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San Francisco: 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off City and Night Tour

1. San Francisco: 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off City and Night Tour

Explore San Francisco with a 1-day ticket, that includes two most popular hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tours. You can hop on and off the bus at any of the designated stops to explore all the major sights of San Francisco at your own pace. The Official City Tour - Hop On, Hop Off This 2 hour tour provides the best views of San Francisco's Downtown, Union Square, The Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park from a Double Decker Bus. Be sure to bring your camera, there will be plenty of photo opportunities to commemorate your visit to the city by the bay.  Official City Tour Highlights: Ghirardelli Square – Over 40 shops and restaurants, including the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop, world famous for its ice cream sundaes. Palace of Fine Arts – Built for the World Fair has been a favorite wedding location for couples throughout the San Francisco Bay area. Also a popular location for many festival celebrations, orchestras and events. Golden Gate Bridge – A great place to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge or visit the Presidio and its former Military establishments Golden Gate Park – An exciting place to visit a number of museums and attractions such as The Conservatory of Flowers, The California Academy of Sciences and The deYoung Museum. Haight/Ashbury – More commonly known as the “Hippie District”, Haight maintains the Summer of Love feel with its numerous shops and murals dedicated to the 1960’s. City Hall – Great photo opportunities of the San Francisco City Hall structures near to the Opera House, Symphony Hall and Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Union Square – The central shopping district in San Francisco, featuring Macy’s, Tiffany’s, Neiman Marcus, Victoria’s Secret, Saks Fifth Avenue, and hundreds of other major retailers. Fisherman’s Wharf – Located on the northern waterfront, this area is best known for Pier 39 (shopping, restaurants, sea lions and much more), San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, the Cannery Shopping Center, Alcatraz Landing, and many other attractions. San Francisco Night Tour This live narrated bus tour shows you the most vibrant neighborhoods of the city at night. Enjoy panoramic views of San Francisco from the top of a double decker bus from Treasure Island. The tour will be led by knowledgeable guides, to make your evening in San Francisco unforgettable.

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San Francisco: Self-Driving Tour via the Golden Gate Bridge

2. San Francisco: Self-Driving Tour via the Golden Gate Bridge

Experience San Francisco on this self-guided tour via an app that functions as a guide, narrator, and map. Learn about the city while visiting top attractions and must-see spots. Enjoy a tour that’s been developed by local guides, creative writers, and professional voice artists. Begin your tour with the Painted Ladies, one of the city’s top attractions. These beautiful, colorful homes exemplify Frisco’s funky culture. From there, hear about the city’s unique history and how it became one of the most progressive cities around. Head into the city’s tech quarter and spot big-name headquarters like Uber and Twitter. Get a crash course on how the city became the go-to spot for the most cutting-edge tech produced anywhere. Then, swing by San Francisco City Hall. Get the inside scoop of how Hollywood uses this building as a stand-in for Washington, D.C.’s Capitol Building in all sorts of films. After that, ride down Lombard Street, also known as the most crooked street in the world. This picturesque, winding road has been another Hollywood staple for ages. Next, climb Telegraph Hill for a look at the famous Coit Tower and unbeatable views of the city. Get help identifying some of the most famous structures that make up Frisco’s skyline. Afterward, it’s on to Chinatown and Manilatown. Hear about the long, often embattled, history of both historic districts. Experience the rich culture of these spots. Turn onto Stockton Street and get a look at something else you won’t see every day: cable cars. Get a history lesson on these quirky little cars and learn why they are still used today. At last, reach the waterfront, home to some of the best foods and drinks in the city. Finish off your tour with astonishing views of the bay.

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San Francisco: Private Morning or Afternoon City Tour

3. San Francisco: Private Morning or Afternoon City Tour

Experience San Francisco like never before and embark on a half-day, private city tour with you and your group. You will be picked up by your local guide in a comfortable passenger van either in the morning or afternoon depending on the option selected. From there, explore San Francisco that is unique to your group’s requests and preferences. See why San Francisco is a top destination and learn from your tour guide the city’s unique history as well as its quirky neighborhoods. Be amazed by the wondrous Golden Gate Bridge and discover the history of San Francisco’s most vibrant neighborhoods such as Union Square, North Beach, Chinatown, and Haight-Ashbury. Gaze at the opulent Palace of Fine Arts or enjoy stunning views of the city skyline from Twin Peaks. Visit the famous Painted Ladies or enjoy the scenic beauty of Golden Gate Park. The possibilities are endless. If you prefer seeing more off the beaten path locations such as undiscovered hilltops and staircases that offer unbeatable views, your friendly tour guide will be happy to take you there. The tour is customizable to suit your group’s preferences. After your tour, feel at ease knowing you will get dropped off at your San Francisco accommodation or another location if your group prefers.

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What people are saying about Telegraph Hill

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 25 reviews

The tour started out really well and we enjoyed the information provided through out the trip. We liked the ideal of being able to get on and off at will, but only used that privilage one time. The problem came when one of their drivers did not understand regulations concerning hand caped passengers and their service dog. I was through off the bus because I could not climb the stairs to the upper deck of the bus, when the entire handcape area was wide open. The next bus came by 40 minutes later and we were able to board and return to the start of the ride.

We had a great time. We saw things we wouldn't have been able to see had we not taken the bus. If you're planning to sit on the top of the bus be prepared with a good jacket and maybe gloves and hat. It was really cold and the wind was really blowing.

I love how you can see a large part of the city by riding this bus. And being able to get off the bus at a stop, explore then get back on the bus throughout the day is an incredible convenience

make time to hop off. You can do the tour in 2 hours if you don't get off but make time to get off some.