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Marina District Tours

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Marina District
One of San Francisco’s prettiest neighborhoods, the Marina District enjoys a prime perch on San Francisco Bay with pastel-colored, low-rise architecture, stylish shops, and upscale restaurants. Surrounded on three sides by either green space or water, the area draws active locals who enjoy walking, running, and biking with bay views.
 
The Basics
The Marina is included on most San Francisco sightseeing tours, as it sits on the northern edge of the city between Fisherman’s Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge. Bike, bus, and Segway tours pass along Marina Boulevard to show visitors the views of Alcatraz Island and the bridge. Other nearby attractions include the Palace of Fine Arts and Fort Mason. 
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Chestnut Street is the main commercial strip, with trendy bars, eateries, and shops concentrated between Divisadero and Fillmore streets.
  • There is metered and free street parking available, but pay attention to posted signs about prohibited parking during street cleaning or other times.
  • Bring a jacket or other warm layers; when the fog rolls in from the Pacific, it gets chilly fast.
 
How to Get There
The 22 bus runs along Fillmore Street and will take you straight into the Marina. Lombard Street marks the southern edge of the neighborhood.
 
When to Get There
On sunny weekends, do as the locals do: Take a walk along the water followed by lunch on Chestnut Street, or enjoy the nightlife scene and mingle with the neighborhood’s generally young crowd. The early morning hours and sunset offer great light for photographs of the bay and Golden Gate Bridge. July and August are usually foggy, while September and October are the sunniest months.
 
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Most of the Marina’s green spaces are part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which is under the umbrella of the National Park Service and includes the Presidio, Fort Mason, and Crissy Field. Don’t miss the chance to discover the natural beauty, historical landmarks, and cultural attractions of these coastal sites.
Address: San Francisco, CA, USA
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Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay CruiseDay Cruises

Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise

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Explore one of California's most iconic settings from the beauty of San Francisco Bay. This narrated Golden Gate Bay cruise journeys alongside Alcatraz and Angel Island State Park, past the shores of Sausalito and beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. You can choose to view the sights from inside your boat or out on deck.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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Small Group San Francisco Half-Day City TourFull-day Tours

Small Group San Francisco Half-Day City Tour

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Being a tourist can be exhausting. Throw in some of San Francisco's infamous hills, constant consultation of guide books, and the lure of tourist traps, and you might want to return to your lodgings in haste. However, this San Francisco sightseeing experience includes a hotel pickup and a coach tour that allows the city to unfold before you from atop your air-conditioned perch. It's a great way to keep your eyes on the real jewels of the city by the bay.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • Taking safety measures

City and Sea Adventure: 1 Day Hop-On Hop Off Pass and San Francisco Bay CruiseBus Tours

City and Sea Adventure: 1 Day Hop-On Hop Off Pass and San Francisco Bay Cruise

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In just one day, experience the best of San Francisco by land and sea with this combo package that includes two hop-on hop-off bus tours and a cruise. Check out the top attractions of San Francisco, wind through the downtown streets, and cross over the Golden Gate Bridge. Each hop-on hop-off bus tour lasts 60 minutes to 2 hours and offers live commentary. The 1-hour boat cruise takes you through San Francisco Bay, giving you prime views of Crissy Fields, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island.
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  • 1 day
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  • 1 day
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2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour in San FranciscoBus Tours

2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour in San Francisco

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Make your own travel itinerary for the day while in San Francisco with this 2-day hop-on hop-off bus pass. Ride a double-decker bus throughout the city, and hop off and back on at any of the stops along the route. This bus offers multiple routes with audio commentary filled with historical and fun facts about the areas you pass. See some of SF’s most popular places, such as Pier 39, the Palace of Fine Arts, the de Young Museum, and War Memorial Opera House.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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NOW OPEN: Full Day Bike Rental from Fisherman's Wharf Day Trips

NOW OPEN: Full Day Bike Rental from Fisherman's Wharf

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Discover San Francisco on your own schedule with a 1-day bike rental. Visit the crooked path of Lombard Street, North Beach, Haight-Ashbury, the Golden Gate Bridge and other culturally rich and unique San Francisco neighborhoods. This self-guided trip gives you the opportunity to create your own itinerary as you explore the beloved City by the Bay. The entire fleet of equipment is sanitized regularly and curbside pick-up is available to ensure that your rental experience is safe and enjoyable.
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  • 1 hour to 1 day
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  • 1 hour to 1 day
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Jail and Sail: Alcatraz Tour and Sunset or Twilight Bay CruiseDay Cruises

Jail and Sail: Alcatraz Tour and Sunset or Twilight Bay Cruise

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Cruise across San Francisco Bay twice in one day on this combo tour that includes entrance to the former island prison of Alcatraz, one of those most popular—and often sold-out—attractions in the city. Start with the ferry ride to San Francisco’s famous jail, which you’ll explore with a self-guided audio tour. After returning from Alcatraz, take a sunset or twilight cruise (depending on time of year) on the bay with an onboard buffet of hors d’oeuvres and a glass of wine or beer.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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Skip The Bus: San Francisco By Luxury Van TourHalf-day Tours

Skip The Bus: San Francisco By Luxury Van Tour

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Avoid the crowds, confusion, and limitations of large buses and discover San Francisco by luxury minivan. This half-day tour takes you to numerous parts of the city for the perfect overview. Enjoy fascinating facts provided by your guide's live commentary. Stop for photo opportunities at some of the city’s most popular attractions, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Small-Group Tour: San Francisco City Tour Including Muir Woods and SausalitoDay Trips

