Presidio of San Francisco

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  • San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off: Classic, Premium or Deluxe

    1. San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off: Classic, Premium or Deluxe

    San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Loop:

    Stop 1: Pier 41 (End of Powell St), Fisherman's Wharf 

    Stop 2: Washington Square – Corner of Columbus and Union Streets

    Stop 3: Embarcadero Center – Corner of Clay and Battery Streets

    Stop 4: Ferry Building - 1 Market Street, between Stuart and Spear Streets

    Stop 5: Union Square South – Geary Street across from Macy’s Entrance 

    Stop 6: Hilton Hotel – Corner of Mason and Ellis Streets 

    Stop 7: Civic Center - Fulton Street between Larkin and Hyde

    Stop 8: Alamo Square/Painted Ladies - Corner of Fell and Pierce Streets

    Stop 9: Haight Ashbury - Corner of Haight and Shrader Streets 

    Stop 10: Golden Gate Park - Music Concourse Drive Golden Gate Park

    Stop 11: Golden Gate Bridge- North Vista Point Main Parking Area

    Stop 12: Palace of Fine Arts – Corner of Rich...

    2 things to improve: they should give you a map when you first get on so you know which stops are closest to the sites you want to see. And both headphone jacks were on the same side, so my husband's cord was stretched across me the entire time.

  • GoCar Tour: Golden Gate Bridge & Lombard Loop

    2. GoCar Tour: Golden Gate Bridge & Lombard Loop

    If you're a driver over 21, let a GPS-guided, talking GoCar be your guide on an exciting loop of San Francisco's breathtaking Golden Gate Bridge and Lombard Street. GoCar, lets you experience the beauty of San Francisco and visit places tour buses cannot go – all at your own pace. Zip around in a cute, yellow storytelling GoCar as it takes you on your own GPS-guided tour. The GoCar is easy and fun to drive and, since it is GPS-guided, the car knows where you are – even if you don't. With you in the driver's seat, it not only tells you where to turn, it tells stories that bring the city to life. Let GoCar take you off the beaten path through many of San Francisco's iconic parks on your way to the Golden Gate Bridge and back. Snap some amazing photos along the Pacific Ocean and see the Golden Gate Bridge up close from above and below. You can even park and take a stroll along the span of...

    Very fun experience overall! I wish we could have done our tour earlier in the day, but it was still fun. Would recommend!

  • San Francisco: California Sunset/Twilight Cruise

    3. San Francisco: California Sunset/Twilight Cruise

    On this relaxed 90-minute cruise, enjoy spectacular sunset views, as you sail on beautiful San Francisco Bay. Take in the amazing waterfront views of modern skyscrapers, historic landmarks, and natural beauty. Along the way, view numerous National Historic landmarks and San Francisco sights, including Coit Tower, the Transamerica Pyramid, St. Peter and Paul's Church, and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. As the sun begins to set over the Marin Headlands, cruise past Alcatraz, Angel Island, and the shorelines of Tiburon, Belvedere, and Sausalito. Watch the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean, as you sail west towards the Golden Gate. On your way back to Fisherman’s Wharf, see many more famous sights, including the Presidio, the Marina District, and Fort Mason. Kindly note that seating for this cruise is 'open style'. At times, please expect to sit next to unfamiliar faces.

    The boat was clean and the ride was smooth with plenty of seating both indoors and outdoors. Overall a very enjoyable experience.

  • Golden Gate Bridge: 3-Hour Sausalito Cycle Tour

    4. Golden Gate Bridge: 3-Hour Sausalito Cycle Tour

    Enjoy this 3-hour guided tour that departs from Fisherman’s Wharf. You’ll be outfitted with a current model bike, front handlebar bag, lock, helmet, rear gear rack, and takeaway map, and then be ready to head out on tour! With your guide you’ll follow the San Francisco waterfront past Aquatic Park, Fort Mason, the Marina, and the Presidio, through Crissy Field and to Fort Point. You’ll cross the Golden Gate Bridge on a wide bike path, and then proceed to Vista Point and on to Old Fort Baker. The cycling tour comes to an end in Sausalito where you’ll have time to enjoy the shops, the many art galleries, and the delicious food. You can return to San Francisco right after the tour ends, with the ferry, at your own cost, or choose to bike back. Alternatively, you can keep the bike until the shop’s closing hours and enjoy additional time exploring this fascinating area on your own. Note t...

