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Maximize Your Time in the City by the Bay by Taking a Specialty Tour


From culinary tours into the kitchens of San Francisco's top restaurants to walking architecture and history tours through its bawdy past, helicopter tours over the San Francisco bay to whale-watching expeditions on the open Pacific, San Francisco has got a tour for you. Some tours are extremely popular, especially in the summer season, and its a good idea to book online in advance.

1. San Francisco Sightseeing Tours

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Although San Francisco has a plenty of bus tours that take visitors around to all the major sights and landmarks of the city, its also offers guests a slew of eclectic guided sightseeing tours as well. Try exploring the city in an amphibious vehicle, an electric bicycle, a vintage touring car or even a classic red firetruck while trained guides explain the finer points of San Francisco's boom and bust history and its quirky present state of affairs.

2. San Francisco Walking Tours

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No other city in the US is as walking friendly as seven mile by seven mile San Francisco with its tightly knit neighborhoods and large city parks. These walking tours, many of them run by non-profit organizations, cover many different aspects of San Francisco's very unique cultural and physical geography. From the murals of the Mission District to the psychedelic history of the Haight-Ashbury, dig deep into San Francsico's colorful local scene with a guided walking tour.

3. San Francisco Culinary Tours

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For many visitors to San Francisco sightseeing takes second place to feasting on the diverse array of gastronomical delights the city offers. To really get behind the scenes (and in front of the plates) of San Francisco's robust culinary scene, take an expert led culinary tour. From exploring the hidden markets and restaurants of Chinatown to chatting up the chefs of the city's hottest eateries, these culinary tours will take you way off the tourist trail and deep into gourmand paradise.

4. San Francisco Bay Cruise Tours

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Getting out on the water is one of the best ways to see the spectacular setting of San Francisco: the sparkling San Francisco bay and the surrounding golden hills of the Bay Area. Its also one of the best ways to get close to major San Francisco sights like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Angel Island. Bring along a special someone to make it the romantic highlight of your trip to San Francisco.

5. Tours from San Francisco

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San Francisco is the gateway to the most naturally diverse and culturally interesting area in the United States: Northern California. From the rolling hills and charming small towns of the wine country to the rugged majesty of Yosemite National Park, the ancient magic of the redwood forest to the chic but foggy art towns on the coast, a day trip in any direction from San Francisco is an adventure. Most tours from San Francisco can be completed in one day, although longer options exist, and the tour company will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel.
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