San Francisco Bay Area Travel Resources

San Francisco, California is on the short list of cities in the discussion for most beautiful city in the world. The winding roads, and steep hills; the neighborhood identities and plethora of culture; the winters that aren’t too cold, and the summers that aren’t too hot – yep, San Francisco is a pretty magical place. 

Some of the most popular areas to visit include The Haight, Nob Hill-Russian Hill, Fisherman’s Wharf and the Golden Gate Area. The Haight-Ashbury area was once famous for being ground zero for the Hippie Movement, and the home to such key influencers as the Grateful Dead. It remains a colorful and eclectic neighborhood today.  Nob Hill-Russian Hill is an upscale neighborhood with amazing views of the Bay. Fisherman’s Wharf is typically first stop for tourists; it’s where you can find Ghiradelli Square, Pier 39 and the launch to the infamous Alcatraz Island. Finally, Golden Gate is home to, well, the modern marvel that is the Golden Gate Bridge, as well as, Fort Mason and The Presidio.

San Francisco has some of the best restaurants in the world. There’s fantastic high-end food, innovative street food and one of the best ice cream sandwiches you’ll ever have – The ‘It’s It’.

There really isn’t much that San Francisco doesn’t have; there really is something to do for everyone. Use the Travel Resources below to plan your trip today!
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San Francisco Bay Area Travel Resources

Things to do in San Francisco Bay Area

Activities

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Urban Hiker San Francisco

Visiting San Francisco and want to get the most out of your time here? Or maybe you’ ve been living here a while but just want to get away from the daily grind of bumping Timbuk2 messenger bags with other passengers on a crowded BART train. Either way, there' s more to this city than you think.
 
​There are a lot of great hikes around the Bay Area. You can even look... read more

Magic Bus SF

Pickup Address: 280 Geary Street San Francisco CA, 92108
1 (855) 969-6244
Step aboard Magic Bus and back in time! With bubbles in the air and a flower in your hair, feel yourself transported to the Summer of Love. Passing streets blend with historic projections on retractable window screens, creating a immersive experience so you can tune in, turn on and rock out! Our hippie hostess will guide you through time and space, sharing the cultural landmarks and secrets of... read more

Drag Me Along Tours

Historical tours with a twist! Enjoy a special one of a kind tour with Countess Lola Montez, (aka tour guide & San Francisco resident Rick Shelton).  This walking tour gives a historic, fun, perspective through the eyes of the infamous Countess Lola Montez.  Lola will show you her favorite spots, places she entertained, and share with you parts of her life that many have never known.... read more

Attractions

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Hot Air Balloon Rides

Come see Sonoma County like no other way, soaring above it in a hot air balloon! Up & Away Ballooning offers the most personalized, professional ballooning experience in Sonoma County. We are proud of our 100% positive safety record in 21+ years of flying thousands of riders. After the flight, a handmade gourmet brunch is served in a winery setting. No extra or hidden fees. Wheelchair accessible.

Bubble

3108 Fillmore St. San Francisco, CA, 94123
415-771-0570
Bubble is the winner of Bay Area's favorite children's store, carries children's clothing for Baby, Boys, Girls, and Tween.

Wonderland SF Gallery and Boutique

2929 24th St (between Florida St & Alabama St) San Francisco, CA 94110
415-641-4600
Wonderland SF Gallery and Boutique open its doors in San Francisco Mission District 2010, with the purpose of discovering and aiding Bay Area fashion designers, painters, photographers.

The goal is to provide exposure and create new opportunities for local artists. Wonderland SF is the foremost independent showcase in San Francisco for emerging fashion and art.

Restaurants

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Elixir

3200 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
415-710-9053
Elixir is a neighborhood bar that has been serving its neighborhood for as long as there has been a record of this corner (1858).

Akikos Restaurant

431 Bush St (btw Claude Ln & Mark Ln)
415.397.3218
"Akiko," means “autumn child; iris, bright and light” in Japanese. Centrally-located in the heart of San Francisco, Akiko’s is within walking distance from the Financial District, Union Square, Chinatown and SOMA. We are a family-owned and operated restaurant, and have been providing classic and unique Japanese fare to our customers for over 26 years.

Bar Tartine

561 Valencia Street San Francisco California 94110
415-487-1600
Bar Tartine is open for dinner Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday 6p – 10p and Friday, Saturday 6p – 11p. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday 11a – 2:30p

Transportation

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San Francisco Cable Car

The driving force behind the San Francisco cable car system came from a man who witnessed a horrible accident on a typically damp summer day in 1869. Andrew Smith Hallidie saw the toll slippery grades could extract when a horse- drawn streetcar slid backwards under its heavy load. The steep slope with wet cobblestones and a heavily weighted vehicle combined to drag five horses to their deaths. Although such a sight would stun anyone, Hallidie and his partners had the know-how to do something about the problem.

San Francisco Tours

415-513-5400
San Francisco Shuttle Tour is the best tour of San Francisco! Mostly because it uses a Separate Tour Guide from driver, but also because they make the most stops than any other comparable tour. They make 9 off-the-shuttle stops, plus they include a Ferry / Bay Cruise as part of the tour that goes right by Alcatraz Island

Other Resources

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Sonoma Helicopter Home

+1 707-528-4883
The Premier Helicopter Company in the north bay area for all your rotorcraft needs, training, tours, survey, events.

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