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San Francisco: Castro LGBTQ Walking Tour

1. San Francisco: Castro LGBTQ Walking Tour

Discover the rich diversity of the world's largest LGBTQ community, the Castro, on this award-winning tour. Join a local LGBTQ activist who will guide you through over 170 years of San Francisco's diverse culture and its historical impact. Visit the Pink Triangle Park and Memorial and more. On your educational, inspirational tour, hear about the life and times of Harvey Milk, the slain supervisor and LGBTQ Civil Rights leader who later created the foundation of LGBTQ culture in this San Francisco neighborhood. Find out where he lived, worked, and advocated for equality. See Castro's abundance of historical LGBTQ sites representing the past, present, and future of this evolving sexual and gender-diverse culture. Pause for reflection in Pink Triangle Park and Memorial, which remembers the thousands of homosexual men persecuted during WWII.Continue to the AIDS Memorial Quilt and Names Project, the GLBT Historical Society, the Rainbow Honor Walk — bronze sidewalk plaques honoring famous LGBTQs who have made an impact in world history — and many more sites besides.

San Francisco: Alcatraz Island and Guided City Tour

2. San Francisco: Alcatraz Island and Guided City Tour

Discover the notorious former prison of Alcatraz Island on a guided tour in San Francisco. Take a short tour of the city's beautiful waterfront, spend a few hours on the island, and enjoy a guided city tour of some of the city's famous neighborhoods during the afternoon. Following pickup, enjoy a 30-minute tour of San Francisco's waterfront where you will see notable landmarks such as Embarcadero, Levi’s Plaza, and Fisherman's Wharf. Enjoy a brief coffee break at the Ferry Building. Next, make your way to Pier 33 where you’ll board the ferry to start your Alcatraz Island tour. Listen to an audio presentation featuring recordings of inmates and guards that worked and inhabited the island. Explore "The Rock" where you will have time for a guided tour and some free time to explore.  Take one of the late-morning ferries to San Francisco so you can join for the afternoon portion of your day tour. Cruise along San Francisco’s waterfront and the Marina District, and then visit the Palace of Fine Arts. Explore the culturally rich neighborhoods of San Francisco. Learn about what made the Haight-Ashbury, Mission, and Castro districts what they are today and why they’re important to so many. After a slow drive through Nob Hill and Chinatown, visit the charming Italian neighborhood of North Beach. Finally, enjoy a trip across the Golden Gate Bridge and pause along the cliffs to admire the beautiful views of the “city by the bay”. Take in the spectacular beauty of Golden Gate Park before finishing your tour.

49 Mile GoCar Special - All Day For The Price Of 5 Hours

3. 49 Mile GoCar Special - All Day For The Price Of 5 Hours

Let a GPS-guided, talking GoCar be your guide during this exciting full-day tour of San Francisco. GoCar lets you experience the beauty of San Francisco and visit places tour buses cannot go – all at your own pace. Zip around in a cute, yellow, storytelling GoCar as it takes you on your own GPS-guided tour. The GoCar is easy and fun to drive and, since it's GPS-guided, it knows where you are – even if you don't. With you in the driver's seat, GoCar not only tells you where to turn, it tells stories that bring San Francisco to life. Follow the directions, or for those more adventurous, blaze your own trail. GoCar will show you the best of San Francisco from the urban parks to the golden beaches, Downtown and Chinatown. You take control of the pace and routes to create a memorable day on the streets of San Francisco. You'll see many of San Francisco's famous tourist destinations such as Pier 39, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Palace of Fine Arts. You'll be guided through some of San Francisco's most beloved neighborhoods, such as the Haight-Ashbury, the Mission, North Beach, and the Castro District. Explore at your own pace, stop for lunch along the way, and see almost all of the famous 49-mile drive past all the beaches, parks, and districts San Francisco has to offer. Let GoCar take you on the road less traveled today.

