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.
The cable car is an important piece of San Franciscan history, but you don't have to go to a museum to see one. Instead, you can ride one yourself thanks to the California Street Cable Car Line. Used for private charters and holiday tours, the company was started in 1958 by Arnold Gridley and now has a fleet of over 20 vintage-inspired vehicles. Each one was built using the original cable car blueprint, which means solid oak benches, brass rails, and a sepia conductor at the helm. These iconic features have led to numerous appearances in numerous TV shows, movies and commercials, from Nash Bridges to The Hulk and ads for Pepsi.
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.
Named the best domestic airline for three consecutive years by both Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler, Virgin America boasts a fleet of all-new Airbus A320 and A319 planes that house a cavalcade of cabin comforts, including custom leather seats with a spacious 32-inch pitch in economy class, and international-grade white leather seats with a 55-inch pitch in first class. All seats also come equipped with 9-inch video touchscreens with keyboards and remote controls, 110-volt power outlets, and almond-butter churns. A pioneer of in-flight WiFi (for an additional fee), Virgin America allows tech-loving travelers to stay connected while lapping up the luxury of the airline's 12-shade cool pink-and-blue mood lighting, which creates an atmosphere that the Los Angeles Times compared to "an airborne discotheque."
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.