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Los Angeles Conservancy — offers Saturday morning walking tours.

Here's a sample of their offerings:

Union Station Tour:

Explore the last great railway station built in America, an inspiring building combining the Spanish Colonial revival and Art Deco styles. The East portal area, added in 1993, and the MTA Building are also included on this tour.

Friends of Recreation & Parks (San Francisco, California) — gives terrific tours of Golden Gate Park on weekends from May to October.

San Francisco Architectural Heritage — specializes in walking tours of the Pacific Heights neighborhood.

Old Sacramento Walking Tours — Take a walk back in time and discover Sacramento's rich heritage on a historic walking tour through Old Sacramento. Led by trained and costumed docents of Old Sacramento's Living History Program, the entertaining and educational tour offers an opportunity to learn about the district's architectural and historical character, as well as the heritage and culture of the City.

A National Registered Landmark, Old Sacramento showcases the most important chapter in California history, encompassing 28 acres of gold rush era and 19th century buildings, five museums, and more than 120 shops and restaurants along the majestic Sacramento River.

Open to the public, the one-hour walking tour departs from Old Sacramento's Visitor Center every Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 am. Ticket prices are $9 for adults and $5 for children 12 or under. Military and groups of ten or more are $7. Tickets may be purchased at the Old Sacramento Visitor Center — (916) 442-7644 — located at 1004 2nd Street.

Magellan's —

Folding Walking Staff

Enjoy extra safety and stability with this unique walking staff. It folds into 16" to pack, but, thanks to its clever elastic shock cords, snaps into a strong walking staff, adjustable from 44 to 48" in height. A Magellan's exclusive!

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Chicago Architecture Foundation — offers a selection of tours, including the following, new for 2005:

John Hancock Center/Lunchtime Tour — Completed in 1970, the Hancock Center, or Big John as it is affectionately known, dominates the Chicago skyline at the north end of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.

The tour will end at the elevators to the Hancock Observatory located on the 94th floor, 1000 feet above street level.

Millennium Park — The design combines world-class architecture by Frank Gehry, Renzo Piano, and top local architects with monumental sculpture by Anish Kapoor and Jaume Plensa, and artistic gardens by Kathryn Gustafson and Piet Oudolf.

River Walk 4, the North Branch — The social history along the north branch is a colorful one and charts a change in attitude: the river as an undesirable industrial backyard to the river as a coveted residential front yard.

Sears Tower and its Next-Door Neighbor/Lunchtime Tour — The Sears Tower was the world's tallest building for 25 years, and it remains in some ways the culmination of the Modernist style. Directly south, 311 South Wacker is thoroughly Postmodern and was the world's tallest concrete building when completed in 1990 (today it has the curious distinction of being the world's tallest building without a name).

Seats of Power: City, County and State/Lunchtime Tour — Three levels of government chose three different styles of architecture, each reflective of its time.

Chicago City Tours —

Chicago's Neighborhoods: From Historic Bronzeville and Ukrainian Village to Hyde Park and Wicker Park.

Special Interest Tours: Including the following offerings — Art for The People: WPA Murals in The Chicago Public Schools; Polish Chicago

Cultural Historian's Choice Tours — Tim Samuelson, Cultural Historian for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, will give you his off-beat look at some of the cultural gems of the city.

TravelSmith — Women's and Men's Walking-On-Air Comfort Shoes

Amply cushioned, these superlight shoes provide total comfort over long days spent exploring on foot.

A rollbar and specially designed outsoles stabilize the foot and keep it from rolling. And these walkers don't just do your feet good:

Your purchase supports the Susan G. Komen Fund for Breast Cancer Research. By New Balance.

Women's: #4700 — $85; Men's: #4701 — $85

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Joyce Gold History Tours of New York

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Portland Walking Tours — explore the history, architecture, bridges, parks, fountains, artwork, and unique places in Portland - the "City of Roses".

Their most popular tour: "Best of Portland Walk" starts at 10:30am every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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Walk Philadelphia Guided Architectural Walking Tours — Philadelphia, more than any other American city, represents the history of architecture in the United States. Its more than 300–year heritage of buildings and structures includes examples of virtually every architectural style found throughout the nation.

Each season, May through December, rain or shine, fifty different tours are offered by their trained volunteer guides. No reservations are required. All tours last approximately 1-2 hours, ‘rain or shine.’

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The blurb caught my attention.

Here's what I discovered:

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If bug bites are a concern at home or for your upcoming travels, I encourage you to visit both ExOficio and Magellan's — you'll notice that styles for men, women and kids vary. ExOficio features the most extensive selection, including a convertible pant option for men, women and kids. (P.S. it's their new clothing line!)

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Paris Walking Tours — offer tidbits like, "...museums of Paris like the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay offer daily guided tours in English. And if you want to meet other English-speaking visitors, sign up for..."

The Ramblers Association — Updates on the latest local walking information in England, Wales and Scotland.

The Original London Walks — founded in the 1960's, is operated by an American literary historian, and his wife, a former actress and trapeze artist; both lead tours.

Itineraries include those linked to celebrities, like Oscar Wilde, the Beatles and Diana, Princess of Wales. A dozen, plus, are are offered on weekdays; weekends — a choice of 20.

Duration: about two hours each. No reservations are required; show up and give the guide the equivalent of $8 (about $6.50 for seniors and students).

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Electric-powered Segway Scooter Tours — get the details on a cool new alternative.

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