What should I see and do when I visit San Francisco?
San Francisco is both old and new, a blend of classic architecture and fresh energy, situated on a Pacific peninsula and filled with wonders to delight travelers of all sorts. The ‘City by the Bay’ is compact, yet contains many distinctive and vibrant areas within its central core. A San Francisco city tour will help orient you as well as show you a taste of many different districts. You’ll have a full day of sights and activities included, yet you’ll go away feeling ready to continue your explorations as to experience San Francisco is to want to experience it deeper.
How can I best enjoy San Francisco sightseeing?
A Taste of San Francisco & Beyond’s knowledgeable expert guides include history and cultural information to enhance your touring experience. Our focus on small groups makes you day both personable and relaxed, while distinguishing itself from other San Francisco City Tours. Our fleet of comfortable luxury vehicles enable us to be flexible in timing and to show you areas and make stops that the big buses can’t do. We are a boutique company with over a decade of experience and are deeply committed to excellence on all our San Francisco day trips. We also offer combination tours to locations such as Muir Woods or the wine regions, and we can customize day trips from San Francisco for special groups of any size. San Francisco sightseeing tours are offered morning or afternoon’ a 3.5 hour tour includes complimentary hotel pickup and dropoff.
Highlights of this San Francisco City Tour include:
- Palace of Fine Arts – one of the few surviving structures of 1915’s Panama Pacific Exposition, now hosts art exhibits and is a popular spot for weddings.
- Fisherman’s Wharf – still a working wharf, but also a great place to eat seafood or visit other attractions, such as Ripley’s Believe It or Not or the Aquarium by the Bay
- Financial District – a collection of the city’s tall buildings and corporate headquarters, including six Fortune 500 companies
- North Beach – a neighborhood created out of infill with a strong Italian and beatnik history
- The Presidio – a former military base turned over to public use as part of the National Park System in 1994
- Pier 39 – a quintessential San Francisco shopping destination
- Chinatown – the oldest Chinatown in North America and the largest Chinese community outside of Asia
- The Marina – a neighborhood created on the site of the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition
- Fort Point – a masonry seacoast fortification located at the southern side of the Golden Gate Bridge, affording excellent bay and bridge views
- Union Square – a centrally located public plaza surrounded by high end shopping and department stores as well as convenient cable car access
- Haight-Ashbury – the historical crossroads of hippie culture
- The Embarcadero – the frontage road along the bay, from the iconic Ferry Building to Fisherman’s Wharf
- Golden Gate Bridge – the most photographed bridge in the world, linking the peninsula to Marin County over the 1-mile wide Golden Gate strait
- Golden Gate Park – over 1,000 acres including a museum, botanical gardens, and bison herd
- Lombard Street – the world’s official crookedest street containing eight hairpin turns in one city block
- Twin Peaks (weather permitting) – the city’s highest points afford one of the best views in town
Don’t forget to book your tour today!