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Join Tower Tours on a variety of exciting half-day and full-day sightseeing excursions aboard our newest fleet of comfortable and luxurious motor coaches. We offer trips to California’s redwoods, the Napa and Sonoma Wine Country, down California scenic coastline to Monterey & Carmel, and much more!

Tower Tours offers an extensive menu of services from bus tours to attraction packages to help you create the ultimate sightseeing experience in San Francisco.

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Walking Tour of San Francisco with Ferry Cruise & Sausalito experiences

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35+ Attraction, Downhill Walking Tour Itinerary:

  • Start at: The Ferry Building (Meet outside)
  • Grace Cathedral
  • Fairmont Historic Hotel
  • Cable Car Barn Museum & Powerhouse (Tour inside)
  • 1906 Earthquake Exhibition
  • Chinatown (Full guided walk)
  • Fortune Cookie Factory
  • Transamerica Pyramid
  • Ferry Building (Tour inside)
  • Ferry Cruise to Sausalito (Walking tour customers)
  • Sausalito (Time for exploring, Lunch)
  • Ferry Cruise Back to San Francisco (25 minutes)
  • Tour Ends at: The Ferry Building

Tour Benefits:

  • Experienced, Knowledgeable Tour Guide.
  • Only Downhill walks. No Uphill.
  • Golden Gate Bridge included (see from Ferry Cruise).
  • Ferry Cruise to/from Sausalito.
  • See Alcatraz close up from Ferry Cruise.
  • Visit Sausalito (small Mediterranean town with great SF views).
  • Ferry Cruise offers outside and inside seating.
  • Ride the famous Cable Car (fee not included).

Customers of this Tour Like/Want:

  • More outdoor experiences.
  • Unique, creative tour stops.
  • Ferry / Bay Cruise.
  • To avoid the crowds.
  • Freedom of a walking tour.
  • No uphill walking.

Ferry Cruise to/from Sausalito included in itinerary:

Take a 25-minute ferry cruise from The San Francisco Ferry Building to and from Sausalito on this tour. The sausalito ferry goes right by Alcatraz and the boat often slows down so you can get great views of Alcatraz Island. You will also get water views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Timing & Pricing

  • Start Time: Daily at 9am
  • Tour Duration: 5 hours
  • Start location: The Ferry Building (Meet out in front)
  • Available: 7 days a week
  • Tour Type: Downhill walking Tour of San Francisco with Ferry Cruise & Sausalito experiences

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Muir Woods Tours

Muir woods tour.

This Muir Woods Tour is the only Redwood Tour that uses a Separate Tour Guide from Driver and stays longest in Muir Woods (90 minutes). This tour is also unique in that it goes to Marin Headlands (see below) to see the most majestic views of the Golden Gate Bridge (a very rare stop). You will also go to Sausalito, Muir Beach Overlook and a 25-minute Ferry/Bay Cruise. More tour details »

  • Start at : The Ferry Building
  • Muir Woods National Park (90 minutes)
  • Sausalito (approximately 1 hour)
  • Ferry/Bay Cruise (25 minutes)
  • End at : The Ferry Building

Tour Benefits

  • Includes Muir Woods Entry Ticket!
  • Separate Tour Guide from Bus Driver. This benefit is crucial for a Muir Woods Tour – where guiding is prohibited in the park. Our Tour Guide will get to offer you face-to-face interaction so you can ask all of the questions before and after our stop in Muir Woods. This is better than looking at the back of your bus driver’s head on other tours.
  • More Tour Stops are offered on this Muir Woods tour than any other comparable tour. It’s not just a Muir Woods tour! We also stop at Sausalito and include a ferry cruise.
  • Ferry/Bay Cruise. Includes Ferry Cruise ticket costs! Get back from Muir Woods to San Francisco with a Ferry/Bay Cruise that goes right by Alcatraz Island (stones throw away). We are only tour operator that includes this ferry cruise in the itinerary!

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Alcatraz Tours

Alcatraz Penitentiary was truly "The Rock," where America sent the worst of the worst criminals from 1934-1966.

Public enemies like Scarface Al Capone, Machine Gun Kelly, Creepy Karpis, and the Birdman (Robert Stroud) all learned this first hand. People on the outside have always been fascinated with Alcatraz. Visitors peered at Alcatraz through telescopes when the prisoners were there, and ever since it was opened to tours, thousands of visitors have come every year.

San Francisco Comprehensive Shuttle Tours can get Alcatraz Tickets sometimes even at last minute, and we can arrange these for guests who buy our 5 our Premium City Tour (9am).

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Morning Combo Tour

  • Start at : Alcatraz Landing (Arrive at 8:30am) Pier 33
  • 9am Sailing to Alcatraz
  • Alcatraz (2+ Hours)
  • Walk or F-line Train from Pier 33 to Ferry Building
  • Board Shuttle Bus at 2pm
  • Fisherman's Wharf
  • Nob Hill (Guided Walk)
  • Cable Car Museum
  • Lombard Street (Guided Downhill Walk)
  • Golden Gate Bridge (20 minute stop)
  • Palace of Fine Arts
  • Tour ends at Ferry Building or Fisherman's Wharf

Afternoon Combo Tour

  • Start from: The Ferry Building (9am)
  • Sausalito (time for lunch, shopping and exploring)
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Chinatown (Guided Walk)
  • Ferry/Bay Cruise Included
  • Walk or F-line Train to Pier 33
  • Alcatraz Ferry from Pier 33 - departs at: 3:20pm or 3:50pm (tickets included in price)
  • Alcatraz (2 hours)

* This tour has a 25-minute Ferry/Bay Cruise

  • Award winning audio tour of the Alcatraz cell house, featuring interviews with former guards and former prisoners
  • Possibility of meeting an actual Alcatraz guard or ex-prisoner, who are often on the island to talk to visitors
  • Learn about the 1962 escape that was featured in the movie Escape from Alcatraz. Decide for yourself if they really made it or not!
  • Man-eating sharks? Dungeons? Executions? Learn for yourself what was real and what is only legend
  • Step inside an actual Alcatraz prison cell to have your photograph taken, including their famous "Hole", which was reserved only for the very worst criminals
  • Incredible views of San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge from Alcatraz Island
  • Beautiful gardens that were planted by prisoners and are now being restored by volunteers
  • Large colonies of nesting seabirds such as gulls, cormorants, and night herons

Available Alcatraz Tours and Combo Tours

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Yosemite by Motorcoach Tour

See yosemite in 1 day by motorcoach.

Safest Yosemite Tour Around. More Free Time in Yosemite. Expert Separate Tour Guide (not a bus driver guide). Lowest Cost Tour. Comfortable Bus. Sightseeing Stops in Valley Floor. More Free Time in Yosemite!

13.5 Hours Tour Itinerary

  • Start at: The Ferry Building (San Francisco 7:00am)
  • Bus Ride to Yosemite (2 Hours)
  • Break for Breakfast (cost not included)
  • Bus Ride to Yosemite (1.5 Hours)
  • Arrive Yosemite National Park
  • See: Half Dome
  • Bridal Veil Falls
  • Sentinel Bridge
  • Tunnel View
  • Yosemite Falls
  • Free Time in Valley Floor (2 Hours )
  • Bus Ride Back (4 Hours)
  • DROP OFF AT: San Francisco Area Hotels*: (10:30pm ) — Fisherman's Wharf – Financial District – Union Square

* If they prefer, customers can also be dropped off at a Taxi stand to get to their hotel.

Safest Yosemite Tour Around

Our Driver does not drive more than 7 hours per day compared to other companies work their drivers 12 to 14 hours and require naps.

