Karyn Wofford is a freelance writer in the fields of travel, eco-tourism, and wellness. She’s an avid traveler and Georgia native. She grew up with a passion for travel, exploring everything from the mountains to the ocean, and continues to find new and unique things to do in the places she travels.
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A sparkling bay, sloping hills, awe-inspiring architecture—the scenery alone is enough to draw one to San Francisco. But the city unravels like a ball of yarn, with each layer becoming more enriched and vibrant. Distinct neighborhoods that offer international flavors, silver screen featured sites, a variation of fun transportation methods and loads of history are infused into this beloved section of California. And just beyond is vast nature offering pure serenity. With such depth, it was a snap to come up with some amazing San Francisco tours.
When visiting San Francisco, there’s not a site more iconic to see than the Golden Gate Bridge. Aboard this relaxing cruise, you’ll have the chance to snap spectacular pictures of the city symbol, while marking off several other sites in the area, from Alcatraz to Angel Island State Park. Flexible tickets mean you can purchase in advance while hopping on any available boat at any time.
While aboard this classic old fashioned trolley, you’ll coast by the Civic Center, Alamo Square, and areas with views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Normally this would be beyond the boundaries of a San Francisco cable car, but this one is equipped with wheels! Enjoy the open-air experience and expert details of the city.
In just 30 minutes, bucket list items like Alcatraz and Sausalito can be checked off a site-seeing list, courtesy of an unforgettable helicopter flight. The experience is great for those looking for a little more “one on one” time with those views. And yes, this is a super cool way to see the ole Golden Gate.
Hit the roads of San Francisco in vintage style, in this Volkswagen van complete with lush eyelashes (you read that right). It’s a fun, carefree day traveling to the top destinations in the vicinity, including Chinatown, Union Square, Pacific Heights, North Beach, Haight-Ashbury, the Marina, Palace of Fine Arts, and absolutely, the Golden Gate Bridge.
San Francisco’s Chinatown will take guests seemingly oversees in a snap. The architecture, foods and produce vendors offer an exciting experience for all foodies. Embark on this culinary adventure through some of the tastiest establishments in this cultural nook, while trying unusual veggies and fruits, savory selections and sweets.
Explore the twinkling glory of San Francisco at night, when booking a tour on this double-decker, bright red bus, which departs for an hour and a half trips multiple times through the evening. Mark off top sites from your list while enjoying the gentle breezes and awesome views on the top level. Live commentary will keep passengers informed of the surroundings.
North Beach is another cultural neighborhood with an eclectic vibe. Foodies flock to Little Italy for a taste of rich espresso from a cafe, or warm pastries and breads. Everything from the atmosphere to the hospitality is truly warming in the area, which is a sought after destination for those who appreciate fine flavors and authentic preparation. Sandwiches, chocolates and cannolis are a few things included in the delicious adventure.
Fisherman’s Wharf and North Beach both have a craft brewery scene worth exploring. Not only will the guide take guests to three prominent stops for local brews, but they also allow you to dip your toes in a bit of history within these enriching areas as well—you’ll learn more than expected. Other perks include snacks and educational conversations about beer.
Digging into the nitty-gritty of a destination can be truly challenging when short on time or just unfamiliar, but locals are ready to take you on an epic native tour in a variety of neighborhoods. For example, they may whisk guests to less traversed portions of the Mission, or to gem restaurants in Little Italy.
Segways may not feel as cool as a motorcycle (or even a moped), but they sure are fun and convenient, especially when you’re already exhausted. Zip through Golden Gate Park, passing museums and Japanese tea gardens, along this two and a half-hour excursion. Guides will give pointers and short lessons on safely operating your Segway beforehand.
When seeing the hills and dramatic landscape of both nature and city for the first time, you’ll likely associate the scenery with a favorite film or television show. Not only does this tour travel by movie locations, but screens in the bus will also play scene clips associated with them. A guide will delve deeper into the history of cinema in stunning San Francisco.
What can we say? Food is a great way to explore a neighborhood because the flavors tell a story. The Mission has quite the diversity of eats, from their legendary burritos to killer seafood selections. Come hungry for this adventure, as you’ll be filing up on boozy creations, baked treats and entrees that define the district.