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Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
With a hop-on, hop-off pass, visitors can explore all of San Francisco's main sights, including Downtown, Sausalito, the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, and Fisherman's Wharf. Unlimited passes can be used for 24, 48 or 72 hours. Live commentary is available.
San Francisco Mega Pass
This package includes admission to attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge, Aquarium of the Bay, and Madame Tussauds, plus the choice of any hop-on, hop-off bus tour. Other highlights include the chance to view the city’s skyline from the water during a Bay Cruise, as well as a cruising in a storytelling GoCar along the Marina.
Big Bus Tours: Classic Tour
This open-top bus ride gives you the chance to discover the best of San Francisco at your own pace. You can hop on and off at different stops around the city, from the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf, to Little Italy and the Japanese Tea Garden. Commentary will be provided by an audio guide.
Big Bus Tours: Premium
This premium bus tour covers all of San Francisco from day to night. You’ll have chance to take in 20 key points of interest around the city, like North Beach, Chinatown and the Barbary Coast. There’s also the option to rent a bike, play games at Players Arcade & Grill, and take either the Sausalito Tour or Panoramic Night Tour.
Big Bus Tours: Deluxe
The deluxe bus tour takes in the best of San Francisco through the day and night, and includes the chance to visit Sausalito and bike across the Golden Gate Bridge. You can admire the city's beautiful parks and architecture from an open-air bus, and hop on and off when you want on a route that includes Horseshoe Bay, Pier 39 and Treasure Island.
Sonoma & Napa Valley Wine Country Tour
On this day trip from San Francisco, you’ll visit the Napa Valley and 3 Sonoma wineries to learn about wine-making techniques, plus taste and buy local wines. There will also be lunch and a picturesque drive over the Golden Gate Bridge, with views of the Bay Area and Alcatraz Island.
Yosemite Guided Bus Tour
This guided tour takes you on to one of the great natural wonders of the world – Yosemite National Park. Your driver-guide will provide commentary about the all the amazing sights while you cruise through the Sierra Foothills. You'll also enjoy expansive views over Bridalveil Falls, El Capitan, and the famous Half Dome rock formation.
San Francisco City Tour
Led by a local guide, this 4-hour guided bus tour of the city is fully narrated and stops off at key landmarks. Highlights include the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Land's End and scenic views of Alcatraz and the Pacific Ocean.
LGBTQ Castro Tour
On this 2-hour tour, you’ll explore the historical, diverse, and colorful areas of the Castro neighborhood. A local guide will talk about the community’s crucial role in San Francisco’s LGBTQ culture and you'll learn about the civil rights movement and leading figures like Harvey Milk. Private tours are also available and can be customized for different interests.
Big Bus Tours: Panoramic Night Tour
This nighttime tour of San Francisco begins at Fisherman’s Wharf, taking you through the dazzling downtown before climbing up Nob Hill for a close-up view of glittering Grace Cathedral. Then you’ll make your way across the massive Bay Bridge for panoramic views of the city skyline from Treasure Island, before continuing to the Port of San Francisco.
2 miles from downtown
Bookstores, bicycles and street art galore! Nothing embodies the ever-changing aura of SF like Mission. As multicultural as it gets, find mouthwatering tacos next to tropical fruit stalls, and cones of artisanal ice cream (hey there, Bi-Rite). Rent a bike and ride from hip Valencia to Dolores Park, where many a sun-kissed afternoon can be spent.
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Downtown San Francisco
The hustle doesn’t quit downtown. From the early hours through midnight and on, this district is alive and kicking. Whether it’s the morning bustle of business commuters, the afternoon energy of urbanites or night owls flocking to the clubs, you'll get swept away by the true city feel. You can shop and eat on every corner and take the trolley to any area.
Places to stay from $27 a night
0.4 miles from downtown
The oldest Chinatown in North America—and the largest Chinese community in the US—blends tradition with tourism. Look around and see what you find. Indulge in dim sum, shop exotic balms, and inspect the live chickens. Stop to smell the Chinese five spices (fennel, cloves and ginger anyone?), and let the chaos of Stockton Street envelope you.
Places to stay from $89 a night
1.4 miles from downtown
You’ll have plenty of company as you pick through the sights and sounds of the family-friendly Fisherman’s Wharf. Street performers, eclectic cafes and bowls of chowder all fight for your attention. The sea lions of Pier 39 are an all-ages affair, as is the Maritime Historical Park at Hyde Pier. Ferry your way across to the notorious Alcatraz prison.
Places to stay from $93 a night
San Francisco buzzes with an energy that guarantees everyone a good time. From hip neighborhoods and historic buildings to beautiful beaches and pristine parks, The Golden City is full of things to do and see.
