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How to Tour San Francisco

Sometimes it’s nice to have others show you the best part of a city you are visiting, rather than touring on your own. San Francisco is a large city with lots to explore and discover. So why not take the guesswork out of where to go and use our how to tour San Francisco guide below:

City Tours

There are so many ways to see the city, from bike tours to walking tours and everything in between.

By Foot

As one of the most walkable cities, San Francisco is a great city to see by foot. Sign up for Wild SF Walking Tours, led by local artists and historians. With their unique perspective, these tour leaders will guide you through the iconic streets and neighborhoods of San Francisco, highlighting the city’s history, not tourists’ spots. Tours are kept small, with a cap of 25 people, making this is a perfect way to intimately tour San Francisco.

Or take a walk to all the hot spots like Golden Gate, Chinatown, or Fisherman’s Wharf with Free Tours by Foot of San Francisco. Great for those visitors on a budget and who are looking to see the city’s main attractions. From an all-day city tour to specialized tours of Lombard Street and Little Italy, there is an option for everyone.

By Boat

See the San Francisco from the other side and take a boat tour of the bay and admire the city skyline from an entirely new perspective. Book a spot with The Red and White Fleet, one of the oldest businesses in San Francisco. They offer four different scenic tours departing from Fisherman’s Wharf. Set out on a voyage to see iconic landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge, as you pass underneath.

By Bike

See more of the city in a reasonable amount of time with a bike tour from Streets of San Francisco Bike Tours. Ride along the same biking routes residents and commuters use to see the local side of the city. Be sure to watch out for the steep hills that are known throughout, guaranteed to give your legs a workout! And if you don’t want to pedal, the company offers electric bike tours as well.

By Air

Take your vacation to new heights by seeing San Francisco from a bird’s eye view with Seaplane Adventures’ seaplanes. Their planes take passengers over the Golden Gate Bridge, around Alcatraz, and down the majestic California coastline. For special occasions, they offer a sunset champagne tours, guaranteed to leave you with unforgettable views of San Francisco’s golden hour. Tours range from 20 minutes to a full hour, prices will vary.

By Bus

For those on a budget and only have time for a quick tour, hop on and hop off the City Sightseeing bus tour. For a one-day bus pass, visitors can tour all the top places to see in San Francisco like Union Square, Chinatown, and many more in between. Hop off to explore by foot and hop back on to see the next stop. There are abbreviated versions of the pass that explore certain areas of the city, like their Golden Gate Bridge pass to Sausalito.

Specialized Tours

Culinary Tours

San Francisco is a melting pot of flavors and can be overwhelming for visitors to choose the best place for tacos or the best neighborhood to enjoy a crafty cocktail. Let a local tour company do the research for you. Book a food tour of San Francisco with Avital Tours or Sidewalk Food Tours of San Francisco for authentic culinary cuisines from three of the top foodie neighborhoods in the city.

Beyond the City Limits

If you have a little more time to spend then consider taking a multi-day tour outside of the city and explore places like Napa Valley, Muir Woods, or Sausalito. Boutique style tour groups such as A Taste of San Francisco and Beyond or Great Pacific Tour Company, are perfect for small group tours that go beyond the city, away from the hustle and bustle.

We think there are so many great places to explore here in San Francisco and hope you get to take advantage of one of these tours during your next stay at Inn San Francisco

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