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    Urban Hike: Hills and Hidden Gems

    Take a walking tour to the next level! Embark on a 3-hour urban jungle hike through San Francisco to experience the city's wild side. Tackle the city's famous hills including Kite Hill and Tank Hill, discover unmarked trails in hidden forests, soak up sweeping views from atop Twin Peaks, and visit off-the-hidden path areas such as the quirky Seward Street Slides. With all the lush greenery and hilly landscapes, you won't believe you're still in San Francisco! Meet your guide in front of the Castro Theatre at your selected departure time. Be sure to wear walking shoes or hiking boots and brace for trail dust on this moderate 5-mile (8-km) trek through central San Francisco.
    Following your expert guide, conquer the city's famous hills starting with Kite Hill, a grassy knoll offering great views of the city. At the nearby Seward Street Slides, grab some cardboard and hop on for a fun ride down the curved cement slides.

    Entering a hidden eucalyptus forest, you'll forget you're in an urban city as you hike along the dirt trails behind Sutro Tower, an iconic 3-pronged antenna tower. Take an unmarked hiking trail to the summit of famous Twin Peaks, where you'll be treated to a breathtaking panorama of San Francisco and the East Bay in the distance.
    Your next hilly adventure is Tank Hill, located 650 feet (198 km) in elevation, where you'll get a panoramic view of Golden Gate Park, the Golden Gate Bridge and Downtown San Francisco.
    Make you way back via the 211-step Pemberton Place Stairway, flanked by beautiful landscaping brimming with beautiful plants, trees and flowers such as azaleas and Japanese maples.
    By the end of your urban jungle hike, you'll leave with a whole new appreciation for the beauty and diversity of San Francisco. You'll end your tour back at the Castro Theatre.
    Urban Hike: Hills and Hidden Gems

    18th St & Castro St, San Francisco

    • Conquer San Francisco's most famous hills including Kite Hill and Tank Hill on a walking tour
    • Discover unmarked trails in hidden forests and experience San Francisco from a nature-full perspective
    • Following your expert guide, visit off-the-beaten path areas such as the quirky Seward Street Slides
    • Enjoy a breathtaking panorama of San Francisco and the East Bay from atop the Twin Peaks
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    San Francisco, Muir Woods, and Sausalito Tour

    If you're the indecisive kind, exploring a new city is always a major struggle. You never know where to begin and what to prioritize! Well, ditch the stress and let A Taste of San Francisco & Beyond take the reigns! You'll be picked up at your hotel in the morning and will travel in a comfortable, luxury vehicle with your friends and family, maybe a few friendly strangers, and, of course, your entertaining tour guide! Enjoy a narrated and scenic drive around San Francisco and then cross the Golden Gate Bridge to explore the Giant Coastal Redwoods at Muir Woods! You'll also marvel at the breathtaking views from Sausalito's picture-perfect waterfront. Along the way, your guide will give you the inside scoop on this one-of-a-kind tourist destination. At the end of your 8-hour tour, you'll feel historically and culturally enriched!
    San Francisco, Muir Woods, and Sausalito Tour

    435 23rd St, San Francisco

    • Enjoy a narrated and scenic tour around San Francisco, across the Golden Gate Bridge, and into the Muir Woods
    • Relish the picture perfect views from Sausalito's famous waterfront
    • Allow your knowledgeable, friendly tour guide to show you the best of the city
    • Get the best of both worlds on this comprehensive combo tour
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    Urban Jungles and City Heights

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    Let loose your inner mountain (wo)man without ever leaving the city limits! Experience San Francisco's stunning combination of nature and architecture with a 3 hour, 5 mile hike. Get your blood pumping as you ascend the 200+ stairs of Pemberton Place. Embrace your inner koala in the hidden eucalyptus forest behind Sutro Tower. And if you're feeling brave, soar down the Seward Street Slides. You'll get a unique workout while you learn about San Francisco's hidden treasures and compelling local history. Soak in panoramic views of Golden Gate Park, the Golden Gate Bridge, and downtown SF from Tank Hill. Begin your journey today!
    Urban Jungles and City Heights

