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San Francisco City Tour

1. San Francisco City Tour

San Francisco is home to some of the most beautiful, historic and notorious sights in the world. Led by an expert guide, encounter the picturesque Golden Gate Bridge, Postcard Row, with its (quite literally) postcard-perfect views. Your guide will collect you from your San Francisco Downtown hotel for this 3.5-hour tour. Visit the Beaux Arts style Civic Center and the famous Opera House. See Twin Peaks and the Golden Gate Bridge. Visit Alamo square, a residential district best known for its Postcard Row. This is a stunning view of seven Painted Ladies and the city skyline.

Streets of San Francisco Electric Bike Tour

2. Streets of San Francisco Electric Bike Tour

Enjoy a half-day electric bike tour around the back alleys of San Francisco, exploring North Beach’s Little Italy district up-close. Get panoramic views of the iconic Transamerica Pyramid building, and much more. The flat route takes in the Barbary Coast and San Francisco’s historic supper clubs. Find out how the neighborhoods have transformed from scandalous to sparkling. Cycle around the Giants’ Oracle Ball Park, and into the culturally rich Mission, Castro, and Haight Ashbury neighborhoods. Look at the ever-changing street art scene, and see the locals who rule each area to make their communities unique. Go to Nopa, and take in the charming Painted Ladies of Alamo Square, before visiting the Civic Center. Pedal to Polk Gulch, San Francisco’s original gay neighborhood. Finish your tour with at look at Aquatic Park, before cycling to Fisherman’s Wharf.

San Francisco: Private 2-Hour Tuk Tuk City Tour

3. San Francisco: Private 2-Hour Tuk Tuk City Tour

See the San Francisco sights you want to see and see them at a pace that suits your group with a private tuk-tuk tour. Your friends and family can cover more ground in an eco-friendly Tuk Tuk than they ever could on foot. Climb San Francisco’s tallest hills in this small but mighty vehicle. Marvel at the sparkling San Francisco Bay and city skyline, and enjoy the sights and smells of Fisherman’s Wharf. Your experienced, entertaining tour guide narrates your 2-hour excursion, stopping often for Instagram-worthy photos! Meet your tour guide in Fisherman’s Wharf. Private tours are perfect for 5 riders per Tuk Tuk (6 guests are ok with a group that includes children and adults). Larger groups can rent multiple Tuk Tuks to cruise around together. Tour highlights may include: Fisherman's Wharf, Dungeness crab stands, and picturesque fishing harbors, The Palace of Fine Arts, Fort Point located underneath the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park (De Young, Academy of Sciences, Conservatory of Flowers), Haight Ashbury, The Castro and the Castro Theatre (optional stop), Mission Dolores Park and street murals (optional stop), Alamo Square and the Painted Ladies, City Hall, Davies Symphony Hall, War Memorial Opera House, Asian Art Museum, Union Square, Dragon’s Gate in Chinatown, and Lombard Street - the most crooked street (traffic permitting)

SF: Mission District Mural Art and Food Tour with Tasting

4. SF: Mission District Mural Art and Food Tour with Tasting

Stroll through the eclectic SF neighborhood of Mission District on a walking tour. Learn the story of the Mission through its culinary delights, people, and art with your guide between bites. Check out the Clarion Alley Mural Project, Women's Building, and Dolores Park. Meet your guide in front of the Misión San Francisco de Asís. Established in 1776, the Mission has been a witness to all of San Francisco's history including the California Gold Rush and the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. Next, take time to contemplate the Clarion Alley Mural Project, established by a volunteer collective of resident artists using public art as a force for marginalized communities and social justice causes. The project has produced over 700 murals by artists of all ethnicities and ages. The tour has an answer to any growing hunger pangs, the home of the Mission-style burrito–Taqueria La Cumbre. Highly praised by locals (and Anthony Bourdain), their tacos, enchiladas, and burritos are made to order with freshly cut meats, beans, and the best produce. Next up is Dandelion Chocolate, a bean-to-bar chocolate maker based in the Mission District. Learn how their chocolate artists roast, crack, sort, winnow, grind, conch, and temper small batches, then mold bars by hand. Before leaving, enjoy a Brownie Bite Flight featuring different chocolates. Continue your artistic pursuit at the City Art Cooperative, a gallery that features work by more than 200 local artists. See art from a wide range of mediums, including painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and jewelry. See something you like? The artist may be on-site to share their story. Then, see the Women’s Building, a Mission District of San Francisco institution. It has helped thousands of women gain access to social services, workshops, wellness classes, and community connections. Marvel at the MaestraPeace mural, a testament to women's courageous contributions through time. Ready for some hand-made happiness? Follow your guide on a short walk to Bi-Rite Creamery, famous for intensely flavored, organic, and sustainable ice creams. No matter what flavor you choose, it features locally-sourced ingredients, seasonal fruits, and handmade inclusions. After taking in this remarkable place, be led to the nearby Dolores Park to enjoy your frozen treat. The tour ends here, but you can linger as long as you like taking in the city view and relaxing with locals on the grassy lawn.

