Since 2004, Super Jet Limo's smartly dressed chauffeurs have transported clients in a fleet of stylish town cars. They drive travelers to and from San Francisco International Airport, Oakland International Airport, and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. In addition, they facilitate sightseeing tours and provide transportation for special events, such as proms and weddings. In the case of the latter, they'll even outfit limos with customized Just Married signs.
Since it began flying in 2007, Virgin America has focused on making air travel exciting again, starting with giving passengers more control of the experience. Virgin America's planes come equipped with 9-inch touchscreens, where food and drink orders can be quickly tapped out and paid. The Red entertainment system makes a library of movies, TV shows, and nearly 3,000 MP3s available on demand. Virgin America has also enhanced the passenger experience by becoming the first airline to offer in-flight WiFi access during every flight. One-way fares start at $109 for flights between ORD and San Francisco International Airport (SFO), including government taxes and mandatory fees; restrictions apply. Baggage weight and size limits apply; see full list of rules here.Named the best domestic airline for four consecutive years by both Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure, Virgin America has won over travelers not only for its quality service but also for its creative flourishes. Mood lighting glows in sunset hues, and hot-pink headphones (available for an additional fee) tuck into the back pockets of posh black-leather seats. Decorative touches even enliven Virgin's airport terminals. Designed by esteemed Gensler architects, the airline's futuristic SFO hub was called "one of the most modern way stations…in the country and perhaps the world" by USA Today, with crimson egg chairs, a recomposure zone after the security checkpoint, and telekinetic luggage handlers.Virgin America terms and conditions apply.Gogo terms and conditions apply.
Silicon Segway equips un-wheeled tourists with a Segway PT, which acts as an electric chariot that takes scenic-surveyors on a breezy tour of the coast. Pacifica tours start at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. seven days a week. Civilian Robocops will gather at Rockaway Beach and don a fashionable helmet before cruising along the shores of Pacifica for a spectacle-filled hour. After a quick Segway training session, tourists can spot oceanic fauna while jetting through a wildlife area, then climb through 12 hairpin bends up Pacifica's Strawberry Hill. On the way, you'll encounter historic landmarks, ride past majestic bluffs, and perhaps even spot a whale popping up to ask, "Pardon me, is this the 5:19 to Scottsdale?"
San Francisco Fire Engine Tours & Adventures’ sparkling 1950's Mack Fire Engine carries passengers on themed adventures that combine the excitement of racing toward a fire with the fun of outwitting time. From the vantage point of the "Big Red Shiny Mack Fire Engine," guests catch views of the Bay Area while pretending to be important pieces of firefighting equipment. Tours run year round, and the crew outfits patrons with authentic fire gear to keep them warm while they explore the city on one of the themed tours. Winery tours cruise to Treasure Island, where guests enjoy tastes of signature varietals, while the Golden Gate bridge tour begins in Fisherman's Wharf before heading across the iconic bridge, through the village of Sausalito. Holiday-lights tours capture some of the city's most festive and decorated locations, and Halloween tours creep through Historic Presidio where ghosts are rumored to vacation.
If centripetal rhythm is the key to a shot-put, then open understanding and civil competence are the key to obtaining an equitable society. Today’s Groupon gets you a ticket to a cultural walking tour with Cruisin’ the Castro Tours for $18. Choose either the two-hour Historical Walking Tour (a $35 value) or the 2.5-hour Harvey Milk Tour (a $45 value, only on Wednesday at 10 a.m.). You'll meet at the rainbow flagpole at the corner of Castro and Market Street for both tours.
The Historical Walking Tour teaches you about the rich legacy of the gay rights movement. The informative saunter is led by Kathy Amendola, who has vast knowledge of one of the most culturally diverse communities in the country. You’ll learn about cultural repression going back to the days of the 19th-century Gold Rush through the age of Harvey Milk, all within a modern context. The tour offers such fun facts as the origination of the rainbow flag as it works its way through The Harvey Milk Plaza, the progressive politician’s former home, the nation’s only Pink Triangle Memorial Park, legendary Twin Peaks Tavern, the Castro Theatre, and other significant landmarks.
The Harvey Milk Tour explores the Castro neighborhood and City Hall while discussing Harvey's presences in the community and his rise to become the first openly gay politician in California. You'll also check out the Harvey Milk Plaza timeline photos, the Civil Rights Academy, Milk's former home, his resting place, and the sight of his murder.
Historical Walking Tours run from 10 a.m. until noon on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The Harvey Milk Tour is Wednesday only from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
About.com is a big fan of Cruisin’ the Castro Tours:
- The best walking tours teach you something, entertain you, give you an opportunity to meet new people and see new sights. Cruisin' the Castro tour is one of the best. – Besty Malloy, About.com
Seven TripAdvisors give Cruisin’ the Castro Tours and tour guide Kathy Amendola 4.5 out of 5:
- What an absolutely amazing tour! Kathy's insight into into Gay Culture and her knowledge of The Castro and surrounds areas provided us with the most enlightening and entertaining 2 hours of our vacation. – Beck_and_Jai
- The tour is amazing and you really learn so much about the history of San Francisco, the Gay community and the Castro area, and yourself. Apart from being wonderfully educational Kathy made it such a fun day. If you only do one thing in San Francisco, treat yourself to this really amazing tour. – nowvoyager9