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Transamerica Pyramid Tours

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Transamerica Pyramid
The Transamerica Pyramid was the eighth-tallest building in the world when it was finished in 1972. But no matter its ranking, this 853-foot (260-meter) office building continues to be a symbol of the city. With its distinctive shape and white quartz exterior, the Transamerica Pyramid is a special part of the San Francisco Skyline.
 
The Basics
The Transamerica Pyramid is located on the northern edge of San Francisco’s Financial District. The observation deck was closed after the events of 9/11, so the building is no longer open to the public, but you can check out the 48th-floor view via a live camera feed in the visitor center. You can also get a look at the building on a movie sites tour, helicopter flight, bay cruise, or a Segway adventure.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Pyramid is a commercial building and is open on business days only.
  • The visitor’s center is located on the Plaza Level off Clay Street.
  • A historical display features videos and information about the Pyramid.
  • Driving to the Pyramid is not recommended, as street parking is limited.
 
How to Get There
Muni buses 1 and 41 stop near the Pyramid, or you can take BART or the light rail to the Montgomery station and walk north six blocks.
 
When to Get There
Go during the business day to get a feel for the daily bustle of the Financial District, or head there after-hours if you prefer to walk around in a quieter environment.
 
Transamerica Redwood Park
You don’t have to travel to Muir Woods to see redwood trees—this small green space adjacent to the Pyramid is home to redwoods, a fountain, and benches. It’s a surprising bit of nature in the middle of the city, and a nice place to take a break from walking.
Address: 600 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, California, USA 94111, USA
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San Francisco Movie Sights City Tour

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
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.00
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$59.00

San Francisco Vista Grande Helicopter Tour

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
  • Free Cancellation
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$280.00
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San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour

San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour

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Take to the sky and soar over San Francisco on an exhilarating helicopter tour. During the flight, get an unbeatable perspective of iconic attractions like Alcatraz, the Bay Bridge, the Embarcadero, the city’s famous hills, and the San Francisco Bay. During suitable weather conditions, experience the thrill of flying under the Golden Gate Bridge.
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  • 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$215.00
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Skip The Bus: San Francisco By Luxury Van Tour

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
  • Free Cancellation
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Make the Most of SF in One Day: Small Group Walking Tour

Make the Most of SF in One Day: Small Group Walking Tour

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Get to know San Francisco a little better on this full day tour of the city. This tour is well-suited to travelers who want to get the lay of the land before digging deeper: with your guide by your side, spinning stories and letting you know all about the history of the city, tour neighborhoods, stop at famous landmarks and enjoy pristine photo opportunities of highlights like Alcatraz Island, the Golden Gate Bridge and the sea lion hangout at Pier 39.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$74.00
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San Francisco Guided City Tour

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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$69.00
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San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off 2 Day pass

San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off 2 Day pass

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Discover San Francisco from the Bay to the Pacific Ocean, with stops throughout for photo opportunities you won’t want to miss. Stunning panoramic views off Nob Hill and the colorful life of the Mission district. Come see the beauty of Fisherman’s Wharf, Lombard Street, Chinatown, Civic Center, the breathtaking waterfront and the fashionable Union Square, these are just some of the sites you’ll treasure long after your visit to the magnificent city by the bay. San Francisco is an extremely popular international tourist destination famous for its landmarks, including Alcatraz Island, the cable cars, and Coit Tower, its steep rolling hills, and its eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture. The city is also known for its diverse, cosmopolitan population, including large and long-established Asian American, and LGBT communities
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$55.00
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San Francisco Night Tour

San Francisco Night Tour

Discover San Francisco from the Bay to the Pacific Ocean, with stops throughout for photo opportunities you won’t want to miss. Stunning panoramic views off Nob Hill and the colorful life of the Mission district. Come see the beauty of Fisherman’s Wharf, Lombard Street, Chinatown, Civic Center, the breathtaking waterfront and the fashionable Union Square, these are just some of the sites you’ll treasure long after your visit to the magnificent city by the bay. San Francisco is an extremely popular international tourist destination famous for its landmarks, including Alcatraz Island, the cable cars, and Coit Tower, its steep rolling hills, and its eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture. The city is also known for its diverse, cosmopolitan population, including large and long-established Asian American, and LGBT communities.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.00
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Streets of San Francisco Guided Electric Bike Tour

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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$69.00
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Science Hop (incl. 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour + California Academy of Sciences)

Science Hop (incl. 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour + California Academy of Sciences)

