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Mission District Tours

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Mission District
The home to San Francisco’s hipster scene and the hub of the city’s Latin community, the Mission District is one of the city’s most interesting neighborhoods. It’s known for its outstanding and diverse food scene, buzzing nightlife hot spots, and a scenic park that’s a popular weekend hangout for locals.
 
The Basics
The Mission typically offers the sunniest, warmest weather in San Francisco, so if you’re looking for a break from the fog and cooler temps, head to the neighborhood for a food tour, bike tour, or walking tour of the district’s colorful murals. You’ll definitely want to make a stop at Dolores Park, where you can admire a view of the San Francisco skyline while picnicking on the grass with locals. The best way to explore the neighborhood is to simply walk it, admiring the architecture and trendy shops.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Mission Street and Valencia Street are the main thoroughfares, running north-south from Duboce Avenue to Cesar Chavez.
  • Bars and restaurants are mostly concentrated between 16th and 22nd streets.
  • There is a lot of metered and free street parking available, but pay attention to posted signs about prohibited parking during street cleaning or other times.
 
How to Get There
The neighborhood offers two BART stations—16th Street Mission and 24th Street Mission. The J-Church light rail runs along the western side of the neighborhood, while bus route 33 stops along 18th Street. 
 
When to Get There
The Mission District is lively at night, when locals gather at some of the city’s best bars and restaurants. If you’d rather browse the shops or enjoy a more relaxed dining atmosphere, explore during the afternoon. For people-watching, head to Dolores Park on a sunny weekend. Carnaval San Francisco is a 2-day multicultural festival that takes place over Memorial Day weekend.
 
Mission San Francisco de Asís
Founded in 1776 and the oldest structure in San Francisco, Mission Dolores is often overlooked by visitors who go to the Mission District to frequent the shops, bars, restaurants, and park. But it’s worth a stop to see the historic architecture and learn about a piece of California history.

Address: Mission District, San Francisco, CA, USA
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Secret Food Tour of San Francisco's Mission DistrictHalf-day Tours

Secret Food Tour of San Francisco's Mission District

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The Mission district in San Francisco has famously inspired its own style of burrito, but leave room for more than rice and beans on this culinary walking tour. Sample classic dishes from bakery-style cookies to San Francisco clam chowder, and learn about the neighborhood with your guide between bites.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes

San Francisco Love TourCity Packages

San Francisco Love Tour

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Hop on a ‘70s-era VW bus and get to know the hippie past and hipster vibe that make up San Francisco today. Starting and ending at Fisherman’s Wharf, this 2-hour sightseeing tour takes you around the city, including 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. So settle into a neon-blue seat and dig your shoes into groovy shag carpet. Each bus accommodates up to just six people.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Painted Ladies San Francisco City TourHalf-day Tours

Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour

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Take a journey around San Francisco's top sights in a retro way with this "painted ladies" tour by vintage Volkswagen bus decorated with long gorgeous eyelashes so you can't miss your tour vehicle. You'll pass by neighborhoods like Chinatown, Union Square, Pacific Heights, North Beach, Haight-Ashbury, the Marina, and the Castro, plus see the Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, Twin Peaks, and more.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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San Francisco Love Night TourCity Packages

San Francisco Love Night Tour

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Get to know the hippie past and hipster vibe that make up San Francisco today aboard a colorful 1970s-era Volkswagen bus. Enjoy the illuminated city during this night tour that takes you to Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, North Beach, the Castro, the Mission, downtown and more. Check out the homes of The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, while listening to ‘60s classics. So dig your shoes into groovy shag carpet and shake some beaded curtains. Each bus accommodates up to just six people.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours
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The Ultimate Day in the Bay Including Muir WoodsDay Trips

The Ultimate Day in the Bay Including Muir Woods

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Enjoy an introduction to San Francisco on this excursion that includes a trip across San Francisco Bay to Muir Woods National Monument. You are driven around the city to see its diverse neighborhoods and geography, stopping several times for photo ops. At Muir Woods, admire the towering redwood trees, and visit the waterfront town of Sausalito for lunch (own expense).
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Full-Day Guided Tour of San Francisco with AlcatrazAttraction Tickets

