sign can be seen behind her (Aquatic Park): 
Tour #1

Exterior of Connie’s Apartment (2201 Leavenworth):
Tour #1

The “inspiration” for the set design of 28 Barbary Lane (21 Napier Lane): 
Tour #4

The Barbary Lane Steps – used in all three mini-series (Macondray Steps):
Tour #1

A brief glimpse of Coit Tower and Telegraph Hill (1170-1176 Greenwich):
Tour #1

Building used as the exterior of Halcyon Communications
(Jackson Square Historic District): Tour #3

Mary Ann and Beauchamp enter a restaurant for lunch and are observed by DeDe and Binky (The Square): 
Tour #2   

The exterior of the Day’s apartment building/also the building that Michael points out to his parents as the apartment building of the character Kim Novak played in Vertigo (Brocklebank Apartments):
Tour #6

Park where Anna and Edger first meet and later return for a picnic (Alamo Square): 
Tour #13 (temporarily)

Episode 2:

DeDe and Frannie have lunch on a terrace; DeDe inform her mother of Beauchamp’s infidelity (YMCA Residence Apartments):
Tour #6

Episode 3:

Exterior of Bay Area Crises Switchboard (1463 McAllister Street):
Tour #13 (temporarily)

Anna reminds Mona it’s the third anniversary of Mona living at 28 Barbary Lane/the Finale of the Beach Blanket Babylon show (Club Fugazi/Beach Blanket Babylon): 
Tour #2

Anna and Mona walk back to Barbary Lane after attending Beach Blanket Babylon (Union and Taylor): 
Tour #1

Michael and Mona discuss their desperate financial situation over hot dogs and soda when Michael springs his plan to get quick cash on Mona (3920/3918 24th Street through to the Sanchez Street): 
Tour #8

Exterior of the Seal Rocks Inn (Seal Rocks Inn): Tour Under Development

Location of the 28 Barbary Lane’s “pentshack” set throughout the mini-series (Vallejo Street Parking Garage/San Francisco Police Department Central Station):
Tour #2

Episode 4:

Mary Ann bumps into Norman and Lexy at a restaurant (24th and Sanchez/Casa Mexicana/The Mall):
Tour #8

Mary Ann exits the cable car after receiving a religious tract from a Christian woman (Geary and Powell): 
Tour #7

As Mona and Michael descend a set of steps, Mona tells Michael she’s moving out; Michael tells her that his parents are coming to San Francisco (Filbert Steps):
Tour #4

As Michael and his parents ascend a hill, nuns on roller skates skate downhill past Michael; one comments on Michael’s underwear (Taylor and Union Streets):
Tour #1

Mary Ann and Norman leave the theater and decide to eat in Chinatown (Castro Theater):
Tour #8

Episode 5:

Norman’s birthday dinner at the Beach Chalet (Beach Chalet): 
Tour #12

After dinner, Mary Ann and Norman walk beneath a windmill; Norman reveals to Mary Ann he doesn’t really sell vitamins (Queen Wilhelmina Windmill):
Tour #12

Edgar tells Anna that someone is attempting to blackmail him over his affair with Anna; he asks her to run away with him, she, in turn, reveals to him her secret (Observation Area on Twin Peaks/Christmas Tree Point): 
Tour #13 (temporarily)

Episode 6:

Michael and Mary Ann shop for Christmas trees (The Mall and Sally’s Nail Spa/Joshua Simon):
Tour #8

Michael runs into Mona two days before Christmas and invites her to Mrs. Madrigal’s party (The Mall and Sally’s Nail Spa/Joshua Simon): 
Tour #8

Mary Ann contemplate her next move after discovering unsettling things about Norman/Mary Ann meets Norman to talk him about the what she’s discovered (Palace of the Legion of Honor):
Tour #13 (temporarily)

Mary Ann confronts Norman about his child pornography activities (Palace of the Legion of Honor/Lincoln Park):
Tour #13 (temporarily)

Mary Ann reveals to Michael what really happened to Norman Neal Williams and that Norman was a private investigator (Fort Point):
Tour #13

Anne visits Edgar’s grave (Lands End/Lincoln Park): Tour Under Development


The locales are listed roughly in the order they first appear in the three miniseries.

“More Tales of the City”

Episode 1:

The Barbary Lane Steps – used in all three mini-series (Macondray Steps):
Tour #1

The exterior of the Day’s apartment building/also the building that Michael points out to his parents as the apartment building of the character Kim Novak played in Vertigo (Brocklebank Apartments):
Tour #6

Pier where Mona drops off Mary Ann and Michael at the start of their cruise (Pier 29):
Tour #4 

Mona sits in Union Square, lights up a joint laced with Angle Dust, and is proselytized by Connie Bradshaw who has become a Scientologist (Union Square): 
Tour # 7

Episode 2:

No locales

Episode 3:

No locales

Episode 4:

DeDe and D’or depart the fashion show at the Palace of the Legion of Honor; D’or informs DeDe that “there are a surprising number of people this town whose shoes don’t match their handbags.” (Palace of the Legion of Honor):
Tour #13(temporarily)

Episode 5:

Burke tells Mary Ann about his recent dream of the “Transplant Man”.  In the dream, the Transplant Man tells him, “Go ahead, Burke, it’s organic.” (Palace of Fine Arts):
Tour #11

View of Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill and North Beach with the Bay Bridge in the distance (1170-1176 Greenwich):
Tour #1

As Mona and Anna descend a flight of concrete steps, Mona summarizes her dinner with Brian the previous night.  She then informs Anna that Betty Ramsey is coming to town and wants to meet with Anna (Ina Coolbrith Park and the Vallejo Steps):
Tour #1

Episode 6:

Where Mary Ann and Burke sit and talk before entering Grace Cathedral (Huntington Park):
Tour #6

 

“Further Tales of the City”

Barbary Lane Steps (Macondray Steps):
Tour #1

Opening Credits (Flyover of Hawk Hill/Marin Headlands): 
Tour #13

Michael and Ned are in Ned’s pick-up driving down to LA (Pacific Coast Highway near Devil’s Slide – south of Pacifica): tour under development

Mary Ann and DeDe drive up a hillside on a winding road with the City below them.  They are then sitting in the car on a foggy hilltop.  Finally, they are standing next to a railing with the City behind and below them; DeDe confesses to Mary Ann that she had been raped by Jim Jones.  (Observation Area on Twin Peaks/Christmas Tree Point): 
Tour #13 (temporarily)

DeDe hears Jim Jones singing “Bye-bye baby bunting…” (California Academy of Science):
Tour #12

Several scenes were filmed in the Golden Gate Park (Tour #12) in the area around the Conservatory of Flowers, the Fern Trees, and the Lilly Pond.  They will all be included in a walking tour of the park that is currently under development.  The scenes are:

  • Prue runs along of Father Paddy’s car discussing the Shroud of Turin when Vuitton suddenly gets loose of Prue and bolts.


  • Anne and Brian lunch of a park bench when Prue and Father Paddy approach them looking for Prue’s lost dog.


  • While searching for Vuitton, Prue encounters a mounted police man.


  • DeDe informs Mary Ann that Jim Jones had a double in Jonestown and the Jim Jones may very well be alive and back in San Francisco.


  • Prue leaves Luke’s now abandoned shack and runs into Father Paddy who has just emerged from behind some bushes tucking in his shirt tail and buckling his belt…followed by a policeman who also emerges from behind the same set of bushes.