You will have one Driver the way up to Yosemite Valley and then a new, well-rested driver, who stayed-over the night before, will be your driver on the way home.

Other Tour Benefits

  • More Free Time in Yosemite.
  • Expert Separate Tour Guide (not a bus driver guide).
  • Lowest Cost Tour. No need for Driver and Guide OT. We pass savings to you.
  • Comfortable Bus.
  • No Third Party Tour Company! Many Tour operators are running the same itinerary and passing you off to a brand you didn't book with.

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Tour Details

  • 16 Potential Tour Stops
  • See the Entire City in a full day
  • Get off the shuttle at any of 16 stops, catch the next shuttle
  • We use 16 Passenger Sprinters, 30 Passenger Shuttles - - much smaller, more intimate than 70 passenger Huge Hopper Buses in SF
  • Our 16 Passenger Sprinters are really small; our 30 Passenger Shuttles are decked out with wood-flooring and phone charging stations
  • Temperature Controlled inside (Winter or Summer benefits)
  • You can actually hear the PA announcer (Tour Guide) on this tour (big benefit)

Available Yosemite Tours

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Robert Mondavi Tour

Napa experience tour w/ robert mondavi winery.

Only the Wine Country Tour Shuttle visits the great Robert Mondavi winery for guests traveling from San Francisco. Just like the Wine Country Tour Shuttles regular tour, this tour boasts: Ferry/Bay Cruise, 4 winery stops and a picnic lunch in Napa Valley. The difference with this tour is that Robert Mondavi winery is a guaranteed stop.

  • Shuttle to Napa Valley  (over the Golden Gate Bridge)
  • Domain Chandon Winery - Napa Valley
  • Bouchon Pastry & Coffee Shop
  • Robert Mondavi Winery - Napa Valley
  • V. Sattui Winery - Winery of the year
  • Picnic Lunch in Napa Valley
  • St. Clair Brown Brewery & Winery w/ Winery Tour
  • Break at OxBow Market
  • Ferry/Bay Cruise to San Francisco
  • Ends at : The Ferry Building

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Available Tours

Napa Tour from San Francisco with Premium Wineries and Flexible Itinerary

Combo Tour of Napa and Sonoma

Premium Napa Tours from Napa Valley

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Private Tours

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You actually save money (in most cases) with a San Francisco Private Tour. Medium to larger sized groups actually enjoy the benefits of a lower price per person for tours of all types when they come in larger numbers.

Further, with private tours of San Francisco you really do get first class treatment ranging from 1) A before tour discussion with your tour guide is customary 2) San Francisco hotel pickup and drop-off 3) change the itinerary anyway you wish 4) Include lunch in the overall price of the tour. Basically, whatever you want is our command with a private tour.

Tour Highlights

Choose your own tour times, Change the itinerary!, Free San Francisco Hotel Pickup and Drop-off, Free Refreshments (bottled-water), Bathrooms on board available upon request for buses, Separate Tour Guide from Driver.

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Available Private Tours an Combo Tours

Private San Francisco City Tour

Private Alcatraz Island Tickets

Private Muir Woods Tour

Private Napa Valley Wine Country Tour

Private Monetery / Carmel Tours

Must See & Do in San Francisco

Take the san francisco city tour.

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Look for SF city tours that offer more stops and visit more than the most known landmarks in San Francisco. We recommend the SF Premium City Tour with Ferry!

Visit the Wine Country - Don't drive your first time!

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We don't recommend drinking and driving thus, we don't recommend renting a car to go to Napa or Sonoma. Go on a bus tour from San Francisco that visits great wineries and has lots of variety during the tour.

Don't Miss The Redwoods - Go to Muir Woods!

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So many people come to San Francisco and fail to visit the Giant California Sequioa Coastal Redwoods at Muir Woods National Park. We highly recommend this even over Alcatraz Island. Find a bus tour that uses smaller shuttles and visits other surrounding areas in Marin along with Muir Woods.

Go to Yosemite by Train instead of Car or Bus

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The Yosemite Park Train Tour from San Francisco or Sacramento rocks! It's the coolest way to get to Yosemite. We highly consider you investigate the train tour versus a regular old bus tour to Yosemite.

Buy your Alcatraz Tickets Early

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You need to book all Alcatraz tour combos at least 2 weeks in advance. Alcatraz tickets need to be sold as a tour combo. Be weary of anyone selling tickets solely and not combined.

Best San Francisco Tours

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Check out our list of the best San Francisco tours that all offer a unique and fun way to see all of San Francisco in a day!

There are over 300 different companies offering various selections of San Francisco tours. You’ll find a variety of bus tours, bike tours, tours to Yosemite from San Francisco and more. But there are only a handful that provide a truly “All In One Day” tour like Dylan’s minibus tours of San Francisco .

This is our list of the best tours in and around San Francisco:

  • San Francisco City Tours
  • Tours to Muir Woods National Monument of Redwoods
  • Tours to Alcatraz Island
  • Tours of Golden Gate Bridge & Golden Gate Park
  • Tours to Yosemite from San Francisco
  • Tours to Wine Country from San Francisco

So, how do you choose the best San Francisco tour with so many options?

Based on our experience it comes down to seeing the best parts of San Francisco in a single day. That is why we created the top rated tour —  our Famous San Francisco to Muir Woods Tour .

If you’re looking for the top San Francisco tour options, we’ve got you covered with this list! We think each of these adventures provides excellent insight into the city and surrounding sites.

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Tours of San Francisco AND Muir Woods

On the San Francisco to Muir Woods tour , you’ll explore the most iconic city sites such as Fisherman’s Wharf, North Beach, Palace of Fine Arts, and of course, the Golden Gate Bridge.

You’ll also travel to some of the lesser-known destinations throughout the city. From the Presidio, the former military base which is now a gorgeous park and home to Chrissy Field, George Lucas’ Lucasfilm headquarters, and the Walt Disney Museum, the mansions on Billionaires Row and the charming coastal town of Sausalito (available only on the 8:00 AM tour). Along the way, you’ll be treated to stories about the neighborhoods, diversity, and geography of the Bay Area.

After touring the city, you’ll be transported to Muir Woods just outside of the city to hike among the magnificent redwoods. You’ll have over an hour to hike the trails, listen to a Ranger Talk, or wander through the gift shop. There’s a lot to see and do in Muir Woods, so make sure to read our blog on Everything You Need to Know Before Visiting Muir Woods in preparing for your visit to the national monument.

This San Francisco tour and visit to Muir Woods is a great way to see all of San Francisco in a day! You’ll also be sure to get some amazing recommendations for restaurants and other things to do in San Francisco during your visit to the Bay Area.

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Explore San Francisco, Muir Woods and Alcatraz Island

Dylan’s is the only Bay Area tour company offering San Francisco, Muir Woods, and Alcatraz in one day! If you want to experience some more action-packed excursions from San Francisco, this is the best tour for you.

Visit famous sites in San Francisco, along the way learn all about the city’s history and culture. There will be plenty of opportunities to hop on and hop off the bus, take photos, and even wander around a bit. Head out of the city to Muir Woods to hike among the redwoods. Enjoy lunch, explore Pier 39’s shops and San Francisco’s infamous sea lions.  

You’ll be dropped you off at Pier 33, the Alcatraz departure point. Dylan’s takes care of Alcatraz reservations ahead of time, so you can board the ferry for the Official Alcatraz Day Tour of the island with no hassles or waiting in line. 

During your tour of Alcatraz you’ll be able to wander the notorious penitentiary grounds, listen to the famous audio tour and take in the history of the island. For Everything You Need to Know Before Visiting Alcatraz read our blog and prepare yourself for what to expect.

