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Silicon Valley: Self-Drive Audio Tour

1. Silicon Valley: Self-Drive Audio Tour

Hop in your car and enjoy this self-guided audio tour of the birthplace of tech. Cruise through Silicon Valley while checking out the headquarters of tech giants and learn about the visionaries who’ve shaped the world, from Bill Gates and Steve Jobs to the controversies around Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos and the eccentricities of Elon Musk. Simply hop in your car, get the tour guide app set up on your phone, and get started. Start your tour at Facebook's headquarters and learn about Zuckerberg and his vision. All audios play automatically based on location. As your tour continues, learn about the oldest struggle in tech — idea vs execution. Arrive at the backbone of Amazon, AWS, and learn about Bezos and Amazon's humble beginnings. Next, head to the Android Garden and learn about the fight between Google and Microsoft. Continue down the road to Google’s headquarters, called the Googleplex, and enjoy a stroll through the campus before arriving at Microsoft and the beginnings of the modern world. Learn about Gates, BASIC, and Windows. Stop at a museum to play the first-ever video game and see one of the first-ever computers. From there, continue onto Apple to learn about the feud between Jobs and Gates and even stop by Jobs’ Garage. Finally, switch from smartphones to smart cars and learn about Elon Musk and Tesla as you drive towards the heart of Silicon Valley. Finish your tour at Stanford, the school of choice for tech entrepreneurs.

49 Mile GoCar Special - All Day For The Price Of 5 Hours

2. 49 Mile GoCar Special - All Day For The Price Of 5 Hours

Let a GPS-guided, talking GoCar be your guide during this exciting full-day tour of San Francisco. GoCar lets you experience the beauty of San Francisco and visit places tour buses cannot go – all at your own pace. Zip around in a cute, yellow, storytelling GoCar as it takes you on your own GPS-guided tour. The GoCar is easy and fun to drive and, since it's GPS-guided, it knows where you are – even if you don't. With you in the driver's seat, GoCar not only tells you where to turn, it tells stories that bring San Francisco to life. Follow the directions, or for those more adventurous, blaze your own trail. GoCar will show you the best of San Francisco from the urban parks to the golden beaches, Downtown and Chinatown. You take control of the pace and routes to create a memorable day on the streets of San Francisco. You'll see many of San Francisco's famous tourist destinations such as Pier 39, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Palace of Fine Arts. You'll be guided through some of San Francisco's most beloved neighborhoods, such as the Haight-Ashbury, the Mission, North Beach, and the Castro District. Explore at your own pace, stop for lunch along the way, and see almost all of the famous 49-mile drive past all the beaches, parks, and districts San Francisco has to offer. Let GoCar take you on the road less traveled today.

San Francisco: Hippie Culture Exploration Game

3. San Francisco: Hippie Culture Exploration Game

The city game starts at Haight Ashbury 1485. It will take you between 1.5 and 2 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at Golden Gate Park. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Ready for an adventure? After your booking, you will receive an email on how to download the game to your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to download and play the city game on their phones. Alternatively, each person can make their own purchase.

San Francisco: Hidden Gems of Castro City Exploration Game

4. San Francisco: Hidden Gems of Castro City Exploration Game

Explore highlights of the Castro area in San Francisco while playing this engaging phone game. Discover Harvey Milk Plaza, the GLBT Historical Society Museum, and more. Start the game at Pink Triangle Plaza. You’ll take on the role of Arnold, a 33-year-old queer nerd searching for love. As you solve challenges, the story will unfold and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. It will take between 1.5-2 hours but you should explore at your own pace: simply pause the game and resume when you want from the location where you paused it. You can play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other before meeting at the final stop of the game, the Twin Peaks Tavern.

Silicon Valley: Self-Driven Audio Tour for Technology Lovers

5. Silicon Valley: Self-Driven Audio Tour for Technology Lovers

Journey through Silicon Valley with maximum flexibility, safety, and value on a self-driven audio tour. Simply hop in your own car, get the tour guide app set up on your phone, and set off on the ultimate adventure for technology lovers. During the tour, make various stops at tech giants like Apple, Google, Facebook, Tesla, and more. Learn about the visionaries who’ve shaped the world around us on an audio tour developed by local guides, curated by creative writers, and narrated by professional voice artists. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Hear about the feud between Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, the controversies around Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos, the eccentricities of Elon Musk, and more. See Facebook's headquarters, as well as the real backbone of Amazon — Amazon Web Services. Possible stops include Google's Android Garden; a museum where you can play the first-ever video game and see one of the first-ever computers; Steve Jobs's garage; and the Googleplex, Google's headquarters, where you can walk through the campus. All audios play automatically based on location. The tour concludes at Stanford, the university that churns out tech entrepreneurs. You can even visit the true birthplace of tech, the Hewlett-Packard Garage. Not sure you can fit all this into one day? No worries — once booked, the tour is yours forever. Split the drive into two days or come back later for a second round. Travel dates change? Again, not a problem — this Silicon Valley self-guided tour never expires.

