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San Francisco Driving Tour

Fast-paced San Francisco City Tour

$157 — 3 hours
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San Francisco driving tour

Even if you just have one day in San Francisco, so much awaits you on our fast-paced 3-hour driving tour!

The heart of downtown San Francisco, legendary Golden Gate Bridge, hippie Haight-Ashbury, cute Painted Ladies and much more.

Ready for a drive? Buckle up!  

*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.

Highlights:

  • See all the main attractions of San Francisco;
  • Enjoy the gems of the city on our scenic driving tour with a friendly local guide;
  • Take advantage of San Francisco's steep hills and enjoy the breeze and panoramic views;
  • Experience trendy urban culture which is diverse and bright;
  • Tour the Golden Gate Bridge, The Castro and Haight-Ashbury and many iconic districts of San Francisco;
  • Known as Paris of the West, San Francisco will amaze you with its gorgeous architecture;
  • Climb the historic 1933 Coit Tower to appreciate San Francisco’s skyline, mountains and waterfront; 
  • Have fun in Golden Gate Park with its themed gardens, cozy benches and luscious greenery. 

Driving Tour Itinerary:

Haight-Ashbury

Flash back to those happy hippy days of the 60s. Unique and eclectic Haight-Ashbury is full of retro vintage shops, shabby chic shops and Victorian houses.

Locals call it “Punk Rock Paradise” and “The blast from the past”. The vibe of the city is still here, as well as tattoos, hippies and smoke.

 

Mission District

  • Like New York's version of Brooklyn – fun, diverse, trendy and friendly. It also has a deep, ethic history, art and an excellent choice of local authentic restaurants. Numerous murals and vintage sights of this old neighborhood will delight your eyes. The right place to watch hip people, street entertainers and soak up the atmosphere. The Mission is the oldest area of the city, and yet one of the most vibrant.

 

The Castro District

Relaxed and lively, calm and gentle, laid back, yet fun atmosphere.

Eccentric Castro is not an ordinary tourist attraction. The Castro is pretty much a mix of everything: brightly colored homes, mosaic glass artwork, sex toys, family restaurants, free people and rainbow references.

And remember: your visit to San Francisco is not complete without visiting the Castro. 

 

Twin Peaks

One of the top things to do in San Francisco according to TripAdvisor.

Come here for the best views of San Francisco both at daytime and sunset.

Twin Peaks is off-the-beaten path and is one of the best drives through steep and windy roads with breathtaking views high above the whole city and great for panoramic shots.

 

Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Park is certainly a Top 10 San Francisco attraction.

A huge park in the middle of the city with lots to do and explore, you may choose this as your drop-off destination.

Visit the unique Japanese Tea Garden, ride bikes and segways, have a pleasant walk in the Botanical Gardens or the Conservatory of Flowers ($5 entrance fee), experience the special The California Academy of Sciences, reflect on life in National AIDS Memorial Garden and take in incredible art at the deYoung Museum.

 

Baker Beach

A lovely and historic place to absorb the beauty of SF. Drive through the beautiful Sea Cliff neighborhood or Presidio for SF's rugged coast with spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge. There are cozy nooks to relax with some solitude right in the middle of The City. Bundle up if you are going for a stroll!

 

Golden Gate Bridge

The #1 tourist attraction in the U.S. and a must see.  You can’t say you visited San Francisco without setting foot on Golden Gate Bridge.

The bridge is perfect for photographers and the views are always amazing with or without San Francisco's fog. By the way, San Francisco is sometimes called Fog City, so consider yourself lucky if you catch one of those foggy days, as it is local specialty.  We’d say the fog makes it even more romantic and surreal experience.

You will hear a lot of fun facts about the bridge, its story and how it got its name. 

 

Presidio National Park

Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city in this unique section of San Francisco. The Presidio is a former military base, and today it is the headquarters of Star Wars' Lucas Films, the Walt Disney Family Museum, beaches, and food festivals, as well as the home of the oldest building in California.

 

Nob Hill/Russian Hill

Nob Hill and Russian Hill are extremely hilly and fabulously historic. These hills are a classic San Francisco, and the great vistas in the city. Nob Hill is one of San Francisco's original "Seven Hills." Nob Hill was once a place of elitism and was dubbed Snob Hill.

