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

    1. 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

    2. 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!

  • San Francisco: Alcatraz Island and Guided City Tour

    3. San Francisco: Alcatraz Island and Guided City Tour

    Following pickup, enjoy a 30-minute tour of San Francisco's waterfront where you will see notable landmarks such as Embarcadero, Levi’s Plaza, and Fisherman's Wharf. Enjoy a brief coffee break at the Ferry Building. Next, make your way to Pier 33 where you’ll board the ferry to start your Alcatraz Island tour. Listen to an audio presentation featuring recordings of inmates and guards that worked and inhabited the island. Enjoy 2-3 hours on "The Rock" where you will have time for a guided tour and some free time to explore.  Take one of the late-morning ferries to San Francisco so you can join for the afternoon portion of your day tour. Cruise along San Francisco’s waterfront and the Marina District, and then visit the Palace of Fine Arts. Explore the culturally rich neighborhoods of San Francisco. Learn about what made the Haight-Ashbury, Mission, and Castro districts what they are tod...

    The tour was good. Our driver made it fun and interesting. We were able to see quite a few places and heard some stories about the different sites. The only part that we didn't like was that we had to get our on ride back to where we were picked up. I feel that if you take the alcatraz cruise you should then be returned to your original pick up place.

  • LGBTQ Castro Tour: 2-Hour San Francisco Walking Tour

    4. LGBTQ Castro Tour: 2-Hour San Francisco Walking Tour

    This guided and intimate 2 hour tour lets you explore the diversity of the Castro community with a local resident and LGBTQ activist. You’ll relive the life and times of Harvey Milk, the slain Civil Rights leader and member of the San Francisco City Council. We’ll visit the part of the Castro where he lived and worked and served his community. In addition, visit the Harvey Milk Plaza, Milk's former camera shop, and the Civil Rights Academy. Stroll along the "Rainbow Honor Walk," a project honoring famous LGBTQs from history, and visit the Pink Triangle Memorial Park which honors homosexuals persecuted during WWII. You’ll also see the plaque dedicated to Vietnam veteran Leonard Matlovich. We’ll pass by the famous Castro Theater, the Hope for World Cure (AIDS) Mural and the LGBTQ Historical society.

    Excellent tour! Learned a ton about ️‍ history and culture on a lovely, personable small group tour.

  • San Francisco: Sightseeing Day Pass for 30+ Attractions

    5. San Francisco: Sightseeing Day Pass for 30+ Attractions

    This day pass has over 30 destinations, museums, and tours to choose from, including some of the most popular attractions all over San Francisco. With the option to select 1, 2, 3, or 5 days, you can enjoy the attractions that interest you most with no fixed start date. With the sightseeing pass, take advantage of included admission to attractions, saving you up to 50% of total visitation costs all over the Golden Gate City. Get to know the unique neighborhoods of San Francisco on the hop-on hop-off bus. Wind your way down the iconic Lombard Street in historic Russian Hill, home of the landmark Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory, then head south through picturesque Nob Hill for a look at lux mansions and gothic cathedrals. Cruise through Chinatown, the oldest and largest Asian center in North America. Nearby, check out the boutique shops and contemporary art galleries surrounding Union Squa...

  • Golden Gate Park: Full-Day Self-Guided Bike Tour

    6. Golden Gate Park: Full-Day Self-Guided Bike Tour

    On this full-day self-guided bike tour you’ll ride through the historic Haight Ashbury neighborhood, once home to peace, love, and the Grateful Dead! Check out the gorgeous Victorian homes you’ll see throughout the area before heading into Golden Gate Park. Inside the thousand-plus acre park, the opportunities are endless. Visit the Conservatory of Flowers, Arboretum/Botanical Gardens, Shakespeare Garden, and Japanese Tea Gardens. Lock up your bike and visit 2 world-class museums, the California Academy of Sciences and the DeYoung, before circling around Stow Lake. Head to the beach, and ride along the oceanfront bike path. Real adventurers can continue on to the zoo before heading back past the Bison paddock and Spreckels Lake. Other options include riding north along the coast by the Cliff House, Sutro Baths, and Land’s End to the Golden Gate Bridge. You could decide to explore Alam...

