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Nob Hill Tours

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Nob Hill
One of San Francisco’s original Seven Hills, Nob Hill is the historic and present-day home of the city’s upper crust. This area features luxury apartments and mansions, elite hotels, and towering Grace Cathedral. A short but steep walk from Union Square, Nob Hill gives visitors a look at how the other half lives in San Francisco. 
 
The Basics
The top of Nob Hill is the block bordered by Sacramento, Taylor, California, and Mason streets. You’ll feel like you’re at the top of the city as you take in the French Gothic–style architecture of Grace Cathedral, the stately Fairmont Hotel, and the Flood Mansion. Book a history walking tour or a movie sights tour, or stop into the popular Cable Car Museum, to get the most from this tony neighborhood.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • There is a lot of metered and free street parking available, but pay attention to posted signs about parking limits during street cleaning, rush hour, construction, or special events.
  • Bring a jacket; the fog and wind can roll in quickly and it gets chilly on top of the hill.
  • Wear shoes appropriate for walking down steep grades.
 
How to Get There
Nob Hill sits between Van Ness Avenue, Broadway, Powell Street, and Bush Street. For the most quintessentially San Francisco experience, ride up the hill on the Powell-Hyde cable car line from Union Square, or the California line from Market Street. The neighborhood is also accessible via Muni bus No. 1.
 
When to Get There
Commuting locals and traffic crowd the main thoroughfare of California Street during morning and evening rush hour, so either avoid this time or embrace your experience of the city’s daily bustle. It’s not a major nightlife area, so go during the day to visit the attractions and admire the elegant architecture at the top of the hill.
 
Nob Hill Hotels
Check out these three hotels for a taste of old San Francisco luxury and unparalleled views. The
Fairmont opened in 1907 and is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places; enjoy a drink in the famous Tonga Room Tiki bar. At the InterContinental Mark Hopkins, which opened in 1926, visit the upscale Top of the Mark cocktail lounge. Or head to the Huntington, opened in 1922, and dine at the Big 4 restaurant.
Address: Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA, USA
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History and Architecture Walking Tour of Nob HillArchitecture Tours

History and Architecture Walking Tour of Nob Hill

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Uncover the scandalous, high-society history of San Francisco's most illustrious hill on a walking tour of Nob Hill. Hear the stories behind the grand hotels and stately mansions built by the city's powerful 19th-century business tycoons and politicians, and learn how the advent of the cable car and the disastrous 1906 earthquake shaped one of the city’s most affluent neighborhoods.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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San Francisco Movie Sights City TourHalf-day Tours

San Francisco Movie Sights City Tour

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With its iconic hills, architecture, bridge and bay, it’s no wonder so many movies have been filmed in San Francisco. See filming locations from more than 55 productions—from blockbusters like ‘San Andreas’ to family favorites like ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’—on this movie sites tour from Fisherman’s Wharf. Watch clips on the tour bus as you pass by the real locations with an informative actor-turned-guide who shares stories about the city and cinema history.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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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
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San Francisco City Tour - 8 hr Private TourDay Trips

San Francisco City Tour - 8 hr Private Tour

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Enjoy the ability to customize your tour of San Francisco on this full-day private excursion. The city has so much to offer, it’s tough to decide what you want to see, and even tougher to squeeze it into one day. Traveling with a private guide means you can move efficiently around the city and focus on what you’d like to see; your itinerary can be completely customized according to your interests. Stops can include Twin Peaks, Golden Gate Park, The Presidio, Haight/Ashbury, a Golden Gate Bridge crossing, Sausalito, and more.
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  • 8 hours
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San Francisco Night Tour by BusBus Tours

San Francisco Night Tour by Bus

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See the Golden Gate Bridge, the Embarcadero, Union Square, and other San Francisco sights on this evening tour by double-decker bus. Starting at Fisherman’s Wharf, cruise through the city to see top attractions in a convenient way with live commentary from an onboard guide.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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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
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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2 Day Hop-On Hop-Off TourBus Tours

2 Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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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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  • Taking safety measures
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour + Night Tour + Sausalito + Madame TussaudsBus Tours

San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour + Night Tour + Sausalito + Madame Tussauds

Explore San Francisco at your own pace. Make the most of your time in San Francisco with our flexible hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tours. Explore the city's sights at your own pace - you'll have the freedom to hop off the tour at any of our conveniently located stops, and rejoin when you're ready. Golden Gate Bridge Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39 Union Square Ferry Building Market Place Chinatown Little Italy Nob Hill, Russian Hill Civic Center Haight Ashbury (the Hippies Street) Golden Gate Park Treasure Island Bay Bridge Sausalito
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Vampire Tour of San FranciscoPrivate and Luxury