San Francisco, Sausalito and Muir Woods Small Group Tour

4. San Francisco, Sausalito and Muir Woods Small Group Tour

Take a small-group day trip by bus around San Francisco. See the Golden Gate Bridge, spend time at the Muir Woods National Monument, and enjoy lunch in picturesque Sausalito. Meet outside Fisherman’s Wharf at your chosen tour time. After a brief roll call, you’ll board the bus and travel to your first stop. Over the next 6 hours, you’ll be treated to stories about the neighborhoods, diversity, and geography of the area.  You will exit the bus at several stops for photo opportunities and exploration, enjoy lunch in Sausalito, and then spend over an hour in the beautiful Muir Woods National Monument. At the end of your amazing adventure, you’ll be dropped off at the same location where you boarded the bus.  Here are the places you will explore (photo stops noted by *): • Fisherman's Wharf - One of San Francisco's most popular destinations. From beautiful old shipyards to Boudin's Bakery and the smell of fresh clam chowder, Fisherman's Wharf has it all • Chinatown - Boasting the largest Chinatown in the United States, this 24-block mecca is bustling with energy, amazing food, and unique shops that give this area its charm • North Beach - Voted as one of the USA's ten great neighborhoods, North Beach is best known as the home of Little Italy. From delicious restaurants to authentic sidewalk cafes and bakeries, you will feel the charm of San Francisco as soon as you arrive • Pacific Heights* - Offering one of the most scenic outlooks in all of Northern California, Pacific Heights is home to Billionaire's Row, featuring the estates of politicians, tech titans, and other San Francisco celebrities  • Presidio - Former military base, now a beautiful park that includes Crissy Field, Fort Point, Lucasfilm's headquarters, and the Walt Disney Museum • Golden Gate Bridge - Declared "one of the 10 wonders of the modern world," the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most recognized symbols of San Francisco • Muir Woods* - Muir Woods National Monument is home to some of the oldest and most beautiful trees in the world. Many consider this stop to be the highlight of their trip. The National Monument entry fee is an additional expense to the paid on the day. • Fort Point* - Located just beneath the Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Point gives you a front-row seat to the Bay and is a great photo stop. This former military fortification was used during WWII • Sausalito* - Located just across the Golden Gate Bridge, this artistic enclave has the setting and beauty of a European Mediterranean town. Enjoy your lunch on the San Francisco Bay

San Francisco: Private 2-Hour Tuk Tuk City Tour

5. San Francisco: Private 2-Hour Tuk Tuk City Tour

See the San Francisco sights you want to see and see them at a pace that suits your group with a private tuk-tuk tour. Your friends and family can cover more ground in an eco-friendly Tuk Tuk than they ever could on foot. Climb San Francisco’s tallest hills in this small but mighty vehicle. Marvel at the sparkling San Francisco Bay and city skyline, and enjoy the sights and smells of Fisherman’s Wharf. Your experienced, entertaining tour guide narrates your 2-hour excursion, stopping often for Instagram-worthy photos! Meet your tour guide in Fisherman’s Wharf. Private tours are perfect for 5 riders per Tuk Tuk (6 guests are ok with a group that includes children and adults). Larger groups can rent multiple Tuk Tuks to cruise around together. Tour highlights may include: Fisherman's Wharf, Dungeness crab stands, and picturesque fishing harbors, The Palace of Fine Arts, Fort Point located underneath the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park (De Young, Academy of Sciences, Conservatory of Flowers), Haight Ashbury, The Castro and the Castro Theatre (optional stop), Mission Dolores Park and street murals (optional stop), Alamo Square and the Painted Ladies, City Hall, Davies Symphony Hall, War Memorial Opera House, Asian Art Museum, Union Square, Dragon’s Gate in Chinatown, and Lombard Street - the most crooked street (traffic permitting)

Streets of San Francisco Electric Bike Tour

6. Streets of San Francisco Electric Bike Tour

Enjoy a half-day electric bike tour around the back alleys of San Francisco, exploring North Beach’s Little Italy district up-close. Get panoramic views of the iconic Transamerica Pyramid building, and much more. The flat route takes in the Barbary Coast and San Francisco’s historic supper clubs. Find out how the neighborhoods have transformed from scandalous to sparkling. Cycle around the Giants’ Oracle Ball Park, and into the culturally rich Mission, Castro, and Haight Ashbury neighborhoods. Look at the ever-changing street art scene, and see the locals who rule each area to make their communities unique. Go to Nopa, and take in the charming Painted Ladies of Alamo Square, before visiting the Civic Center. Pedal to Polk Gulch, San Francisco’s original gay neighborhood. Finish your tour with at look at Aquatic Park, before cycling to Fisherman’s Wharf.

San Francisco: Alcatraz Entry Ticket and E-Bike Street Tour

7. San Francisco: Alcatraz Entry Ticket and E-Bike Street Tour

Immerse yourself in the vibrant streets of San Francisco on a guided e-bike tour on the first day and on the second day travel by ferry to the island of Alcatraz. Discover the island's dark secrets with an audio tour. Uncover the best of the city on this 2-day tour.  Meet your guide and get set up with your e-bike, lock, and helmet. Store your things away in the handlebar bag and rear gear rack. Peddle through the back alleys of North Beach’s Little Italy and have up-close views of the iconic Transamerica Pyramid Building.  See the Barbary Coast and San Francisco’s historic supper clubs. Find out how the neighborhoods have transformed from scandalous to sparkling. Ride around the Giants’ Oracle ball park and into the culturally rich Mission, Castro, and Haight Ashbury neighborhoods View the ever-changing street art and the locals make each community unique. Cruise to Nopa and take in the charming Painted Ladies of Alamo Square before visiting the Civic Center. Ride through Polk Gulch and finish your tour at Fisherman’s Wharf. Cross San Francisco Bay on a journey to the notorious Alcatraz Prison by ferry. This world-famous prison served as a federal penitentiary from 1934 to 1963 and housed infamous criminals like Al Capone and Robert Stroud, the Birdman.  Take the award-winning audio tour and hear the tales of those who lived in Alcatraz. This tour brings history alive through the recounting of tales from correctional officers and prisoners.

