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Presidio Tours

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Presidio
Since it was founded in 1776, the Presidio of San Francisco has had many lives, from a Spanish military site to an American Army post to a National Park Service location. Today, it draws visitors for its cultural sites, hiking trails, public art, restaurants, and views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay.
 
The Basics
The Presidio is part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area and is managed mostly by the Presidio Trust. Perched on the city’s northwest corner, it’s unique among national park sites: In addition to a variety of recreational activities, it’s also home to residential houses, businesses, and a school. Visit on a bike tour, GoCar tour, or a small-group tour by VW van or vintage fire truck, or see it from above on a helicopter ride. 
 
To explore on your own, start at the Presidio Officers’ Club or the visitor center to get oriented and ask any questions you have. Attractions and experiences on offer include hiking, golfing, bowling, sailing, beaches, military buildings, the Walt Disney Family Museum, and four pieces of art around the park by artist Andy Goldsworthy.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Unlike most national parks, the Presidio is free to visit.
  • Most of its parking lots and street parking require a fee, but there are some free spaces.
  • The Main Post is the heart of the park, where you’ll find the Presidio Visitor Center, Officers’ Club, the Inn at the Presidio, and the Presidio Trust offices.
  • The Presidio is large, so you may end up walking more than you planned; wear comfortable shoes and keep water with you.
 
How to Get There
The PresidiGo shuttle operates a route inside the park, a route to Crissy Field, and a route from downtown. Biking from Fisherman’s Wharf or the Marina District is a pleasant way to get to the park, or take Muni bus 41 or 45.
 
When to Get There
Arrive in the late morning to plan your day from the visitor, while still leaving enough time to see everything you want. Events take place throughout the year, including outdoor family movies, live music, and cultural programs at the Officers’ Club. The Presidio Picnic runs on Sundays from March through October with a rotating selection of food trucks.
 
Palace of Fine Arts
The Palace of Fine Arts is not part of the Presidio but sits adjacent to the park’s northeastern edge, so it’s easy to visit at the same time. This European-looking monument was originally built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition; today, it’s a great spot for photos and relaxing by the duck pond.

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San Francisco Super Saver: Muir Woods & Wine Country w/ optional Gourmet LunchDay Trips

San Francisco Super Saver: Muir Woods & Wine Country w/ optional Gourmet Lunch

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For one of the best wine country tours from San Francisco, combine a visit to Northern California wine country with a Muir Woods experience for a truly fabulous day out. This Super Saver provides two popular tours at one discount price, allowing you to see and taste the delights of Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties. You’ll begin with a walk through Muir Woods National Monument with an informative guide to stare up in wonder at the towering redwood trees. Then you'll visit three wineries, with wine-tasting included. You’ll also cross the Golden Gate Bridge and have free time on Sonoma Plaza to buy lunch if you haven't opted to upgrade to the lunch option.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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Combo Tour: Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Grand City TourDay Cruises

Combo Tour: Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Grand City Tour

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Explore San Francisco and Alcatraz on this 2-in-1 tour. Hop aboard a ferry for a scenic ride to Alcatraz and enjoy the award-winning audio walking tour. Plus, enjoy a coach tour with a knowledgeable local guide. Learn about the City by the Bay through visits to top attractions such as Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, the Presidio, and the Palace of Fine Arts.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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San Francisco Fire Engine TourCity Packages

San Francisco Fire Engine Tour

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Take an open-air fire truck tour of San Francisco aboard a shiny red vintage fire engine. Be the talk of the town as you suit up in a firefighter jacket and hat for a fun ride with the whole family. Your professional driver narrates the tour from Fisherman's Wharf through the Presidio and across the city's world-famous Golden Gate Bridge to charming Sausalito. Fasten your seat belt for the drive of a lifetime on this small-group San Francisco fire engine tour, limited to 13 passengers.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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San Francisco Grand City Tour Including Free Walking TourFull-day Tours

San Francisco Grand City Tour Including Free Walking Tour

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Take a San Francisco half-day tour to pack in the city’s top sights in a convenient way that leaves you with plenty of time to spare so you can enjoy the city however you wish. With a driver-guide, travel the city by bus, stopping at major attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks and neighborhoods like North Beach and Chinatown. Plus, you can upgrade to include a San Francisco Bay cruise, a half-day bike rental, or admission to Aquarium of the Bay.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Early Access to Alcatraz and Cable Car Sightseeing TourDay Cruises

Early Access to Alcatraz and Cable Car Sightseeing Tour

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Visit Alcatraz Island before most visitors arrive and tour San Francisco on a motorized classic cable car. Head to Alcatraz early to enter this National Historic Landmark District. Explore the former prison via the award-winning audio guide, and enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Palace of Fine Arts, and Fort Point on a cable car retrofitted with wheels, so you can see more of the city.
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  • 7 hours
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San Francisco Cable Car City Trolley Tour From Fishermans WharfHalf-day Tours