See San Francisco's top sights and visit the California Academy of Sciences on this one-day combo tour. Cruise through the city on a hop-on hop-off bus, which allows you to disembark at any of the stops to check out attractions at your own pace. Then head to Golden Gate Park for an independent visit of the science museum, one of the city's favorite family-friendly venues with a wealth of entertaining and educational exhibits.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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$89.99
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San Francisco's Barbary Past Walking Audio Tour

San Francisco's Barbary Past Walking Audio Tour

Independent travelers can enjoy the benefits of a sightseeing tour without the hassles of following a big group with this San Francisco self-guided audio tour. You walk around North Beach with a GPS-triggered smartphone app, and the audio plays automatically, so you can hear the neighborhood's stories while you stroll. Highlights include spotting the Transamerica Pyramid, visiting Jackson Square, walking along Broadway, and more.
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  • 40 minutes
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Half-Day Sonoma Wine Tour plus 1 Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Pass

Half-Day Sonoma Wine Tour plus 1 Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Pass

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Mix two great experiences together for an ultimate California adventure. This tour package includes a Sonoma wine tour and a hop-on hop-off San Francisco bus pass. Your Sonoma wine tour takes you from the city with round-trip transport to the Carneros Sonoma Wine Region. It includes one free tasting at one of the two to three wineries you visit, and you’ll pass by the Golden Gate Bridge on your way. You can also use your hop-on hop-off bus to explore San Francisco at your own pace. See attractions such as Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, North Beach, Lombard Street, and Golden Gate Park.
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  • 5 hours to 1 day
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Union Square, Nob Hill, and Chinatown Urban Hiking Tour

Union Square, Nob Hill, and Chinatown Urban Hiking Tour

Discover more of San Francisco on an urban hiking tour in three must-see neighborhoods: Union Square, Nob Hill, and Chinatown. Get a good workout as you take in Nob Hill landmarks such as Grace Cathedral and the Fairmont Hotel, and visit the Cable Car Museum and the Fortune Cookie Factory. Learn about the Gold Rush, the Beat Generation, hippies in the 1960s, and more, before concluding in Union Square.
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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See and Taste the Old Basque Town of San Francisco

See and Taste the Old Basque Town of San Francisco

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Discover the old Basque neighborhood of San Francisco on a walking tour with a local Basque American guide. Walking along the border of Chinatown and North Beach, you would never know immigrants from the Basque Country used to live, work, and party in this section of San Francisco. You'll see the sites of the old Basque handball courts, hotels, restaurants, and more. Plus, find out which Basque hotel hosted visiting celebrities from the Basque Country and San Francisco's high society. Uncover this forgotten history of San Francisco! Your guide will bring it to life for you with stories and historic photos. Starting at Helen Wills Park, we walk through Nob Hill, Chinatown, North Beach, and end up at a Basque restaurant for an appetizer plate. Please specify any dietary requirements upon booking. The route is fairly short at 1.5 miles long but does include some hills. This tour runs rain or shine.
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  • 3 hours
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Alcatraz and Streets of San Francisco Guided Electric Bike Tour

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
  • Taking safety measures
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$139.00
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Financial district tour San Francisco

Financial district tour San Francisco

Sushi Britto and financial district sight seeing, shopping etc. School and university visiting. The equivalent of the Empire State Building in New York City, the Transamerica Pyramid is the tallest skyscraper in the San Francisco skyline. Built in 1972, this historic building is an amazing sight and a must-see for anyone new to San Francisco (or any locals wanting to revisit a historic sight from their hometown)!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.00
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Ultimate San Francisco Self-Driving Audio Tour

Ultimate San Francisco Self-Driving Audio Tour

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Explore all that San Francisco has to offer, from the twists and turns of Lombard Street, through the bustling streets of Chinatown, and to the top of Telegraph Hill! This comprehensive self-guided audio tour of San Francisco covers everything from the Painted Ladies to the Golden Gate Bridge. This self-guided driving tour allows you to explore San Francisco with maximum flexibility and value. Here's how it works: Within 30 mins, we'll send you two things: a unique password and an app. Download the app onto your phone, enter the password, and download the tour. When you arrive, go to the first stop, launch the app, and follow the instructions! Stick to our recommended route and speed limit for the best experience. Recommended: purchase one tour per vehicle. Everyone can listen at the same time! This tour doesn’t include entrance to attractions along the route. Check pandemic rules before your visit.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$8.00
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A Virtual Tour of San Francisco

A Virtual Tour of San Francisco

I will appear in person and live to guide you through early San Francisco, using maps and pictures. This is an interactive tour and I am happy to answer questions about this part of San Francisco or other areas of the city.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.00
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