Sightseeing in San Francisco

$38 for a Golden Gate Park Segway Tour from Segway Tours Electric Tour Company ($70 Value)

Segway Tours Electric Tour Company

Golden Gate Park Location

A guide leads and narrates a 7-mile tour through the Eastern section of Golden Gate Park past photo-worthy views and historic landmarks

$70 $38

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Drag Queen-Led Historical Tour for Two or Four from Drag Me Along Tours (Up to 64% Off)

Drag Me Along Tours

San Francisco

Rick Shelton, a.k.a Countess Lola Montez leads walking tours full of flair, opening an imaginary porthole to old San Francisco

$40 $19

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$45 for an Urban Hike from Urban Hiker SF ($45 Value)

Urban Hiker SF

Multiple Locations

Learn about the city and get in a workout by exploring San Francisco’s many trails, hills, and public stairways

$45

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$49 Buys You a Coupon for 10% Off Any Piece Of Art. at White Walls & Shooting Gallery

White Walls & Shooting Gallery

Civic Center

For $49, receive a coupon for 10% off any piece of art.

$49

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Museum Visit for Two or Four with Poster at The Beat Museum (Up to 61% Off)

The Beat Museum

North Beach

Artifacts and stories from Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and other Beat Generation figures populate museum

$31 $12

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Visit for Two, Four, or Six to the Jeremiah O'Brien Liberty Ship (Up to 60% Off)

Jeremiah O'Brien Liberty Ship

San Francisco

Historically accurate and still operational, the SS Jeremiah O’Brien is a National Historic Landmark that is open to the public year round

$24 $12

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

Great Food Tours

San Francisco

Explore the tastes of Ghirardelli, Chocolatier Blue, Tokyo-import Minamoto Kitchoan, and more during chocolate tour

$50 $25

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$27 for an Introductory One-Year Membership for the San Francisco Maritime National Park Association ($60 Value)

San Francisco Maritime National Park Association

Fisherman's Wharf

Association membership entitles holders and guests to free entry into historic ships and a submarine, as well as event invites

$60 $27

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Membership for 1 or 2, or Private Tour for Up to 10 from San Francisco City Guides (Up to 54% Off)

San Francisco City Guides

Civic Center

70+ monthly tours offered year-round, each focused on the architecture, history, and legends of San Francisco

$75 $35

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$27 for Armory Tour for Two at SF Armory (Up to $50 Value)

SF Armory

Mission

Employees lead 90-minute tours for guests aged 18 & older through five floors of historic armory & elaborate adult-film sets

$50 $27

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One-Year Individual or Family Membership to Museum of the African Diaspora (Up to 51% Off)

Museum of the African Diaspora

Yerba Buena

Museum with permanent and rotating interactive exhibits on the history of the African diaspora and the artistic reactions it has inspired

$65 $32

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There's More to the Mission Than Burritos Tour for 2, 4, 6, or 15 from San Francisco Food Safari (Up to 57% Off)

San Francisco Food Safari

Mission District

Tour takes guests through the Mission District to learn about multicultural cuisine

$40 $20

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Pub Crawl Admission for One, Two, or Four from Pub Crawl San Francisco (Up to 49% Off)

Pub Crawl San Francisco

Multiple Locations

Knowledgable guides lead guests to four San Francisco hot spots to enjoy free drinks and admission, party favors, and drink specials

$18 $10

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Segway Tours of San Francisco from City Segway Tours (10% Off)

City Segway Tours

Fisherman's Wharf

Take guided Segway tours through the landmarks of San Francisco

$25 $22.50

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$125 for a "Love Under the Lights' Yacht Tour of the Bay for Two from Just Dreaming ($200 Value)

Just Dreaming

Potrero

Couples cruise the harbor for up to two hours, marveling at the skyline and the twinkling lights on the Bay Bridge

$200 $125

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San Francisco Ghost Walk for One, Two, or Four from The Celebrity Planet (Up to 67% Off)

San Francisco Ghost Walk

San Francisco

Spooky tour visits Chinatown, locations from Vertigo, and haunted hotels in search of eerie apparitions

$35 $16

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Walking Tour for Two or Four or Private Walking Tour for Six from Haight is Luv Tour Company (Up to 64% Off)

Haight is Luv Tour Company

Chinatown

Tours focus on the people who made the magic happen, and use 100+ photographs in order to complete the picture of the corner in 1967

$40 $18

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Admission for Two or Four to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium (Up to 45% Off)

Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Fisherman's Wharf

10,000-square-foot emporium of oddness collects real-life wonders to provide strange delight for all ages

$41.98 $23

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“USS Pampanito” Historic Submarine Tour for Two Adults, Family of Six, or Up to 15 (Up to 67% Off)

USS Pampanito

Fisherman's Wharf

Restored WWII submarine shares its history via audio tours, oral histories, letters, and educational programs for adults and kids

$24 $12

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Since 1963, the Chinese Historical Society of America has collected the documents and artifacts that chronicle the history of Chinese American citizens. The society's permanent collections are typified by pieces such as One Hundred Years’ History of the Chinese in America, a vivid mural by Chinatown native James Leong that charts the progress of Chinese Americans over the course of 100 years. On a smaller scale, the Chinatown Miniatures Collection depicts three-dimensional scenes of San Francisco's Chinatown as it looked before artist Frank Wong built his shrink ray. Other exhibits change frequently, often in conjunction with special events hosted for members and their guests.

