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Most Popular San Francisco Tours & Attractions

Listed below are the most popular San Francisco sightseeing tours, shows, activities, attractions, transfers and passes. They were selected from the complete collection of tours and attractions that are available for this destination. These are the most popular, the best-sellers, the ones people purchase and enjoy time after time.

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#1 RATED
Alcatraz and San Francisco City Tour
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Combine a San Francisco City Tour and guided visit to Alcatraz for the ultimate introduction to San Francisco! You'll enjoy the beauty and attractions of everyone's favorite city, in addition to a scenic ferry ride to Alcatraz Island for an audio walking tour.

Likely to Sell-out! Alcatraz regularly sells out weeks in advance. Book ahead of time to avoid disappointment.

The San Francisco City Tour begins with a drive along the famous waterfront for views of San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz Island. Photo stops are made at the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park and Twin Peaks (weather permitting).

Some of the attractions you will see on this San Francisco City Tour include:

  • Chinatown
  • Fisherman's Wharf
  • Victorian homes
  • Palace of Fine Arts
  • North Beach
  • Presidio National Park
  • Awe-inspiring views of Alcatraz and the Pacific Ocean
Your tour also includes the ferry ride to Alcatraz Island and an audio walking tour of the "Cell Block". This former federal penitentiary was also known as "The Rock" and housed gangsters such as Al Capone (Scarface) and Machine Gun Kelly. You'll learn about the famous escape from Alcatraz, the prison's notorious inmates and much more on this tour.

The schedule for the day depends on the availability for Alcatraz. You will be advised of the tour schedule either when you call to re-confirm your tour 24 hours prior, or upon arrival for the tour on your selected date of travel.

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City Tour & Escape from the Rock Cruise
When Alcatraz is sold out, book the next best option and upgrade your city tour to include the Escape from the Rock Cruise. This 90-minute bay cruise sails under the Golden Gate Bridge and then circles Alcatraz twice allowing you to get up close and see every angle of this mysterious island.

You'll hear chilling accounts of harrowing escape attempts by Alcatraz's notorious criminals as well as their descriptions of the brutality of life on the island. This special San Francisco bay cruise featuring sound effects and intriguing stories about Capone, Billy Cook the Killer, Clyde Johnson's Alcatraz escape attempt and many more, will take you back to the days when this maximum-security prison was the most feared institution in the American penal system.

Please note: the City Tour & Escape from the Rock Cruise does NOT include a ticket to Alcatraz

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Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip
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Take time out for a day trip into the wild beauty of Yosemite National Park from San Francisco. Enjoy the beautiful countryside and discover the raw beauty of California's most famous national park.

Your journey begins with a drive through San Joaquin Valley and into the Sierra Nevada range. In the morning, you will be driven to a giant sequoia grove (snow depth permitting), stopping along the way for a bird's-eye view of the whole valley. You can relax in the picnic area and have lunch (not included) among the giant sequoia trees.

After lunch, you will have the opportunity to go on a short one-hour hike to the falls or grab a snack at the Yosemite Lodge. You will have three to four hours to spend at Yosemite National Park, with a range of activities to suit everyone, which may include some of the following:

  • Hike to one of Yosemite's waterfalls
  • Watch the climbers on El Capitan
  • Rent bikes for a relaxing cycle on the flat bike paths throughout the valley
  • Cool off in lovely river pools in summer
  • Spot a black bear
  • Relax at the visitors center, with museums, restaurants and the Ansel Adams Gallery to inspire every amateur photographer
When it's time to head back to San Francisco, you will drive down the Sierra Nevada stopping along the way for a short break.

Please note: The weather in Yosemite is highly variable and includes rain and snow in winter and high temperatures in summer. The itinerary may be adapted to make the most of Yosemite during different seasons and times of the year.

The Giant Sequoias are best visited between May and October. During the rest of the year, snow and ice conditions may prevent access to roads and trails. In this event, other activities may be substituted in its place.

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Alcatraz Tour plus Muir Woods, Giant Redwoods and Sausalito Day Trip
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Contrast the brutal austerity of Alcatraz with the sheer beauty of Muir Woods and Sausalito on this enthralling day trip from San Francisco. It's a whole day of contrasts: from catching the ferry to Alcatraz Island and driving across the Golden Gate Bridge, to walking through a forest of giant redwoods and relaxing in the picturesque village of Sausalito.

Likely to Sell-out! Alcatraz regularly sells out weeks in advance. Book ahead of time to avoid disappointment.

This enthralling day trip takes you across the Golden Gate Bridge for a view of San Francisco from Vista Point, then through the coastal mountains to the Bay Area's popular Muir Woods. This national monument is the site of a virgin forest of California Coast redwood trees, among the oldest and tallest on earth. Take the opportunity to roam through an ancient forest of giant redwood trees on your 75-minute visit of Muir Woods.