From San Francisco: Highway 1 Self-Drive Audio Tour

6. From San Francisco: Highway 1 Self-Drive Audio Tour

Hop in your car and enjoy this self-guided audio tour along the Pacific Coast Highway. Start in San Francisco or LA, and simply follow the GPS guide to explore one of the most beautiful stretches of coastal road in the world. Take your time driving through Monterey Bay, artsy Carmel and more. Your virtual audio guide will share interesting facts and insights as you drive. Admire views of rocky headlands, jewel-like coves, waterfalls and the famous bridges of Big Sur as you explore California’s coastal highlights. Your downloaded guide will give you plenty of opportunities to pull off the road and explore local beaches, wildlife and towns on foot. Wander through San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, Santa Barbara, Ventura & Malibu before wrapping up the tour in Los Angeles. You will receive an email with the audio tour app link and a unique password from the local supplier within 1 hour of booking. Once the app is downloaded, take the tour whenever you would like. Just head to stop number 1 and begin exploring.

San Francisco: Highlights Self-Guided Audio Tour with App

7. San Francisco: Highlights Self-Guided Audio Tour with App

Explore San Francisco’s iconic landmarks at your own pace via an app with audio narration and multiple walking routes. See and learn about the Golden Gate Bridge, Pier 39, and Alcatraz at the tap of a finger. Know exactly where you are every step of the way with the app’s navigational system. Steer clear of big tour groups and visit your favorite sights thanks to the suggested routes on this app. Head to any of the available landmarks, including the leafy Golden Gate Park, Union Square, or up Lombard Street’s iconic steep hill, listening to interesting facts and stories at each hotspot. Hit pause whenever you feel like it and continue on your journey of discovery in your own time. Best of all, enjoy the unlimited use of the app and its features for the duration of your stay in San Francisco.

San Francisco: Self-Driving Tour via the Golden Gate Bridge

8. San Francisco: Self-Driving Tour via the Golden Gate Bridge

Experience San Francisco on this self-guided tour via an app that functions as a guide, narrator, and map. Learn about the city while visiting top attractions and must-see spots. Enjoy a tour that’s been developed by local guides, creative writers, and professional voice artists. Start your experience by downloading the app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one (download instructions received via email after booking). After downloading the app, begin your tour at the Painted Ladies. The Painted Ladies is one of the city’s top attractions. These beautiful, colorful homes exemplify Frisco’s funky culture. From there, hear about the city’s unique history and how it became one of the most progressive cities around. Head into the city’s tech quarter and spot big-name headquarters like Uber and Twitter. Get a crash course on how the city became the go-to spot for the most cutting-edge tech produced anywhere. Then, swing by San Francisco City Hall. Get the inside scoop of how Hollywood uses this building as a stand-in for Washington, D.C.’s Capitol Building in all sorts of films. After that, ride down Lombard Street, also known as the most crooked street in the world. This picturesque, winding road has been another Hollywood staple for ages. Next, climb Telegraph Hill for a look at the famous Coit Tower and unbeatable views of the city. Get help identifying some of the most famous structures that make up Frisco’s skyline. Afterward, it’s on to Chinatown and Manilatown. Hear about the long, often embattled, history of both historic districts. Experience the rich culture of these spots. Turn onto Stockton Street and get a look at something else you won’t see every day: cable cars. Get a history lesson on these quirky little cars and learn why they are still used today. At last, reach the waterfront, home to some of the best foods and drinks in the city. Finish off your tour with astonishing views of the bay.

San Francisco: Self-Drive Landmarks Tour with Painted Ladies

9. San Francisco: Self-Drive Landmarks Tour with Painted Ladies

Pick up your vehicle for the day, a small yellow three-wheeler, then head off on a self-guided sightseeing adventure through San Francisco. Explore the city at your own pace as the GPS audio guide shares facts, stories, and jokes about the famous landmarks along the way. Highlights of the tour include Fisherman’s Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, the Palace of Fine Arts, and Lombard Street. You’ll also go off-the-beaten-path and enjoy a winding drive up to Twin Peaks, where you can soak up panoramic views of San Francisco. The tour then takes you through the colorful Haight Street and Ashbury Street, where you can get a real sense of local life and see the famous Painted Ladies. There’s also time for a picnic at Alamo Square before dropping off the vehicle at the start point.

San Francisco: The Warrior Cat Chinatown City Game

10. San Francisco: The Warrior Cat Chinatown City Game

Here's a sneak peek to the storyline: “You're a cat with a black belt in karate, and you've been tasked with clearing out a dark cult in San Francisco Chinatown.” As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Ready for an adventure? The city game starts at Bush Street & Grant Avenue. It will take you around 2 to 3 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at The Golden Gate fortune factory. After your booking you will receive an email with instructions on how to download and play the game on your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. It is recommended that each user purchases a ticket for an optimal experience, although several people can share a phone.

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What people are saying about San Francisco

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 1 reviews

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!

Great little walking tour. The information provided was short and interesting.

So easy to use and go at one’s own pace. Interesting tidbits! We loved it.

Loved the narration, and the location-based app works perfectly

Tons of fun, saw lots of sights, and the staff was great!