Small-Group Tour: San Francisco City Tour Including Muir Woods and Sausalito

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Spend your day exploring the ‘City by the Bay’ before a scenic drive across the Golden Gate Bridge to Muir Woods National Monument and the nearby waterfront of charming Sausalito. This narrated small-group tour takes in all of the San Francisco highlights, from Golden Gate Park and Haight-Ashbury to the Palace of Fine Arts and Presidio. Then wander on foot under California’s giant coastal redwoods before exploring the gift shops and galleries of Sausalito.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Muir Woods and Sausalito ExperienceNature and Wildlife

Muir Woods and Sausalito Experience

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Tired of the urban cityscape and feel like you need a breath of fresh air? Then jump on this San Francisco day trip by bus, and visit some of the world's tallest trees at Muir Woods National Historic Monument, only minutes from downtown. One moment you'll be kicking your way past the Golden Gate Bridge and Sausalito, and a short while later wandering beneath the majestic canopy of centuries-old California coastal redwoods.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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San Francisco Private Love TourHalf-day Tours

San Francisco Private Love Tour

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If you’re going to do a sightseeing tour of San Francisco by bus, make it a memorable one. Book a 1970s-era Volkswagen bus for your private party of six and wind through the city’s top attractions with a personalized guide on a 4-hour tour. Travel into streets that larger vehicles cannot pass through as you explore Chinatown, North Beach, the Castro, the Mission, downtown and more. See the homes of The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, while listening to ‘60s classics. Hotel transport included.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Bike the Golden Gate Bridge and Shuttle Tour to Muir WoodsDay Trips

Bike the Golden Gate Bridge and Shuttle Tour to Muir Woods

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Enjoy two of San Francisco’s top activities in one day on this 6-hour combo experience that includes biking across the Golden Gate Bridge and transportation to Muir Woods National Monument (entrance fee not included). When you reach Sausalito at the end of your bike ride, just hop on a shuttle for the ride to the redwood trees of Muir Woods.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 6 hours
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Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Twilight or Sunset CruiseDay Cruises

Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Twilight or Sunset Cruise

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Bypass the line and head directly to the gate with your prebooked tickets. This sunset cruise takes you across San Francisco Bay with outstanding views of the city skyline, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and Sausalito. Enjoy a light appetizer buffet while you sip an included glass of wine, beer or soda from the full bar. Relax as you listen to the captain’s live commentary while background music sets the tone. Watch the sunset or select a twilight cruise during winter months.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Golden Gate Bridge Bike TourMountain Bike Tours

Golden Gate Bridge Bike Tour

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Explore San Francisco - the City by the Bay with its rolling hills and never ending water views- with Unlimited Biking on a beautiful bike ride along the city's stunning waterfront, across the Golden Gate Bridge, towards the quaint coastal community of Sausalito. Tours depart daily at 10am from Unlimited Biking's storefront on 887 Beach Street, at the foot of Ghirardelli Square and last for three hours. To ensure a personalized guest experience, each tour will be held in a small-group format of no more than 15 guests. After departing from Ghirardelli Square at the western end of Fisherman's wharf, guests will bike through the green hillside of Fort Mason, the Marina District, through Crissy Fields, up to and across the Golden Gate Bridge, and then down the Marin Headlands into Sausalito. There, guests can either stay to explore Sausalito on their own, or take the ferry back to San Francisco. Guests on this small-group bike tour will be fitted with high quality Cannondale bikes.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Family Hop (incl. 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off + Madame Tussauds + 7D Experience)Hop on Hop Off

Family Hop (incl. 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off + Madame Tussauds + 7D Experience)

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Tour San Francisco at your own pace on this hop-on, hop-off tour of the City by the Bay, along with a 7D Experience at Pier 39 and Exploratorium passes. Take advantage of a 24-hour bus pass to explore the city easily at your own pace with narration on board. Admission to both the Exploratorium on the Embarcadero and the 7D Experience at Fisherman's Wharf included anytime during opening hours.
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  • 1 day
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  • 1 day
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Bike the Golden Gate Bridge and Shuttle to Muir WoodsDay Trips

Bike the Golden Gate Bridge and Shuttle to Muir Woods

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Skip the hassle of driving yourself to Muir Woods National Monument and dealing with the overcrowded parking lots by booking this bike and shuttle tour. You'll cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge to the waterfront town of Sausalito, and then hop on a shuttle for a stress-free ride to Muir Woods, where you can explore the grove of towering redwood trees. Then return to the city via shuttle.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Vantigo San Francisco City TourHalf-day Tours

Vantigo San Francisco City Tour

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Step aboard a vintage Volkswagen bus for a San Francisco city tour. Travel down streets a typical tour bus can't access while your guide fills you in on the history of the City by the Bay, from the Gold Rush to Silicon Valley. Get views of landmarks such as Twin Peaks, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Painted Ladies as you travel through distinct city districts.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Vantigo San Francisco 4 Hour Private TourHalf-day Tours

Vantigo San Francisco 4 Hour Private Tour

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Experience San Francisco in classic style on a comprehensive, four-hour, private, tour in a vintage Volkswagen van. Hit all the main sights, visiting 14 districts including Chinatown, North Beach, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the Financial District, and stop for photos and tales of local lore at the Palace of Fine Arts, Sutro Baths, and a great Golden Gate Bridge viewpoint. Avoid tourist traps and skip the hassles of driving and navigating on this private tour.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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