    Our guide Blake was great. The experience was amazing! Would definitely recommend.

  • San Francisco: 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off City and Night Tour

    5. San Francisco: 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off City and Night Tour

    Explore San Francisco with a 1-day ticket, that includes two most popular hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tours. You can hop on and off the bus at any of the designated stops to explore all the major sights of San Francisco at your own pace. The Official City Tour - Hop On, Hop Off This 2 hour tour provides the best views of San Francisco's Downtown, Union Square, The Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park from a Double Decker Bus. Be sure to bring your camera, there will be plenty of photo opportunities to commemorate your visit to the city by the bay.  Official City Tour Highlights: Ghirardelli Square – Over 40 shops and restaurants, including the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop, world famous for its ice cream sundaes. Palace of Fine Arts – Built for the World Fair has been a favorite wedding location for couples throughout the San Francisco Bay area. Also a popular loc...

    The tour started out really well and we enjoyed the information provided through out the trip. We liked the ideal of being able to get on and off at will, but only used that privilage one time. The problem came when one of their drivers did not understand regulations concerning hand caped passengers and their service dog. I was through off the bus because I could not climb the stairs to the upper deck of the bus, when the entire handcape area was wide open. The next bus came by 40 minutes later and we were able to board and return to the start of the ride.

  • San Francisco Movie Sights City Tour

    6. San Francisco Movie Sights City Tour

    Experience the best of San Francisco on this fun and unique tour. The 3-hour adventure features clips from over 50 of the most famous movies ever filmed in San Francisco. Actors-turned-guides lead you on an interactive tour of the city, as they match clips with locations right outside the bus and share their wealth of San Francisco and cinema knowledge. You’ll see even more of San Francisco on this tour than you would on a normal city tour. See the key neighborhoods: Fisherman’s Wharf, North Beach, Nob Hill, Union Square, Alamo Square/Painted Ladies, City Hall, Haight-Ashbury, Golden Gate Park, The Presidio, Golden Gate Bridge, and Pacific Heights. This activity is also fun and interesting for kids. The route includes locations from The Princess Diaries, Full House, Dr. Doolittle, George of the Jungle, Hulk, and X-Men 3. Locations ...

    What a wonderful trip if you are a visitor to San Francisco or you just love movies and one some history. The time is perfect giving you an opportunity to enjoy a leisure breakfast and then a full afternoon. I highly recommend this tour.

  • 49 Mile GoCar Special - All Day For The Price Of 5 Hours

    7. 49 Mile GoCar Special - All Day For The Price Of 5 Hours

    Let a GPS-guided, talking GoCar be your guide during this exciting full-day tour of San Francisco. GoCar lets you experience the beauty of San Francisco and visit places tour buses cannot go – all at your own pace. Zip around in a cute, yellow, storytelling GoCar as it takes you on your own GPS-guided tour. The GoCar is easy and fun to drive and, since it's GPS-guided, it knows where you are – even if you don't. With you in the driver's seat, GoCar not only tells you where to turn, it tells stories that bring San Francisco to life. Follow the directions, or for those more adventurous, blaze your own trail. GoCar will show you the best of San Francisco from the urban parks to the golden beaches, Downtown and Chinatown. You take control of the pace and routes to create a memorable day on the streets of San Francisco. You'll see many of San Francisco's famous tourist destinations such as ...

    We rented the electric GoCar. It was quieter, went faster and had reverse. My husband and I had a blast and saw things in San Francisco that we had never seen before. Can't wait to do this again sometime!