While this full day city tour with Muir Woods and Alcatraz makes for a long day, it’s the only one of the many San Francisco tours that offer both of these national park sites in one day. So, if you want to do some major city sightseeing in the US, this is a great option.

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Bike the Golden Gate Bridge

There might be a lot of tour companies offering San Francisco bike rentals to ride across the Golden Gate Bridge. Still, there’s only one San Francisco tour company which allows you to enjoy Sausalito, Muir Woods, and riding the Golden Gate Bridge all in one day!

Our Bike the Bridge and Shuttle to Muir Woods is the only combo tour of its kind: explore San Francisco’s top landmarks, walk among the Giant Redwoods of Muir Woods National Monument, enjoy a break for lunch in the charming coastal town of Sausalito, and enjoy an e-bike rental to bike the Golden Gate Bridge and explore the city.

Cruise the Golden Gate Bridge on an e-bike and experience the breathtaking views of San Francisco’s skyline from the other side. While cruising through the city, be sure to hop off your bike as often as you want to take photos of the Marina, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Palace of Fine Arts, and the Golden Gate Bridge. 

If a Ride to the Woods isn’t your ideal tour itinerary, check out Ride the City . This San Francisco bike tour includes a guided loop through the city to the top sites and lunch in the colorful Haight-Ashbury neighborhood.

With the e-bikes, you’ll effortlessly climb San Francisco’s hills as you learn the fascinating history of Fisherman’s Wharf and enjoy stunning views of the Bay as you approach the Golden Gate Bridge. You’ll bike through the peninsula’s most iconic neighborhoods, see the National Historic Monument of Aquatic Park, and explore such scenic locations as the Roman and Greek inspired Palace of Fine Arts.

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Visiting Yosemite National Park from San Francisco

If you didn’t think that you could see Yosemite from San Francisco in one day , let us prove you wrong!

Yosemite is known for world-renowned views of towering mountains, flourishing animal life, and awe-inspiring natural phenomena everywhere you look. Just a few short hours out of San Francisco, it is possible to visit Yosemite from San Francisco in a single day!

This is the perfect San Francisco tour for adventurers who want to check this national park tour off their bucket lists. During this full-day experience, you can hike to the Giant Sequoias (conditions permitting), take in stunning views of Half-Dome, El Capitan, and Yosemite Falls, and still have time to explore the valley floor. All while making it back to your San Francisco beds that night!

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Visiting Wine Country from San Francisco

This one is for the wine enthusiasts out there!

With famous Napa and Sonoma wineries a short shuttle away from the city, experiencing the wine country is a must-do for any wine lovers visiting San Francisco.

Some popular wineries you might tour in wine country include Peter Cellars , Nicholson Ranch , and Starmont Winery & Vineyards . If you’re visiting in late summer or early fall, you’ll be greeted by lush, beautiful views of full vines and bursting grapes ready for harvest. At some of the wineries, you may be treated to a detailed description of the winemaking process.

Planning Your San Francisco Trip

Best time to visit san francisco.

Believe it or not, the best time to visit San Francisco is from September to November. The temperature in the city is best during the fall and the crowds are a lot less than in the summer. Summer is the peak of tourism for San Francisco, tourists hope for beautiful weather and a lot of sun, but this can be very disappointing. During summer, the average temperature is usually not higher than 60℉, and there is a lot of chilly fog accompanied by sea winds, which makes the summer not the best time to be in the city. The room rates also rise in summer since it is peak season, so be sure to book your hotel reservations months in advance if you want to visit the city during summertime. 

During spring, San Francisco has mild temperatures and a lack of rain which makes it a good season to travel to the Bay Area. San Francisco is famous because of its fluctuating climate so be sure to bring layers in case the weather changes quickly. In winter, we also recommend bringing a lot of layers since it can feel frigid. 

What To Bring

As mentioned before it is very important to pack a lot of layers when visiting San Francisco. The temperatures in the city can change very quickly, and every neighborhood has its own climate some days. These are called microclimates — yes, these are REAL.

If you are planning on doing a few hikes during your trip make sure to bring the right clothes and equipment. Prepare yourself by reading blogs about hiking to make sure you know what to expect. 

San Francisco Neighborhoods To Visit

San Francisco has a lot of different and unique neighborhoods. This makes it a bit hard to find out what the best places are to visit when you only have a short amount of time in the city. We created a top 10 of our most favorite neighborhoods to make it easier for you to choose!

On the Dylan’s Famous Tour with Muir Woods you will visit the majority of these neighborhoods. 

Fisherman’s Wharf

This is probably the most crowded and touristy area of San Francisco. The famous Pier 39 is located in Fisherman’s Wharf as well as most of the major hotels and souvenir shops. Definitely a must-see!

Chinatown attracts more visitors a year than the Golden Gate Bridge, it is a unique neighborhood which is definitely one of our favorite places in the city!

North Beach 

This is where our bike shop is located. 🙂 Make sure to walk around Little Italy and to eat at one of the great restaurants. 

Telegraph Hill

Telegraph Hill is located between Fisherman’s Wharf and North Beach. Make sure to visit Coit Tower for an incredible view of the city and the Bay.

Lombard Street

The famously twisting Lombard Street is a must-see when visiting San Francisco. Enjoy going down the eight hairpin turns on a unique ride of the city’s ‘crookedest street.’

The Mission

This neighborhood is famous for its colorful murals. The Mission is home to a lot of great restaurants, and on a sunny day you can hang out in Dolores park where you can enjoy a view of the city. 

The Castro 

This is San Francisco’s vibrant gay neighborhood, you can wander through the streets while enjoying the rainbow-flag clad streets. A big movie fan? Make sure to stop at the beautiful Castro Theater to catch a movie!


The “Summer of Love” took place in this vibrant and unique neighborhood. You can stroll through the street and discover the funky shops and little stores. Your trip to haight street is not complete without a stop at Amoeba Music. 

Pacific Heights 

Visit this neighborhood to spot the most expensive houses, Victorian homes, and impressive views in the city. This is also considered by many to have the best weather in the city thanks to the microclimates!

Financial District

The Financial District is known for the prominent skyscrapers, but there is a lot more to do. Discover the Ferry Building, City Hall and Union Square, all of it is easy to do in only one day!

The Presidio

Presidio is great for hikes, and if you rent a bike , you can bike all the way to the Golden Gate bridge through this big park. Traveling with kids? Pay a visit to the Disney Family Museum in the old barracks. 

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San Francisco City Tour - The Best Sightseeing Tour in San Francisco

9:00am (Spring/Summer), 2:00pm (Fall/Winter) | 3.5 Hours | Daily

A wonderful experience for first-time visitors to San Francisco, start your tour excursion at the world-famous Fisherman’s Wharf district of San Francisco.

San Francisco boasts as one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. Both trendy and historic within our 7 by 7 square miles, be prepared to experience the City’s colorful mosaic of picturesque neighborhoods, where you can be immersed with the beauty of those legendary postcard images recognizable throughout the world.

Continuing on, hold on tight as you journey up of the most famous hills that San Francisco rests atop which offer stunning city views. We invite you to allow our knowledgeable tour guides to escort you through a tale of charm and history of San Francisco as they sharing their own local stories and personal experiences.

View such valuable treasures as: Chinatown, Union Square, Cliff House/Ocean Beach, Fisherman’s Wharf.

Our Experienced tour guides will provide photo opportunities some of the most famous San Francisco sights like:

Civic Center / City Hall

Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Bridge

Twin Peaks (Weather Permitting)

*You will be allowed up to 20 minutes at each of the photo stops listed above.

