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Pacific Heights
Idyllic Pacific Heights, San Francisco’s most desirable address is famous for its historic homes—including Painted Lady Victorians—high-end shopping and dining on Fillmore Street, two hilltop parks, and billionaire residents. Everything in this neighborhood comes with postcard-worthy views across San Francisco Bay. 

The Basics
Visitors head to Pacific Heights in San Francisco to take in its bay views and to admire the architecture of its historic homes, but big bus tours don’t usually drive through the neighborhood. Instead opt for a smaller-group activity, such as an open-air trolley tour, vintage VW bus tour, or architecture walking tour to get the inside scoop on the historic neighborhood. Or catch a glimpse of its mansions from air on a helicopter tour.
 
Highlights of the neighborhood include Lafayette Park at Washington and Octavia streets, where you can view Spreckels Mansion, owned by Danielle Steel, and a second park, Alta Plaza. Many historic homes line Broadway, and the Haas-Lilienthal House, built in 1886 in the Queen Anne style, is open for tours on select days.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Pacific Heights is mainly residential, with Fillmore Street its main commercial strip.
  • The neighborhood is a draw for history and architecture buffs.
  • There is street parking in Pacific Heights, but pay attention to parking restrictions.
 
How to Get There
Pacific Heights is easily reached by cab or shared-ride vehicle, or take Muni buses 1, 3, 10, or 22. Alternatively you can drive your own vehicle or go as part of a tour.
 
When to Get There
The neighborhood is a pleasant place for a walk at almost any time of day—go in the early morning or evening to get the best light for photos of the bay, or head to one of the parks in the afternoon to see dog-walkers in action. July and August are usually the foggiest months while September and October bring the most sunshine. 
 
Japantown
Just south of Pacific Heights sits Japantown, where you can get a different San Francisco experience. This tiny neighborhood is packed with Japanese restaurants, shops, and cultural sights. It especially comes alive during events such as the Cherry Blossom Festival. From Pacific Heights, walk south on Fillmore to Post Street.
Address: San Francisco, California, USA
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San Francisco Cable Car City Trolley Tour From Fishermans WharfCity Tours

San Francisco Cable Car City Trolley Tour From Fishermans Wharf

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Explore San Francisco on this city tour that provides the chance to ride on a classic-style cable car without having to stick to the limited route of the city's tracks. As you travel aboard the cable car retrofitted with wheels, you'll hop off at three locations to take guided walking tours of the Civic Center, Alamo Square and Golden Gate Bridge areas. Blankets (it gets cold in the City by the Bay) are included. Select a morning or afternoon departure time when booking. 
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The Ultimate Day in the Bay Including Muir WoodsHistorical & Heritage Tours

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The Ultimate Day in the Bay Including Muir Woods

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Enjoy an introduction to San Francisco on this excursion that includes a trip across San Francisco Bay to Muir Woods National Monument. You'll be driven around the city to see its diverse neighborhoods and geography, stopping several times for photo ops. At Muir Woods, admire the towering redwood trees, and visit the waterfront town of Sausalito for lunch (own expense).
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San Francisco Cable Car City Trolley Tour from Union SquareCity Tours

San Francisco Cable Car City Trolley Tour from Union Square

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Avoid the hours-long wait at San Francisco’s cable car lines, while still getting a classic cable car experience during this city tour by converted cable car from Union Square. In addition to pointing out landmarks that visitors often miss, your guide also provides walking tours at City Hall, Alamo Square Park, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Plus, blankets and refreshments are included to make sure you stay comfortable during the ride.
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San Francisco Architecture Walking TourCultural Tours

San Francisco Architecture Walking Tour

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Discover the famed architecture of San Francisco on an architecture walking tour with a guide. You'll see the Painted Ladies and other Victorian gems as you learn about the Queen Anne style and more. Plus, pass by homes where celebrities such as Robin Williams and Francis Ford Coppola have lived and homes you may recognize from movies like "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "The Princess Diaries."
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Small Group Tour of San FranciscoHalf-day Tours

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Small Group Tour of San Francisco

