Detours are unusual and immersive audio tours that guide you to the amazing places you wouldn't find and the fascinating histories you can't see--and there happen to be a whole slew of them in the Bay Area! This Obscura Day, pop in your headphones and set out on a guided audio adventure in downtown San Francisco or farther flung corners of the East Bay. Taking a Detour is like walking around inside a movie. You can even sync audio with other friends on the Detour so that you’re all hearing the exact same thing at the exact same time!
Your Obscura Day Detour ticket gives you access to any Bay Area Detour on Saturday April 16th. One ticket required per person. Currently available for iPhone running iOs 8.0 or higher.
Click on any tour title below for a full description and audio preview:
Cool Gray City
A stunning and rollicking walk through 25,00 years of history in 25 blocks of North Beach, with the best-selling author of Cool Gray City of Love, Gary Kamiya.
Wonder how the Castro changed the world? Walk with neighborhood hero Cleve Jones through the gay rights revolution.
Drink and think your way through North Beach with Jack Kerouac and the poets of the Beat Generation in 1950s San Francisco.
Walk into the heart of the Summer of Love with Peter Coyote and the legends of Haight-Ashbury.
Walk the city’s most misunderstood neighborhood with the people who call it home.
Beyond the Painted Ladies
An incredible story of upheaval and change in the Western Addition.
Fisherman’s Fisherman’s Wharf
Fisherman Mike “Candy” Mitchell shows you the side of the wharf that tourists rarely see.
A walk through India Basin and San Francisco’s audacious plan to end trash as we know it.
The Black Panthers changed the world. But will anyone in their home neighborhood remember?
Soundwalk Presents John Perry Barlow
John Perry Barlow takes you on an immersive sound journey into the Tendernob.
Making Market Street
San Francisco’s most important street struggles to find its way.
Paired with Ulrich’s brutal philosophy, the Marina’s gourmet pastries taste absurdly delicious.
Golden Gate Park Nature Walk
Meet a strange plant spirit and his unusual plant friend in Golden Gate Park. For adults and cool kids 11+.
Enter the rarest thing in any city: an untamed place.
A musical place-based short story by the former publisher of McSweeney’s.
Audio tour will only be available for use on Obscura Day, 2016--Saturday, April 16
Cost: $5; All Sales are Final
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Photography is encouraged! Tag @atlasobscura, @detour & #obscuraday
Tour access codes will be received via email prior to Obscura Day. Please make sure to register with a valid email address!
Check out our full lineup of amazing adventures taking place all around the world on Obscura Day, our annual celebration of discovery!