  • Adult (12+)  – $59.00
  • Child (3-11) – $33.00

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But don’t just take my word for it – come on a tour with me and see for yourself. I’ll take you to all the best spots in the city, from the iconic Golden Gate Bridge to the hidden alleyways of Chinatown. And I’ll regale you with tales of San Francisco’s rich history and culture, guaranteed to make you laugh and maybe even shed a tear. Trust me, you won’t find a more fun or informative tour anywhere else.

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Join us for a narrated and scenic around San Francisco and then across the Golden Gate Bridge to explore the wonder of Giant Coastal Redwoods…


Professional guide, wine tasting, comfortable vehicles, hotel pickup, small groups, free booking cancellation.

We are a boutique tour company specializing in small group tours for a more personal and enjoyable experience. Our comfortable luxury vehicles allow us to show you parts of San Francisco that larger tour companies cannot. We visit smaller more intimate boutique wineries in the Wine Country. Our friendly and knowledgeable guides will entertain you on our daily scheduled tours or private custom tours.

Foreign language tours avaailable with advance notice (Spanish, French, Italian, Russian).

We feature pick-up and drop-off at Downtown San Francisco hotels for your convenience. We look forward to showing you the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area and Beyond.

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Whether by air, by bike, by boat, by bus or even by vintage Volkswagen, there are so many different ways to take in the beauty of San Francisco and experience its top attractions . To help you decide which method is right for you, U.S. News compiled the city's top tours, considering traveler sentiment and expert opinion. Foodies, history buffs, adventurers and everyone in between will find a tour on this list.

Editor's Pick: Dylan's Tours – Dylan's Famous Tour with Muir Woods

Price: Adults from $99; kids from $79 Duration: 5 hours

U.S. News independently paid to send Lili Weigert , an arts and travel writer based in Marin County, on this tour to provide readers with an unbiased, first-hand perspective of what to expect. Dylan’s Famous Tour With Muir Woods was selected by our team as an Editor’s Pick thanks to its popularity and favorable user reviews.

This half-day minibus excursion takes you from Fisherman's Wharf to Muir Woods and back, and includes a lively tour of some of San Francisco's most iconic neighborhoods and landmarks. Throughout the ride, our guide – a passionate San Francisco native – shared fun and surprising facts and pointed out interesting sights as we wound through North Beach , Pacific Heights, Chinatown and Alamo Square. After a dramatic photo-op at Fort Point (the waves can make a big spray!), we crossed the Golden Gate Bridge and drove to Muir Woods, where we spent almost 90 minutes strolling through the trees. After a lunch break in the town of Sausalito, we headed back over the bridge, making a quick stop to admire the Palace of Fine Arts before ending back at Fisherman's Wharf.

Tours operate daily at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Know that if you choose the 8 or 10 a.m. departure, you'll have a slightly higher fee because of the extra stop in Sausalito (the 8 a.m. tour) or the Ferry Building Marketplace (the 10 a.m. tour). Dylan's Tours offers a variety of minibus tours, including a foodie tour and a daylong Sonoma and Napa wine tour.

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Why we love it:

  • Our guide kept us entertained with fascinating historical anecdotes about the Bay Area; he even used visual aids and played music to bring the stories to life.
  • In Muir Woods, our guide explained the different paths we could explore, then left us on our own so everyone could go at their own pace and as far as they wanted.
  • The organization and timing of the entire tour was flawless – there were plenty of stops for photo-ops and our guide was very clear and respectful of everyone's questions and needs. He even had water and energy bars for us.
  • Sausalito is a lovely spot for lunch and there’s enough time for a snack and stroll through town or a waterfront meal at The Spinnaker – just ask for your check when you order!

– Lili Weigert 

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Red and White Fleet – Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise

Price: Adults from $48; kids from $36 Duration: 1.5 hours

Take in San Francisco's two most famous bridges on this boat trip through San Francisco Bay. In addition to sailing beneath both the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge, tourgoers will see Alcatraz Island, Palace of Fine Arts and the city skyline, among other landmarks. Red and White Fleet provides an audio guide available in 16 different languages that details the city's history. Reviewers say this is a must-do if you're a first-time visitor and that they enjoy the views, the helpful commentary, and the clean and comfortable boats. They recommend wearing layers – especially on evening tours – because it gets chilly on the water.

Tours run daily, year-round. You can hop on a boat in the morning and the afternoon, but exact times vary by day and time of year. Cruises depart from Fisherman's Wharf. Short on time? Red and White Fleet also offers an hourlong Golden Gate Bay Cruise, among other tours.

Vantigo – San Francisco City Tours

Price: Adults from $95; kids from $65 Duration: 3 hours

Instead of a traditional tour bus, Vantigo transports up to seven passengers in a vintage Volkswagen van to see all the city has to offer. The tour highlights 15 points of interest, with plenty of opportunities for photos and views of Haight-Ashbury, North Beach, Twin Peaks and more. Reviewers love the Volkswagen, which they say is roomy, comfortable and unique, and describe the guides as fun, informative and personable.

Tours are generally available Thursday through Monday once or twice daily. You can board at either Fisherman's Wharf or Union Square . Combo tours to Alcatraz are also available, as are brewery tours.

Secret Food Tours – San Francisco Mission District Food Tour

Price: Adults from $79; kids from $69 Duration: 3.5 hours

Weave your way through the epicenter of San Francisco's Latino culture on this tasty food tour of the Mission District . The tour starts with a Mission-style burrito and ends with a visit to a craft chocolate maker for a total of five stops, including the company's "secret" dish that's not revealed until the day of the tour. Along the way, your guide will share stories about how immigrants continue to shape the district's culture and food scene and its many murals. Travelers applaud the authentic food featured on the tour and are particularly impressed with the insightful guides, who share a bounty of historical information about the district and the dishes. 

This tour is offered daily at 11 a.m. and it's capped at 12 participants. If you're hungry for more, the company also runs a combo food tour of North Beach and Chinatown.   Check prices & availability on:

Seaplane Adventures – Alcatraz & City Sites Seaplane Tour

Price: From $249 Duration: 20 minutes

After you've walked the city streets and sailed the bay's waters, your next step should be an air tour. On this short seaplane tour, you'll fly over downtown and above Alcatraz and Angel Island before landing in Sausalito's Richardson Bay. Reviewers describe the trip as amazing and one of the best activities they did while visiting San Francisco. Even locals recommended it and were particularly impressed with the pilot.

Flights depart Thursday through Monday in the afternoon. If you're hoping to spend more time flying, consider the company's 45-minute Greater Bay Area Tour.

San Francisco Love Tours – The Love Tour

Price: From $85 Duration: 2 hours

Drive through the city in a classic Volkswagen hippie bus during this sightseeing tour. As you drive around to sites like Lombard Street and Golden Gate Park , you'll hear all about San Francisco history and listen to music. You'll also make two stops for photos to capture the Golden Gate Bridge and the city skyline. Reviewers rave about the knowledgeable guides and the nostalgic music choices and say this is a great way to spend a couple hours in San Francisco, especially on the first day of your trip.

Tours, which start and end near Fisherman's Wharf, are generally available daily at 8:30 and 11 a.m. as well as 2 and 5 p.m. The van can accommodate up to seven passengers. The company also runs a night tour.

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Local Tastes of the City Tours – Tastes of Little Italy: North Beach San Francisco Food Tour

Price: Adults from $79; kids from $25 Duration: 3 hours

According to reviewers, this tour is a must for food and history lovers thanks to experienced guides who are engaging storytellers. Along the walking tour, you'll explore up to 10 blocks of North Beach (or "Little Italy"). Samples of the neighborhood's best pizza, pastries, coffee, chocolates and more are all included in the cost of the tour. Travelers say the portions are generous and recommend arriving to the tour hungry.