Full-Day Guided Tour of San Francisco with Alcatraz

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Explore San Francisco on a small-group full-day tour that covers top attractions including Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz. Get great views of the San Francisco Bay Area during the short ferry ride to Alcatraz Island, where you then take a self-guided audio tour of the infamous prison. Return to shore for your bus tour of destinations such as Nob Hill, the Haight-Ashbury, the Castro, the Mission, and Golden Gate Park. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off in San Francisco.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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Lonely Planet Experiences: Food & Street Art of Mission District (Small Group)Bus Tours

Lonely Planet Experiences: Food & Street Art of Mission District (Small Group)

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Discover a variety of delicious foods along with vibrant street art on a 2.5-hour food and art tour in San Francisco’s Mission District. Your guide introduces you to the history and culture of the neighborhood as you take in eye-popping murals along Balmy Avenue and Clarion Alley, and taste the specialties at five favorite local eateries. Expect to try gourmet donuts, Mexican pastries, agua fresca (fruit drink), sweet or savory pie, and stop at a famous taqueria before finishing up at Dolores Park and the Mission Dolores.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

San Francisco Guided City TourBus Tours

San Francisco Guided City Tour

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Explore San Francisco with a local insider and experience an extraordinary afternoon. This half-day tour takes you sightseeing around the city with a guide to offer commentary. Neighborhoods include Fisherman's Wharf, Presidio, Haight-Ashbury, Golden Gate Park, the Castro, and North Beach plus the Golden Gate Bridge. Free Wi-Fi is available aboard the vehicle so you can post your snaps to social media en route.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Custom Private tour in convertible MINI CooperBus Tours

Custom Private tour in convertible MINI Cooper

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You're in a special city. Why take an ordinary tour? This is the ONLY convertible MINI Cooper tour in the country! This tour is totally customizable – you choose the length of the tour, what time you want to be picked up, and what you want to see. I love San Francisco and have spent 20 years studying and exploring the city. I’ll work with you to plan your tour so you can see the famous sites and the hidden gems other tours can't go to or don't know about. I’ve designed this to be the type of tour I would take if I visited San Francisco, but where you go is up to you. I make suggestions along the way, but how long you spend at any site is up to you. You're never rushed, and never have to wait for other people. It's all about you! Plus, it's fun! In the convertible MINI Cooper, you see everything up close and personal as we drive along. I love showing guests San Francisco, and talking about the history and culture of this unique and special city.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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Mission 18th Street San Francisco Food TourHalf-day Tours

Mission 18th Street San Francisco Food Tour

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Get a taste of San Francisco’s Mission District on this 3-hour food tour. Led by a local guide, you'll treat your taste buds to a diverse range of cuisine, from traditional Latin recipes to modern spins on local dishes. Bring an appetite for authentic tacos and Mexican delicacies, house-cured pastrami sandwiches, horchata-flavored cupcakes and more. This tour is offered along Mission in the evening along 18th Street.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

Mission 24th Street San Francisco Food TourHalf-day Tours

Mission 24th Street San Francisco Food Tour

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If you believe in getting to know a city through its food, you don't want to miss San Francisco's Mission District, where this walking tour introduces you to a variety of dishes and cuisines. Accompanied by a guide, you'll explore the neighborhood—a San Francisco favorite—on foot, stopping to taste tacos, house-cured pastrami, cupcakes, and more. All food tastings are included.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

Small-Group Craft Brews and Bike Tour in San FranciscoMountain Bike Tours

Small-Group Craft Brews and Bike Tour in San Francisco

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This small-group beer and bike tour of San Francisco introduces you to a variety of unique neighborhoods, with stops at three local bars or breweries along the way. Enjoy craft brews (first pint included) and discover the cultural history of each characteristic area, including SOMA, SF's Arts District and the quirky Mission District. Numbers are limited to 12 people for a more personalized experience with your informative guide on this leisurely ride.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 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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The Highlights of San Francisco Bike TourMountain Bike Tours