Vampire Tour of San Francisco

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Brush up on your vampire lore and local history on this 1.5-hour walking tour of San Francisco’s Nob Hill District. Suitable for all ages, a vampire guide will lead the way as you stop at Grace Cathedral, the Nob Hill Café, the Fairmont Hotel and the Mark Hopkins. Learn the neighborhood’s secrets and some favorite vampire tales as you go. This walk is wheelchair friendly and includes snacks to keep you fueled.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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San Francisco in a Day: Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown & Skyline Bay CruiseFull-day Tours

San Francisco in a Day: Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown & Skyline Bay Cruise

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Combine some of San Francisco's top sights—Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, and the Golden Gate Bridge—in a single day tour. This combination of stops may be a little bit different than traditional San Francisco tours, but it lets travelers get a better look at the true culture and history of the city. Hop aboard a cable car through the Financial District and down into Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf. Snap photos of the Golden Gate Bridge from up close and listen to in-depth commentary as you travel.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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SF Ghosts Walking TourHistorical Tours

SF Ghosts Walking Tour

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SF Ghosts Walking Tour is the best choice for newcomers to learn more about San Francisco's rich history. Our guides will safely conduct you around the darkened streets, unfolding tales of mystery, terror, and tragedy. You will have plenty of opportunities to see with your own eyes the otherworldly power of the Golden City.
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San Francisco Self-Guided Audio TourAudio Guides

San Francisco Self-Guided Audio Tour

Take a self-guided tour of San Francisco that provides lively commentary about the city’s history and landmarks. After booking your tour, simply download the mp3 audio guide and map, then proceed at your own pace. You’ll get great views of monuments including Coit Tower, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Fisherman’s Wharf as you tour the city at an affordable price.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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Cultural and Historical guided tour on foot downtown San FranciscoHalf-day Tours

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Cultural and Historical guided tour on foot downtown San Francisco

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Many people have really enjoyed this guided tour in French, now available with the same tour guide in English. I share my passion for this city and its history.
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Museum Hop (incl. 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour + SF MOMA + DeYoung Museum)Attraction Tickets

Museum Hop (incl. 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour + SF MOMA + DeYoung Museum)

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Enjoy sightseeing at your own pace and visit two of San Francisco's best art museums with this combo tour that can be used over two days. With a 24 or 48-hour hop-on hop-off pass, visit attractions such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park at your leisure. Plus, receive admission to the de Young Museum and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA).
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  • 1 day
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  • 1 day
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Small Group Tour of San FranciscoFull-day Tours

Small Group Tour of San Francisco

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See San Francisco’s top attractions on a 3.5-hour tour by deluxe minivan. Led by a local guide, this small-group tour will take you through the famous neighborhoods of North Beach and Haight-Ashbury for a more personal sightseeing experience. You’ll also pass attractions like Golden Gate Park, Twin Peaks and Fisherman’s Wharf, stopping to admire the views along the way.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Small-Group Full-Day Tour of San FranciscoFull-day Tours

Small-Group Full-Day Tour of San Francisco

We take you places that no one else does, traversing the city by cable car, rail and bus as we visit downtown, Nob Hill, City Hall, the Hayes Valley, Castro, Haight-Ashbury, the Painted Ladies, Lombard Street, Little Italy and Chinatown. If you really want to get to know SF, this is the best way to do it.
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  • 8 hours
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  • Taking safety measures
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  • 8 hours
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 San Francisco Architecture Walking TourArchitecture Tours

San Francisco Architecture Walking Tour

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Discover the famed architecture of San Francisco on an architecture walking tour with a guide. See the Painted Ladies and other Victorian gems as you learn about the Queen Anne style and more. Plus, pass by homes where celebrities such as Robin Williams and Francis Ford Coppola have lived and homes you may recognize from movies like "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "The Princess Diaries."
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  • 2 hours
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2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour & AlcatrazBus Tours

2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour & Alcatraz

Alcatraz Island Visit 3 great bus tours on one value ticket! Official City Tour + Sausalito Tour + Night Tour. FREE Madame Tussauds entrance ticket included. FREE Walking Tour included. Unlimited Hop-on Hop-off usage for 48 hours. 24 Stops along the way. See all major sites of San Francisco. Explore the city at your own leisure. Major Highlights: Downtown San Francisco, Fisherman's Wharf, the world famous Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, Treasure Island, and much more.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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