Vista Point Tours

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Vista Point
Visitors to the Bay Area always want to know: what is the best place to view the Golden Gate Bridge? For many, the answer is to head across the water to Marin Headlands. 

Just across the bridge you’ll find some of the best views looking back at the bridge with the city of San Francisco in the background. On a clear day, the view from Vista Point of the bridge and the downtown skyline from across the bay is simply stunning. If thick fog is present, it is possible that you won’t be able to even see the bridge. Yet on a sunny day, with views spanning 180 degrees out to the water and out past Alcatraz, it’s hard to imagine a better place to see San Francisco. It is beautiful both during the day and at night, when the city lights are visible. It’s a particularly popular spot for photographers — in fact, many of the iconic photos you’ve seen of the bridge were likely taken from this locale.

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Get to Vista Point from San Francisco by driving north on the Golden Gate Bridge. You will see an exit for Vista Point on the righthand side just after crossing. The circular parking lot can get crowded, but it is free for up to four hours.  There is a short walking path from the parking lot to the best views. For nearby food, venture to the seaside town of Sausalito — or take a hike in the nearby Marin Headlands.
Address: US-101, Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, California, USA 94965, USA
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Muir Woods, Giant Redwoods, and Sausalito Half-Day Trip

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  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Alcatraz Tour plus Muir Woods and Sausalito Day Trip

Experience some of the Bay Area’s top attractions on this Alcatraz and Muir Woods tour that also includes a stop in Sausalito. At Muir Woods National Monument, stare in wonder at the coastal redwoods, some of the tallest trees on Earth. Soak up the charm of seaside Sausalito, and experience Alcatraz in one of two ways—admission to the prison, which includes the ferry ride to Alcatraz Island and the audio tour.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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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
  • Duration: 7 hours
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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
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour plus Bay Cruise

Visit charming Sausalito, cruise across San Francisco Bay and stare up in wonder at the redwood trees of Muir Woods on this combo tour from San Francisco—the perfect day out in the Bay Area. You’ll experience the Golden Gate Bridge from both above and below as you drive across it and glide under it, and you’ll learn about some of California’s oldest and tallest natural wonders, the coastal redwoods. In Sausalito, you can stroll along the waterfront or shop in the galleries and boutiques.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Guided 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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  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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California Sunset Guided 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
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Arrival Transfer: San Francisco International Airport to Hotel

Ensure hassle-free San Francisco airport pickup with this private transfer service to downtown San Francisco, downtown Oakland or the town of Sausalito. Meet your driver at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and relax on the journey to your hotel or private residence. Private luxury sedans can accommodate up to three passengers while SUVs can carry five passengers.
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Duration: 1 hour
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San Francisco to Sausalito Self-Guided Bike Tour

Explore San Francisco and Sausalito on your own with a self-guided bike tour that includes an optional return ferry ticket (not included). Pick up your bike at Fisherman’s Wharf, located near a well-maintained bike path that leads to the Golden Gate Bridge. Your bike rental comes with a map that shows you the best bike routes and popular stops such as Fort Mason, Palace of Fine Arts, Fort Point, the Bridge Pavilion, and Vista Point. You will be able to purchase the ferry tickets so you don't have to wait in line in Sausalito, which you can use or not use at your discretion.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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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
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Bike the Golden Gate Bridge

See the highlights of San Francisco at your own pace with a convenient bike rental. Choose a hybrid or electric bike, and use the included GPS-audio bike tour to pedal your ideal route. Ride past Coit Tower, and the Palace of Fine Arts on your way to the Golden Gate Bridge. Bike over the bridge, downhill to Sausalito to explore the small town, and take the ferry back (own expense).
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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Private Sonoma Coast Food and Wine Tour. Cheese, Honey, Oysters Tasting.

Enjoy a private, all-day gourmet food and wine tour. Explore the Marin Cheese Trail, including the Marin French Cheese Creamery and the celebrated Cowgirl Creamery. Taste mead and learn about its production, from honey to wine. Slurp locally-harvested oysters at Marshall Oyster Store in Tamales Bay, sample fresh breads and piece from a brick oven at Wild Flour Bakery, and visit two prominent wineries for wine-tasting.
  • Duration: 8 to 10 hours
  • Duration: 8 to 10 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
  • Duration: 1 day
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