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Things to see and do in San Francisco

San Francisco experiences

Alcatraz, Muir Wood and Sausalito Day Trip

Alcatraz, Muir Wood and Sausalito Day Trip

  • Experience Alcatraz one of 2 ways: Admission to the prison itself, which includes the ferry ride to Alcatraz Island and the audio tour or a cruise on the bay that circles the island twice for up-close views.
  • Muir Woods: See giant coastal redwoods, some of the tallest trees on earth.
  • Sausalito: Soak up the charm of this seaside resort with time for shopping.

 

Early-access to Alcatraz and Cable Car Tour

Early-access to Alcatraz and Cable Car Tour

Priority entry to Alcatraz Island – beat the crowds on this VIP experience and tour San Francisco on a motorized classic cable car during this 6.5 hour experience.

  • Alcatraz: early access to this infamous prison – you’ll set sail on one of the first ferries out to the island so you can beat the crowds. 
  • Cable Car: capture the beautiful city sights around Chinatown, North Beach and the Golden Gate Bridge whilst sightseeing from a converted classic cable car.
Seaplane Tour

Seaplane Tour

Some people will want to experience San Francisco from the air at the start of their stay as an inspired way to scout out places to visit; others will prefer to take this spectacular flight at the end of their visit to remind themselves of all the places they saw and loved. Either way, taking off from the water in a six-seater seaplane and getting a bird’s-eye-view of downtown San Francisco, Alcatraz and the majestic Golden Gate Bridge is an exceptional experience that’ll be on your best-ever list for years to come. 

Yosemite and Giant Sequoias Day Trip

Yosemite and Giant Sequoias Day Trip

This full-day trip departs from San Francisco, taking you east through historic Gold Rush towns en route to Yosemite. Once there, you’ll embark on an easygoing and photogenic one-hour hike to Tuolomne Grove and its soaring Sequoia trees, visit Inspiration Point for a staggering photo op of peaks El Capitan and Half Dome (while learning about the park from an experienced guide) and enjoy some free time to, well, simply be in nature. Perfection.  

The Wine Train

The Wine Train - San Francisco to Napa Valley

Wind your way into the heart of the world-famous Napa Valley wine region in style aboard a beautifully preserved antique Pullman railcar with this very special experience. Your tour begins in Napa itself before taking you through some of the area’s prettiest communities such as Yountville and St Helena, as well as a number of the country’s most prestigious and expensive wineries. And while you take in the soothing scenery, you’ll be served a gourmet meal prepared in one of this unique restaurant’s three onboard kitchens. And naturally, your meal will be paired with superlative local wine. 

More about San Francisco

The Golden Gate Bridge (actually painted a shade called International Orange) owes its name to the body of water over which it passes – the Golden Gate Strait. Whatever the facts, the only one that you'll care about as you cycle over this modern architectural icon is just how much presence it has. Pro tip: cycle on to the charming town of Sausalito and take the ferry back for yet more amazing views.

San Francisco's beset dining and shopping secret hides in plain sight: the self same Ferry Terminal that connects San Francisco's residents to towns across the bay including Sausalito and Oakland is also home to a thriving marketplace that's full of artisan edibles, coffee houses, boutiques and juice bars.

Ferry Terminal Building - San Francisco

Just an hour north of San Francisco over the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County, lies the little town of Stinson Beach. The lazy sweep of sand that gives Stinson its name is a popular beach-combing spot for San Fran residents, but stick around after they head home to witness the sun set over the Pacific.

Stinson Beach

What with all those photogenic hills, San Francisco can be punishing on the thighs. Happily, if you do find yourself flagging, San Francisco has superb public transport, from the picturesque trams to BART (the Bay Area Rapid Transport) - a rail network that covers a surprising amount of towns and cities around San Fran.

Cable Car San Francisco

How about a high-speed, twisting, turning, 30-minute blast around the Bay, in a sleek powerboat with a hot-rod-style, flame paint job ? With no two rides quite the same, you may well want to do this one again and again… Read more about the RocketBoat Ride experience »

RocketBoat Ride experience

Tuning into San Francisco’s hippy heritage isn’t the only reason this vintage VW minivan tour of 14 of the city’s famed districts is neato, but it’s a great place to start (man). Actually, aside from looking groovy, these classic six and seven-seaters – all characters themselves with names like Lillie, Harvey and Jerry –  are compact enough to reach fascinating corners of San Fran that regular tour buses can’t reach, giving them an edge that goes beyond their undeniably cool appearance. Driver guides are knowledgeable and super fun with it, and you’ll make plenty of stops for photo ops as you take in The Castro, Golden Gate Park, Fisherman’s Wharf and many other San Fran highlights. 

VW Camper Van Tour