San Francisco Cable Car City Trolley Tour From Fishermans Wharf

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Explore San Francisco on this city tour that provides the chance to ride on a classic-style cable car without having to stick to the limited route of the city's tracks. As you travel aboard the cable car retrofitted with wheels, hop off at three locations to take guided walking tours of the Civic Center, Alamo Square, and Golden Gate Bridge areas. Blankets (it gets cold in the City by the Bay) are included. Select a morning or afternoon departure time when booking. 
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Golden Gate Bridge Guided Bicycle or E-Bike Tour from San Francisco to SausalitoMountain Bike Tours

Golden Gate Bridge Guided Bicycle or E-Bike Tour from San Francisco to Sausalito

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Cycle through San Francisco and across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge on this guided bike tour. Led by a local guide, you’ll ride along the waterfront, passing Fisherman’s Wharf and the historic Presidio. Then admire the city skyline from the Golden Gate Bridge, with views of Alcatraz and the long stretch of the Pacific on the opposite side. Your tour will conclude in Sausalito or Tiburon, where you can explore before taking the ferry back to San Francisco. Your bike rental is valid for 24 hours to continue sightseeing on your own.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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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
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  • 3 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
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  • 7 hours
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San Francisco Vista Grande Helicopter TourCity Packages

San Francisco Vista Grande Helicopter Tour

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Fly in a helicopter over San Francisco's most famous landmarks on this scenic tour. Fly over the city's neighborhoods, then head for Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Continue towards Angel Island and the Marin Headlands while you enjoy choreographed musical accompaniment and informative commentary from your expert pilot. 
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  • 30 minutes
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  • 30 minutes
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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 Napa Valley Tour for Wine LoversDay Trips

Small Group Napa Valley Tour for Wine Lovers

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Escape the city for a day in wine country on this Napa and Sonoma semi-private winery tour from San Francisco. With an informative guide, visit several wineries to discover the winemaking process from local insiders and hear about the differences in the many varietals. You may drive through regions like Yountville, St. Helena, and Rutherford, and a Champagne toast at the Golden Gate Bridge.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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  • 8 to 9 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
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The One Day in San Francisco Tour with AlcatrazDay Trips

The One Day in San Francisco Tour with Alcatraz

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See the best of San Francisco in one day on this guided tour that includes all transportation and admission to Alcatraz. Visit multiple locations in the city, including Castro, Presidio, Fisherman's Wharf, and Twin Peaks, with plenty of stops for photo ops. Then take the ferry to Alcatraz Island where you can explore with an award-winning audio-guided tour of the former federal prison.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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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
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San Francisco Cable Car City Trolley Tour from Union SquareCity Packages

San Francisco Cable Car City Trolley Tour from Union Square

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Avoid the hours-long wait at San Francisco’s cable car lines, while still getting a classic cable car experience during this city tour by converted cable car from Union Square. In addition to pointing out landmarks that visitors often miss, your guide also provides walking tours at City Hall, Alamo Square Park, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Plus, blankets and refreshments are included to make sure you stay comfortable during the ride.
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  • 3 hours to 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours to 3 hours 30 minutes
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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
  • Free Cancellation

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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  • 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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  • 8 hours
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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San Francisco City TourHalf-day Tours

San Francisco City Tour

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Explore San Francisco’s top sights and get an overview from your guide. Travel in a climate-controlled vehicle through the city, stopping for photo ops and to explore select locations. See Chinatown, the Castro, Fisherman’s Wharf, and other city sights. Then head towards the Golden Gate Bridge to the Marin Headlands, where your tour ends. Perfect for first-time visitors, short on time, who don’t want to miss the main sights.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
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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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Big Bus San Francisco Night TourBus Tours

Big Bus San Francisco Night Tour

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Get a unique perspective on San Francisco by taking a 1-hour nighttime bus tour. See neighborhoods such as Fisherman's Wharf, Embarcadero, Chinatown and the Financial District while listening to commentary from a live guide. Multiple tour departure times available to suit your schedule.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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5 Hour Sightseeing Tour: San Francisco and SausalitoDay Trips

5 Hour Sightseeing Tour: San Francisco and Sausalito

San Francisco offers a world of attractions not seen in many American cities—truly iconic architecture, abundant urban nature, and walkable neighborhoods. It can be tough to see it all during one trip, let alone one day. This tour, which offers a customizable itinerary and private driver, makes it a little bit easier. Plus, your driver can take you across the Golden Gate Bridge as far as bayside Sausalito.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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