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  • Address: Nob Hill
One of San Francisco’s original “Seven Hills,” Nob Hill gets its name from old gold-rush times when, as the bawdy waterfront offered no escape for the wealthy, the wealthy looked to build their homes on higher ground. The “nob” of Nob Hill actually is a contraction of an old Hindu word meaning, roughly, someone who has made his fortune. Today, Nob Hill is still home to some of San Francisco’s towering mansions and luxury hotels, but it’s historic feel and the eclectic neighborhoods that surround it give the area, for lack of a better phrase, a distinctly San Francisco feel.

While visiting, consider seeing some of the areas historic roots like the Huntington Hotel, the Fairmont Hotel, and Flood Mansion, all of which share in the vintage feel instilled by the old barber shops and cocktail lounges that line the streets. Popular sites of the neighborhood include the Cable Car Museum, the Grace Cathedral Episcopal Church and the Lumiere Theatre, while simply walking around the area is charming in itself.

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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 12 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

3-Day California Coast Tour: Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Carmel

4 star rating: Recommended 27 Reviews

Want to discover the best of the West Coast over three memorable days? This unique tour by van or motorcoach will take you from Los Angeles to the must-see ...  Read more

Location: Los Angeles, California
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $462.99

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

Nob Hill Walking Tour in San Francisco with Optional Lunch

For more than a century, San Francisco’s Nob Hill has been associated with the upper crust, the ‘beau monde.’ Take a guided walking tour to admire the ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 1.5 or 2.5-hours

From USD $40.00

Vampire Tour of San Francisco

The Vampire Tour of San Francisco is a walking tour of Nob Hill, conducted by Mina Harker from "Dracula." The script contains approximately 85% true ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $25.00

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