Union Square Tours

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The newly paved grounds of Union Square, bordered by brightly lit department stores and hotels, may not at first seem like an inviting place to hang out. But perch awhile on a skinny bench or grab a coveted seat at the café in the square, and you’ll discover some of the best people-watching in the city.

For in one day, you’ll see theater-goers debate the merits of the latest David Mamet productions, Nob Hill society dames in dark glasses duck into Maiden Lane spas for facials, and giddy teens wear out their parents while shopping for prom dresses.

But the real reason to come to Union Square is to shop. The square is home to six major department stores: Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Barney’s, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Neiman Marcus. Boutique shoppers will find plenty of spots to browse the latest designer fashion. High-end emporiums surround the square, including Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, Prada, and Giorgio Armani. Other stores, just south of Union Square along Market Street, include Old Navy, Apple Store, Anthropologie, and Urban Outfitters.

Nearby attractions include the theater district, Chinatown, and the French Quarter, with its many restaurants and cafes. Union Square is also only a few blocks from fashionable Nob Hill.

Practical Info

You can get to Union Square by all forms of public transportation. Two cable car lines (Powell-Hyde and Powell-Mason) serve Union Square on Powell Street; the F-Market antique street car, trolley, and bus lines also stop here.

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Address: Intersection of Geary, Powell, Post, and Stockton Streets, San Francisco 94102, USA
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Hours: Open daily
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Admission: Free
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Haunted SF: Ghosts, Murder and Mystery

Brave San Francisco’s dark past during this 90-minute walking tour of haunted San Francisco. After meeting at the city’s famous Union Square (after dark, of course), a local guide will escort you down haunted allies, through a mysterious hotel, and around historic street corners. You’ll ponder the curious ‘poached eggs’ murder at the Pinecrest Diner and visit the site of Tessie Wall’s storied brothel. After stopping by a few more scary sites, your tour ends right in the center of San Francisco. This tour is not recommended for children.
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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USD21.18
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  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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San Francisco Night Tour by Bus

See the Golden Gate Bridge, the Embarcadero, Union Square, and other San Francisco sights on this 90-minute evening tour by double-decker bus. Starting at Fisherman’s Wharf, you’ll cruise through the city to see top attractions in a convenient way with live commentary from an on-board guide.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Art and Architecture Walking Tour of Union Square and Chinatown

Explore two of San Francisco's most distinctive neighborhoods side-by-side on a 2-hour walking tour of Chinatown and Union Square. Learn the fascinating history behind the oldest Chinatown in the United States, and be immersed in the city’s contrasting cultures as you stroll alongside cable cars through Union Square’s chic hotels, architectural landmarks, and luxury boutiques.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Napa Winery Tour from San Francisco

Taste the bottled bounty of California's world-famous wine country on a full-day tour to Napa Valley from San Francisco. Skip the hassle of driving and the stress of choosing from more than 300 different wineries, and relax as a professional driver and guide take you through the gorgeous vineyards to two hand-picked estates. Learn about the winemaking process and sip bright, bold varietals with included premium tastings at both stops.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Self-Guided Bike Rentals from San Francisco

Experience one of San Francisco’s most popular activities—biking across the Golden Gate Bridge—with this bike rental from the Marina District, conveniently located near Crissy Field and the route to the bridge. A bike, map, helmet and lock are provided with this rental, plus you’ll receive tips on the best ways to bike to the bridge and around the city. On the other side of the bridge, you can explore the waterfront town of Sausalito before returning to the city. Rental period is 24 hours.
  • Duration: 1 day
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San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off and Alcatraz Combo Tour

With a hop-on hop-off bus tour and pre-booked Alcatraz ticket, you can cover all of San Francisco’s top attractions. You’ll enjoy convenient transportation to the Alcatraz ferry landing, where you’ll head across San Francisco Bay to tour the island prison with an included audio guide. Choosing between a 24-hour or 48-hour Hop On Hop Off tour provides easy sightseeing across the city, from Golden Gate Park to Chinatown to Fisherman’s Wharf. Plus, listen to live commentary on board the bus to learn fun facts about San Francisco.
  • Duration: 2 days
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Early Access to Alcatraz and Cable Car Sightseeing Tour

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 Chinatown, North Beach and the Golden Gate Bridge on a cable car retrofitted with wheels, so you can see more of the city.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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USD192.50
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Explore San Francisco’s most iconic attractions the fun and easy way on a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Ride aboard a comfortable, double-decker coach while listening to live commentary on passing highlights and city history. Hop on or off at any of 24 different stops, including Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, Haight-Ashbury and North Beach. Alternatively, cruise across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito for fantastic views of the skyline and Alcatraz. Choose from several 1- or 2-day pass options to customize your time in the ‘City by the Bay.’
  • Duration: 2 days
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  • Duration: 2 days
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Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Ride a double-decker sightseeing bus to San Francisco's most famous landmarks with a choice of 3 different passes. Explore the city's 49 square miles, including stops at big-name attractions like Pier 39, the Palace of Fine Arts and Union Square. Go at your own pace, hopping off at any of 24 stops, exploring at your leisure, and then hopping back on when you're done. Upgrade to the Big Bus to take walking tours of the Barbary Coast, Chinatown and North Beach. Choose the Premium or Deluxe pass to take a night bus tour, and a trolley tour in nearby Sausalito (included in Deluxe ticket only).
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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San Francisco Helicopter and Alcatraz Tour

