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Our most recommended California Walking Tours

  • San Francisco: Beyond the Painted Ladies Walking Tour

    1. San Francisco: Beyond the Painted Ladies Walking Tour

    Your day begins at Lafayette Park, where you’ll meet your small group of 20 people and take in a slew of different Victorian mansions from the outside, including the famous (and jaw-dropping) Spreckels mansion. Pass some of the famous row houses and learn how much money it takes to afford your own slice of a San Francisco Victorian.  Your next stop is the highlight of the trip. Get special access to a privately-owned Victorian mansion that has been lovingly restored and features a private collection of Victorian artifacts and knick-knacks. The tour, which is guided by the home’s owner, is completely exclusive and the experience of a lifetime for any lover of Victoriana. Your final stop is the famous Alamo Square, home to the “Painted Ladies” which you will recognize from television and postcards. Approaching from the very best viewpoint, you’ll be able to take your own postcard-perfect...

    Ted, our guide, was very helpful and always ensured we were comfortable with the walking up hills. He gave us various options for the route to view the wonderful houses. Ted’s knowledge was vast on San Francisco, as well as the architecture and history of the many houses we visited.

  • Los Angeles: Hollywood & Celebrity Homes Tour

    2. Los Angeles: Hollywood & Celebrity Homes Tour

    See Hollywood’s highlights for yourself on a guided sightseeing tour from the comfort of an open-top bus. Marvel at iconic locations such as the Hollywood Sign, where you can stop for a photo and admire the views of downtown LA.

    Make your way to the local partner’s office to begin your activity. Board the sightseeing bus, and away you’ll go on your tour of Hollywood. 

    Pass the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Chinese Theatre, the Art Deco entertainment complex of the Dolby Theater, and the circular Capitol Records Building and other historic sights you’ve seen 1000 times on TV. 

    Next, head to the Hollywood and Vine district at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street. 

    Cruise down Sunset Boulevard, passing famous bars and nightclubs like Whiskey A-Go-Go and the V...

    Our tour guide was entertaining and knowledgeable. We got to see everything we had hoped. The Hollywood sign was further away than expected, but everything else lived up to the advertising. One of the highlights of our time in LA.

  • Warner Bros. Studios Hollywood Tour

    3. Warner Bros. Studios Hollywood Tour

    Get ready to touch, tour, and explore the 110-acre backlot that brought “Argo” and “Batman” to the big screen. From “Gravity” to “Friends,” the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood takes you behind the camera for a revealing look at your favorite TV shows and movies. Explore “Stage 48: Script to Screen,” an interactive soundstage that explores phases of the film and television production process. Re-enact a scene from “Friends” on the iconic “Central Perk” set, or climb aboard Harry Potter’s broomstick for a photo opportunity.

    Explore the Studio Store with exclusive merch from your favorite films and TV shows. Dine at the Central Perk Cafe and enjoy your meal amongst recreated sets like Monica's apartment, and Joey and Chandler's pad. Then, shop for exclusive Friends merch in the Friends Boutique. The Grand Finale lets you step into recreated sets from the DC Universe where you...

    Loved the Harry Potter area. I wanted my picture as t the friends display but the line took forever and I had waited twenty minutes and couldn’t wait any longer! It’s a poor set up, you have there! I was very upset!

  • San Diego: Drive Your Own Speed Boat 2-Hour Tour

    4. San Diego: Drive Your Own Speed Boat 2-Hour Tour

    Ideal for those with a free spirit and sense of adventure, but who don't want to miss out on a guided tour, this 2-hour excursion combines the best of both worlds. You will be the captain of your own speed boat, all the while following a trained, knowledgeable guide as they keep you informed via the 2-way communication system that’s mounted in each boat. Hear the guide’s witty, yet historical narration as you cruise the harbor, seeing such luminous sights as the Russian submarine at San Diego Maritime Museum, the USS Midway and the skyline of downtown San Diego. Exhilarating and spontaneous, with laugh-out-loud moments, the thrill of driving your own boat, as well as the safety of having a skilled guide introduce you to the highlights makes for a perfect combination. Even the sea lions will give you a cheer!

    We went on the speedboats for our honeymoon and loved every moment, not to mention our tour guide David was funny and informational.

  • Boston: Fall Foliage Tour

    5. Boston: Fall Foliage Tour

    Your day will start with pickup from your hotel in greater Boston. From here, you will make the 2 hour ride north into New Hampshire surrounded by the beautiful fall colors as you drive higher into the mountains. You'll make a short stop half-way along for coffee or cider. Once on the Kancamagus Byway, you will make several stops for pictures of the mountains and fall foliage colors. Your knowledgable guide will share details about the region. You'll also enjoy 2 short excursions on easy to hike trails to view historic waterfalls. Then, enjoy a 2 hour lunch and shopping break in the mountain town of North Conway. This is a quaint town surrounded by snow capped mountains and rugged cliffs. After lunch, you'll head further into the White Mountains. Your last stop will be at the spectacular Omni Mount Washington Hotel. Many have called this "the highlight of the tour" as this beautiful loc...

    My friend and I had an amazing time! Highly recommend! Sights are super beautiful and unreal. Matt is a wonderful tour guide, so fun and knowledgeable. Would definitely do again!

  • Brothels, Bites and Booze: San Diego Gaslamp Walking Tour

    6. Brothels, Bites and Booze: San Diego Gaslamp Walking Tour

    Join us on a tour of the Gaslamp Quarter and we’ll tell you about the infamous Stingaree District, once a center of scandal and debauchery. We’ll walk along streets that featured 120 brothels at one point, and served as one of Southern California’s major red light districts. On our Brothels, Bites, and Booze Tour you’ll hear tales from the past that are funny and some that are hard to believe! During our 2.5-hour excursion you’ll see how this area has been restored and is now home to San Diego’s main nightlife and dining destinations. The Gaslamp Quarter now features more than 100 restaurants and bars. We’ll take you to some of the best restaurants in the area so you can taste a variety of popular ethnic cuisines and some alcoholic beverages as well! Most guests find that the samples on the tour are quite filling and are at least as much food as a full meal. You might want to eat no mo...

