Abundant natural beauty, eclectic neighborhoods, and a stellar food scene make San Francisco a must for any West Coast itinerary. These unique activities allow you to see Golden Gate City through a different lens, whether you want to experience hippie culture, taste burritos in the Mission District, or explore famous film locations.
Ride in Style
Forget the usual bus tour and opt for a quirkier form of transportation to explore the streets of San Francisco. Take a journey through the 1960s and 1970s aboard a psychedelic bus or vintage Volkswagen, drive across the Golden Gate Bridge in an open-air red vintage fire engine, or float along the Sausalito waterfront in a historic wooden boat.
Treat Your Tastebuds
San Francisco’s food scene is as diverse as its neighborhoods, so it’s a good idea to focus your culinary explorations on a specific area. Pair your food with vibrant street art in the colorful Mission District, find out why Berkeley’s North Shattuck area is called the Gourmet Ghetto, or fly by helicopter to wine country for an afternoon of tasting.
Dig Beneath the Surface
There’s a lot more to San Francisco than Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge. These activities let you dig a bit deeper to explore sides of the city that might not be immediately obvious. Duck into a private home for a cooking class, delve into SF’s movie history, or visit notoriously haunted corners.
Take the Path Less Traveled
Some 25 million people visit San Francisco each year. These unique tours offer the chance to branch out from typical tourist haunts and enjoy experiences that many visitors never get to have. Capture the city in its best early morning light, take to the hills for an urban hike, or tour a lesser-known neighborhood like Pacific Heights or the nearby town of Sausalito.