Fly over San Francisco in a helicopter for stunning aerial views of the area, then take the ferry to explore Alcatraz. Book this flexible combination tour over consecutive days or on the same day, and choose from three different flight times and two pickup locations. The 20-minute helicopter flight allows spectacular aerial views of the city's major landmarks. After your flight, board a ferry to Alcatraz and take an award-winning audio tour of 'the Rock'.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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USD243.00
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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San Francisco Love Tour

Hop on a ‘70s-era VW bus and get to know the hippie past and hipster vibe that make up San Francisco today. Starting and ending at Fisherman’s Wharf, this 2-hour sightseeing tour takes you around the city, including 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. So settle into a neon-blue seat and dig your shoes into groovy shag carpet. Each bus accommodates up to just six people.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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San Francisco Fire Engine Holiday Lights Tour

Join a festive 1.5-hour tour of San Francisco’s holiday lights aboard a vintage open-air Mack fire engine. Hear commentary from your enthusiastic guide and holiday music as you travel to Fisherman's Wharf, the Embarcadero, Market Street, and Union Square to see festive holiday light displays at top sightseeing attractions. Ride with a small group limited to 12 people for a more intimate family-friendly experience of San Francisco. Have the option to wear the provided firefighter gear to stay warm and look great in photo ops!
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Wine Country by Helicopter with Wine Tasting and Food Pairing

Fly by helicopter from the San Francisco Bay Area to Wine Country during this tour. Enjoy views of the city, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Wine Country's rolling vineyards before touching down at one of the area's most prestigious wineries. Enjoy a guided tour of the property, tapas and a wine tasting. With your small group limited to 6 people, learn about the winery's world-class varietals and all the love and labor that goes into making the perfect cabernet. When your 3-hour excursion is over, travel back to San Francisco by helicopter.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tours

Take a journey around San Francisco's top sights in a retro way with this "painted ladies" tour by vintage Volkswagen bus decorated with long gorgeous eyelashes so you can't miss your tour vehicle. You'll pass by neighborhoods like Chinatown, Union Square, Pacific Heights, North Beach, Haight-Ashbury, the Marina, and the Castro, plus see the Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, Twin Peaks, and more.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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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!
  • Duration: 2 hours
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San Francisco Movie Sights City Tour

With its iconic hills, architecture, bridge and bay, it’s no wonder so many movies have been filmed in San Francisco. See filming locations from more than 55 productions—from blockbusters like ‘San Andreas’ to family favorites like ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’—on this movie sites tour from Fisherman’s Wharf. Watch clips on the tour bus as you pass by the real locations with an informative actor-turned-guide who shares stories about the city and cinema history.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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San Francisco Love Night Tour

Get to know the hippie past and hipster vibe that make up San Francisco today aboard a colorful 1970s-era Volkswagen bus. Enjoy the illuminated city during this 2-hour night tour that takes you to Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, North Beach, the Castro, the Mission, downtown and more. Check out the homes of The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, while listening to ‘60s classics. So dig your shoes into groovy shag carpet and shake some beaded curtains. Each bus accommodates up to just six people.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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San Francisco Full Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Make your own travel itinerary for the day while in San Francisco with this full-day hop-on hop-off buss pass. Ride a double-decker bus throughout the city, and hop off and back on at any of the stops along the route. Make stops at Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden Gate Park, Union Square, Chinatown, the Financial District, and Haight-Ashbury. Along the way 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: 1 day
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  • Duration: 1 day
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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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Painted Ladies Wine Country Tour

The Sonoma Valley is one of California’s oldest and most renowned wine regions. On this full-day tour, travel around the Sonoma Valley in a Vintage VW bus and visit three award-winning wineries. Learn all about the wine-making process as you tour a wine cave, sample a variety of Californian wines during guided wine tastings, and tuck into a gourmet Italian-style lunch at a winery restaurant.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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USD125.00
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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San Francisco City Tour

Step aboard a vintage Volkswagen bus for a San Francisco city tour. Travel down streets a typical tour bus can't access while your guide fills you in on the history of the City by the Bay, from the Gold Rush to Silicon Valley. Get views of landmarks such as Twin Peaks, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz as you travel through 14 distinct city districts.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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USD85.00
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  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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PIER 39 Attraction Pass

Enjoy admission to the Pier 39 7D Experience and four other Pier 39 activities with this attraction pass. You’ll receive entry to the Aquarium of the Bay and Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze, a 48-hour ticket for a San Francisco hop-on hop-off tour, and your choice of two San Francisco Bay cruises. Plus, use provided coupons for discounts at shops and restaurants around Pier 39.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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San Francisco Express City Tour

Looking for an authentic San Francisco experience? Trade the tour bus for a vintage Volkswagen van that easily navigates the city’s less-traveled lanes. Vantigo’s San Francisco City Tour takes you through 14 famed districts, complete with views of Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, Twin Peaks and several other storied landmarks. Along the way, we’ll share tales of earthquakes that shaped the landscape, industrial shifts from the 1849 Gold Rush to the rise of Silicon Valley, 1960s counterculture, and surprising insights that only a local would know. Whether this is your first San Francisco visit or you’ve lived here for years, you’ll see the city from a new perspective. Book today. Then, sit back and enjoy the ride!
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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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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USD495.00
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