What are the best tours of San Francisco?

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Katie Sweeney

When it comes to tours, San Francisco has plenty to offer. Perhaps the most infamous is the tour of Alcatraz Island. Since it is one of San Francisco's top attractions, book tickets for Alcatraz in advance. The self-guided tour is fascinating. Each guest is given a pair of headphones and an easy to use device that plays a narrative with voice over from original Alcatraz inmates and guards. It takes you through the prison and provides detailed information on what it was like to live and work on Alcatraz. The whole tour lasts about two hours.

To get a more intimate view of San Francisco's varied neighborhoods, I recommend taking a walking tour. City Guides has a wide selection of tours from the Japanese Tea Garden to Fisherman's Wharf to the Palace Hotel.

If you're a foodie looking to experience San Francisco's tremendous culinary offerings, sign up for an Avital Tour. You can eat your way through Little Italy in North Beach or sample the amazing cocktails of Union Square.

Kimberley Lovato

San Francisco is a walker's city and one of the best ways to explore is to grab a map and go. But I hear ya on those hills. Sometimes you just want to sit back and let someone else do the leg work.

By far one of the most unique tours in San Francscisco is the Fire Engine Tour.  Even if you've been here before, riding a candy-apple red Fire Engine for 75-minutes brings a new perspective. You'll get to where an authentic fireman's jacket too, which is great for profile pictures. 

Alcatraz, the former prision also known as "The Rock," is on of San Francisco's most popular attractions, and tours sell out weeks in advance, especially during peak tourist times. Book online at Alcatraz Cruises.

The historic Red and White Fleet is San Francisco’s original sightseeing adventure, in operation since 1892. The family owned fleet departs Fisherman’s Wharf p to 17 times daily for upclose and personal views of the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz Island. Or opt for a romantic sunset cruise with views over our magnificent city.

If you're up for walking but still want a dose of lcoal knowledge then there's no better tour than San Francisco City Guides Tour. Learn about San Francisco's quirky neighborhoods, unique architecture, and colorful history and you'll fall more in love with our fair city.

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