The Presidio Tours

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Since it was founded in 1776, the Presidio of San Francisco has had many lives, from a Spanish military site to an American Army post to a National Park Service location. Today, it draws visitors for its cultural sites, hiking trails, public art, restaurants, and views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay.
 
The Basics
The Presidio is part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area and is managed mostly by the Presidio Trust. Perched on the city’s northwest corner, it’s unique among national park sites: In addition to a variety of recreational activities, it’s also home to residential houses, businesses, and a school. Visit on a bike tour, GoCar tour, or a small-group tour by VW van or vintage fire truck, or see it from above on a helicopter ride. 
 
To explore on your own, start at the Presidio Officers’ Club or the visitor center to get oriented and ask any questions you have. Attractions and experiences on offer include hiking, golfing, bowling, sailing, beaches, military buildings, the Walt Disney Family Museum, and four pieces of art around the park by artist Andy Goldsworthy.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Unlike most national parks, the Presidio is free to visit.
  • Most of its parking lots and street parking require a fee, but there are some free spaces.
  • The Main Post is the heart of the park, where you’ll find the Presidio Visitor Center, Officers’ Club, the Inn at the Presidio, and the Presidio Trust offices.
  • The Presidio is large, so you may end up walking more than you planned; wear comfortable shoes and keep water with you.
 
How to Get There
The PresidiGo shuttle operates a route inside the park, a route to Crissy Field, and a route from downtown. Biking from Fisherman’s Wharf or the Marina District is a pleasant way to get to the park, or take Muni bus 41 or 45.
 
When to Get There
Arrive in the late morning to plan your day from the visitor, while still leaving enough time to see everything you want. Events take place throughout the year, including outdoor family movies, live music, and cultural programs at the Officers’ Club. The Presidio Picnic runs on Sundays from March through October with a rotating selection of food trucks.
 
Palace of Fine Arts
The Palace of Fine Arts is not part of the Presidio but sits adjacent to the park’s northeastern edge, so it’s easy to visit at the same time. This European-looking monument was originally built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition; today, it’s a great spot for photos and relaxing by the duck pond.

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San Francisco Deluxe Half-Day City Tour

Take a San Francisco half-day tour to pack in the city’s top sights in a convenient way that leaves you with plenty of time to spare so you can enjoy the city however you wish. With a driver-guide, travel the city by bus, stopping at major attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks. Get oriented as you pass through neighborhoods like North Beach and Chinatown, and admire the City by the Bay’s famous Victorian homes. Plus, you can upgrade to include a 1-hour cruise on San Francisco Bay.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Alcatraz and San Francisco City Tour Combo

Explore San Francisco and Alcatraz on this full-day tour. Hop aboard a ferry for a scenic ride to Alcatraz and enjoy the award-winning audio walking tour. Then, with a knowledgeable local guide, learn about the City by the Bay through visits to top attractions such as Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, the Presidio, and the Palace of Fine Arts.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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San Francisco Vista Grande Helicopter Tour

Fly in a helicopter over San Francisco's most famous landmarks on this 30-minute tour. Fly over some of the city's neighborhoods, then head for Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge. Continue towards Sausalito, Tiburon, Angel Island and the Marin Headlands while you enjoy choreographed musical accompaniment and informative commentary from your expert pilot. 
  • Duration: 30 minutes
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San Francisco Super Saver: City Tour plus Muir Woods and Sausalito Day Trip

Combine two of San Francisco’s top tours into one Super Saver, which provides a comprehensive look at the best of the Bay Area. You’ll travel by bus to Muir Woods, crossing the Golden Gate Bridge on the way, and be wowed by the towering redwood trees of the old-growth forest. Then visit the waterfront town of Sausalito before returning to San Francisco for a deluxe city tour that takes in major attractions like Chinatown, Golden Gate Park and Twin Peaks.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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$106.20 USD
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Muir Woods and Sausalito Morning Tour

Take in two of the San Francisco Bay Area’s top destinations, Muir Woods and Sausalito, on a 4-hour morning tour from downtown San Francisco. Drive through the Presidio and across the Golden Gate Bridge to Muir Woods National Monument where you have some time to walk among towering old growth redwood trees. Next, head to Sausalito for a stroll along the picturesque waterfront, which is full of great boutiques, cafes and restaurants. You can opt to remain on your own in Sausalito or return on the coach.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Bike Tour

