With its landmark structures and picturesque layout, the Bay area has been a go-to backdrop for generations of filmmakers. Over the years, the city has added countless classic scenes to its r?sum?, and, today, San Francisco Movie Tours chauffeurs fans through those historic moments. During daily tours, one of the company's energetic guides provides behind-the-scenes tidbits and trivia about San Francisco-based gems, such as Sean Connery's on-set demands while filming The Rock and how Dirty Harry-star Clint Eastwood once melted a piece of cheese simply by looking at it. As tour-buses pass these recognizable locations, on-board big screens play the movie clips that made them famous, complete with surround sound to recreate the full-theater experience.
Ryan Curtis loves local history, sunshine, and exercise, and he just happened to be clever enough to combine all three into a career. As the owner of Roam Local, he offers?and leads?private and semiprivate walking tours that explore the hidden stairways, alleyways, and gardens of San Francisco. As groups walk, hidden terraces with stunning views as well as famous sights come into view, usually from unexpected angles. That perspective often creates stunning photo opportunities that can?t be found on postcards, such as the Golden Gate Bridge before it?s infused with its morning coffee. As your guide walks and talks, they supplement their information with an interactive iPad presentation and San Francisco?s other standout: its balmy weather.
Like the inventor of the peanut-butter and paintball sandwich, the staff at San Francisco Bay Boat Cruises, LLC. has found success in combining its favorite things: wine, meeting new people, and the city of San Francisco. Their vessel—a 1958 cabin top dubbed "The Neptune"—sails with up to 30 passengers along the hilly coast, beneath the Golden Gate Bridge, and past Alcatraz during wine tastings. With hardwood accents and a large open deck, the boat also hosts group charters, wedding events, and diplomatic meetings with smelt emissaries.
Many tour guides are passionate about history, but not enough to break into song. That’s where Wild Wes Leslie comes in. Rather than burdening sightseers with the droning narration and mandatory 19th-century ankle boots of a typical city tour, Wes divulges the details of San Francisco’s famous neighborhoods with energetic and original ditties sung to the strums of his ukulele. Resplendent in his bow-tie and bowler hat, the troubadour leads groups on 2.5-hour walking tours that explore well-known areas such as Chinatown and Union square, along with lesser-known spots including the city’s first red-light district.
The Celebrity Planet introduces locals and visitors to the best food, coffee, and desserts in cities across the world, from Paris and London to New York and San Francisco. During their signature walking tours, groups of foodies promenade through the cities' scenic neighborhoods, stopping to sample New York's cream-cheese-smeared bagels, London's fish and chips, DC's artisan chocolates, and Chicago?s sausage-flavored lampposts. During tours, which occur rain or shine, participants are encouraged to wear walking-appropriate attire such as comfortable shoes.
On Big Bus Tours' signature hop-on, hop-off double decker adventures, visitors and residents alike can take in all of the sights of the capital city. The distinctive vehicles wind their way through the city, allowing guests to hop-off at landmarks including the Washington Monument, the National Archives, and the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. An informative and entertaining commentary enriches each eye-popping location, either from a live tour guide or a recording.