It is home to Grace Cathedral and the crooked Lombard Street. Hidden treasures are all over the place and wait to be discovered.

For a good workout, try walking or running up and down the hills.

 

Coit Tower

Come here to the top of SF for the scenic views of San Francisco. The sunlight observation deck gives you 360-degree views of the city and bay. No surprisingly, SF has one more nickname – City by the Bay. 210-foot (64 m).   

The tower has a fantastic location - a vigorous hike up the steep streets of San Francisco. Feel the clean breeze from the hill. And enjoy an architectural design and the murals adorning the walls inside the tower. ($8 fee to get to the top).

Coit Tower is located in the Telegraph Hill neighborhood, which is one of San Francisco's 44 hills, and one of its original "Seven Hills". Apart from Coit Tower, Telegraph Hill is widely known for its gardens flowing down Filbert Street down to Levi Plaza.

 

Alamo Square & Painted Ladies

Alamo Square is a four block city park, the magic land of San Francisco full of steep hills, pastel colors of the homes and beautiful lawns.

Home of the 1870's Victorian era Painted Ladies, also known as "The Seven Sisters" and gingerbread homes.  These homes have been used as backdrops for many movie scenes and TV show including "Full House". An amazing photo op!

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Your tour: Fun facts, iconic places, local experience, great neighborhoods, friendly guide
Your guide: Bright, energetic, local, enthusiastic and fun! Your guide is your local friend.
Activity Level: moderate
Maximum travelers: 4
Pick up & Drop off: Lobby of your hotel or any place within San Francisco city limits
Start time: any time
Extra hours: If you are having a good time and want your driving San Francisco tour to last a little bit longer, you are welcome to do that. Please note: You will be charged $40 USD per 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.

What you get:

  • + Meet a local and make a new friend in San Francisco.
  • + Exciting fun communication with a local, not just boring history lessons.
  • + Ask your guide questions about any subject, get genuinely connected with your guide.
  • + Private San Francisco tour, customized itinerary, personalized experience.
  • + Flexibility during the tour: changes can be made at any time to suit your individual preferences.
  • + Your personal tour guide focuses solely on you and makes sure you get the most out of your experience.
  • + Your personal travel consultant is at your service any time via email, facebook, skype or whatsapp. You will not feel alone with Friendly Local Guides.
  • + Must do + off the beaten path of the city.
  • + An authentic experience of local life.
  • + Local cozy cafes and restaurants with traditional cuisine and interior.
  • + Best coffee shops in the city.
  • + A photo session amongst spectacular San Francisco scenery that can be treasured for a lifetime.
  • + Special offers for taxi and hotels with good location and price.
  • + Expert local advice on what to do, where to go, and how to make the most of your time in San Francisco.

*This tour can be modified to meet your preferences

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  • On behalf of my entire family I want to thank Friendly Local Guides for the wonderful Driving tour of San Francisco, for the fantastic time in the city of Golden Bridge and Silicon Valley. Our local guide has included additional highlights which made this tour so educational and pleasant. We won’t hesitate to recommend our guide and the tour to all of our friends.

    Nicolai Poulsen, Denmark, May 05, 2016

  • My husband and I were impressed by Rick’s enthusiasm to keep our kids’ full attention throughout the whole tour. He really made the whole experience extremely interesting for all of us. We would choose you as our guide in future, without any question.

    Jesse Bos, Netherlands, May 05, 2016

  • The best time of our holidays in San Francisco with Rick. He was so punctual and smart. We didn’t really wanna go to the observation deck of the Coit Tower at first, but Rick talked us into it and it was the most flabbergasting experience we had on the tour. The trip was worth the time and expense. Hope to see you soon, Rick

    Brent Chen, New York City, US, May 05, 2016

  • With the three-hour Driving tour in San Francisco we managed to visit the most scenic places in the city and tried the best local coffee. Our guide was a fabulous storyteller. We asked him like a hundred times to take our pictures, he didn’t mind and always gave us his bright wide smile that we will never forget. A great tour in San Francisco, very enjoyable.

    Janis Johansen, Melbourne, Australia, May 05, 2016