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See San Francisco’s top attractions on a 3.5-hour tour by deluxe minivan. Led by a local guide, this small-group tour will take you through the famous neighborhoods of North Beach and Haight-Ashbury for a more personal sightseeing experience. You’ll also pass attractions like Golden Gate Park, Twin Peaks and Fisherman’s Wharf, stopping to admire the views along the way.
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Early Access to Alcatraz and Cable Car Sightseeing TourDay Trips

Early Access to Alcatraz and Cable Car Sightseeing Tour

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Visit Alcatraz Island before most visitors arrive and tour San Francisco on a motorized classic cable car. You’ll head to Alcatraz early to enter this National Historic Landmark District. Explore the former prison via the award-winning audio guide, and enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Palace of Fine Arts, and Fort Point on a cable car retrofitted with wheels, so you can see more of the city.
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San Francisco and Sausalito TourHistorical & Heritage Tours

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San Francisco and Sausalito Tour

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Explore San Francisco’s top sights and get an overview from your guide. Travel in a climate-controlled vehicle through the city, stopping for photo ops and to explore select locations. See Chinatown, the Castro, Fisherman’s Wharf, and other city sights. Then cross the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, where your tour ends. Perfect for first-time visitors, short on time, who don’t want to miss the main sights.
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Small-Group Full-Day Tour of San Francisco with AlcatrazHistorical & Heritage Tours

Small-Group Full-Day Tour of San Francisco with Alcatraz

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Explore San Francisco on a small-group full-day tour that covers top attractions including Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz. Get great views of the San Francisco Bay Area during the short ferry ride to Alcatraz Island, where you then take a self-guided audio tour of the infamous prison. Return to shore for your bus tour of destinations such as Nob Hill, the Haight-Ashbury, the Castro, the Mission, and Golden Gate Park. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off in San Francisco.
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The One Day in San Francisco Tour with AlcatrazCity Tours

The One Day in San Francisco Tour with Alcatraz

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See the best of San Francisco in one day on this guided tour that includes all transportation and admission to Alcatraz. Visit multiple locations with plenty of stops for photo ops, plus take a self-guided tour to Alcatraz Island. Travel across the Golden Gate Bridge to see the redwood trees of Muir Woods National Monument, and listen to commentary about San Francisco's culture, history, and other places to check out on your own.
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San Francisco City Insider's TourHistorical & Heritage Tours

San Francisco City Insider's Tour

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Explore San Francisco with a local insider and experience an extraordinary afternoon. This half-day tour takes you sightseeing around the city with a guide to offer commentary. Neighborhoods include Fisherman's Wharf, Presidio, Haight-Ashbury, Golden Gate Park, the Castro, and North Beach plus the Golden Gate Bridge. Free Wi-Fi is available aboard the vehicle so you can post your snaps to social media en route.
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San Francisco City Tour with Alcatraz - Includes Official Alcatraz TourCultural Tours

San Francisco City Tour with Alcatraz - Includes Official Alcatraz Tour

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Explore Alcatraz in the afternoon, then at 5PM take a city sightseeing tour. See the city’s main attractions by bus including districts such as Chinatown and the North Beach. Make photo at City Hall, and the Painted Ladies; see the Golden Gate Bridge from two points; and travel by ferry to Alcatraz Island.
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Private small group immersive San Francisco neighborhoods walking & city tourCultural Tours

Private small group immersive San Francisco neighborhoods walking & city tour

Doing an urban trek San Francisco neighborhoods walking tour & city tour will be an immersive San Francisco experience because guests will be walking the street and alleys and take San Francisco's public transportation; while learning the history, current happenings and demographics of each neighborhood. Guests will get to experience the famous neighborhoods as well as the less famous, but just as interesting, neighborhoods. Guests will know more about San Francisco than most San Franciscans after the urban trek tour.
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Panoramic San Francisco City Tour - 2 hoursHistorical & Heritage Tours

Panoramic San Francisco City Tour - 2 hours

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Our unique open top vehicle has a great vantage point boasting beautiful panoramic views of San Francisco sights.
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