1-Day Tour in San Francisco
Experience over 20 must sees of San Francisco
Our fast-paced one day tour of San Francisco will help you get around and hopefully encourage you to stick around a little longer.
We'll take in all the must-see sights of The City, as well as off the beaten path areas with excursion outside the car and plenty of vistas and wonderful photo ops.
We'll talk about the rich history of San Francisco and imagine the future of the city.
*The itinerary depends on how many stops you want to make during the tour, and may be revised.
*The tour can be modified to meet your preferences.
- One day tour of San Francisco by car with your personal driver and friendly local tour guide;
- Experience over 20 most popular attractions and best things to do in San Francisco;
- Feel the vibe of the city filled with history, charm, eclectic architecture, good food and breathtaking views;
- Take a picturesque stroll in Presidio National Park;
- Swing by the oldest neighborhood of San Francisco – Mission Dolores;
- Enjoy the majestic views of Victorian Era buildings constructed as early as 1870;
- Explore the City's most beautiful hidden streets;
- Take Once-In-A-Lifetime Photos on the edge of America above the Golden Gate Bridge;
- Travel through the colorful Chinatown, the oldest and the largest in the world;
- Learn about many national historical places - The Civic Center, Embarcadero Piers Historic District, Coit Memorial Tower, Golden Gate Park Conservatory, The Palace of Fine Arts and Russian Hill District.
Union Square is a one-block plaza with award-winning food, drinks, shopping and entertainment! A good place to watch the world go by. Look around for street performance, they add a special charm to the area.
Tip: Great city views from the top of Macy’s!
Civic Center is laid out around a large symmetrical square - the Civic Center Plaza, where you will see the most important buildings in San Francisco: the State Building, City Hall, Veterans Building, War Memorial Opera House and Davies Symphony Hall.
The 1915 Beaux-Arts City Hall in San Francisco is massive. Just imagine: 390 feet long (119m) and about 273 feet wide (83m) and it covers about 500,000 square feet (46.000 m2), which is nearly two city blocks.
By the way, City Hall's dome is one of the largest in the world!
"The Mission" (or "The Mish" as locals like to call it) is a great mix of modern and old-world charm. Home to the oldest building in the city, as well as the hottest new restaurants, night spots and art galleries. You will find here the largest concentration of murals that adorn buildings, fences and walls throughout the neighborhood.
The Castro District
Back in 1880s German, Scandinavian and Irish immigrants settled in the outskirts of San Francisco searching for cheap land. Eureka Valley (old name of the Castro) was a quiet, working-class neighborhood.
Present Castro is anything but quiet and cheap. It’s one the most expensive, queerest and the busiest neighborhood in San Francisco, bustling all day long..to really come alive at night.
High Peaks of Twin Peaks will be the highlight of your must-see tour of San Francisco. This is the geographical center of the city where you can get the best views of all the gems: the bay, the city, the ocean and more!
This hip historic hotspot is full of the finest restaurants, shopping, entertainment, smoke and coffee shops. The culture-rich Haight will make you feel as though you are transported directly back to the Summer of Love and the 1960s hippie culture.
Alamo Square/Painted Ladies
The architecture of San Francisco is unique, but The Painted Ladies will leave you speechless. The Painted Ladies – sometimes called the Seven Sisters – is the row of houses rich with history and culture and perfectly designed. Built in 1890s, they survived the earthquake of 1906 and are now and iconic symbol of San Francisco.
Golden Gate Park/deYoung Museum
The city jewel Golden Gate Park turned 145 years old in 2015. The park is massive – 1,017-acre – and offers dozens, if not hundreds of attractions and things to do: from specialty gardens and sports fields to museums and dining. How about the Rose Garden for starters, which features hundreds of varieties of roses. Or elevate high above the center of The City for free to the top of Harmon Observatory Tower in the deYoung Museum.
Golden Gate Bridge
By the numbers: The Golden Gate Bridge stretches 4,200 feet (1.2 km) to connect the Pacific Ocean to the San Francisco Bay. The bridge is designed to withstand 8 point earthquakes and up to 90 mph gusty winds. The construction of the bridge took 4 years and cost $27 million.
