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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Emperor Norton's Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine

Under the Dewey Monument Statue, middle of Union Square, San Francisco, Ca.
415-644-8513
Emperor Norton' s Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine is a lively, informative, and entertaining walking tour of historic San Francisco led by Emperor Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico.

The tours last approximately 2.75 hours and is two miles long.

Emperor Norton' s Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine departs Thursdays & Saturdays... read more

Alegro Private Tours

3145 Geary Blvd. Ste. # 22, San Francisco, CA 94118
415-668-1864
Established in 1996, Alegro Private Tours specializes in customized tours in the San Francisco Bay Area of all group sizes.

San Francisco Bay Tours and Cruises

Pier 43 1/2 Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco, CA
(415) 673-2900
Founded in 1892, the historic Red and White Fleet® is legendary for its premiere San Francisco Cruises. Family owned, the Red and White Fleet® is committed to environmental sustainability and community education.

Attractions

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SOMArts Cultural Center

934 Brannan St. (between 8th and 8th) San Francisco, CA 94103
415-863-1414
This yearÕs theme "Imagining Time, Gathering Memory" looks closely at how time affects our art, our lives and our ability to gather memories.

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.

Restaurants

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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.

San Francisco Food Safari

415-617-5738
Not your typical food tour, Chef Joseph offers his knowledge and insights as guests scout out the best of each neighborhood's food scene. Pick up culinary treasures along the way to enjoy afterwards. Chef Joseph began his culinary career at San Francisco's legendary Salmagundi. He was the food critic at the Orange County and Long Beach Blade and IN Los Angeles magazines, has written food articles for Oakbook and J Weekly magazines, worked as a caterer, taught cooking classes, and is working on a book titled Created in California: The Golden State's Gifts to Gastronomy.

Please note: these are not tasting tours, they're shopping tours: guests may purchase what they like along the way. This is done to keep the cost low - tasting tours typically cost $80-$100, San Francisco Food Safari is only $20. Make sure to bring a shopping bag to load up with goodies and cash, as many of the establishments do not take credit cards!

Advance reservations are required, group size is limited to 15.

Tour #1: Culinary Gems of North Beach

Every Friday at 11 a.m.

Tour #2: There's More to the Mission Than Burritos

Every Wednesday at 11 a.m.

Cost for both tours is $20 each

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).

Transportation

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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

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.

Other Resources

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California Winery Advisor

Find detailed information on hundreds of wineries, read reviews, map your journey and add your own winery reviews.

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.