Tours are generally offered daily at 10:30 a.m. with an additional 2:30 p.m. tour available on select days. Still hungry? Consider the company's Chinatown tours.

Big Bus San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Price: Adults from $63; kids from $53 Duration: 2 hours

If you're looking for a convenient way to visit the city's top attractions in one day, this hop-on, hop-off tour may be just the ticket. Big Bus lets riders disembark at any of its stops, explore the area and catch another bus when they're ready. Buses frequent stops every 15 minutes and visit more than 15 locations, including Presidio Park , Chinatown, the Embarcadero and even includes a ride over the Golden Gate Bridge. The entire tour lasts a little more than two hours, if you don't choose to disembark. All buses have open tops and prerecorded commentary available in six languages. Reviewers enjoy the educational commentary and the opportunity to drive over the Golden Gate Bridge in the open-top bus, but many warn that buses get crowded quickly. For access to maps and live bus tracking, heed the advice of past riders and download the Big Bus Tours smartphone app.

Big Bus San Francisco also offers night tours of the city, as well as upgraded tickets that include free bike rentals or tours of Muir Woods.

Gray Line San Francisco – Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour

Price: Adults from $96; kids from $75 Duration: 5 hours

This half-day excursion from Gray Line San Francisco takes you to Muir Woods National Monument to see its beautiful redwood trees up close. After exploring the forest on your own for about 90 minutes, the tour continues to Sausalito, a charming town across the bay full of waterfront dining, shopping and art galleries. You'll have about an hour to explore on your own before boarding the bus back to San Francisco. For even more time in Sausalito, you can skip the bus and instead return to the city by ferry for an additional cost. Reviewers say the tour bus is comfortable and describe the driver as engaging and knowledgeable. Many recommend this tour if you do not want to navigate the traffic and parking headaches at Muir Woods.

Gray Line offers a variety of day trips from San Francisco, including trips to Sonoma , Napa Valley and Monterey .

Bay City Bike Rentals and Tours – Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito

Price: Adults from $75; kids from $55 Duration: 2 to 3 hours

See San Francisco by bike on this tour that guides you from Fisherman's Wharf to Sausalito. The trip takes two to three hours and covers 8 miles. After making your way along the waterfront, you'll pedal across the Golden Gate Bridge, stopping for photo-ops along the way. At the conclusion of the tour, you can either bike your way back to the city or opt to take the ferry from Sausalito to San Francisco for an additional fee. Tourgoers say guides are friendly and informative and the sights are beautiful.

Tours are open to all ages. From March through September, tours are available daily at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; tours are available daily at 10 a.m. the rest of the year. The company also offers a Streets of San Francisco Electric Bike Tour, among other options.

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San Francisco Whale Tours – Golden Gate Whale Watch

Price: Adults from $96; kids from $72 Duration: 2.5 hours

Head into San Francisco Bay to catch sight of some of the many whales that pass through its waters with San Francisco Whale Tours. On the cruise, you may see humpback or gray whales, harbor seals, dolphins, porpoises and seabirds, depending on the time of year. You'll also get a view of the Golden Gate Bridge. The tour does not include food, though you can bring your own, and you should bring warm clothes, including jackets, hats and gloves. Many tourists report seeing both gray and humpback whales and describe the crew as very friendly and respectful of the marine life.

Golden Gate Whale Watch tours are offered once or twice daily. The company also operates specialty cruises for popular seasonal events in San Francisco, such as Fleet Week and July Fourth fireworks.

Extranomical Tours – Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Tour

Price: Adults from $214; kids from $192 Duration: 15 hours

Once you've gotten your fill of the city, trek to one of California's incomparable natural wonders with a day trip to Yosemite National Park . During the daylong tour, you'll stop at Tuolumne Meadows to see the 2,000-year-old giant sequoia trees, then hit top stops like El Capitan , Yosemite Falls and Bridalveil Fall . You'll also enjoy about two hours to explore on your own in Yosemite Valley. Buses, which pick up from most San Francisco hotels , are equipped with expert park guides who provide commentary along the way. Tourgoers appreciate the information provided by the guides and compliment the drivers for their attention to safety. Reviewers also rave about the scenery and say this is a great option if you don't have time for a multiday trip to Yosemite.

The trip departs every day of the year. Tickets do not include meals, but do cover the park entrance fee. Extranomical Tours offers a variety of city tours, as well as excursions to wine country and Monterey.

San Francisco Movie Tours – San Francisco Movie Sets & Locations Tour

Price: Adults from $67; kids from $44 Duration: 3 hours

Countless movies and TV shows have been filmed in San Francisco, and this bus tour highlights all the top filming locations. Knowledgeable actors-turned-guides lead the interactive tour, which takes you to filming locations for productions such as "The Princess Diaries," "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "Full House." Throughout the trip, you'll see clips on big screens with surround sound of each movie or show as you arrive. Along the way, you'll see several of the city's most popular neighborhoods, including North Beach, Nob Hill, Golden Gate Park and Pacific Heights. Tourgoers describe it as a fun way to see the city and say guides are entertaining.

Tours are generally offered daily at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., though availability may vary by month.

The Haunt Ghost Tours – Ghost Hunting in Old San Francisco

Price: From $48 Duration: 90 minutes

According to reviewers, The Haunt Ghost Tours' outing is full of intriguing and spooky information told by engaging guides. The nighttime walking tour, which lasts up to 90 minutes, unveils the darker side of San Francisco history, including stories about Chinatown's history, documented hauntings and true crimes, while you hunt for spirits along the way with EMF meters – devices used to measure electromagnetic fields.

Tours meet nightly (exact times depend on the season) in the Jackson Square Historic District. Trips traverse less than a mile of downtown. Though the tour covers topics like hauntings and ghosts, the company says it is family-friendly and kids 4 and older require a ticket.

Adventure Cat Sailing Charters – San Francisco Bay Sail

Price: Adults from $65; kids from $35 Duration: 90 minutes

To feel a bay breeze and see San Francisco from a new perspective, climb aboard Adventure Cat's sailing catamaran. The cruise allows you to see the sights from inside the protected cabin or outside on a netted deck trampoline where you can feel the waves crashing beneath your feet. While you can't bring drinks on board, soda, beer and wine are available for purchase in the cabin bar. The company also provides an audio tour, which offers listeners information about key attractions as they sail by. Reviewers describe the cruise as fantastic, with many lauding the tour as their top experience in San Francisco. Others appreciate the excellent service provided by the crew.

Sails operate daily, but times vary by the season (know that Thursday to Sunday sails have a slightly higher fee per person). The company also offers sunset sails and Alcatraz combo tickets.

GoCar San Francisco

Price: From $286 Duration: 5 hours

Explore the city at your own pace with this GPS-guided talking car that provides directions and historical and cultural commentary as you follow the designated sightseeing route or branch off on detours, stopping for photo-ops or breaks as you please. The full-day option takes you to the Painted Ladies, Legion of Honor, the Marina District and more. A maximum of two people can fit inside the roofless, three-wheeled car and you must be at least 21 years old to drive it. The custom cars do not exceed a speed of 30 mph. Reviewers describe riding in the car as lots of fun and a unique way to see the city; they also assure that it's easy to drive.

The rental cost covers both passengers. A variety of routes and rental times are available daily.

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For adults who are excited to make the most of their day and really get to know the city, we recommend the Best of San Francisco Private Tour (6hrs, which includes time for either a lovely waterfront lunch or a deeper dive into our neighborhoods).  If you’re short on time, our half-day Highlights of San Francisco Private Tour is our “express” offering.