    We loved the tour! Our guide Angela was very knowledgeable and engaged with every participant of the group. We also liked that they don’t let the groups get too big. The restaurants and bars they picked out were perfect and even able to accommodate my food allergy. I had no expectations that they would be able to, but the guide called in advance and every restaurant was able to present me with a drink and snack that was suitable for me. Very impressive. If I could give six stars I would!

  • From San Francisco: Muir Woods National Monument Guided Tour

    7. From San Francisco: Muir Woods National Monument Guided Tour

    Discover the coastal redwood forest at Muir Woods National Monument on a guided tour from San Francisco, with entry tickets included. Cross the famous Golden Gate Bridge, marvel at California’s wildlife, and enjoy a sightseeing bus tour of Sausalito.

    Meet your guide in San Francisco to start your experience. Board the bus and drive towards Muir Woods National Monument, where you’ll enjoy 1.5 hours inside the forest.

    Admire the towering sequoia trees as you wander along hiking trails through the forest. Learn about the region from your guide as you appreciate the surrounding nature.

    Continue to Sausalito, a coastal city with sweeping views over the bay. Pass the main sights as you drive through the town on your return to San Francisco.

    If you want to explore Sausalito on fo...

    We had a great time exploring Muir Woods. The drive up was a but unnerving, as I get really bad motion sickness and did not realize the roads were extremely winding. I wish this tour had been guided but it was nice being able to take our time and go at our own pace. When we got there and presented our tickets we were told the park was free that day, so maybe could have saved a little money but no big deal. Our driver was great and friendly.

  • San Francisco: Waterfront Guided Tour and Alcatraz Ticket

    8. San Francisco: Waterfront Guided Tour and Alcatraz Ticket

    Meet your guide at the north end of Fisherman's Wharf at 9:30 AM and start your experience by taking in the amazing views of the bay, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Hear how San Francisco transformed from a sleepy village to a booming port city when gold fever swept the nation in 1849. Learn about the life of the Italian chocolatier Domenico Ghirardelli at the famous former chocolate factory in Ghirardelli Square. Stroll along the fog-lined waterfront and drool over the numerous stalls selling crab and clam chowder in sourdough bread bowls. Walk a portion of the historic Barbary Coast trail while your guide tells you about it's colorful past. You and your group will then make your way to Pier 39 and admire historic ships in the harbor. Witness the colony of sea lions that have taken over many of its docks. Continue along the Embarcadero Promenade and learn about its evolution fr...

    Dara Mihaly, our tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly. She provided a great experience with historical information that was fascinating. I would highly recommend her for any tourists.

  • Los Angeles: Hollywood Sign Comedy and Pictures Tour

    9. Los Angeles: Hollywood Sign Comedy and Pictures Tour

    Join your local guide for a walk right to the top of the Hollywood Sign. Be guided up the best path to get to the sign as your host entertains you with fun historical facts and stories relating to one of the most recognizable signs in the world. In addition to the storytelling, your guide has curated this hike to provide you with best pictures for your Instagram, creating memories to last a lifetime. Your guide is on hand to help you get the best photos of the sign, the city skyline, and other scenic panoramas that are bound to make your social media light up with likes.   Take once-in-a-lifetime photos in the best locations throughout Griffith Park, including a stunning panorama from above which comes complete with the sign in the background and Los Angeles below.

    John was an excellent guide for the group and made time for ondividuals. Highly reccommend a guide onstead of going it alone.

  • San Francisco: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour with Alcatraz Ticket

    10. San Francisco: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour with Alcatraz Ticket

    Get a huge amount of choice for sightseeing in San Fransisco in one go—access to the hop-on hop-off city tour route, a special night tour, and tickets to the Alcatraz Island for a self-guided audio tour of the notorious prison. 

    Audio guides are available in a variety of languages but the hop-on hop-off tour is only available in English. With open double-decker buses and a guide on each one, you can see just about everything and learn just as much.

    You can get to all the most famous spots in the city, and 48 hours is enough time to go back and visit your favorites again. Official City Loop highlights include:

    The Palace of Fine Arts

    North Vista Point where you can take photos of Golden Gate Bridge

    Golden Gate Park where you c...

    The tour was very organized. The tour guides were very good in explaining the property. The Self-guided tour was thorough as well.

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What people are saying about California

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Such a unique experience. My husband and I travel often and have never done anything like this! They take you to three different spots and you can see the kelp and different fish. Although you do see the same fish and kelp at each spot, it was still pretty awesome to see the fish up that close. I don't foresee myself ever snorkeling or scuba diving, so it was amazing to see the oceanlife. The guide was informative but he was not required to wear a mask, so him coming up to talk to us was a bit unsettling. Also, if you order mobile tickets you are still required to checkin and get your tickets printed. Overall excellent experience and highly recommend if visiting Catalina island!

Our tour guide was entertaining and knowledgeable. We got to see everything we had hoped. The Hollywood sign was further away than expected, but everything else lived up to the advertising. One of the highlights of our time in LA.

This was a great trip! We got to see the bay and all the sites. Captain Charles was great telling us all the history of the area. I highly recommend this trip.

David was a great tour guide. He was accommodating and had a lot of “LA knowledge.”

Started off slow, but as the tour progressed it was fantastic!