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San Francisco Bay
 A natural harbor spanned by the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, the picturesque San Francisco Bay is the defining feature of California’s Bay Area. Get out on the chilly, choppy water—or just savor the views from the shoreline as the fog rolls in.

The Basics 
The area abounds with ways to enjoy the bay. Options range from sunset sails and brunch cruises to helicopter excursions—some tours provide overnight accommodation. Take a ferry to Angel Island State Park, Alcatraz Island, or the pretty town of Tiburon. Or, zip around San Francisco on a Segway, bike, or e-bike, stopping for bay photo ops. If you have time to spare, consider a regional tour to the redwoods, wine country, or Yosemite National Park.

Things to Know Before You Go 
  • Many top San Francisco attractions offer views of the bay, including Fisherman’s Wharf, the Exploratorium, and Pier 39. 
  • Don’t forget to take a jacket—and leave those shorts in your hotel room, even in summer—as it’s often chilly and windy on and near the water. 

How to Get There
For the most immersive San Francisco Bay experience, get there by boat (private charter, or public ferry from various locations). The major airports serving the area are San Francisco International and Oakland International. Public transit is generally plentiful, as are taxis and rideshares. If you plan to drive in San Francisco, make sure you’re comfortable navigating steep hills, and be aware that parking can be difficult to find.  

When to Get There
Weather on the bay and in San Francisco is temperate year-round, but the warmest, sunniest months are usually September and October. Spring is a good time to beat the summer tourist rush. Expect more tour availability on weekdays.

Visiting Fisherman’s Wharf 
For family fun with fabulous bay views, hop on a historic streetcar to Fisherman’s Wharf. Dine on fresh seafood, check out the Aquarium of the Bay, or explore the USS Pampanito, a submarine and museum. Numerous bay cruises also depart from Fisherman’s Wharf.
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Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Full-Day Tour from San Francisco

Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Full-Day Tour from San Francisco

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Escape to California’s famous wine country on this full-day tour from San Francisco. Taste regional varietals at multiple wineries in Napa and Sonoma, including both big-name and family-run estates. Learn about the winemaking process during guided tours of vineyards and barrel rooms, and savor the area’s gourmet culture with a stop for lunch in charming Sonoma Square Plaza.
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  • 8 hours
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San Francisco Super Saver: Muir Woods & Wine Country w/ optional Gourmet Lunch

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San Francisco Super Saver: Muir Woods & Wine Country w/ optional Gourmet Lunch

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For one of the best wine country tours from San Francisco, combine a visit to Northern California wine country with a Muir Woods experience for a truly fabulous day out. This Super Saver provides two popular tours at one discount price, allowing you to see and taste the delights of Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties. You’ll begin with a walk through Muir Woods National Monument with an informative guide to stare up in wonder at the towering redwood trees. Then you'll visit three wineries, with wine-tasting included. You’ll also cross the Golden Gate Bridge and have free time on Sonoma Plaza to buy lunch if you haven't opted to upgrade to the lunch option.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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San Francisco Bay Sunset Catamaran Cruise

San Francisco Bay Sunset Catamaran Cruise

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Sail across San Francisco Bay at twilight to admire the city skyline as it begins to light up for the night. With an experienced captain at the helm, you’ll glide past Alcatraz Island and cruise underneath the Golden Gate Bridge.
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San Francisco Bay Sailing Cruise

San Francisco Bay Sailing Cruise

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Admire San Francisco and its surrounding sights from the water on a San Francisco Bay sailing cruise. Onboard a catamaran, sail past the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, legendary Alcatraz Island, and the hamlet of Sausalito. Take advantage of great photo ops while you soak up the sea breeze during this scenic tour.
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San Francisco Dinner Dance Cruise

San Francisco Dinner Dance Cruise

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Spend an evening on the San Francisco Bay during this dinner cruise, including a 4-course gourmet meal of fresh, local ingredients prepared on board. After dinner, dance to the live band or enjoy the nighttime views of Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the city skyline from the exterior deck. Viator Exclusive: Upgrade to include window seating and a bottle of sparkling wine, an option available nowhere else.
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  • 3 hours
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2-Hour Sunset Sail on the San Francisco Bay

2-Hour Sunset Sail on the San Francisco Bay

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Come aboard the Privateer for a beautiful sailing journey along the San Francisco Bay where you can enjoy sightseeing at the most beautiful time of day—sunset. Coast along as you spot out Alcatraz, the Sausalito shoreline, and the Golden Gate bridge, all with a drink of choice in your hand.  
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  • 2 hours
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San Francisco CityPASS