Next, it's time to take a stroll along the waterfront of quaint Mediterranean-style Sausalito, considered the prettiest village in California. You'll have 30 to 45 minutes to browse, shop and take photos at your leisure in this picturesque artists' colony nestled on the northern shores of San Francisco Bay.

Your tour also includes the ferry ride to Alcatraz Island and an audio walking tour of the "Cell Block". This former federal penitentiary was known as "The Rock" and housed gangsters such as Al Capone (Scarface) and Machine Gun Kelly. You'll learn about the famous escape from Alcatraz, the prison's notorious inmates and much more on this tour.

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Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Tour
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Wine taste your way through Napa and Sonoma on this day trip from San Francisco. Enjoy a comfortable, picturesque drive by luxury coach to wine country to visit several wineries for guided tours and tastings. Walk through beautiful vineyards, explore the winemaking facilities, and learn about the history of winemaking from your guide as you sip fine wine. Stop in Yountville to enjoy lunch and browse specialty shops at your leisure and expense. This comprehensive wine tour is the most relaxing way to experience California wine country, and all tastings are included! 

On your Sonoma and Napa wine tour, you'll visit a mix of three boutique and large-scale wineries for tastings and guided tours of the winery grounds. At each place, walk through beautiful vineyards; see how the grapes are picked, crushed, blended and bottled; and then sample the finished product in the tasting room. All tasting fees are included! 

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San Francisco Supersaver: Muir Woods and Wine Country Tour
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Discover why beautiful Muir Woods and the Californian wine country are two of San Francisco's most popular day-trip destinations on this great value tour combo! Start the day with a refreshing stroll through Muir Woods, where you'll explore a spectacular redwood sequoia forest, then visit wine country for some superb wine tasting at Napa and Sonoma's boutique wineries in the afternoon.

The morning is spent admiring Muir Woods' giant redwood sequoia trees. Arrive early to Muir Woods' and beat the crowds! This national monument is the site of a virgin forest of California Coast redwood trees, among the oldest and tallest on earth. Behold the majestic redwoods as you take a leisurely nature walk.

In the afternoon you'll visit 3 small boutique Napa or Sonoma wineries, spending at least 45 minutes relaxing at each winery. All wine tastings are complimentary, and you will have the chance to try 5 to 10 delicious wines at each winery. Make sure to purchase some to take home! On your journey back to San Francisco, you have the opportunity to be dropped off in the picturesque seaside village of Sausalito, where you can explore the shops and beautiful waterfront before taking the ferry (additional charge) back to San Francisco.

The perfect choice if your time in San Francisco is limited, this trip is a great way to spend a day out of the city at an unbeatable price!

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San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Tour
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See San Francisco at your own pace on a one-day or two-day hop-on hop-off tour! From historical sites to modern San Francisco architecture, this tour uncovers the beauty and culture of the Bay Area. Complete with live narration, this is a fantastic and easy way to see all the sights San Francisco has to offer.

This hop-on-hop-off tour is taken on the most modern, comfortable and environmentally friendly double-decker buses in the city and stops at all of the major attractions, including the towering Golden Gate Bridge, bustling Fisherman's Wharf, colorful Haight Ashbury and the lively neighborhoods of Chinatown and North Beach.

You can hop on and off the tour as many times as you like aboard the open-top double-decker bus. In the summer, the top deck is open and in the winter, clear screens shelter you from the cold and offer unobstructed views of the city.

The duration of the tour loop is approximately 2 hours across 14 stops and, with both 1 or 2-day passes available, you have plenty of time to explore San Francisco at your leisure. If you miss something on your first loop of the city, simply re-board the bus and go around again!

A must-do tour when visiting the City by the Bay!

For a list of stops see Itinerary below:

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Muir Woods, Giant Redwoods and Sausalito Half-Day Trip
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Take time out from San Francisco on a half-day trip to Muir Woods and Sausalito. This enthralling half-day trip takes you across the Golden Gate Bridge to the Bay Area's most popular national monument and the prettiest village in California.

After crossing the impressive Golden Gate Bridge, you'll stop for a view of San Francisco from Vista Point before driving through the coastal mountains to Muir Woods (admission included). This national monument is the site of a virgin forest of California Coast redwood trees, among the oldest and tallest on earth. Take the opportunity to roam through an ancient forest of giant redwood trees on your 75-minute visit of Muir Woods.

This morning or afternoon tour also takes you to Sausalito, a quaint Mediterranean-style seaside village. Stroll along the waterfront, shop or take photos in this picturesque artists' colony nestled on the northern shores of San Francisco Bay.

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Monterey and Carmel Customizable Day Trip from San Francisco
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Cruise along California's spectacular coastline on a relaxing day trip from San Francisco. You'll follow Highway 1 to the beautiful Monterey Peninsula home of the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium and Steinbeck's Cannery Row. This luxurious day trip features plenty of options to customize how you want to explore this charming area. Spend some time in Monterey and Carmel, choose to add on aquarium admission, or stay in town and enjoy lunch and admission to the Monterey Bay Aquarium before returning to San Francisco via famous Silicon Valley.

