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Tourism on the Trot: Getting a Runner’s-Eye View

TELEGRAPH HILL in San Francisco wasn’t called Loma Alta — “High Hill” — for nothing. This thought occupied my mind on a recent afternoon as I ran up the Greenwich Steps, a crooked line of stairs climbing the eastern side of the hill, guided by Jim Vernon of American Running Guides, which is based in San Francisco.

The steep slope as it rises to Coit Tower is well documented in noir films like Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” (look out the window of James Stewart’s apartment after he rescues the sexy Kim Novak) and “The House on Telegraph Hill” (it’s where Valentina Cortese loses control of her car after her brake lines have been cut).

The usual city tours center on the history…

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