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How to Get Off the Beaten Path in San Francisco

How to Get Off the Beaten Path in San Francisco

While snapping a pic of the Golden Gate Bridge or driving down crooked Lombard Street is always fun to do, consider taking a detour from the main sites to witness a different side of San Francisco. Here’s how to make the most of your time in The City by the Bay.

Legion of Honor

With an impressive fine art collection that spans 4,000 years of history, the Legion of Honor is perched on the city’s northwest edge and boasts views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay. The museum is built in the French neoclassical style, with a cast of Rodin’sThe Thinker in its rotunda.

Balmy Alley

With its Latino roots and hipster vibes, the Mission District is perhaps one of the most colorful areas of the city, and Balmy Alley in particular boasts the most concentrated collection of murals in San Francisco. The block-long alley is painted by local artists and the murals are constantly changing styles. Visitors are encouraged to walk the alley for the full experience.

16th Avenue Tiled Steps

Located on Moraga Street between 15th and 16th avenues, this 163-step stairway was commissioned as a community art project. The hand-made mosaic designs feature an evolving sea-to-stars design. Plus, there’s a lovely garden on either side of the steps and a great view of the breakers from the top.

San Francisco Bay

Hit the open water for a change of pace and scenery on any of the local ferries, or book a cruise around the bay on a sailboat or catamaran. Sailing around the bay provides a different vantage point and often includes glimpses of Alcatraz and Angel islands, Marin, or Sausalito. 

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San Francisco Bay Sunset Catamaran Cruise

San Francisco Bay Sunset Catamaran Cruise

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Sail across San Francisco Bay at twilight to admire the city skyline as it begins to light up for the night. With an experienced captain at the helm, you’ll glide past Alcatraz Island and cruise underneath the Golden Gate Bridge.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.00
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Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Twilight or Sunset Cruise

Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Twilight or Sunset Cruise

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Bypass the line and head directly to the gate with your prebooked tickets. This sunset cruise takes you across San Francisco Bay with outstanding views of the city skyline, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and Sausalito. Enjoy a light appetizer buffet while you sip an included glass of wine, beer or soda from the full bar. Relax as you listen to the captain’s live commentary while background music sets the tone. Watch the sunset or select a twilight cruise during winter months.
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  • 2 hours
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$80.00
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Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise

Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise

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Explore one of California's most iconic settings from the beauty of San Francisco Bay. This narrated Golden Gate Bay cruise journeys alongside Alcatraz and Angel Island State Park, past the shores of Sausalito and beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. You can choose to view the sights from inside your boat or out on deck.
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  • 1 hour
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$34.00
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San Francisco Dinner Dance Cruise

San Francisco Dinner Dance Cruise

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Spend an evening on the San Francisco Bay during this dinner cruise, including a 4-course gourmet meal of fresh, local ingredients prepared on board. After dinner, dance to the live band or enjoy the nighttime views of Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the city skyline from the exterior deck. Viator Exclusive: Upgrade to include window seating and a bottle of sparkling wine, an option available nowhere else.
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  • 3 hours
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$154.20
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San Francisco Bay Sailing Cruise

San Francisco Bay Sailing Cruise

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Admire San Francisco and its surrounding sights from the water on a San Francisco Bay sailing cruise. Onboard a catamaran, sail past the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, legendary Alcatraz Island, and the hamlet of Sausalito. Take advantage of great photo ops while you soak up the sea breeze during this scenic tour.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$72.00
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San Francisco Supper Club Buffet Dinner Cruise

San Francisco Supper Club Buffet Dinner Cruise

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Have dinner with panoramic city views on a San Francisco Bay supper club cruise. Spend time on the water with the twinkling city skyline as your backdrop. Take in the views and enjoy the sea breeze on the exterior decks, cut loose on the dance floor with a DJ spinning top 40 hits, and enjoy a buffet dinner with classic American and international dishes on the menu.
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  • 3 hours
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Secret Food Tour of San Francisco's Mission District w/ Private Tour Option

Secret Food Tour of San Francisco's Mission District w/ Private Tour Option

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The Mission district in San Francisco has famously inspired its own style of burrito, but leave room for more than rice and beans on this culinary walking tour. Sample classic dishes from bakery-style cookies to San Francisco clam chowder, and learn about the neighborhood with your guide between bites.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$221.20
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Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bridge-to-Bridge Cruise

Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bridge-to-Bridge Cruise

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On this San Francisco bridge cruise, get an up-close look at the city’s two engineering marvels—the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge—as you travel across San Francisco Bay. See major city sights like Alcatraz, Coit Tower, and the Ferry Building, and listen to recorded commentary about the city's legendary architecture while you glide under both bridges.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$44.00
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1.5-hour San Francisco Bay Sailing Tour

1.5-hour San Francisco Bay Sailing Tour

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Take a relaxing afternoon sailing cruise aboard a traditional sailboat on the San Francisco Bay. Cruise past landmarks such as Alcatraz Island, Angel Island, the Sausalito waterfront, and Golden Gate Bridge, and see the San Francisco skyline on your way back to Pier 39. Includes two drinks, and personalized attention from the crew and captain.
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2-Hour Sunset Sail on the San Francisco Bay

2-Hour Sunset Sail on the San Francisco Bay

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Come aboard the Privateer for a beautiful sailing journey along the San Francisco Bay where you can enjoy sightseeing at the most beautiful time of day—sunset. Coast along as you spot out Alcatraz, the Sausalito shoreline, and the Golden Gate bridge, all with a drink of choice in your hand.  
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  • 2 hours
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$130.00
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Lonely Planet Experiences: Food & Street Art of Mission District (Small Group)

Lonely Planet Experiences: Food & Street Art of Mission District (Small Group)

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Discover a variety of delicious foods along with vibrant street art on a 2.5-hour food and art tour in San Francisco’s Mission District. Your guide introduces you to the history and culture of the neighborhood as you take in eye-popping murals along Balmy Avenue and Clarion Alley, and taste the specialties at five favorite local eateries. Expect to try gourmet donuts, Mexican pastries, agua fresca (fruit drink), sweet or savory pie, and stop at a famous taqueria before finishing up at Dolores Park and the Mission Dolores.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Legion of Honor Museum General Admission Ticket

Legion of Honor Museum General Admission Ticket

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Explore one of San Francisco’s most prominent art collections with admission to the Legion of Honor Museum. Set in the headlands above the Golden Gate Bridge, the building’s stunning neoclassical exterior is modeled after the Palais de la Légion d’Honneur in Paris. Inside, discover an impressive collection of ancient Mediterranean art, European paintings and sculptures, and the most extensive assemblage of works on paper in the American West. Upgrade your ticket to include entrance to the Special Exhibits or the insightful commentary of an audio guide. Your ticket also allows you to enter the de Young Museum at no extra cost.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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$15.00
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Alcatraz City Sail

Alcatraz City Sail

Those with limited time in San Francisco can still enjoy a 90-minute sail around Alcatraz Island. You may not have time to go ashore and do the audio tour, but you can still relax on board a sail boat and take in views of the island. Your captain will provide in-depth commentary as you sail.
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  • 1 hour
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$40.00
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San Francisco Social Sunday Cruise

San Francisco Social Sunday Cruise

Take to the Pacific Ocean and enjoy some of the best views of coastal San Francisco with this Sunday evening social cruise. Enjoy the scenery and get your groove on to chart topping tunes spun by a local DJ, with a cash bar available onboard if you want to pick up the pace and prepare for a big night.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.00
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