San Francisco: Mission District Food & History Walking Tour

5. San Francisco: Mission District Food & History Walking Tour

Dive into the history and culture of one of the most iconic neighborhoods in San Francisco on a guided walking tour of the Mission District. Sample local cuisine and sip coffee as you learn about the history of this area. Begin your tour at one of the oldest buildings in the city, Mission San Francisco de Asis. Often referred to as Mission Dolores, this chapel is home to exclusive religious art. Unearth its rich history, enjoy the chapel gardens, and visit the only cemetery within the city limits. Next, make your way to Mission Dolores Park, formerly a Jewish cemetery and today one of the most popular parks in the city. Wander through the park, passing by Father Hidalgo’s statue and the Golden Fire Hydrant, the miraculous hydrant that saved the Mission District after the 1906 earthquake. Leave the park and set out to discover the surrounding neighborhoods and marvel at extraordinary street art. Stop at Café de Olla in the heart of the Mission. This restaurant makes everything from scratch, honoring Oaxacan-style cuisine. Sample local dishes like quesadillas, tamales, tlayudas, and tortillas and sip on typical beverages such as Agua fresca or ice caffe da olla. Having refueled, continue your tour as you wander down Mission Street, a vibrant street lined with traditional stores and theatres. Spot the diversity of architectural styles that dominate the area, from Victorian to stick-style houses, to mixed-use Mission Revival buildings. Follow your guide as you head towards 24th Street, an 8-block stretch that will tantalize you with an array of food choices, from tacos to pastries. Finally, visit Balmy Alley, a famous street in the Mission District area known for its extensive collection of murals. Delve into the themes behind these striking artworks, most of which were painted as an expression of outrage over human rights violations and political abuses in Central America.

San Francisco: Curated 4-Course Mission District Food Tour

6. San Francisco: Curated 4-Course Mission District Food Tour

Explore San Francisco’s Mission District through its food and drink venues on a 3-hour walking and tasting tour. Visit a Cheese Bar acclaimed by the New York Times, stroll through the historic Latin neighborhood, and visit the famous Clarion Alley, covered in murals. Meet chefs, restaurant owners and industry experts at 4 restaurants, with generous tastings at each venue. Work off the calories as you walk approximately 1.5 miles from in front of the Women’s Building, traveling in intimate groups limited to 12 people. Your progressive meal concludes with mouthwatering desserts near Dolores Park, where you will sample a salted caramel ice cream considered one of the top 5 desserts in America.

San Francisco: Private Walking Tour of Castro and Mission

7. San Francisco: Private Walking Tour of Castro and Mission

Join this tour to explore Castro and Mission with a private guide, both known for their LGBTQ+ community and cool, artsy vibe. On this tour you will explore Harvey Milk’s ground zero and immerse yourself in the legacy of California’s first openly gay elected official. As you explore Castro, your local tour guide will teach you about the extraordinary protests and accomplishments of San Francisco residents. See the colorful streets and LGBTQ+ bars while you hear about how locals have affected positive change in feminism, peace, and LGBTQ+ rights. In Mission District, venture down Clarion Alley and admire urban graffiti and satirical political street art. Pop into the Mission Dolores to see the oldest building in San Francisco and fall in love with Missions buzzing cultural mix.

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What people are saying about Mission Dolores Park

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 42 reviews

Perfect day for the tour. Antonio was amazingly knowledgeable about San Francisco and it's history. He allowed ample time to explore and take pictures. Never felt rushed and that he had to follow a schedule. I chose this tour because of the great reviews and I would highly recommend it!

The tour guide was amazing. He was friendly, very knowledgeable and took us all over the city. We truly enjoyed the tour with Antonio! ¡Gracias!

Adam was a fantastic tour guide , if not the best !! Super friendly, knowledgeable, and truly enjoys his job…5 stars my guy!!!

Andy was our tour guide and he was awesome. Very knowledgeable about San Francisco. We had a great time.

Excelente tour por la ciudad de San Francisco. Muy recomendado