Escape the big city on this scenic day-trip to Monterey. Drive along the Highway 1 with breathtaking views of the Pacific Coast seascapes and narration as you may your way down to the Bay. After a quick stretch of the legs in the fishing village of Davenport, you'll continue to Monterey. From there, choose from multiple itineraries to customize your experience in this charming town.

Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive Option:

  • No trip to California is complete with a drive along the famous 17-Mile Drive, with its gorgeous seascapes and chances to spot wildlife. You will have time to browse the shops of historic Cannery Row or dine in one of the 30 restaurants (meal not included). Then, board the bus for a scenic trip through Pacific Grove, down 17-Mile Drive with views of the world famous Pebble Beach and The Lone Cypress Tree.  The enchanting Carmel-by-the-Sea, with its downtown shopping district, beautiful beaches and historic mission, is the last stop on your tour. You will have time to visit the many boutiques and art galleries.

Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive with Aquarium Option:

  • If shopping and sightseeing doesn't appeal to you, spend your time in Monterey by visiting the world-class Monterey Bay Aquarium. Enjoy the same great itinerary as the Monterey, Carmel and 17-Drive but includes admission to the aquarium allowing you to spend your two hours in town to explore its fascinating exhibits with jellyfish, otters, a kelp forest and even a sunfish.

Monterey, Cannery Row with Lunch and Aquarium Option:

  • Optimize your time in Monterey, with this lunch and aquarium option. When you arrive in Monterey, you'll be greeted with a pre-arranged lunch at the Monterey Bay Aquarium saving you extra time to enjoy its renown exhibits. By omitting the trip to Carmel, you'll have even more time to discover this delightful town. With four hours in Monterey, spend as much time as you like at the Aquarium or explore the shops and sights of the town including historic Cannery Row, which inspired Monterey resident John Steinbeck to author the novel of the same name.

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San Francisco Vista Grande Helicopter Tour
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Imagine San Francisco as you've never seen it before! On a San Francisco Vista Grande Helicopter Tour you'll see all the famous sites: Alcatraz Island, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco skyline and of course, the Golden Gate Bridge! Plus, your helicopter flight takes you north over the spectacular Pacific Coastline, Tiburon, Angel Island, Marine Headlands and Sausalito.

You will be picked up from a central San Francisco meeting point and taken to the heliport to board a Bell Jet Helicopter for take-off on an exciting San Francisco Helicopter Tour.

An accompanying musical soundtrack is choreographed to the flight, along with spontaneous narration by your professionally trained pilot. View the hills of San Francisco where you can see famous districts such as the Castro, the Mission, Pacific Heights, Chinatown and the Presidio. Flying over San Francisco you will get a unique perspective of the city skyline, including AT&T Park - Home of the SF Giants, Coit Tower at the top of Telegraph Hill and the financial district with the famous Transamerica Pyramid.

On this 56-mile (90-kilometer) helicopter flight (25-30 minutes), you will see many of the well-known San Francisco Bay landmarks from the air such as the Ferry Building, Alcatraz Island, the Bay Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf and of course, the Golden Gate Bridge. Weather permitting (clear days only), you have the unique opportunity to fly under the Golden Gate Bridge, a highlight of any trip to San Francisco.

Fly north to take in the Marin Headlands and California's craggy Pacific Coastline. You will also see the artist town of Sausalito, the sleepy town of Tiburon, and the former immigration station of Angel Island - the "Ellis Island of the West".

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San Francisco CityPass
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For the best deal in San Francisco, go for the CityPASS! Your pass to the City by the Bay includes tickets to world-renowned attractions, discounts and seven days' unlimited use of San Francisco's cable cars and Muni public transport.

This is the best way for you to save time and money. Each ticket booklet is packed with useful information, including hours of operation, contact and transportation information, and insider tips.

The CityPASS includes:

  • Seven days' unlimited use of cable cars and Muni public transport
  • San Francisco Bay Cruise
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • Choice Ticket: De Young Museum + Legion of Honor OR Exploratorium
  • Choice Ticket: Aquarium of the Bay OR Monterey Bay Aquarium

The San Francisco CityPASS ensures you'll get the most out of your vacation - yet it is so compact it will fit into your back pocket. It's all you need to see the best of San Francisco! You'll also receive a free "Fun Pack" at Pier 39, 15% off savings certificate plus a signature gift with US$200 or more purchase at Bloomingdale's, savings with either a Go Car rental or Blazing Saddles Bike rental and more. Normally a trip on the cable car costs US$5 one-way, so the more you ride the more you save!

Please note: Enthusiasm for the Exploratorium's reopening at its new location on Pier 15 may create capacity issues on certain days, leading to extended wait times to enter. Please plan accordingly.

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