  • Streets of San Francisco Electric Bike Tour

    7. Streets of San Francisco Electric Bike Tour

    Enjoy a half-day electric bike tour around the back alleys of San Francisco, exploring North Beach’s Little Italy district up-close. Get panoramic views of the iconic Transamerica Pyramid building, and much more. The flat route takes in the Barbary Coast and San Francisco’s historic supper clubs. Find out how the neighborhoods have transformed from scandalous to sparkling. Cycle around the Giants’ Oracle Ball Park, and into the culturally rich Mission, Castro, and Haight Ashbury neighborhoods. Look at the ever-changing street art scene, and see the locals who rule each area to make their communities unique. Go to Nopa, and take in the charming Painted Ladies of Alamo Square, before visiting the Civic Center. Pedal to Polk Gulch, San Francisco’s original gay neighborhood. Finish your tour with at look at Aquatic Park, before cycling to Fisherman’s Wharf.

    Covered a lot of ground and many sights and areas of San Francisco that would otherwise have taken days. Adam the guide was extremely knowledgable-what he didn’t know wasn’t worth knowing!!

  • Alcatraz Ticket & Streets of San Francisco E-Bike Tour

    8. Alcatraz Ticket & Streets of San Francisco E-Bike 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 will take place the previous day at 11:00. On this 4-hour bike tour you’ll explore the back alleys of North Beach’s Little Italy and have up-close views of the iconic Transamerica Pyramid Building. See Barbary Coast and San Francisco’s historic supper clubs. Find out how the neighborhoods have transformed from scandalous to sparkling.  You’ll ride around the Giants’ Oracle ball park, and into the culturally rich Mission, Castro, and Hai...

    Great location but the birds ruin it. Faeces everywhere as its illegal to move them on from this registered wildlife sanctuary. Do something about this as it really puts a downer on the experience. The smell is that bad!!!!

  • San Francisco: Sightseeing Flexi Pass and Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus

    9. San Francisco: Sightseeing Flexi Pass and Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus

    Customize your vacation itinerary and enjoy the freedom to visit over 30 of San Francisco’s best attractions at up to 60% off. This flexi-pass allows you to see the sights that interest you most, and save money at the same time. Choose between 2-6 of the city’s landmarks, depending on the option booked, as well as enjoying discount at a selection of restaurants. There’s plenty to see and do in San Francisco, with attractions and tours to suit everyone. Soak up the brilliant view of the bay from the Golden Gate Bridge, escape from Alcatraz, check out the Aquarium of the Bay, and explore the USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum. Celebrate the opulence of the west at the Palace of Fine Arts, then journey into the east at the Asian Art Museum. Wind your way down the twisting Lombard Street before ending with a tour of Oracle Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. Choose which attractions a...

  • San Francisco: Private 2-Hour Tuk Tuk City Tour

    10. San Francisco: Private 2-Hour Tuk Tuk City Tour

    See the San Francisco sights you want to see and see them at a pace that suits your group with a private tuk-tuk tour. Your friends and family can cover more ground in an eco-friendly Tuk Tuk than they ever could on foot. Climb San Francisco’s tallest hills in this small but mighty vehicle. Marvel at the sparkling San Francisco Bay and city skyline, and enjoy the sights and smells of Fisherman’s Wharf. Your experienced, entertaining tour guide narrates your 2-hour excursion, stopping often for Instagram-worthy photos! Meet your tour guide in Fisherman’s Wharf. Private tours are perfect for 5 riders per Tuk Tuk (6 guests are ok with a group that includes children and adults). Larger groups can rent multiple Tuk Tuks to cruise around together. Tour highlights may include: Fisherman's Wharf, Dungeness crab stands, and picturesque fishing harbors, The Palace of Fine Arts, Fort Point locate...

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What people are saying about The Castro

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 244 reviews

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!

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

Excellent tour! Learned a ton about ️‍ history and culture on a lovely, personable small group tour.

Needed more time in Sausalito. Maybe 1.5 hours. No time for shopping and barely enough time to eat.

Really good tour! Our tour Gide Costa was amazing!