On this San Francisco bike tour, you’ll cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge from the city to the waterfront town of Sausalito. With a guide, ride from Fisherman’s Wharf to Marina Green and Crissy Field, and stop at Fort Point and Vista Point for photo ops of the bridge and San Francisco Bay. The 3-hour guided tour ends in Sausalito, where you are free to bike more on your own and return to the city at your leisure (either bike back or purchase a ferry ticket). This tour includes use of the bike for the full day.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Golden Gate Bridge Guided Bicycle or E-Bike Tour from San Francisco to Sausalito

Cycle through San Francisco and across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge on this 3-hour guided bike tour. Led by a local guide, you’ll ride along the waterfront, passing Fisherman’s Wharf and the historic Presidio. Then admire the city skyline from the Golden Gate Bridge, with views of Alcatraz and the long stretch of the Pacific on the opposite side. Your tour will conclude in Sausalito or Tiburon, where you can explore before taking the ferry back to San Francisco. Your bike rental is valid for 24 hours to continue sightseeing on your own.
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San Francisco Private Sightseeing Tour

Make your visit to San Francisco easy with this private sightseeing tour that includes round-trip transport in a luxury vehicle of your choice and bridge tolls. See some of the city’s most famous and memorable areas as this tour takes away the stress of maneuvering through the streets and parking in congested areas. Walk down Pier 39, stop for a cannoli in North Beach, see historic cable cars at the San Francisco Cable Car Museum, and take photos of the windmills in Golden Gate Park. Whatever you choose to do, it's up to you when and where to stop.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Skip The Bus: San Francisco By Luxury Minivan Tour

Avoid the crowds, confusion, and limitations of large buses and discover San Francisco by private luxury minivan. The 4-hour tour takes you to parts of the city where buses aren’t allowed.  With maximum five passengers, you’re guaranteed a window seat, while you listen to live commentary. Stop for photo opportunities at six of the city’s most popular attractions, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Alcatraz and San Francisco Bay Adventure Sightseeing Cruise

Sure. You can hop on the standard ferry to Alcatraz and explore the prison with the rest of the tourists. Or you can catch a ferry over to Sausalito and see a few parts of the Bay. But this combo-tour tour combines best of both worlds. The 'Bay Voyager' is a ship that takes you closer to the sights than any other ship. Make use of complimentary wet-weather gear in case you get a little too close to Mother Nature. After your RIB Boat experience, head  over to Pier 33 to join the famous Alcatraz Prison tour and see the grounds and the notorious solitary confinement wing.*You must submit all passenger names on checkout to redeem your Alcatraz Cruise tickets
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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San Francisco All-Day Alcatraz and GoCar Adventure Package Including Lunch

Visit the former prison cells of Alcatraz Island and then motor through San Francisco streets in your very own GPS-guided GoCar. This combo experience includes a ferry ride across the bay for an award-winning audio tour of the notorious penitentiary. You'll also receive a fabulous lunch from Get Fresh SF where you'll have your choice of a sandwich, wrap, or Asian bowl. On the same day or another day, take a 2-hour drive in your private GoCar, preloaded with more than 50 must-see attractions and landmarks including the Presidio, Crissy Field, Ocean Beach, Golden Gate Park and Lombard Street — the crookedest street in the world!
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2-Day Muir Woods and Wine Country Tour from San Francisco

See and taste the legendary delights of Northern California on a 2-day tour from San Francisco to Sonoma Valley and Napa Valley. With both guided sightseeing and free time, this escape from the city is the perfect way to treat yourself to a leisurely wine country experience. You’ll visit wineries like Benziger Family Winery, admire postcard-perfect vineyards and enjoy up to eight wine tastings. Additionally, visit Muir Woods, home to the state’s celebrated redwood trees. Hotel accommodation is included.
  • Duration: 2 days
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San Francisco GoCar Tour

Ride a GoCar all over San Francisco as it navigates for you and provides a guided tour. Take as long as you like to explore the city with a storytelling car as your guide — what Time Magazine has called "one of the coolest inventions of the year." Let this tiny car show you what the city is all about, learn about its history and visit sites like the Presidio, Coit Tower, Chinatown and Lombard Street. Pick up your car at one of two convenient locations: Union Square or Beach Street near Fisherman's Wharf.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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San Francisco Experience City Tour from Fisherman's Wharf

Explore San Francisco on a 3-hour 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) and refreshments are included. Select a morning or afternoon departure time when booking. 
  • Duration: 3 hours
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City Sightseeing San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Go sightseeing in San Francisco and its surroundings by hop-on hop-off bus with a City Sightseeing San Francisco pass. Select a 1-day pass that includes access to the City and Sausalito tours. Or choose a 2-day pass that includes the City and Sausalito tours but adds a park and beach route and the Night tour, too, so you cover all the main attractions with one ticket. This flexible and family-friendly pass lets you hop on and off the double-decker bus at any of the designated stops and explore San Francisco at your own pace.
  • Duration: 1 to 2 days
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  • Duration: 1 to 2 days
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San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge Evening Bike Tour

