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Enjoy San Francisco's Best Sightseeing Tours

by Anna Harutyunyan

San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, from the iconic Golden Gate Bridge to the lively Fisherman's Wharf. There are so many ways to see all of the sights that this city has to offer, whether it by water, bike or even a fire truck. For those looking to take advantage of everything there is to see in this dynamic city, from the most popular landmarks to hidden gems, here are some great tours worth trying.

Related Blog: Top 5 Activities on the Water in San Francisco

San Francisco Native Tours

One of the best ways to learn about the essence of a city is by talking to a local, someone who has experienced the city their entire life. At San Francisco Native Tours, the guides are all locals who were born and raised in the San Francisco area. These adventure walking tours provide detailed insight and personal narratives to help tell the story of San Francisco. Two different tours are offered through San Francisco Native Tours including the Original Tour and the Revolutions and Local Beer Tour. The Original Tour takes its guests on an immersive exploration of some of the city's most historic neighborhoods, including the Barbary Coast, North Beach and Chinatown.  Taken from the perspective of San Francisco's famed cultural uprisings, the Revolutions and Local Beer adventure focuses on where it all began—Haight-Ashbury and the Castro Districts.

Edible Excursions

San Francisco has long been known for its prowess as one the best food cities in the world from the famed sourdough bread to the Mission-style burritos. Experiencing all of the specialties that San Francisco has to offer from a food perspective is not an easy task but at Edible Excursions, they are up for the challenge. Tours are offered from a neighborhood vantage point, showcasing the food for which that area is best known. This unique take allows guests to not only discover the various foods but to also gain knowledge of the history behind them. The Japantown Tour takes guests through one of the nation's few remaining Japantowns that are left and lets them sample authentic Japanese cuisine. Other tours include the Ferry Building, the Farmers Market and the Mission District.


The hippie culture made its start in San Francisco's world-famous Haight-Ashbury district and there may be nothing more iconic of that era than the VW bus. Offered from the seat of an actual Volkswagen van, Vantigo lets passengers "go with the flow" and see the city from a whole new perspective. City Tours take guests to many of the city's most famous landmarks all while the tour guides weave the tales that have shaped the city including the 1849 Gold Rush, the 60's counterculture and the role of Silicon Valley. The San Francisco Brew Tour explores the robust success of craft beer industry that dates as far back as the Gold Rush. Guests on this tour will visit three of San Francisco's best breweries and get a chance to sample some of the local favorites.

Big Bus San Francisco

Some people like the flexibility to customize their sightseeing tours, enabling them to spend more time in some locations and having the ability to enjoy a leisurely meal or break. With Big Bus San Francisco, guests can create their own itinerary with the ability to hop on/hop off whenever they would like. Tours can be purchased for either a single day, multiple days or even a nighttime option. The double-decker buses also allow passengers to enjoy the sunshine on the top level or, on those famous San Francisco foggy days, the enclosed lower level. Tour guides provide a detailed commentary of all of the sights and pre-recorded commentaries in multiple languages are available.

Bay Lights Charters

San Francisco has one of the most preeminent water views in the world and a trip to the city would not be complete without an opportunity to explore the stunning vistas from the San Francisco Bay. With Bay Lights Charters, guests on board the magnificent schooner Gas Light, have unparalleled views that include the cityscape of San Francisco, the majestic Golden Gate Bridge and the infamous Alcatraz Island. With an enthusiastic and experienced crew, Bay Lights Charters provides a one-of-a-kind sightseeing experience for up to 48 guests, allowing them to not only immerse themselves in the sights of the city but to also engage in the serenity and exhilaration of sailing.

Bay Lights Charters calls the beautiful San Francisco Bay its home and can make seeing iconic landmarks a reality when you book a charter boat event with us. We invite you to contact us for more information.

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