Tours in California

Two or Four Tickets to One or Five Interactive Walking Tours from Stray Boots (Half Off)

Stray Boots

Online Deal

$24 $12

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Clues, trivia, and riddles lead explorers through a vibrant neighborhood via the Stray Boots iPhone or Android app

Two-Hour Chocolate Tour with Eight Tastings for One, Two or Four from Great Food Tours (Up to 60% Off)

Great Food Tours

San Francisco

$50 $25

Explore the tastes of the 19th-century Ghirardelli shop, Tokyo-import Minamoto Kitchoan, and the traditional pralines of Leonidas

Private Helicopter Lesson or Extreme Helicopter Tour from Revolution Aviation (Up to 50% Off)

Revolution Aviation

Private Executive Terminal - Signature Flight Support

$349 $199

Lessons begin with ground school before students pilot a helicopter; tour ferries passengers over ocean waves and wilderness

Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride for 1 or 2 from California Balloon Rides (Up to 59% Off). 4 Options Available.

California Balloon Rides

Perris

$260 $109

Become the envy of the earthbound masses on a sunrise flight that affords panoramic views of the ocean and desert

Historical Walking Tour with Souvenirs for Two or Four from Monterey Waterfront & Cannery Row Tours (Up to 64% Off)

Monterey Waterfront & Cannery Row Tours

InterContinental The Clement Monterey Main Lobby

$48 $19

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A historian leads groups on a 2.5-hour walking tour, detailing the people and jobs that made Monterey Bay a fishing and cultural polestar

The San Francisco Dungeon Visit for Two, Four, or Six (Up to 40% Off)

The San Francisco Dungeon

Fisherman's Wharf

$52 $31

Actor-led show covers 200-plus years, including haunted Alcatraz & mine-themed mirror maze, in live-action journey through city's murky past

Historical Walking Tour for Two or Four from Emperor Norton's Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine (Up to 64% Off)

Emperor Norton's Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine

Union Square

$40 $19

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Reincarnated San Francisco icon leads tours through city's historic streets and dispenses facts about landmarks architectural and otherwise

Historical or Waterfront Tour for 2, 4, 6, or 15 from Emperor Norton's Time Machine (Up to 74% Off)

Emperor Norton's Time Machine

Multiple Locations

$40 $19

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Reincarnated San Francisco icon leads tours around the city and waterfront and dispenses facts about landmarks architectural and otherwise

California Sunset Cruise with Appetizers for Two, Four, or Six from Red and White Fleet (50% Off)

Red and White Fleet - Pier 43

Fisherman's Wharf

$116 $58

Vessels with cozy indoor cabins sail beneath the Golden Gate Bridge and explore waters near Alcatraz Island during tour

California Sunset Cruise with Appetizers for Two, Four, or Six from Red and White Fleet (50% Off)

Red and White Fleet - Pier 43

Fisherman's Wharf

$116 $58

Vessels with cozy indoor cabins sail beneath the Golden Gate Bridge and explore waters near Alcatraz Island during tour

Haunted-History Walking Tour for Two or Four with Ghost-Hunting Equipment from Spirit Expeditions (50% Off)

Spirit Expeditions

Garden Grove

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

$179 for a Hot Air Balloon Flight for One with Champagne Toast from Wine Country Balloons ($235 Value)

Wine Country Balloons

Santa Rosa

$235 $179

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FAA-certified pilots lift passengers on a gentle flight above California's breathtaking vineyards and farmland; includes champagne toast

$219 for a Sunrise Balloon Flight for Two or Four-Hour Winery Tour for Two at Uncorked Tours ($438 Value)

Uncorked Tours

Murrieta

$438 $219

Drink a champagne toast on a 45- to 60-minute flight with receptions before and after, or tour three wineries in a limo coach with snacks

Hot Air Balloon Ride for Two on a Weekday or Weekend from Sunrise Balloons (50% Off)

Sunrise Balloons

Temecula

$471 $235

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Sightseers float over wine country before enjoying decadent chocolates and a glass of crisp champagne

90-Minute Coastal Cruise with Drink for One, Two, or Four from Celebration Cruises Santa Barbara (Up to 48% Off)

Celebration Cruises Santa Barbara

Multiple Locations

$36 $20

Seasoned captain and crew take passengers along Santa Barbara coastline on scenic afternoon tours that depart at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

2.5-Hour Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Landing Whale Watching (up to 61%)

Newport Landing Whale Watching

Newport Beach

$36 $15

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Spot giant blue whales, California gray whales, finback whales, dolphin pods, and other native creatures in their natural habitat

$129 for a San Andreas Fault Jeep Eco-Tour for Two from Desert Adventures ($270 Value)

Desert Adventures - Eco Tours and Events

Palm Desert

$270 $129

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Pile into one of Desert Adventures' signature red jeeps before heading into the San Andreas fault to learn about the area and its history

