In a few months, the fine San Francisco Spring will be here so let’s take a closer look at some interesting San Francisco Tours that you may want to explore for when you’ll be visiting the City by the Bay. The following video from 2015 gives you a pretty good idea of what San Francisco has to offer. It is made by Join Scott and he gives you here a great tour of past and present-day San Francisco highlights. In the video, you’ll see San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Warf, Chinatown, Downtown, Mama’s, Coit Tower, Ritual Coffee, Golden Gate Bridge, Treasure Island and some other places typical of the San Francisco area:
So let’s take a look at some of your options if you think about booking a San Francisco tour:
San Francisco Then and Now
925 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109, Phone: (415) 317-8687
Peter Moylan amassed an incredible amount of knowledge about the history of San Francisco through years of involvement in local politics, so it was only a matter of time before he became a one-man San Francisco tour machine. Unique storytelling is Moylan’s claim to fame, and his humorous thematic approach keeps learning fresh, while you absorb how the city became what it is today.
From a small Native American village to burgeoning metropolis, Moylan starts his tour from St. Francis Hotel, then weaves vibrant tales encapsulating the history of Union Square, Chinatown, Portsmouth Square, Barbary Coast, and finally ends the tour in historic North Beach. After the two and a half hour, 17-block tour, you’ll probably have more historical knowledge about the Bay Area than most locals, and Moylan will leave you craving for more. This well-researched historical walking tour satisfies even experienced and sophisticated travelers.
Gray Line San Francisco
43 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94133, Phone: (415) 434-8687
Not your average trolley, this San Francisco tour offers motorized cable cars that traverse the entire city so you can visit all of the City’s fine museums. Cloaked in the traditional looks of the Powell and California Street Cable Car lines, the open-ended Trolley Hop gives tourists the option to explore on foot, then relax as the driver tackles those famous San Francisco hills. Bench seating faces the sidewalk on either side for terrific photo opportunities, but hop off and it may be standing room only when you return.
With frequent daily departures from Piers 39 and 43 ½, visitors can drive through many of San Francisco’s most scenic neighborhoods, such as Fisherman’s Wharf, North Beach, Nob Hill, downtown, San Francisco Opera, and Chinatown. Tours last about an hour and come complete with a narrator who will share insights about the history of the City by the Bay.
Blue & Gold Fleet
Pier 41, Marine Terminal, San Francisco, CA 94133, Phone: (415) 705-5555
Transporting more than four million passengers to Alcatraz annually, Blue & Gold Fleet is the largest ferry and passenger vessel operator serving the San Francisco Bay. While a streamlined booking process keeps the cruises packed–ships can hold up to 300 people–the draw lies in the variety of Bay tours at reasonable prices.
Choose from a number of different tours designed to appeal to the sightseer with an hour to spare and day-tripper alike. The Alcatraz Island day tour lasts around three hours and includes award-winning audio commentary. For those who don’t want the journey to end at Alcatraz, an Island Hop package combines a TramTour on Angel Island after your jailhouse experience.
Yosemite National Park Tour
For a scenic day trip out of San Francisco, explore the beauty and wilderness of the Great Central Valley of California. Following the Merced River, you will climb the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range to the famous Yosemite National Park. The scenic beauty of Yosemite National Park is legendary. This San Franciso area tour is seasonal and only operates from April through to October.
Pier 39, Suite J, San Francisco, CA 94133, Phone: (415) 777-1630
This San Francisco’s tour is not to be missed: take a high-performance cruise from the Golden Gate to Bay Bridge. Adventure Cat is a 55-foot catamaran, complete with full bar and 360-degree, protected viewing area for those who don’t like the wind in their faces. With cruises three times daily during summer months from Pier 39, this adventure takes a little prior planning. The sunset cruise includes light hors d’oeuvres and fills up quickly, so be sure and call ahead. For people thinking about moving to San Francisco, this tour is a “must”.
Muir Woods, Giant Redwoods, Sausalito, and Alcatraz
Spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge, peaceful and serene Muir Woods with its old-growth redwood forest and the picturesque bayside village of Sausalito come to life on this San Francisco tour.
Escape SF Tours
1231 21st Ave, Suite 1, San Francisco, CA 94122, Phone: (866) 372-2735
Get onto a bike trail and experience the Bay Area’s rural landscape. Pamper yourself on a rugged outdoor excursion by letting Escape SF get you there in style. Travel with 10 to 15 others in an air-conditioned van while trip leaders stow your luggage and bikes, pointing out historical information on your way up the mountain. During the descent, stop for scenic photo opportunities or just push your way through the switchbacks.
Hiking and biking tours are Escape SF’s specialties, with daily runs through places like Mt. Tamalpais-West Peak and Muir Woods. If downhill isn’t your thing, the company also offers a bed-and-breakfast package (bikes included) for exploring Sonoma Wine Country and a five-day hiking/biking Yosemite package. Popular with natives and out-of-towners alike, Escape SF is known for sweating all the details. A shuttle will pick you up from any hotel in San Francisco, and even day tours include a catered lunch with dessert and energy bars for everyone.
Victorian Home Walk
2226 15th St, San Francisco, CA 94114, Phone: (415) 252-9485
Ditch the overcrowded tourist districts with this architecturally informative walking tour. A wonderful San Francisco tour to look into the city’s history. The Victorian Home Walk is a must for anyone visiting or living in San Francisco. The tour, founded by architecture maven Jay Gifford five years ago, usually consists of groups of fewer than 20 people. Don’t be afraid of getting winded–the undemanding (and tour-bus free) route begins in Japantown and winds through this “Weird City’s” flats of Pacific Heights.
Gifford, a 20-year resident of San Francisco, is incredibly personable and frighteningly well-informed. While explaining the differences between Queen Anne, Italianate and Stick-Style architecture, the informal Gifford throws in a few juicy historical anecdotes about the former locations of San Francisco ‘s hottest bordellos. He may even confide “I get my best dirt from my clients.”