    429 Castro St, San Francisco

    • Discover the natural and manmade beauty of San Francisco on a guided urban hike
    • Summit peaks, bushwhack through unmarked hiking trails, and wander ghost streets and alleyways
    • Combine good old fashioned exercise with a unique historical tour
    • Go behind the scenes and beyond the streets for an exciting new look at the city
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    Four Peaks Tour

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    Climb through a 100-year old history of the four-peak tour of San Francisco’s most visited neighborhood, Eureka Valley. This multicultural hotspot spans the Castro District, Twin Peaks, Corona Heights, and Dolores Heights. Known as the outskirts of the City, Eureka Valley was the place where cows used to graze. You'll uncover the history of the Eureka Valley as we investigate relics of the 1850s outskirts and the churches of the 1890s Irish community. You’ll also travel through streets that were abandoned in the 60s then brought back to life in 70s by the flourishing gay community. Locals and visitors alike can appreciate these untold moments in history as you explore four of the best vistas in San Francisco. This tour is a bit of a hike, but isolation from the City has it’s perks. You'll visit secret staircases and hidden concrete slides. Secluded gardens and a certain podium with a missing statue. At the peak of Corona Heights, you’ll conclude at the lesser-known, but fascinating Randall Museum. Consider the Museum’s free entry as a reward for this fourth and final climb. Make sure to pack your hiking shoes!
    Four Peaks Tour

    1751 Market St, San Francisco

    • Take a walking tour of the Four Peaks area of San Francisco, the LGBT hub of the United States
    • Discover hidden staircases, gardens, and paths that only an insider would know about
    • Gain knowledge about history of this hotbed of American culture
    • Embrace one of the most culturally relevant areas of San Francisco
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    Muir Woods Tour

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    Venture beyond the hustle and bustle of San Francisco and into the woods. This tour will take you through the Muir Woods National Monument, a canyon filled with ancient, towering Redwoods. During your 1.5 hour stroll through the park, you'll be able to see the Golden Gate Bridge as well as local flora and fauna like Black-tailed Deer, Stellar Jays and Coastal Redwoods. In the next part of the tour you'll venture through Sausalito, a charming mediterranean style town across from the San Francisco Bay. Take advantage of the incredible photo opportunities and capture the sweeping panoramas of the city
    Muir Woods Tour

    288 Beach St, San Francisco

    • Experience the wonder of towering, ancient Redwoods near San Francisco
    • Stroll through the Muir Woods National Monument as well as charming Sausalito
    • Capture sweeping panoramas of San Francisco and Muir Woods
    • Enjoy the other side of San Francisco in this beautiful and calming tour
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    Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip

    Take time out for a day trip into the wild beauty of Yosemite National Park from San Francisco. Enjoy the beautiful countryside and discover the raw beauty of California's most famous national park. Your journey begins with a drive through San Joaquin Valley and into the Sierra Nevada range. In the morning, you will be driven to a giant sequoia grove (snow depth permitting), stopping along the way for a bird's-eye view of the whole valley. You can relax in the picnic area and have lunch (not included) among the giant sequoia trees.

    After lunch, you will have the opportunity to go on a short one-hour hike to the falls or grab a snack at the Yosemite Lodge. You will have three to four hours to spend at Yosemite National Park, with a range of activities to suit everyone, which may include some of the following:
    • Hike to one of Yosemite's waterfalls
    • Watch the climbers on El Capitan
    • Rent bikes for a relaxing cycle on the flat bike paths throughout the valley
    • Cool off in lovely river pools in summer
    • Spot a black bear
    • Relax at the visitors center, with museums, restaurants and the Ansel Adams Gallery to inspire every amateur photographer
    When it's time to head back to San Francisco, you will drive down the Sierra Nevada stopping along the way for a short break.

