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    Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure (San Francisco)

    Urban Adventure Quest
    Price is for a group of 2-5 people Looking for a way to turn San Francisco into a giant game board? Urban Adventure Quest has created an interactive scavenger hunt that combines the fun of the amazing race with a three-hour sightseeing tour of SF highlights! Guided from any smartphone, you'll make your way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. Answer questions to uncover the next, secret location. Your adventure takes you through the Union Square area, which houses some of the city's finest designer shopping and cafes, through the bustling Chinatown and other historical neighborhoods as you make your way down through the famous Wharf District. Traverse its contoured landscape both on foot and by Cable Car, as you gain an entirely new perspective ol San Francisco and learn to see the city by the Bay in a whole new way!
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    Historical Tour of the Castro

    Cruisin' The Castro Walking Tours
    Discover the incredible past and present of The Castro, which remains to this day a hotbed of LGBT or Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender culture and rights. In two hours, you'll cover San Francisco's beginnings in the Gold Rush, up through the Civil Rights Era and Harvey Milk's legacy. Visit the Harvey Milk Plaza, the Civil Rights Academy, the original site of the AIDS Names Quilt Project, and The Castro Theater. You'll see Pink Triangle Memorial Park, which honors homosexuals persecuted in WWII, and the Rainbow Honor Walk, which pays tribute to famous LGBTs in history. There are few neighborhoods more important to LGBT history. It's time to find out why. Booking Note: Tours meet at the Rainbow Flag pole at the corner of Castro & Market Street above the Harvey Milk Plaza and the Castro MUNI underground rail station and across from the "F" Line streetcar.
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    Nob Hill Walking Tour

    For more than a century, San Francisco's Nob Hill has been associated with the upper crust, the 'beau monde.' Take a guided walking tour to admire the neighborhood's most distinctive landmarks including the exclusive Fairmont Hotel and Mark Hopkins Hotel, majestic Grace Cathedral and serene Huntington Park, as well as posh mansions, the famous cable cars and sweeping views of San Francisco Bay. As you explore one of the city's most affluent neighborhoods, your expert guide will entertain you with historical anecdotes about the area's rise to fortune and fame. Your expert guide will narrate the history of this distinctive neighborhood, one of San Francisco's famous "Seven Hills", while taking you to the area's most iconic and historical landmarks. Learn about this affluent neighborhood's rise to fortune, staring in the mid-1800s with gold, silver and the Central Pacific Railroad. You'll discover the interesting little-known fact that the name 'Nob' comes from the area's earliest settlers, deriving from a Hindi word for a very wealthy or powerful person. After the infamous 1906 earthquake and fire, nearly every mansion in Nob Hill was destroyed. The hill rose from complete devastation to showcase the most exclusive and posh hotels in the city. Near the famous intersection of California Street and Powell Street, you'll stand in awe of the Fairmont Hotel, the Mark Hopkins Hotel, the Stanford Court and the Huntington Hotel. Admire majestic Grace Cathedral, one of the city's largest places of worship. Pass Masonic Temple, the glamorous Ritz Carlton, the stately Brockleback Apartments, serene Huntington Park and the Pacific Union Club, the former James Clair Flood Mansion. Along the way, you'll be entertained by stories of San Francisco's pioneers, aristocrats and tycoons, as well as the events that helped shape this iconic neighborhood, all while enjoying lovely views of the surrounding San Francisco Bay.
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    Historical Walking Tour of The Castro

    On this guided walking tour through San Francisco's vibrant Castro district you'll visit the Castro Theatre, one of San Francisco's premier movie houses, which gave the neighborhood its name.Harvey Milk, San Francisco's icon and civil rights leader, was a profound contributor to the history of the Castro. On this tour you will have the opportunity to visit Harvey Milk's residence, his photo shop and campaign headquarters.Other Castro landmarks you will see on this historical walking tour include the Pink Triangle Memorial Park (a triangular free-standing memorial to thousands of gay men persecuted in Nazi camps of World War II), and the legendary Twin Peaks Tavern (First gay bar in America to have glass windows). All tours are incredibly informative and empowering.
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    Private Urban Safari Adventure

    Get off-the-beaten-track on an Urban Safari Adventure in San Francisco! Discover the city's hidden gems and trek through the streets of San Francisco on your open-air zebra-striped vehicle. This four-hour city expedition artfully combines visits to renowned attractions with journeys to alleys, murals, movie locations, and historical and architectural sites. All conducted with humor and a ton of fun! We offer an unforgettable 4-hour "Off the Beaten Track", highly personalized touring experience of San Francisco that is different from every other tour available. On your Safari Adventure of San Francisco, you will explore many of San Francisco's historic landmarks. Marvel at Twin Peaks, snap a photo at the Golden Gate Bridge and drive through Golden Gate Park! Enjoy the city's stunning architecture as you travel into diverse neighborhoods of San Francisco. You will traverse the city in custom, open-air game-viewing vehicles. You'll scout out scenes from movies like Hitchcock's Vertigo, find hidden artwork and learn secrets about which locals don't even know. Your passionate San Francisco-based guides will share fun facts, wisdom and quirky stories that ensure a memorable visit. In addition, this comprehensive tour of the city includes stops to various events happening just that day! So come aboard, your Safari awaits.
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    Streets of San Francisco Guided Bike Tour-Comfort Hybrid