$25 for a Sunset Cruise for Two from Angel Island Tiburon Ferry ($40 Value)

Angel Island Tiburon Ferry

Tiburon

$40 $25

On Fridays and Saturdays, 90-minute trips cruise around the bay as passengers enjoy sights, such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Angel Island

10.5-Mile Upper or Lower South-Fork Rafting Trip from Sierra Whitewater (Up to 50% Off)

Sierra Whitewater

Lotus

$128 $64

Guides and rafters careen down the cliff-lined Class III and Class III+ rapids of the American River

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Many people feel an indescribable urge to follow in the footsteps of celebrities long passed?hoping that a connection to their genius or charm still lingers in the air of their apartments and favorite pubs. The guides of Esotouric understand and share this urge, though they prefer to roam the paths of history by bus. After scouring the famed neighborhoods of Los Angeles in search of interesting and outlandish locations, they share their findings on bus adventures that retrace the trails blazed by local artists, filmmakers, writers, and actors.

Esotouric's odysseys wind through haunts such as Raymond Chandler's favorite breakfast spot and the salon Charles Bukowski visited for his weekly knuckle-hair perm. Coloring their tours with anecdotes about the films adapted from his noirish stories, guides also visit locales captured in the cinematic landscapes of James M. Cain. Various tours explore Southern California?s culture, literature, and architectural sides, giving history hounds the chance to sniff out sinister deeds in old-time tattoo parlors, burlesque shows, and crime scenes.

4837 East 3rd Street
Los Angeles,
CA
US

Ghostly Tours in History's passionate guides unlock a portal to the paranormal, leading visitors to haunted and eerie sites around San Diego's Old Town district and Gaslamp Quarter. Depending on the tour, stops include Victorian mansions, the Whaley House, known graveyards, and even unknown graveyards, below which lie the bodies of restless souls. Featured on both the Travel Channel and the Fodor’s Top 400, the company offers walking tours as well as bus and limousine tours for guests tired from giving their assigned ghost a piggyback ride.

In keeping with the historical nature of the tours, each guide dons a period costume and alter ego, ranging from reformed vagabonds to pioneering entrepreneur cowboys. In reality, the cast of guides is equally as diverse, encompassing trained actors, students, a Navy serviceman, and past and present members of the San Diego Historical Society.

311 Island Avenue
San Diego,
CA
US

At KWM Tours, guides with photographic expertise take tour groups out on all-day jaunts to extremely photogenic local sites.

5542 Monterey Hwy #226
San Jose,
CA
US

While speedboats are as fast as their name suggests, no vessel on San Francisco Bay is faster than the RocketBoat. It flies across the Bay's waves to the high-energy guitar riffs of a rock-?n'-roll soundtrack. The RocketBoat is just one of Blue & Gold Fleet's 17 vessels, all manned by expert captains and crews that ferry about 2.5 million passengers annually. On their sightseeing cruises, passengers drink in panoramic views of the San Francisco skyline, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and PIER 39, where sunning sea lions occasionally can be seen rubbing sunscreen on each other's backs. Meanwhile, Blue & Gold's ferries carry patrons to Sausalito, Tiburon, and other waterfront locales?including AT&T Park during baseball season?whereas their motorcoach tours chauffeur landlubbers to Northern California landmarks. All their services adhere to award-winning sustainability practices, which safeguard local ecosystems more effectively than arming every tree with pepper spray.

Pier 39
San Francisco,
CA
US

Starlite Lounge toasts to the night with a trifecta of evening attractions: drinks, food, and entertainment. The charmingly kitschy lounge plays host to late-night parties throughout the week, with live DJs, musicians, and karaoke setups stationed across two floors. Starlite's menu is designed to keep dancers going, with shareable flat-bread pizzas, zucchini cakes, and hearty burgers. The kitchen closes at 9 p.m. on weeknights and 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. The bar holds up its end of the bargain with specialty cocktails, including one sweet creation aptly named the lemon pound cake.

1517 21st Street
Sacramento,
CA
US

Green grassy slopes, white-sand beaches, and gently waving palm trees give way to the cerulean surf of the Pacific Ocean. Along the sun-soaked highway, convertibles and SUVs topped with surfboards change lanes to make room for an English double-decker bus. Big Red Bus?s drivers lead their tours from the helm of either an open-topped or close-topped bus with a converted lower-level bar. All buses are outfitted with stereo systems and painted bright red, signaling to monster trucks that they?re poisonous.

Drivers may take passengers on tours of local breweries, pubs, and wine bars, excursions to kayak or surf along the beach, or tours of southern California?most often driving along the coast to offer unobstructed, panoramic views of the ocean and city skyline. They also let passengers customize their own excursions around topics such as special event shuttling, weddings, or beer and wine tours.

6400 East Pacific Coast Highway
Long Beach,
CA
US

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