The museum can't contain every bit of Chinese American history, however. With that in mind, the society’s guides lead school groups on walking tours through the bustling streets and alleyways of San Francisco's Chinatown. Free from the confines of the museum, they point out the neighborhood’s distinct architectural landmarks and underlying social significance. Throughout the year, the museum also puts out publications such as the CHSA Bulletin, which chronicles different stories within the Chinese American community.

965 Clay St
San Francisco,
CA
US

For the past three decades, the Contemporary Jewish Museum has celebrated Jewish culture, history, art, and ideas while remaining constantly relevant. A non-collecting organization, the CJM sparks dialogue and unites people from all walks of life through lectures, classes, films, and constantly rotating exhibitions commonly centered around art. In the past, the CJM has displayed photographs of Allen Ginsberg, trained its lens on the magic of Harry Houdini and the art he inspired, and responded to Hitler's Mein Kampf with artist Linda Ellia's exhibition of 600 pages altered by artists, writers, victims, students, and other Jewish people. More recently, the CJM featured an exhibit on the contribution of Jewish architects, designers, and merchants to creative communities around the US, post-World War II.

Holding all these different facets of culture and design is a building that is itself a work of art. Designed by architect Daniel Libeskind, the 63,000-square-foot CJM combines the legacy of the historic Jessie Street Power Substation with the dynamic angles and arresting shapes of contemporary architecture. Accompanying its overall shape is a blue metallic exterior and symbolic references to Jewish concepts, such as the Hebrew phrase "L'Chaim," meaning "to life."

736 Mission St
San Francisco,
CA
US

"If you want to aggressively snack your way through a neighborhood as you walk it," says Fodor's, "consider hanging with cookbook author Tom Medin or one of his local guides." Medin is one of the founders of Local Tastes of the City Tour/SF Food Tours, and he personally leads many of the company's walking tours, which seek out the soul of the city in its bakeries, restaurants, and cafes. The hunt for hidden gems might lead to Chinatown's oldest bakery and a fortune cookie-making demonstration, or through an authentic Western saloon. The North Beach tour, which has been recommended by Lonely Planet, presents a behind-the-scenes look at coffee-roasting by way of the favored hangouts of the Beat Generation. Even when a tour skirts the city's iconic landmarks via painted bus, each stop is replete with tastings and demos, which is why the guides recommend that visitors avoid eating before a tour or swallowing their backpacks for safekeeping.

2179 12th Avenue
San Francisco,
CA
US

By day, Jerry Cimino worked in the computer industry. By night, he quietly collected memorabilia from the Beat Generation, building up little piles of photographs, letters, and first editions of literature by Allen Ginsberg, Neal Cassady, and Jack Kerouac. Inspired by the beat poets themselves, who often traded what they had to pursue their passions, Cimino abandoned his 9-to-5 job and opened The Beat Museum. Located on the same ground that was once the epicenter for Beat activity during the 1950s, the museum hosts an ever-increasing collection of cultural ephemera and has been profiled in the Washington Post. The shelves and glass cases brim with various editions of Allen Ginsberg's Howl, a sweat-dappled jacket worn by Jack Kerouac on his travels, and William Burroughs?s guide to perfect table manners.

540 Broadway
San Francisco,
CA
US

Even before you climb inside, the GoCar is clearly a car with a personality. The petite, three-wheeled two-seater has a hood that slightly resembles an eager-to-please smiley face, and an open top that seems custom-made for letting the breeze ruffle your hair. Then the real fun begins: built with the company's own software and a compassion for the voiceless robots of America, a talking GPS system guides two-seater GoCars through the city streets of San Francisco, San Diego, Miami, Barcelona, Madrid, and Lisbon with cheerful, info-rich narration. Second only to having a knowledgeable local jog alongside your minivan, tours zip along at drivers' own pace and accommodate as many pit stops as time allows.

321 Mason St.
San Francisco,
California
US

Paul Mahder Gallery showcases contemporary works of art and every two months, presents new exhibits created by painters, sculptors, and photographers from around the globe. Opened in conjunction with the gallery in 2007, Paul Mahder Framing extends the shop's services into the realm of preservation, helping customers artfully safeguard keepsakes without having to freeze them in a mixture of finger-paint and carbonite. Head designer Richard Plagmann and expert framer Jonathan W. Wind join forces to encase a wide range of items, from 3-D objects and family portraits to oversized mementos. They also offer complementary onsite consultations, and every project is completed in house.

3378 Sacramento St
San Francisco,
CA
US