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Culture Lover's Guide to San Francisco

Culture Lover's Guide to San Francisco

Whether you're passionate about great food and wine, appreciate gold rush history, or crave world-class museum experiences, San Francisco is sure to have something for you. Here's what you need to know to soak up the culture in the city by the bay.

Visit an Art Museum

As a city steeped in culture, San Francisco has several museums well worth a visit. Standouts include the recently renovated San Francisco Museum of Modern Art—which offers free public tours and fantastic city views—as well as the Legion of Honor and de Young museums. To avoid lines at these popular attractions, book tickets in advance, and opt for a gallery tour if you want to learn the history behind the art.

Uncover the City's Storied Past

San Francisco is a city with a rich history, from the gold rush to the gay rights movement. To learn about the city's past, book a historical walking tour in your favorite neighborhood. Don't miss an LGBTQ history tour in the Castro and an architecture walking tour of Nob Hill, where the rich rubbed elbows at the turn of the century.

Taste California's Famous Wine

Whether you head into wine country to tour the vineyards or stick around San Francisco for a scenic wine-tasting cruise, do not miss the chance to indulge in Northern California's fantastic wines. Plan to book your tasting excursion early, since tours to Napa and Sonoma valleys tend to fill up. That way, you can secure your seat, and not worry about the drive.

Take a Cooking Class

If you're inspired by the creative buzz in the air, take the opportunity to create something all your own with a San Francisco cooking class. With the city’s diverse cultures and cultivated cuisine, you can certainly find something that suits your tastes. Try a baking class or bartending workshop, and be sure to book in advance, since classes may have limited schedules. 

Explore Pier 39

San Francisco's favorite family-friendly attraction, Pier 39 offers countless activities, dining options, and performances. Don't miss the hand-painted carousel, daily shows from street performers, and the Aquarium of the Bay. The best way to experience Pier 39 is with an advance pass. You get into all the attractions and typically have access to great inclusions such as hop-on-hop-off-bus tours.

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Napa and Sonoma Wine Country - Full Day Tour from San Francisco

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Napa and Sonoma Wine Country - Full Day Tour from San Francisco

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Escape to California’s famous wine country on this full-day tour from San Francisco. Taste regional varietals at multiple wineries in Napa and Sonoma, including both big-name and family-run estates. Learn about the winemaking process during guided tours of vineyards and barrel rooms, and savor the area’s gourmet culture with a stop for lunch in charming Sonoma Square Plaza.
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  • 8 hours
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History and Architecture Walking Tour of Nob Hill

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
  • Free Cancellation
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$32.00
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Napa Valley Wine Train with Gourmet Lunch and Transport from San Francisco

Napa Valley Wine Train with Gourmet Lunch and Transport from San Francisco

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Take a ride on the Napa Valley Wine Train, including lunch, during this full-day tour from San Francisco. After transportation via ferry and shuttle from San Francisco, climb aboard the restored antique train to enjoy a gourmet, locally-sourced lunch and wine pairing. Travel through the Napa Valley's rolling vineyards for towards the charming town of St. Helena.
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  • 11 hours
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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art General Admission Ticket

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art General Admission Ticket

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SFMOMA houses more than 33,000 modern and contemporary works of art on seven floors. See paintings, sculptures, photography, architecture, design, and media created by masters. Plus, with two restaurants and a cafe, it’s easy to take a break whenever you’re in need to regain some extra energy.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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de Young Museum General Admission Ticket

de Young Museum General Admission Ticket

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Enjoy skip-the-line general admission to San Francisco’s de Young Museum, home to one of the city’s most prominent art collections. Seated in Golden Gate Park, you have the chance to explore the rare artifacts of the permanent exhibitions, as well as sculptures and paintings. Upgrade your ticket to include entrance to the Special Exhibitions or the insightful commentary of an audio guide. Be sure to stop at the Hamon Observation Tower before heading out, and enjoy spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco skyline. With this ticket, you can also enter the Legion of Honor Museum at no extra cost.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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San Francisco LGBTQ Walking Tour with Local Guide

San Francisco LGBTQ Walking Tour with Local Guide

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Explore the LGBT history of the Castro on foot during this walking tour. Follow your informative local guide through the famous neighborhood while learning about the local landmarks and historical sites. Be inspired by the rich, diverse history of this iconic district and its continuing role as an epicenter of LGBT activism and events.
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  • 2 hours
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Legion of Honor Museum General Admission Ticket

Legion of Honor Museum General Admission Ticket

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Explore one of San Francisco’s most prominent art collections with admission to the Legion of Honor Museum. Set in the headlands above the Golden Gate Bridge, the building’s stunning neoclassical exterior is modeled after the Palais de la Légion d’Honneur in Paris. Inside, discover an impressive collection of ancient Mediterranean art, European paintings and sculptures, and the most extensive assemblage of works on paper in the American West. Upgrade your ticket to include entrance to the Special Exhibits or the insightful commentary of an audio guide. Your ticket also allows you to enter the de Young Museum at no extra cost.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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Craft Cocktails Tour in Downtown San Francisco

Craft Cocktails Tour in Downtown San Francisco

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Get to know San Francisco's cocktail scene on this 3-hour walking tour that introduces you to a sampling of bars in the city. Accompanied by a guide, you'll visit roughly three bars, plus a couple of other stops (subject to change). Enjoy different types of drinks, meet bartenders and mixologists, and learn about the art of making craft cocktails. A couple of food tastings are also included.
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  • 3 hours
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