    Bay City Bike
    There's more to San Francisco than the Golden Gate Bridge! By leading you through various local neighborhoods, this urban bike tour will have you realizing just how dynamic this city is. You'll explore the back alleys of North Beach's "Little Italy," and get to take photos of the Transamerica Pyramid. Then you'll hit up Barbary Coast along with San Francisco's historical supper clubs. As you bike through this area, learn about how the neighborhoods transformed from scandalous to sparkling! Channel some black and orange when you ride around the Giant's AT&T Ballpark, then venture into the Mission, Castro, and Haight-Ashbury neighborhoods, each of which is a unique community with equally unique locals. Lastly, head to Nopa where you'll find the famous Painted Ladies houses of Alamo Square. From there you'll visit the Civic Center, cycle into Polk Gulch, San Francisco's original gay neighborhood, and finish up in Aquatic Park!
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    North Beach Evening Food and Wine Tour

    Go behind the scenes of North Beach's food scene on this insider food and wine walking tour. Your expert guide will lead you on an easy evening walk to popular and hidden spots that only locals know about to enjoy hearty food tastings paired with wine. Sample cheese, Bolivian beef, wood-fired pizza, delicate handmade cannoli and gourmet sweets. You'll meet the owners, learn local tips, and hear stories about this neighborhood's interesting history, from the Gold Rush to the Prohibition era to today. Meet in the Jackson Square neighborhood "a 10-minute walk from Downtown San Francisco" in the late afternoon to start your walking tour. Come hungry, as you'll be getting lots of food and wine tastings on this 3-hour tour, which follows a flat, easy route. Following your expert local guide, delve behind the scenes of Little Italy's food and restaurant scene, hearing fascinating historical facts and stories along the way, like how this neighborhood was once part of the Barbary Coast, San Francisco's red-light district in the 1800's during the California Gold Rush. You'll also visit hidden Prohibition-era tunnels where booze was smuggled into the city.Though you'll learn a lot of interesting history, this tour is about the food. Enjoy a wine and cheese pairing at a trendy wine bar, your glass will be poured directly from the barrel. Then, indulge in an Italian wood-fired pizza made in the oldest pizza oven on the West Coast; built in 1935, this treasured tool was copied by Wolfgang Puck at Spago and Alice Waters at Chez Panisse. Pair your slice with a glass of private-label Syrah. Snack on contemporary kale chips and dive into Bolivian beef at Pea Pachamama. This space once housed a restaurant and speakeasy called Amelio's, known by locals as a historic San Francisco institution that hosted Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe's wedding dinner.Pop into a gourmet boutique shop for a sweet-and-savory treat such as artisan agave caramel drizzled over popcorn -- yum! Top your culinary journey off with a visit to a historic Italian bookshop-turned-cafe, where you'll fill your own delicate cannoli with an Italian cannoli maker. You'll find that all these tastings add up to a satisfying meal. Your tour ends in the evening a few blocks from your original departure point, where you're free to continue exploring this fabulous San Francisco neighborhood bustling with vibrant nightlife.
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    Vampire Walking Tour

    Trying to really sink your teeth into San Francisco? The Vampire Tour of San Francisco ought to get your blood flowing. Led by Mina Harker herself (sort of), this mostly true tour of the city is rife with fun vampire lore and humor. You'll begin your walk on the supernatural side near the Grace Cathedral, spending 20 minutes looking into its history. Then you'll head to Nob Hill Cafe, learning about what sat on those very same grounds (or didn't). More foolery arises as you make your way to Huntington Park and the Pacific-Union Club. Next up, ghost stories at the Fairmont Hotel, widely considered one of San Francisco's paranormal hotspots and one of the world's most famous hotels. You'll take a peek inside of the famous Venetian Room, before hopping across the street to the Mark Hopkins Hotel, where you'll learn about the hotel's founder. Along the way, you'll learn historical and faux-historical facts that will leave you intrigued and questioning reality. This is the perfect tour for those with quirky senses of humor and fanciful imaginations.
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    North Beach Food Tour

    Sidewalk Food Tours of San Francisco
    See and taste the best that North Beach has to offer. On this three hour tour, you'll get off the main drag and onto the side streets, where you will discover unexpected shops, bites, and sights. Get ready to stop at tastings at Ligurian Bakery, Original US, XOX Truffles, Tony's Pizza Napoletana, Molinari Delicatessen, and A. Cavalli & Co. Sample an amazing array of Italian-inspired treats, from hand-made truffles to hearty meatballs and award-winning pizza. In between tastings, your knowledgeable guide will point out interesting architectural facts and landmarks, and give you insight into how the neighborhood's history and culture have helped shape its cuisine.
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    Mission District Food Tour

    Sidewalk Food Tours of San Francisco
    As one of San Francisco's most eclectic neighborhoods, the Mission District combines a range of influences into one unique culture. Be delighted by 5 tastings at different notable establishments, which may include Taqueria Cancun, Mission Chinese, Delfina Pizza, Tartine Bakery, Ali Baba's Cave, and Craftsman and Wolves. Taste the diversity for yourself as you munch on tacos, tarts, pizza, falafel, among many other delights. You'll be on the fast track to Taste Town, skipping the lines at some of San Francisco's most famous eateries. Between tastings, your knowledgeable guide will teach you about the neighborhood's unique history and point out interesting architecture and landmarks, like Diego Rivera-inspired murals and colorful markets.
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