Admire San Francisco’s top attractions as the sun sets over the city on this 3-hour evening bike tour. Led by a local guide, you’ll pedal past Crissy Field, Fort Mason and Fisherman’s Wharf before heading across the Golden Gate Bridge for the sunset. Your guide will provide fun and factual commentary about the city’s rich history as you continue on through the Presidio, making stops at the Palace of Fine Arts and more. For an even more relaxing ride, upgrade to an electric bike.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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San Francisco Private Love Tour

If you’re going to do a sightseeing tour of San Francisco by bus, make it a memorable one. Book a 1970s-era Volkswagen bus for your private party of six and wind through the city’s top attractions with a personalized guide on a 4-hour tour. Travel into streets that larger vehicles cannot pass through as you explore Chinatown, North Beach, the Castro, the Mission, downtown and more. See the homes of The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, while listening to ‘60s classics. Hotel transport included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Tour of San Francisco

Explore San Francisco on a personalized excursion with your own group of up to six people. Enjoy the undivided attention of a private driver/guide and visit highlights such as Union Square, Chinatown, Fishermen's Wharf, and Golden Gate Park, traveling between attractions with ease in an air-conditioned van. Plus, soak up views of Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, Twin Peaks, and other San Francisco landmarks.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Tour: San Francisco Sightseeing - 3 Hour

Explore San Francisco like a VIP on this private sightseeing tour by luxury vehicle. Sit back, relax and admire the landscape of the famously hilly City by the Bay while a chauffeur drives you to top attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge, Pier 39, Twin Peaks and more. Pickup is available anywhere within San Francisco. Select your vehicle preference when booking, depending on the size of your private group.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Golden Gate Bridge Sailing Tour

Go sailing on the San Francisco Bay on a spectacular 2-hour sailboat cruise from Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf. Head to the Golden Gate Bridge for sweeping views of the Marin Headlands, Tiburon and Sausalito, then glide across the bay, passing Angel Island, Alcatraz Island, The Presidio, Crissy Field, Ghirardelli Square and the Bay Bridge. You can enjoy two complimentary glasses of sparkling wine, beer or soda, and ask your captain and crew any questions you may have along the way.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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San Francisco Half-Day City Tour

Being a tourist can be exhausting. Throw in some of San Francisco's infamous hills, constant consultation of guide books and the lure of tourist traps, and you might want to return to your lodgings in haste. However, this San Francisco sightseeing experience includes a hotel pickup and a coach tour that allows the city to unfold before you from atop your air-conditioned perch. It's a great way to keep your eyes on the real jewels of the city by the bay.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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$66.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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2-Day Narrated Hop-On Hop-Off Tour in San Francisco

Make your own travel itinerary for the day while in San Francisco with this 2-day hop-on hop-off bus pass. Ride a double-decker bus throughout the city, and hop off and back on at any of the stops along the route. This bus offers four routes you can choose from, and along each route you can listen to historical and fun facts about the areas you pass. See some of SF’s most popular places, such as Pier 39, the Palace of Fine Arts, the de Young Museum, and War Memorial Opera House.
  • Duration: 2 days
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$55.99 USD
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Skip the Line: The Walt Disney Family Museum Admission in San Francisco

Visit San Francisco’s historic Presidio District and learn about the man behind the Disney classics at The Walt Disney Family Museum. Enjoy easy access to the attraction with this skip-the-line pass. Admire Walt’s early cartoons and films, and hear about his life through videos and narration from the animator himself. Explore the museum at your own speed, stopping in to see a Disney classic in the Fantasia-themed theater. Don’t forget to check out views of the Bay from the museum’s glass wall before you go, and upgrade your ticket to include access to the special exhibitions.
  • Duration: Flexible
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$25.00 USD
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  • Duration: Flexible
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Full-Day Electric Bike Tour of San Francisco

Tour San Francisco and tackle the hills with the help of an electric bike on a full-day tour with a guide. Zip through several of the city's most interesting neighborhoods on a 20-mile (32-km) spin through districts such as Hayes Valley, Presidio, Haight-Ashbury, Castro, and the Mission. You'll have time for stops at Golden Gate Park, the Pacific Ocean, and the Golden Gate Bridge, and refuel with lunch (own expense) at one of the city's great local restaurants.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$93.00 USD
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