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For families with kids and teens we recommend the 4hr Highlights of San Francisco Private Tour , as well as the Muir Woods, Golden Gate and Sausalito Private Tour (outdoors and active!).  These are especially engaging and a just long enough for the attention span of our younger guests!

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Jill on a windy day at the Golden Gate Bridge

by Jill Loeffler   •

Updated: January 29, 2024

Even though I've lived in the city for years, I still love taking San Francisco tours. The variety of tours available allows me to continue to learn more about the city every time.

Some of my favorites include the bay cruises, walking tours, and night tours. I've recently been on some others that I enjoyed, including the SF movie tour, Yosemite one-day trips, and the all-day city tour.

You can also take one of several day tours including a trip to either Napa or Sonoma (or both), an adventure down to Monterey and Carmel, or even a helicopter ride over the city.

Below you will find recommendations for the top San Francisco tours in the city. You will also find recaps from some of my most recent trips.

If you love getting to know the city (like I do!), then taking a tour is the perfect way to learn more and understand the city like a local! 

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1. Alcatraz Prison Tours

More than one million people visit Alcatraz Prison every year. This small island is just a couple of miles off the coast and it makes for one of the most popular San Francisco tours each year.

You will find options to visit Alcatraz both during the day and at night. Several boats leave every day of the week to take visitors to the island. When booking, you must select the specific time you want to leave SF, but then you can take any boat back from the island.

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Both options include a ferry ride to the island, a self-guided audio tour, and a chance to stroll around for a while after your audio tour. During the day, there are additional free talks offered by the park rangers.

Learn more about the day tours here . This is also where you can find tips to buy tickets for sold out days. 

You will find fewer people on the island during the night tours, which allows them to open up a few more doors for public access. The park rangers also offer a more personalized touch with some guided narration as you walk up the hill to the prison entrance. Learn more about the night tours .

>> Buy a combo pass which includes both Alcatraz and a one-day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus pass

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2. san francisco tours: guided walks.

One of the best ways to get to know San Francisco is on foot. Walking tours offer you the opportunity to step inside hidden gems, stroll down historic alleys, and get a great feel for the stories that each district offers.

Some of my favorites include the guided walks around Chinatown . This colorful district is interesting with quite a bit of little-known history. North Beach is another fun place to explore as it was home to the Beat Generation of the 50s and 60s. 

I've created a list of the 10 best, so you can easily find one that works for you. Some of my other favorites include strolling around learning about our street art and searching for the parrots of Telegraph Hill. Find my 10 favorites guided walks here .

You will also find a great set of free walks through SF City Guides (part of the SF Public Library) and a few wonderful self-guided options .

3. San Francisco Bay Cruises

Cruise around the bay on one of these San Francisco boat tours. You will find a wide variety of options every day of the week.

The most popular is the SF Bay or Golden Gate Cruise . This one is offered several times a day. It's a 60-minute cruise that follows the SF shoreline, goes under the Golden Gate Bridge, back around Alcatraz, and returns to Fisherman's Wharf. 

Red & White Fleet in Fisherman's Wharf

I've also created a list of the 10 best cruises , so you can find some additional options for your visit. These include the Bridge to Bridge Cruise that offers you a chance to ride under the Bay Bridge as well. Other top picks include dinner & dancing and special fireworks cruises.

4. Wine Tasting in Napa or Sonoma

San Francisco tours to Northern California wine country are also very popular. It's a great way to get an overview of one or both of the top areas just north of SF.

Napa Valley is the most famous. It takes just over an hour to reach this beautiful wine growing region. It's well known for its Cabernet Sauvignon, but it isn't the only grape grown here. You will also find plenty of Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, and dozens of others.

Sonoma County is becoming more popular and is home to more than 400 wineries. This region also offers a wide variety of wines from Zinfandel to Chardonnay.

The San Francisco tours to these regions will offer transit from your hotel in SF to the wine country and back. They usually include visits to three or four wineries. Some include the tasting fees, and some do not. Most include at least one walk through a winery's wine production facility so you can learn all about how they make their wine. 

There are more than a dozen options from San Francisco. To make it easier for you to select the best one, I've created a  list of my favorite wine tours with a few important details for each one. This way, you can find the right one for your visit.

Ready to book? These are two of the most popular San Francisco tours to wine country:

  • Full-Day Wine Tour : Visit three or four wineries in Napa and/or Sonoma on a 9- to 10-hour tour. Check for availability and more details here . 
  • Wine Country + Redwoods : On this one, you visit Napa and Sonoma as well as spending some time in Muir Woods. It's a full day of fun! Find out more about this tour and get ticketing information .

5. Guided and Self-Guided Bicycle Rides

Bike tours around San Francisco offer you the chance to go a little further while still being able to check out some of SF's top attractions. The most popular pick is the bike ride over the Golden Gate Bridge, which you can read more about here .

Bike Riding near the Golden Gate Bridge

Most start in or near Fisherman's Wharf. You ride along the bay waterfront, up and over the bridge, and then make your way into Sausalito. From there, you can either ride back or hop the ferry to return to Fisherman's Wharf. 

Recently, the tour companies have expanded their biking tours and you can now find several fun options around SF. Some of my favorites include the beer cruises and routes through Golden Gate Park. 

If you prefer to head out on your own, there are several companies that offer rentals. 

To find the right tour for you, take a look at my list of the best bicycle tours around SF .

6. Muir Woods

Have you heard about the amazing redwoods all around California? Your trip to San Francisco gives you the chance to see some of these 100+ year-old beauties up close. 

Muir Woods National Monument  is home to dozens of majestic coastal redwood trees and it's an easy trip to get here. It takes about an hour and each guided tour offers you the chance to see them for yourself. Parking is difficult here (and requires a reservation), so these guided San Francisco tours offer you an easier way to visit.

These half-day tours leave in the morning or in the afternoon. You will get about an hour to stroll among the redwoods. You will also be picked up and dropped off from your hotel. Some offer additional time in Sausalito or a trip up to wine country.

Here are a couple of the most popular options:

  • Muir Woods Half-Day Tour : 3- to 4-hour tour with about an hour in the park, including pickup from your hotel and drop-off in Sausalito or back at your hotel.  Check for more details and availability .
  • Redwoods + Wine Country : You can see both in one day! Spend about an hour in the redwoods and then head north to wine country where you will stop at around three wineries. This full-day tour is about 9 to 10 hours long. Check for availability .

>> Find additional redwoods around San Francisco

7. Helicopter Adventures

Do you love adventure? Are you looking for a unique way to experience San Francisco? If so, then you might enjoy one of these helicopter rides. 

A view from above on a plane over the Golden Gate Bridge

There are a few companies that offer unforgettable rides above the city and the gorgeous bay surrounding it. Each starts from a different place, so you can choose based on what part of the region you want to see the most of. 

Head to the San Francisco helicopter tours page to learn more about each one, what to expect during your flight, and more.

8. See the Golden Gate Bridge by Foot, Bike, or Boat

The Golden Gate Bridge is an iconic attraction sitting high above the San Francisco Bay. You can either walk, bike, or drive across the bridge for a closer look at this amazing structure. 

Are you looking for something more adventurous? How about a cruise under it or a helicopter ride over it? Click through to find out more about these and other popular ways to see the Golden Gate Bridge .

9. Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

The best way to get the layout of San Francisco and quickly get from one attraction to another is on a Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour. You can purchase a ticket for either one or two days.

A hop on hop off bus in San Francisco's Presidio

These San Francisco tours run just during the day, so you can hop on and off the circuit as many times as you want from 10 am to 6 pm.