San Francisco CityPASS

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Save time and money with the San Francisco CityPASS, which gives you admission to top area attractions, a cruise on San Francisco Bay, and discounts for shopping and activities. You can choose to visit science and art museums like the Exploratorium or the Walt Disney Family Museum. You’ll have important details like hours of operation right in your pocket with the provided mobile ticket.
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  • 9 days
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San Francisco Vista Grande Helicopter Tour

San Francisco Vista Grande Helicopter Tour

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Fly in a helicopter over San Francisco's most famous landmarks on this scenic tour. Fly over the city's neighborhoods, then head for Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Continue towards Angel Island and the Marin Headlands while you enjoy choreographed musical accompaniment and informative commentary from your expert pilot. 
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  • 30 minutes
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1.5-hour San Francisco Bay Sailing Tour

1.5-hour San Francisco Bay Sailing Tour

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Take a relaxing afternoon sailing cruise aboard a traditional sailboat on the San Francisco Bay. Cruise past landmarks such as Alcatraz Island, Angel Island, the Sausalito waterfront, and Golden Gate Bridge, and see the San Francisco skyline on your way back to Pier 39. Includes two drinks, and personalized attention from the crew and captain.
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Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco

Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco

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Known for its steep granite cliffs, waterfalls, towering sequoia groves, and diversity of wildlife, Yosemite National Park is something you don’t want to miss. On this small group day trip, you can leave the logistics to a tour guide so all you have to do is enjoy the great outdoors. You have both guided sightseeing and free time, ensuring you see the UNESCO World Heritage Site’s major attractions, like Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and Yosemite Valley, with the chance to explore more of the park however you wish.
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  • 15 hours
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2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco

2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco

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Immerse yourself in the majestic beauty of Yosemite National Park on this 2-day overnight adventure from San Francisco. Explore highlights of both Yosemite Valley and the Sierra Nevada high country, where you can hike among Giant Sequoias, photograph the spectacular views from Glacier Point, and swim or bike around the base of Yosemite Falls. Enjoy a mix of guided activities and free time to explore the famous park on your own, and stay overnight either in the heart of Yosemite Valley or at a nearby lodge.
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  • 2 days
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The Perfect Blend: Napa and Sonoma Combo Wine Tour from San Francisco

The Perfect Blend: Napa and Sonoma Combo Wine Tour from San Francisco

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Get a taste of Northern California wine country on this full-day tour of Napa and Sonoma County. Led by an expert guide, you’ll stop at three boutique wineries to sample delicious reds and whites. As you travel through the countryside, you’ll learn the history and viticulture of this world-class region. Your tour will conclude with drop-off at your hotel in San Francisco.
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  • 9 hours
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San Francisco Wharf & Waterfront Segway Tour - 2.5 hours Laugh, Learn & Ride

San Francisco Wharf & Waterfront Segway Tour - 2.5 hours Laugh, Learn & Ride

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Take a San Francisco Segway tour along the waterfront to see popular city attractions like Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, and Alcatraz Island. With an experienced guide, cruise along San Francisco Bay on a personal 2-wheeled Segway, and learn how to operate during a training session. Limited to 10 people per tour, this tour provides a small-group experience. Choose from several tour times throughout the day.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour

San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour

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Take to the sky and soar over San Francisco on an exhilarating helicopter tour. During the flight, get an unbeatable perspective of iconic attractions like Alcatraz, the Bay Bridge, the Embarcadero, the city’s famous hills, and the San Francisco Bay. During suitable weather conditions, experience the thrill of flying under the Golden Gate Bridge.
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  • 20 minutes
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City and Sea Adventure: 1 Day Hop-On Hop Off Pass and San Francisco Bay Cruise

City and Sea Adventure: 1 Day Hop-On Hop Off Pass and San Francisco Bay Cruise

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In just one day, experience the best of San Francisco by land and sea with this combo package that includes two hop-on hop-off bus tours and a cruise. Check out the top attractions of San Francisco, wind through the downtown streets, and cross over the Golden Gate Bridge. Each hop-on hop-off bus tour lasts 60 minutes to 2 hours and offers live commentary. The 1-hour boat cruise takes you through San Francisco Bay, giving you prime views of Crissy Fields, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island.
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Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bridge-to-Bridge Cruise

Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bridge-to-Bridge Cruise

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On this San Francisco bridge cruise, get an up-close look at the city’s two engineering marvels—the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge—as you travel across San Francisco Bay. See major city sights like Alcatraz, Coit Tower, and the Ferry Building, and listen to recorded commentary about the city's legendary architecture while you glide under both bridges.
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Full-Day Guided Tour of San Francisco with Alcatraz