Want more? Come and see the Golden Gate Bridge live, which is the true symbol of San Francisco and the most photographed and recognized attraction of the city.
The Marin Headlands
The Marin Headlands connects two peninsulas and counties, and were home to Native Americans who moved between these peninsulas. The Marin Headlands is rich for attractions: Hawk Hill, Wildlife, Nike Missile Site, Point Bonita Lighthouse, Rodeo Lagoon and Gerbode Valley.
Presidio National Park
The northern tip of San Francisco will surprise you with its history. The Presidio Park dates back to 1776 and was the former military base, used by the Spanish, Mexican and American armies over more than 200 years. More than that – it even has some Soviet history! Find out more on the tour.
Palace of Fine Arts
A hidden gem right in the heart of San Francisco! It is the last remaining and the most beautiful structure from the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition. This awesome landmark with abundance of decorative elements will transport you back to ancient Greek times.
This is a residential street that winds down Russian Hill. Have your cameras ready or be prepared to jump out of the car and meet your personal driver at the base. Parrots in the trees, beautiful houses and flowers, a jolly atmosphere will add up to your fun experience. Must-visit!
Though North Beach is not a beach anymore, it still has a wonderful atmosphere and lots of Italian heritage. The area around North Beach was once – and, actually, still kind of is – the city’s red light district. Your tour guide will give you more historical details, and we are moving on to the top of San Francisco!
The 210ft (64 m) tall Coit tower is located on top of Telegraph Hill. This must-see sight is also famous for its murals, most of them depicting life in California during the Great Depression. Historical treasure and great cultural experience!
San Francisco’s Chinatown is not only the oldest, but also the largest Chinatown in North America. It was the starting point for most new Chinese immigrants and is home to about 15,000 Chinese nowadays. Plunge into a unique cultural adventure and feel the colorful Eastern vibe.
Once the settlement of the city's richest railroad barons, Nob Hill is still an upscale enclave. If you want to take a historical stroll and traverse the neighborhood, don’t skip these must-sees on your walking city tour: Cable Car Museum, Huntington Park, Grace Cathedral, Mark Hopkins Hotel, Pacific-Union Club and Fairmont Hotel.
|Extra costs (per person):||
|Your tour:||Fun facts, iconic places, local experience, traditional food, friendly guide|
|Your guide:||Bright and energetic local, enthusiastic, and fun! Your guide is your local friend.|
|Pick up & Drop off:||Lobby of your hotel or any place you wish|
|Start time:||any time|
|Extra hours:||If you are having a good time and want your San Francisco tour last a little bit longer, you are welcome to do that. Please note: You will be charged $40 USD per an extra hour.|
|Tipping suggestions:||If you feel like you had a good experience, your guide would appreciate a tip. It's not mandatory. It's your decision whether you want to give your guide a tip.|
*This tour can be modified to meet your preferences
- One day in San Francisco tour has made me scream of excitement. The tour guide was amazing and fun. We shared some great stories from our travel experiences, my guide told me many interesting facts about San Francisco, took me to the legendary coffee shop and well…he is just a perfect guide. I guess I was lucky. Thanks to the tour and particularly to my guide, you are the best.
Tess Mulder, Amsterdam, May 05, 2016
- We very much enjoyed the One day in San Francisco. It was a topnotch experience. My daughter described it as Magical, and it really was. We didn’t really plan on where exactly we’ll go, but our private guide has organized everything for us so perfectly that all we had to do was just go with the flow. We certainly recommend this tour to all of our family and friends.
Candy Treadwell, UK, May 05, 2016
- Rick is really an expert. There is no question he won’t answer, and no detail he would hide. His knowledge of the city is far beyond impressive. He surprised us at the end with taking us all the way up on the Coit Tower from where we could get a breathtaking view on San Francisco. We will keep in touch and luckily will have a chance to meet again in future. Thanks, Rick.
Winstron Johansen, USA, May 05, 2016
- Rick adapted easily when we changed our plans. He provided us an informative and interesting tour. He also gave his full attention to each one of us individually, which made the whole experience so special. We highly recommend Rick as the best guide in SF. And next time we come back, we will certainly book him.
Camille Wouters, Belgium, May 05, 2016