Start with a shopping spree in Union Square, where luxury boutiques line wide streets and vintage cable cars continue rumbling. Then head over to nearby Chinatown – eight blocks packed with sights for a fun-filled afternoon.
The Embarcadero runs along the waterfront between Bay Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf, and is famous for landmarks like Pier 39 and the Ferry Building, with its great restaurants and food stalls. Boats depart from this scenic boulevard to Alcatraz Island, just over a mile off the coast. This former federal prison was once home to notorious inmates like Al Capone and "Birdman" Robert Stroud. You can hear stories about their lives, crimes, and escapes on an audio-guided tour of the island.
Back in the Bay Area, the Golden Gate Bridge dominates the landscape. Whether crossing in a car, on a bike or by foot, the natural beauty on the other side is well worth the trek. Muir Woods is an isolated canyon full of ancient redwood trees, and the seaside town of Sausalito offers charming boutiques and sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay.
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|Most popular time to visit||July-September|
|Cheapest time to visit||November-January|
|Average weekend price||$204 per night|
|Average weekday price||$209 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
“If you like to shop, this is your place. There are plenty of high end stores as well as a Mall and discount shopping.”
“We stayed at Travelodge on Lombard near the Presidio. We received excellent service from Travelodge employees, Raymond--who expertly imparted fantastic tips on sightseeing, Bob--who works using a A+ work ethic, and Daniel --who demonstrated strong capabilities. We highly recommend this hotel for a great value, cleanliness, friendliness and putting customers first!~CeeJay H”
“LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BALLFIELD ! Definitely a favorite for my husband and I.”
“Charming community, we did see naked people walking about which is fine and interesting but may not be for everyone. Best ice cream at Bi-Rite. ”
“Buy your tickets only from the official National Park website or you may overpay.”
“Beautiful and the 1st sight off the BART...but marred by all the homeless sleeping on the sidewalk. ”
“Right around the corner is the "Tendorlion" .. well it's an experience and a path I think everyone should go down”
“Book months in advance and expect a financial shock. Only available to the public for short time frames.”
“If you can't find the Ghiradelli item you want at one of the shops, check another, they do not offer all the same items.”
“AMAZING. Plan several hours to get to see as much as you can with feeling rushed.”
So much to see and do. We walked from pier 39 to little Italy, all the way to golden gate bridge in one day. stopping at sights and restaurants in between. Even with the little bit of rain it was beautiful out. def pack a jacket/windbreaker. We underestimated how chilly it would be on the waterfront.
Great city with lots of things to do. This time we went to the zoo (great for kids), to Sausolito (over Golden Gate Bridge, kind of little Italian tourist village) and Marin Headlands (absolute fantastic views on San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge and the ocean on the other side).
Where does one begin, from the amazing food at Fisherman's Wharf, riding the cable cars around town, China town, it was all a great experience for me and the family. Be ready to spend a lot of money on parking, food and hotel stay. Definitely worth it for our family though, we had to save up for a while and now have the photos to show for it, and memories.
I left two days early. I read about the homeless issue and not having toilets but it really is an issue. The only place with a restroom is Starbucks. You will be walking A LOT and we’re taking hills with a 5% grade. I did okay but the person I was with 1) had trouble with the hills 2) couldn’t find places to smoke, and finally, driving is impossible and extremely expensive. It cost me $66 to park for two days.
Looooove it! My 3rd time here and it gets better every time. I love the variety of food and shopping. Oh my gosh... the fashion! There is plenty of transportation but you can walk faster than the bus or streetcar when traffic is busy. Just wear comfy shoes and be ready for the hills! If flying, take an Uber or Lyft. You can use the train but will be walking through the city with your Luggage. One more thing, don’t come here Looking for seafood. In my opinion, the seafood stands at the wharf do not have the greatest food and the sit down seafood restaurants are just crazy expensive. We did have a decent meal at Freddie’s and The Chowder Hut both near Pier 41. Also visit Musée Mécanique, an antique coin operated Game Center. Fun for all ages.
For two adults, it was easy to see everything we wanted to see in two days. The city was not as clean as New York, but it was nice to visit. The food was great here. Make sure to go to Bob’s Donuts, Golden Gate Bakery, Sushirrito, and Tacorea. They were all really good. It’s an easy city to walk. Most things are a 20 minute walk from each other. We rented bikes one day from Basically Free Bike Rental in Fisherman’s Wharf, and we bikes across the Golden Gate Bridge and then down into Sausalito. We took the ferry back. It was a fun activity, but I would not take kids because you are driving in the road for part of the trip. We used an Uber twice and they were about $15 for a 20’minute drive instead of an hour walk.
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