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San Francisco: Ghosts of the Bay Area Haunted Walking Tour

1. San Francisco: Ghosts of the Bay Area Haunted Walking Tour

Set off on a San Francisco ghost tour through 8-12 different sites around the downtown area. Meet your experienced tour guide at Union Square and embark on a one-hour tour through the Nob Hill area. Perfect for first-time visitors and locals alike, this tour is great way to see the amazing sites of the affluent neighborhoods while getting a feel for the city's ghostly atmosphere.  See a side of the city seldom witnessed. Take a walk past by haunted hotels, streets, clubs, and office buildings. Learn about the ancient Mayan secrets of the Sutter buildings, the famous tragedies that haunt The Westin St. Francis, and the devastation and heartbreak that followed the great earthquake of 1906, which has literally and figuratively haunted the city for over a century. Find out about the terrible night that lead to Fatty Arbuckle's blacklisting from the film industry. After the gold rush of 1849, San Francisco became a beacon of hope and prosperity, but not everyone can strike gold, and inevitably, many people seeking fame and fortune found tragedy instead; their stories are likely to disturb and frighten you. These events throughout history continue to have an impact on the area, and the accounts you'll hear on this tour reveal that these hills have just as much horror as happiness.

San Francisco Ultimate City Tour with Bay Cruise Option

2. San Francisco Ultimate City Tour with Bay Cruise Option

Travel through the Golden Gate Park and enjoy seasonal flower displays, bison grazing, and pass windmills overlooking the Pacific. Enjoy neighborhoods dotted with colorful Victorian homes. Learn about San Francisco’s early settlements, from Native Americans, to Spanish missionaries and the frenzied days of the Gold rush as you drive through the once infamous Barbary Coast. Scheduled stops on your tour include Vista Point at Golden Gate Bridge, Twin Peaks for breathtaking hilltop panoramic views of the city (weather permitting), and the Japanese Tea Garden at Golden Gate Park. You will also make other stops and take advantage of photo opportunities as recommended by your tour guide. You will see many of the famous sights of San Francisco including Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, Presidio National Park, Alcatraz, City Hall, and Nob Hill. Once you finish your bus tour at Union Square around 1 PM, take an hour to rest and recover before joining a San Francisco grand city tour walking tour. Experience downtown Union Square, Chinatown, and the Financial District for 2-2.5 hours on a tour that is less walking, more fun facts and interactive conversation so you never get tired or bored.   Visit places great for Instagram photos, go inside famous buildings, and enjoy a small surprise tasting. During the tour, your expert guide will inform about the city’s history, the gold rush, influential women, buried ships under buildings, and will give you insider new on any current events that may be going on in SF. You’ll also receive the best tips and tricks to explore the city on your own and enjoy your trip to its fullest. Add on a Cruise of San Francisco Bay and end your tour with a 1-hour cruise of the San Francisco Bay where you will sail by the famous Alcatraz Island and under the Golden Gate Bridge. If you are ready to experience even more, go for the optional 4-hour bike rental. Fall in love with all San Francisco has to offer as you pedal around and explore the area at your own pace.

San Francisco Double Decker Bus Night Tour

3. San Francisco Double Decker Bus Night Tour

This live narrated 60-90 minute tour of San Francisco includes the most vibrant neighborhoods of the city, such as the Financial District, Chinatown, Nob Hill, and Embarcadero. Departing from Fisherman's Wharf, the tour covers all the major attractions of San Francisco during the evening hours, with spectacular views from the top of an original open top double decker Bus. Exact highlights may vary according to the season, weather conditions, and San Francisco's famous traffic, Chinatown, and Union Square, San Francisco’s shopping Mecca. You will also go to Treasure island, across the Bay Bridge, to get spectacular views of the skyline of San Francisco. On your return, you will see the ferry building, Alcatraz Pier, Pier 39, and more on your way up Embarcadero. Depending on the time of the year, it may not be entirely dark on this tour, but you will either see the city glittering at night, or in the lovely light of dusk.

San Francisco: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

4. San Francisco: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

Discover some of the most iconic sights of San Francisco on a self-guided walking tour. Hear interesting facts and the history behind some of the city's most historic landmarks such as Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge, with a fully detailed map of the area of your tour also provided. Download this audio tour and set off exploring the exciting and vibrant city of San Francisco at your leisure. Hear about the city's history including its importance during the Gold Rush era as you first stroll through Pioneer Park. Learn more about the various ethnic groups that comprise this cosmopolitan city. See the famous trams running through the city, plus uncover a great viewpoint of the notorious Alcatraz Island. You'll also get to see the Coit Tower, Nob Hill, and the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge. Discover the buzzing district of Fisherman's Wharf, where the S.S Jeremiah O'Brien is docked. Pause the tour at any time if you wish to explore areas in more detail, and restart when you wish.

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What people are saying about Nob Hill

I enjoyed the quick overview and history given. I felt safe walking through the yet untread streets of San Francisco as I followed the guided tour. Would love to do the same for other parts of the city now!

Very interesting tour of seven or eight haunted locales in the Union Sq /Nob Hill area. Janie was an excellent, animated and informative guide- plus we got some good exercise walking up Nob Hill!

Great way to get an insight into the city's history at the same time as a few exciting ghost stories, we always grab these tours when we meet new cities on our US travels

It was nice, we found out many interesting things about the city. It's worth the time and money.

The experience was great and we had a wonderful time!