  • San Francisco, Sausalito and Muir Woods Small Group Tour

    8. San Francisco, Sausalito and Muir Woods Small Group Tour

    Meet outside Fisherman’s Wharf at your chosen tour time. After a brief roll call, you’ll board the bus and travel to your first stop. Over the next 6 hours you’ll be treated to stories about the neighborhoods, diversity and geography of the area. You will exit the bus at several stops for photo opportunities and exploration, enjoying lunch in Sausalito and then spending over an hour in the beautiful Muir Woods National Monument. At the end of your amazing adventure, you’ll be dropped off at the same location where you boarded the bus.  Here are the places you will explore (photo stops noted by *): • Fisherman's Wharf - One of San Francisco's most popular destinations. From beautiful old shipyards, to Boudin's Bakery and the smell of fresh clam chowder, Fisherman's Wharf has it all • Chinatown - Boasting the largest Chinatown in the United States, this 24-block mecca is bustling with ...

    A great overview of the sites and history of San Francisco. Our guide Sully was very knowledgeable and an excellent driver!

  • GoCar 3-Hour Tour of San Francisco's Parks and Beaches

    9. GoCar 3-Hour Tour of San Francisco's Parks and Beaches

    Let a GPS-guided, talking GoCar be your guide through the beaches and city parks of San Francisco during this 3-hour tour. GoCar lets you experience the beauty of San Francisco and visit places tour buses cannot go – all at your own pace. Zip around in a cute, yellow, storytelling GoCar as it takes you on your own GPS-guided tour. The GoCar is easy and fun to drive and, since it's GPS-guided, the car knows where you are – even if you don't. With you in the driver's seat, it not only tells you where to turn, it tells stories that bring San Francisco to life. Let GoCar guide you to San Francisco's lesser-known beaches such as China Beach and Baker Beach, infamous for a deadly shark attack. Wind past the Cliff House as you descend the cliffs, opening up the dramatic expanse of Ocean Beach. Next, you can visit famous Golden Gate Park and all its attractions, including live buffalo, the Ja...

    If you want to see a lot of San Francisco take this Go Car tour you won’t regret it. Great Experience.

  • San Francisco: Sunset Bike Tour & Alcatraz 2-Day Tour

    10. San Francisco: Sunset Bike Tour & Alcatraz 2-Day Tour

    Cross San Francisco Bay on a journey to the notorious Alcatraz Prison by ferry. This world-famous prison served as a federal penitentiary from 1934 to 1963 and housed infamous criminals like Al Capone and Robert Stroud, the Birdman. Take the award-winning 45-minute Cellhouse audio tour and hear the tales of those who lived in Alcatraz. This tour brings history alive through the recounting of tales from correctional officers and prisoners. Your bike tour is automatically booked for the day before your Alcatraz excursion, however you may change your booking date and time as you wish up until 72 hours. On this guided bike ride you’ll follow a coastal route along the famous piers of San Francisco, by Crissy Field, and past Fort Point to the breathtaking Golden Gate Bridge. See the city in its best light, at sunset, and stop for photos whenever you like. Ride across the Golden Gate Bridge o...

    Was great, timing was perfect with the weather. The only issue I had was the head phones for the audio tour didn’t work right so I had to hold them funny the whole time and couldn’t find any help until the end

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What people are saying about Presidio of San Francisco

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,451 reviews

2 things to improve: they should give you a map when you first get on so you know which stops are closest to the sites you want to see. And both headphone jacks were on the same side, so my husband's cord was stretched across me the entire time.

The boat was clean and the ride was smooth with plenty of seating both indoors and outdoors. Overall a very enjoyable experience.

A great overview of the sites and history of San Francisco. Our guide Sully was very knowledgeable and an excellent driver!

The only way to see San Francisco, no worries about the traffic. Excellent narration and history of the city.

It was easy and great . Showed all the great places