In a select few blocks of San Francisco’s bustling downtown lies the beautiful Civic Center. Known for housing some of the city’s main governmental and cultural institutions, the Civic Center is a hub of activity and not just for municipal officials – there’s really a lot to do and see. Take a look and you’ll find the impressive City Hall and War Memorial Opera House built in the beautiful Beaux Arts style. The San Francisco Public Library houses millions(!) of books, and on Sunday mornings the UN Plaza Farmers’ Market has more fine nibbling you could hope to wish for. After touring the buildings, consider the adjacent Hayes Valley for wandering the antique shops, restaurants, art galleries, and book stores.

Practical Info

The San Francisco Civic Center is a few blocks long, but its main thoroughfare is Van Ness Ave. and is bounded by Market Street on the south, Franklin Street on the west, Turk Street on the north, and Leavenworth and Seventh on the east.

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Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 144 Reviews

See San Francisco's most famous sights aboard a double-decker Big Bus that loops around the city. This 24-hour pass makes it easy for you to check out Union ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: Varies

From USD $30.00

Big Bus San Francisco Sightseeing and Alcatraz Combo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

See all of San Francisco's top attractions over two or three consecutive days with this special Big Bus hop-on hop-off tour and combo package. Create your own ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2 or 3 days

From USD $140.00

San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Ticket and Alcatraz Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 355 Reviews

Everything you'll need to see in San Francisco and at your own pace! From Alcatraz to modern San Francisco architecture, this tour covers the beauty and ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $99.99

City Sightseeing San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 30 Reviews

See San Francisco's most exciting attractions aboard a double-decker bus with one ticket! Choose a 24-hour or 48-hour City Sightseeing pass and discover  ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: Varies

From USD $33.00

San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 8 Reviews

Take in the highlights of San Francisco with a hop-on hop-off tour, an easy, convenient way to see the city. Enjoy informative commentary and great views as ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.00

Classic San Francisco Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Explore San Francisco’s defining districts and lesser-known neighborhoods on this 4.5 to 5-hour bike tour. During your approx. 12-mile (19.5-km) route, cycle ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 4.5 to 5-hours (approx.)

From USD $89.00

Best Heart of San Francisco Bike Tour

Cycle through the heart of San Francisco on this moderate 3.5-hour bike tour of the city’s must-visit neighborhoods, including Hayes Valley, Civic Center, ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 3.5 hours

From USD $65.00

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