The Hop-On Hop-Off route includes stops at more than 30 locations around SF. They ride through Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, and Golden Gate Park. They will also take you to the Golden Gate Bridge, the Painted Ladies of Alamo Square , and Union Square.

>> Hop-On Hop-Off Tour options

10. Other SF Bus & City Tour Options

One of the easiest ways to see the city is on a San Francisco bus tour . These San Francisco tours offer you the chance to sit back, relax, and see some of SF's iconic spots.

Many of these tours run for about 3 to 4 hours and offer you the chance to learn all about our top attractions, districts, and history. You will get up close to the Golden Gate Bridge, visit the Presidio, and see Lombard Street—one of the crookedest streets in the world—with your own eyes. Find out more about my favorite city tours .

In addition to the standard city tours, you will also find some fun themed tours. One of my favorites is the Movie Tour . This one takes you around SF and past many of the places seen in famous movies. 

11. Ghost Tours

San Francisco is said to be one of the most haunted cities in the US, which is why you will find a variety of ghost tours around town. On these San Francisco tours, you will learn all about a certain neighborhood or district's dark and spooky past. 

Some will take you past our historic theaters, while others will let you step inside our famous hotels where someone didn't make it out alive. All of them are at night and the stories will give you the chills.

Most run all year long with a few special options for the Halloween holiday. 

>>  Discover a list of my favorites here .

12. Other Night Tours

In addition to our ghost tours, you will also find some other cool night tours around town. Of course, the Alcatraz night tour is the most popular. Others include the double-decker, open-air night tour where you get to see the glowing lights on SF's beautiful buildings. 

You will also find quite a few sunset and dinner cruises. These are popular throughout the year including for special occasions or holidays.

In addition, you might enjoy our evening pub crawls, food walks, or craft cocktail adventures. Find a list of all of my favorite night tours here .

13. Food Tours

San Francisco is one of the best places to sample delicious cuisines from around the world. You will find an amazing variety of options all around the city and each neighborhood offers a unique experience.

Steamed Buns in Chinatown

The best way to get sampling is on a guided food tour. These fun San Francisco tours take you around a specific area to try out several dishes. The Mission tours offer you a great selection of Latin and South American goodies. In North Beach, you will sample mostly Italian delights.

Many people love our Chinatown food tours as you can try some foods you never knew existed as you learn about this district's interesting history.

You will also find some fun San Francisco tours dedicated to a certain type of food such as our chocolate and wine trips. 

Not sure where to start? Check out a list of my favorite food tours including the types of places you will visit and some of the dishes you will most likely taste. 

14. Whale Watching Tours

The Pacific Ocean just off the coast of San Francisco is teeming with migrating whales. Every year, thousands of whales migrate either north or south along our shoreline.

Each season, you can expect a slightly different type of whale coming through, from grays to humpbacks to blue whales. On these San Francisco tours, you will also see a variety of other wildlife from dolphins to turtles to all kinds of birds.

These tours start in Fisherman's Wharf and you will spend about 30 minutes getting out to the Pacific Ocean. Once you arrive, everyone on the boat will keep their eyes out for whales in the area.

All of the boats also work together, so there are plenty of people searching for whales all the time.

These trips usually last about 3 to 5 hours. Make sure to dress warm as it's cool all year long on the water around SF.

>> Learn more about going whale watching near SF

15. Day Trip to Monterey & Carmel 

Monterey and Carmel are cute waterfront towns about two hours south of San Francisco. Both are easy to reach on a day trip. You will also find a few fun San Francisco tours that will take you to both locations for a visit.

The day trip offers transportation from your hotel to Monterey , through the 17-Mile Drive and continuing on to Carmel. You will then get transportation back to your hotel that evening. It's a long day, but so much fun.

It begins by taking the scenic coastal route along Highway 1 to Monterey. You will stop for a wonderful photo op along the way and get to see some amazing views from the bus. 

In Monterey, you will walk around Cannery Row with plenty of time for lunch on your own. The last time I was on this tour, I got tickets for the Monterey Bay Aquarium . There was enough time to visit plus time for a nice lunch before we departed for the 17-Mile Drive. 

You will make a couple of stops along 17-Mile Drive including one in Pebble Beach. You will then continue on to Carmel where you will also have some time to shop, sip some wine, and just enjoy this cute waterfront town.

You can learn more about this tour by reading my trip review here . 

Ready to book? Visit GetYourGuide for more details and booking information for this tour .

16. Yosemite National Park

Yosemite is a gorgeous national park on the eastern side of California. It's about a 3.5- to 4-hour drive here from San Francisco. It's famous for landmarks such as Half Dome, El Capitan, and Yosemite Falls. It has thousands of miles of trails and dozens of amazing waterfalls.

Yosemite from Inspiration Point

If you have a full day free and want a great overview of Yosemite, then check out the day tour from San Francisco. In one day, you will be transported to Yosemite and enjoy a 1.5-hour driving tour of the park when you arrive, with a chance to take pictures at Inspiration Point.

You will then get 3 to 4 hours on your own to explore this amazing place. You can go for a little hike, do some shopping, or spend some time in the museum. Learn more about this tour and get booking options .

You will also find some great San Francisco tours to Yosemite that will give you more of a chance to relax and enjoy the park. These 2- to 3-day tours offer you additional time to explore on your own. You can camp during your stay or spend the night at a hotel inside or near the park. Here are a few options: 

  • 2-Day Yosemite Tour : This small-group tour includes one night at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls. You will have time on both the first day after you arrive and the second day before you leave to explore this beauty. It includes the chance to see all of its wonders including Half Dome, El Capitan, Glacier Point, and the Giant Sequoias. Find out more here .
  • 3-Day Camping Tour : If you want to spend all of your time in nature, then check out this camping tour. Tents and camping equipment are provided (except sleeping bags). Homecooked meals by the campfire will make you never want to leave. Go hiking, explore the park, and more on this 3-day adventure. Learn more about this tour here .

17. Pedicabs

Have you always wondered what it would be like to cruise through the city streets on a pedicab? I did too, which is why, recently, I finally went on a tour with Golden Gate Pedicab.

These two-seat, open-air cabs pulled by a bike are a combination of transportation and entertainment. Your experienced guide will pedal you along the SF waterfront by several top attractions. You'll get great views the whole way.

Discover details about my journey and what you can expect on your own pedicab tour.

>> Read more about the Golden Gate Pedicab Tours

18. Whale Watching in Monterey Bay

If you decide to head south to Monterey for a few days, then I highly recommend going whale watching.

This area of the Pacific Ocean offers the perfect feeding ground for several whales such as gray, blue, and humpbacks. Many others swim through on their annual trek north.

In addition to whales, you're likely to see dolphins, porpoises, turtles, sea otters, sea lions, and many marine birds.

You'll go on this tour with marine wildlife experts who can answer all your questions throughout your adventure at sea.

>>  Learn more about whale watching in Monterey Bay

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Are you excited to spend some time on the SF Bay? If so, then check out my list of the 12 best water activities around the bay. You can choose from whale watching to a wine tasting cruise. Some last for just an hour while others last all day long.

>> Best water activities in SF

Kayaking in Monterey

Another fun activity in Monterey is kayaking. The calm waters of this bay offer the perfect place for those just starting out as well as those wanting to improve their kayaking skills. Tours and rentals are available most days of the week and run all year long.

>>  Tips to go kayaking in Monterey

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Staycation doesn’t officially start without postcard-perfect oysters, french fries, and a glass of bubbles, slurped right by the water. Down a dozen Sweetwaters at the one and only Hog Island (1 Ferry Building), while watching the ferry boats drift by and the bridge lights twinkle on.