    Please note: The weather in Yosemite is highly variable and includes rain and snow in winter and high temperatures in summer. The itinerary may be adapted to make the most of Yosemite during different seasons and times of the year.
    Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip

    Union Square, San Francisco

    • Embark on a trip to the peaceful countryside and discover the raw beauty of Yosemite National Park
    • Drive through San Joaquin Valley and into the Sierra Nevada range
    • Enjoy three to four hours of free time at Yosemite National Park, with a range of activities to suit everyone
    • Relax in the picnic area and have lunch among the giant sequoia trees
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    Wilderness Survival Clinic (Santa Cruz)

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    Leave civilization for another day and come learn the ancient, essential skills of wilderness survival. In this exciting class, you'll learn everything you need to know about staying safe and warm out in the backcountry. Surrounded by beautiful redwood forests, you will learn learn shelter building techniques that date back to the native Californians, as well as how to make a friction fire, find edible plants, and develop ancient trapping techniques. From a novice camper to seasoned backpacker, this class is bound to teach you something new and useful. Leave life's hustle and bustle behind and get back to nature. It might come in handy some day.
    Wilderness Survival Clinic (Santa Cruz)

    Santa Cruz Mountains, Santa Cruz

    • Learn the timeless, essential skills of wilderness survival
    • Build shelters, fires, and traps, and forage for edible plants
    • Gain the skills and confidence to fend for yourself in the woods
    • Decompress from busy life and get back to nature
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    Muir Woods, Sausalito, and Wine Country Tour (Half Day)

    If you're the indecisive type, exploring a new city is always a major struggle. You never know where to begin and what to prioritize! Well, ditch the stress and let A Taste of San Francisco & Beyond take the reigns! You'll be picked up at your hotel in the morning and travel in a comfortable, luxury vehicle with your friends and family, and a maybe a few friendly strangers. On this combo tour, you'll visit Muir Woods, walk amongst the Giant Coastal Redwoods, and take in some much-needed fresh air. You'll also visit two highly regarded wineries in Sonoma Valley where you'll taste different wines! Get ready for an unforgettable all-day excursion!
    Muir Woods, Sausalito, and Wine Country Tour (Half Day)

    435 23rd St, San Francisco

    • Visit two highly regarded wineries in Sonoma Valley and travel into the Muir Woods
    • Walk in an Old Growth Coastal Redwood Forest and follow well-marked trails on your own
    • Enjoy a long-overdue date with nature
    • Get the best of both worlds on this comprehensive combo tour
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    Yosemite Day Tour

    Explore glacier-formed cliffs, enjoy the soft, wildflower-speckled meadows, and wonder at the towering sequoias in the heart of Yosemite’s dynamic wilderness. Just a few hours’ drive from San Francisco, Yosemite is the ideal break from the distractions of the city. Since John Muir’s first glimpse of Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite has captivated and inspired people from all over the world, totaling more than 5 million visitors in a year. Immerse yourself in our day-long tour with our exceptional guides. Capture the endless skylines, rock formations, and waterfalls as you enjoy an overview of how Yosemite Park’s unique landscape was formed, who came before and how the park became the nation’s first ever protected national park. Wander through the fields, bike the trails, and find a serene overlook to sit and reflect. Discover the resilience and beauty of a place that has captured the hearts of visitors throughout the age. Included in your adventure are pick up and drop off service from select San Francisco Hotels.
    Yosemite Day Tour

    2095 Jerrold Ave., San Francisco

    • Enjoy the wildlife and nature of Northern California as you wander through Yosemite National Park
    • Explore locations such as El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, and Half Dome
    • Savor the experience with narrated in-coach tour of Yosemite (1.5 hours)
    • Full-time professional, knowledgeable guide
    • 3 hours of free time in the Valley
    • Yosemite Park entrance fee
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    Presidio Exploration Tour

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    Let loose your inner adventurer without ever leaving the city limits. Experience San Francisco's stunning combination of nature and architecture with a 5 mile, 2.5 hour hike. Get your blood pumping as you ascend the Lyon Street Steps. Expand your mind with stops at stunning works of Andy Goldsworthy's art, both hidden and iconic. Bask in the beauty and historic importance of El Polin Spring. You will get a unique workout while you learn about San Francisco's hidden treasures and compelling local history. Walk the line at Andy Goldsworthy's Wood Line, fall in love with Lovers Lane, and connect with history at the National Cemetery Overlook. With so many different highlights to experience, this exploration is really meant for everyone and anybody!
    Presidio Exploration Tour

    Lyon St & Green St, San Francisco

    • Discover the natural and manmade beauty of San Francisco on a guided urban hike
    • Summit peaks while you visit important historical and cultural sites
    • Combine good old fashioned exercise with a unique historical tour
    • Go behind the scenes and beyond the streets for an exciting new look at the city
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