Though you may think you can get the most out of San Francisco out of any guidebook, taking a tour with a human, rather than a paperback, usually gives you the best San Francisco tour experience. So next time you head to the City by the Bay, make note of a few tours that could prove entertaining and educational.
Taking a tour of San Francisco on a trolley is one of the most patently Bay Area things to do in San Francisco. On the Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour, riders can see Pier 41, Union Square, the Ferry Building, North Beach and Chinatown on an hour-long narrated tour.
One of the most well known tourist attractions in San Francisco, Alcatraz Island, is a subject of curiosity for most visitors. Made famous by Clint Eastwood’s 1979 movie, Escape From Alcatraz, and made infamous by resident Al Capone, this island was a lighthouse, military fortification, military prison, and federal penitentiary before its emptying in 1963, Alcatraz is now a national recreation area. Alcatraz Cruises are the exclusive operators to the Island, with 10-14 tours daily, starting at 9AM. For an evening departure, choose Thursday through Monday for your tour of this illustrious island.
If you’re in the mood for a unique experience, try a Segway tour of San Francisco. Take advantage of the great views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz awaiting you, while balancing on these strange wheels. You’ll pass the Fisherman’s Wharf, Cable Car turnaround, Ghiradelli Square and Marina Green, a great tour for anyone interested in a low intensity way to sightsee.
The Muni City Pass is one of the best deals going for visitors, with Muni and Cable Car 7-day passports and admissions to some of San Francisco’s best museums, like the de Young, Legion of Honor and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art for a price under $100.
Before booking any tours, be sure to check out www.sfbaydiscounts.com for inexpensive tickets for any of the many San Francisco tours that might interest you.