Nightcap at the Third Floor Terrace

Are you still shaking off work? On the elevator ride upstairs to your room, stop off at the Third Floor Terrace for one last cocktail on the deck. There are plenty of firepits to stay cozy despite the fog, and in the evenings sometimes wild parrots chatter nearby.

Croissants at Maison Nico

First things first: coffee and croissants. Any true San Franciscan knows that pastries are a competitive sport, and the current king of layers is Maison Nico (710 Montgomery Street). Wake up over a cafe au lait and your pastry of choice — seasonal quiche, pain au chocolat, or the serpentine brioche feuilletée.

Browse the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

The farmers market at the Ferry Building in San Francisco

Head back to the waterfront for the farmers market (1 Ferry Building). It’s easy to fall into a neighborhood market routine, but the Ferry Building on a Saturday morning is still a dazzling destination. Snack on samples of seasonal fruits and veggies and see how many star chefs you can spot picking up produce for the day’s menu.

Dim sum lunch at City View Restaurant

Climb toward the Dragon Gate (Grant Avenue and Bush Street) to visit Chinatown. Head north on Grant Avenue toward City View (33 Walter U Lum Place), which moved to a new location last year, swapping the white tablecloths and classic carts for a modern space with jade green booths. It’s still some of the best dim sum in the city, with explosive soup dumplings, juicy shrimp har gow, and crispy crab claws.

Wander through Chinatown and North Beach

Continue strolling under the colorful lanterns along Grant Avenue and start ducking into shops. Highlights include eating your fortune at Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory (56 Ross Alley), experiencing tea traditions at Red Blossom Tea Company (831 Grant Avenue), or upgrading your wok at the Wok Shop (718 Grant Avenue).

The exterior of Molinari Delicatessen with its blue and white awning in San Francisco

Then spill out into the checkered tablecloths and Italian pride of North Beach. Now’s the moment to restock on salami at Molinari Delicatessen (373 Columbus Avenue), seriously consider a hand-painted espresso mug at Biordi Art Imports (412 Columbus Avenue), or pick up a new book at City Lights Bookstore (261 Columbus Avenue).

Irish coffee at the Buena Vista

If you’re fading in the afternoon, it’s fair to stop for a classic cappuccino at Caffè Greco (423 Columbus Avenue) or bohemian beer at Vesuvio Cafe (255 Columbus Avenue). But as long as we’re playing tourist, keep rolling down the hill to the Buena Vista (2765 Hyde Street) and belly up to the bar for an iconic Irish coffee.

Dinner at Scoma’s

The Lazy Cioppino at Scoma’s in San Francisco

Real ones know how to dodge all the tourist traps in Fisherman’s Wharf and skip straight down the dock to Scoma’s (1965 Al Scoma Way). The “Lazy Man’s” Cioppino is brimming with shellfish yet completely free of shells. Nobody has to crack their own crab on staycation.

Ride the cable car

Go full tourist and hop on the cable car at the corner of Hyde and Beach streets. It’s possible to tag your usual Clipper card. Yes, it costs $8, but look, it’s a special treat for staycation. Ride over the hill and back to that pillowy soft hotel bed.

Brunch at Zazie

An eggs Benedict dish at Zazie in San Francisco.

For some people, it’s not a staycation without eggs Benedict. Slide into the sunny back patio at Zazie (941 Cole Street), where there are no hard decisions before breakfast. It’s possible to get one, two, or three eggs, stacked on Dungeness crab or smoked salmon. And add on a single buttermilk pancake, for good measure.

The de Young Museum and Golden Gate Park

Take a stroll into Golden Gate Park , that playground full of gardens and museums. Hit any attractions you haven’t ticked off your SF bucket list yet. Or it’s always worth revisiting the de Young (50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive) for special exhibitions. At the time of writing, there’s a fabulous fashion exhibit exploring 100 years of style by the bay.

Tacos at Nopalito

A quesadilla from Nopalito in San Francisco

If the pancake has worn off, it might be time for a taco, or at least a place to sit down with a cold margarita. The best option nearby is Nopalito (306 Broderick Street), where chef Gonzalo Guzmán grinds his own masa, deep fries carnitas, and smashes fresh salsa. The covered back patio offers a shady spot to chill for a minute.

Soak at Kabuki Springs & Spa

Okay, enough with the walking: Staycation calls for a trip to the spa. Soak tired feet in the springs at Kabuki Springs & Spa (1750 Geary Boulevard), the city’s longtime favorite public bathhouse. There are hot pools, cold plunges, steam rooms, and saunas. Make sure to check the schedule for men’s, women’s, and all-gender days, and book ahead for eastern or western massages.

Sourdough from Jane the Bakery

Bread from Jane the Bakery

Like any good tourist visiting San Francisco, the souvenir of choice is sourdough. Thankfully, whenever you stagger out of the spa, you’ll only be a couple of blocks away from one of the best bakeries in the city. Swing by Jane the Bakery (1881 Geary Boulevard) for a loaf of classic sourdough, and savor the staycation memories on toast all week.

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Ellen DeGeneres Cancels Four Stand-Up Shows

Ellen DeGeneres canceled four of her Ellen's Last Stand…Up comedy shows this week after beginning her tour in June.

Shows scheduled in July and August for Dallas, San Francisco, Seattle and Chicago were canceled, per an announcement on the Ticketmaster website .

"Unfortunately, the Event Organizer has had to cancel your event," the company shared in a statement on the site. "You don't need to do a thing. We'll issue a refund to the original method of payment used at time of purchase, as soon as funds are received from the Event Organizer. It should appear on your account within 14-21 days."

Reps for DeGeneres did not immediately respond to The Hollywood Reporter for comment.

Apart from Dallas, where she only had one show planned, DeGeneres will still appear for shows in San Francisco, Seattle and Chicago.

Ellen's Last Stand…Up is the comedian's first touring show since the 2022 end of her eponymous daytime talk show, which came after she faced claims of a toxic workplace in the summer of 2020. Previously, DeGeneres announced she would release a second and final Netflix special before the end of this year. The comedian's 2018 Netflix special,  Relatable , was the first of a  two-special deal with Netflix.

At an early performance of the show in Los Angeles, she joked about the toxic workplace controversy and said she was  "kicked out of show business" for being "mean."

Per a report from SFGate , the comedian repeated the same joke at a Santa Rosa show this week, and added, "I am many things, but I am not mean."

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Music | Rolling Stones bring Hackney Diamonds Tour to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara

Mick jagger, keith richards and company hit town july 17.

SANTA CLARA, CA - Aug. 15: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards harmonize during the Rolling Stones "No Filter" tour at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

And one thing hasn’t changed in all those years:

It’s always a really big deal when Mick Jagger and company hit town.

That’s certainly the case with the band’s July 17 show at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, which is been a really hot topic among Bay Area rock fans basically ever since the group announced plans for its Hackney Diamonds Tour in November.

The trek supports the album of the same name, the group’s 24th full-length studio effort and its first collection of all original material since 2005’s “A Bigger Bang.” The record has earned some really nice reviews, both by critics and fans, yet that’s not going to matter much when it comes to what songs concert-goers will most want to hear in Santa Clara.

In other words, Bay Area fans aren’t paying those big bucks in order to experience the new album’s “Mess It Up” performed live. Instead, they’ll surely be turning out to Levi’s in hopes of hearing such classics as “Gimme Shelter,” “Miss You,” “Paint It Black” and “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.”

And, judging by the setlists we’ve seen, they’ll most likely get them when the Stones roll back into the Bay Area on July 17.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $118 (subject to change), ticketmaster.com .

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