The Highlights of San Francisco Bike Tour

This guided tour takes about 4 hours, including various stops near essential attractions while our guides provide in-depth narration and stop for photo opportunities at famous sights and hidden gems throughout the tour.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Alcatraz Admission and Small-Group Craft Brews and Bike Tour in San FranciscoAttraction Tickets

Alcatraz Admission and Small-Group Craft Brews and Bike Tour in San Francisco

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Visit Alcatraz and go on a beer-themed cycling tour through some of the city's hippest neighborhoods. This full-day excursion combines San Francisco's history; a ferry ride to Alcatraz and an audio tour of 'The Rock', with its modern craft brewing scene; a bike tour of the city's breweries and bars. With a local guide and a small group limited to 12 people or less, you'll enjoy personalized attention. Use of a bike and helmet is included, as well as one pint of craft beer.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

Street Art Tour: Mission Murals and GraffitiCity Packages

Street Art Tour: Mission Murals and Graffiti

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Walk through San Francisco's Mission District on a tour focused on the street art, murals, and graffiti there. With an artist and activist guide in the lead, you'll find pieces of art that the average tourist would probably miss, and learn about the history and artist behind each one. You'll find places that you may want to return later in your trip and have the chance to ask questions of your guide.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours
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Mission District Culinary Experience (with optional Alcohol pairing)Half-day Tours

Mission District Culinary Experience (with optional Alcohol pairing)

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Taste an array of culinary offerings in San Francisco's Mission district during this 4-course progressive dining experience. Follow a foodie guide through the historically Latino neighborhood packed with bars and restaurants. Stop at four different restaurants for a prix-fixe menu starting with 2 appetizer stops followed by an entree and concluding with dessert. Along the way you'll hear the stories of restaurant owners and chefs, which will give a behind-the-scenes perspective of the area, while enjoying food tastings. This tour's mission is to help guests experience the world differently through storytelling and food, so you might try a unique dish or experience an old favorite in a new way. So bring a sense of adventure during this fascinating insider tour that's rated five stars on Yelp.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

Streets of San Francisco Guided Electric Bike TourMountain Bike Tours

Streets of San Francisco Guided Electric Bike Tour

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Explore the streets of San Francisco on two wheels. This easy guided bike tour takes you to many of the city’s most notable neighborhoods and attractions. Pedal past the Transamerica Pyramid and through bustling North Beach; peruse the Mission and Castro districts and the Haight-Asbury, home of 1960s hippie counterculture; and visit popular sites such as Fisherman’s Wharf and AT&T Park. Your guide will provide information and history on local landmarks en route, and there’s also a stop for lunch (added cost). At the end of the tour there’s even time to do your own exploring.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Alcatraz and Streets of San Francisco Guided Electric Bike TourAttraction Tickets

Alcatraz and Streets of San Francisco Guided Electric Bike Tour

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Get the most out of your day in the City by the Bay with this 2-day, 2-tour combo package, which combines a trip to Alcatraz with a San Francisco all electric bike tour. The date you book is the date you'll visit Alcatraz Island, and get access to the former federal prison. Go on a self-guided audio tour of the grounds, and stay as long as you like during opening hours. The date prior to your Alcatraz tour, you'll enjoy a guided electric bike tour. Stop by lesser-known spots only locals know of and famous landmarks you’ll want to snap pictures of.
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  • 4 to 7 hours
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Mission District Street Art and Food Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Mission District Street Art and Food Walking Tour

On this in-depth walking tour of San Francisco’s Mission District, your small group will explore the murals, handicrafts, and the emerging food scene tucked into the neighborhood’s alleys and public squares. Gain a new appreciation for the diversity of peoples that make San Francisco one of the most intriguing cities in the world.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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San Francisco Urban Adventure and Alcatraz TourAttraction Tickets

San Francisco Urban Adventure and Alcatraz Tour

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Tour San Francisco in an open-air safari jeep, then visit Alcatraz during this half-day urban adventure. With your small group, cruise through the city, passing landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks, then winding through the city's diverse neighborhoods. Disembark at Pier 33 to board your Alcatraz cruise, then take the self-guided audio tour to learn about the prison's rich history. Pickup at your hotel in San Francisco is included.
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  • 7 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 7 hours
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