San Francisco: City Tour with Alcatraz Entry Ticket

8. San Francisco: City Tour with Alcatraz Entry Ticket

Get a comprehensive look at San Francisco and learn a bit of city history along the way. This 4-hour sightseeing tour travels by smaller bus/van through multiple neighborhoods, many with outstanding views. Your guide sheds light on Lombard Street, Haight-Ashbury, Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, North Beach, and more. Also, you don't need to waste your time in line to buy tickets to one of the most frequently visited attractions in San Francisco- Alcatraz Island and the federal prison there. After doing the city tour, our driver/guide will bring you to Pier 33, Alcatraz landing.

San Francisco: Sightseeing Day Pass for 30+ Attractions

9. San Francisco: Sightseeing Day Pass for 30+ Attractions

This day pass has over 30 destinations, museums, and tours to choose from, including some of the most popular attractions all over San Francisco. With the option to select 1, 2, 3, or 5 days, you can enjoy the attractions that interest you most with no fixed start date. With the sightseeing pass, take advantage of included admission to attractions, saving you up to 50% of total visitation costs all over the Golden Gate City. Get to know the unique neighborhoods of San Francisco on the hop-on hop-off bus. Wind your way down the iconic Lombard Street in historic Russian Hill, home of the landmark Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory, then head south through picturesque Nob Hill for a look at lux mansions and gothic cathedrals. Cruise through Chinatown, the oldest and largest Asian center in North America. Nearby, check out the boutique shops and contemporary art galleries surrounding Union Square, or the striking skyscrapers of the Financial District. Pass the colorful "Painted Ladies," the famous Victorian houses bordering Alamo Square Park, then wander through laidback Lower-Haight towards the revolutionary Haight-Ashbury, capital of the 1960s hippie counterculture. To the south, the renowned "the Castro District," the LGBTQ+ mecca in San Francisco, is awash in culture, cuisine, and nightlife. Its neighbor, the trendy Latino-influenced Mission District is a booming center for hipster bars, gourmet restaurants, and music venues. Attractions: • 7D Experience: Combo 7D and Flyer • Oracle Park Tour • Aquarium of the Bay • Escape Game San Francisco • Madame Tussauds San Francisco • Magowan's Infinite Mirror Maze • Ripley's Marvelous Mirror Maze • Asian Art Museum • USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space MuseumMUNI: 1-day visitor pass Tours: • Big Bus 1-day hop-on hop-off bus tour • Hornblower Ferry Cruises: Sacramento Alive After Five Cruise, Sacramento Historical River Cruise, Sacramento Rock the Yacht Cruise, or San Francisco Alive After Five Cruise • Scavenger Hunts San Francisco • Sausalito Bike Rentals & Tours • Wild SF Walking Tours: Haunted SF: The City After Dark • Bay City Bike: Golden Gate Park guided bike tour or comfort full-day bike rental  • GoCar: 1-hour tour • Parkwide bike rentals Complete list of attractions can be found on the following link: https://www.sightseeingpass.com/en/san-francisco/day-pass/attraction-list/ota

San Francisco: City Tour with Alcatraz Visit

10. San Francisco: City Tour with Alcatraz Visit

Enjoy having an itinerary that is open with no two tours being exactly the same, but with standard stops at classic landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks. Leave big buses behind and explore places like street-art alleys in Mission, mosaic stairways in Sunset, the laid-back vibe of Presidio, the Beaux-Arts City Hall, or the famous “Painted Ladies” at Alamo Square. Stop at a local market to have a nice lunch and do some people watching. End the tour at the Alcatraz ferry landing. Take your ferry tickets to "the Rock" and explore the island at your leisure before returning by ferry to the city.

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4.6 / 5

based on 377 reviews

Fantastic tour 4hours covering all the must see San Francisco highlights. Eric the guide/driver is extremely knowledgeable and will even help cover other sights you wish. Lunch is a great spot for quality food.. your dropped off at Alcatraz Dock to end tour a great day out..well worth the cost we couldn't find anything else that matched this tour.

Kathy was a fantastic guide with clear firsthand experience of the history of the Castro. She was open and genuine about her experiences and always related the history of the Castro to current day events and the struggles still affecting the LGBTQ+ community. Really fantastic, informative and thought provoking tour.

The guide (Patrick) was very entertaining and showed us a lot of great things. I found the tour really worthwhile!

Our Guide Captain Roger was very good at explaining all parts of the city and very entertaining.

Wonderful tour. Saw so much in a few hours. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable, and fun.