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Full-Day Guided Tour of San Francisco with Alcatraz

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Explore San Francisco on a small-group full-day tour that covers top attractions including Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz. Get great views of the San Francisco Bay Area during the short ferry ride to Alcatraz Island, where you then take a self-guided audio tour of the infamous prison. Return to shore for your bus tour of destinations such as Nob Hill, the Haight-Ashbury, the Castro, the Mission, and Golden Gate Park. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off in San Francisco.
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Golden Gate Bridge Guided Bicycle or E-Bike Tour from San Francisco to Sausalito

Golden Gate Bridge Guided Bicycle or E-Bike Tour from San Francisco to Sausalito

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Cycle through San Francisco and across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge on this guided bike tour. Led by a local guide, you’ll ride along the waterfront, passing Fisherman’s Wharf and the historic Presidio. Then admire the city skyline from the Golden Gate Bridge, with views of Alcatraz and the long stretch of the Pacific on the opposite side. Your tour will conclude in Sausalito or Tiburon, where you can explore before taking the ferry back to San Francisco. Your bike rental is valid for 24 hours to continue sightseeing on your own.
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  • 3 hours
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3-Day Yosemite Camping Adventure from San Francisco

3-Day Yosemite Camping Adventure from San Francisco

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On this 3-day Yosemite camping tour, visit Yosemite National Park with an experienced guide, spending two nights in a tent at a campsite. Enjoy the stunning natural sights of the park, such as Yosemite Falls and Half Dome, and go hiking amid the giant sequoia trees. With both guided portions and free time to explore the park on your own, this tour provides a convenient and balanced way to experience one of America’s favorite national parks. Previous camping experience is not required!
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  • 3 days
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Private Group Segway Tour - Wharf & Hills of San Francisco 3 Hours of Fun

Private Group Segway Tour - Wharf & Hills of San Francisco 3 Hours of Fun

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See beautiful San Francisco by Segway on this 3-hour private tour. This route is only available on the private tour. The extended route includes the best of the Waterfront, North Beach and the Advanced Hills Tour in one incredible experience. A local guide will lead the way, providing fun and insightful commentary as you discover San Francisco on two wheels.
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  • 3 hours
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Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Cruise

Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Cruise

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Enjoy a relaxing outing on San Francisco Bay with a cruise. Take in panoramic views of the city skyline, marvel at Alcatraz Island, and journey beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Choose to sit indoors or savor cool bay breezes from an outdoor deck and experience San Francisco in a whole new way from the water. You can even learn about the sights that you're seeing from a free audio tour—available on any personal wifi-enabled device. This ticket allows you to skip the box office line and go straight to the gate.
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  • 1 hour
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The San Francisco Sightseeing Flex Pass: A Golden Gate Ticket to 30+ Attractions

The San Francisco Sightseeing Flex Pass: A Golden Gate Ticket to 30+ Attractions

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Explore San Francisco at your own pace with the San Francisco Sightseeing Pass. Select two, three, four, five or six attractions and schedule your visit during a 30-day period of your choice. Choose to visit popular destinations such as Madame Tussaud's and the Legion of Honor art museum, and opt for a select San Francisco sightseeing tour. Receive your pass instantly after booking, with a code that allows immediate use.
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  • 30 days
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Gold Rush to Golden Gate: Self-Guided Tour of San Francisco

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Gold Rush to Golden Gate: Self-Guided Tour of San Francisco

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Professional tour guide and city Insider, Brad Prickett, hosts you on a tour of San Francisco. GPS-activated audio plays automatically on your phone as you learn the colorful history and see the top attractions along San Francisco’s waterfront and across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Drive the tour at your own pace, using your phone as your guide. Learn the history, hear the stories of San Francisco’s founders, scoundrels and visionaries as you visit.
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  • 2 to 8 hours
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Custom 3 hour Tour of San Francisco

Custom 3 hour Tour of San Francisco

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Getting there is half the fun. My Expedition is more like a Gondola. On stage since age 5, I will entertain you with singing, car karaoke, juggling and stories from my weird and fun life where home ran away from me when I was 15 and I joined the Circus. As a Lyft and Uber driver for 3 years I learned where to go in San Francisco. Testimonials: "Honestly the best ride I’ve ever had. The man has the voice of an angel and the personality of Johnny Carson. Could not recommend a better driver. " "Fantastic driver and extremely entertaining!!!!!"
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  • 3 hours
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