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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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    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.
    Vampire Walking Tour

    1100 California St, San Francisco

    • Discover the real and unreal history of San Francisco during a 90-minute walking tour
    • Get a whimsical and educational experience lead by a Mina Harker impersonator
    • Visit popular locations such as Grace Cathedral, Huntington Park, and the Fairmont Hotel
    • Enjoy a small tour-group size led by a professional guide
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    Private Volkswagen Tour (4 hr tour, 1 ticket books all 6 seats)

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    You're visiting the city, so you've GOT to get some sightseeing in between all the shopping and eating. Naturally, your next step is to schedule a plain old, boring bus tour. Right? WRONG! Why on earth would you ever do something like that when you could take this super cool, unforgettable, and fun-filled 1970's Volkswagen 6-seater, PRIVATE TOUR through San Francisco? If you were wondering -- yes, it's super decked out: it's got the neon blue seats, the beaded curtains, the shag carpets, and the undeniable hippie vibe that'll take you back where you belong. You'll travel down routes ordinary buses are forbidden to take, while visiting landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Ocean Beach, Lombard Street, Painted Ladies, Fisherman's Wharf, Mission Dolores, and much more, if you can believe it! You'll have the opportunity to stop for photos along the way to commemorate your amazing adventure. Your rad and equally knowledgeable tour guide will let you in on quirky stories and fun facts about the city, so you'll pick up some awesome local history on the road! Feel free to munch on provided snacks while you're at it. You've never seen San Francisco like this before, so bring along 5 of your grooviest friends to savor the experience with you!
    Private Volkswagen Tour (4 hr tour, 1 ticket books all 6 seats)

    2899 Hyde Street, San Francisco

    • Hitch a ride on a decked out 1970s Volkswagen bus for a private tour of San Francisco
    • Bring along 5 of your grooviest friends to explore unique streets and SF landmarks, traveling down routes where other buses are forbidden
    • Allow your very rad and knowledgeable guide to let you in on the city's fun facts and stories as you munch on complimentary snacks
    • Take advantage of brilliant photo-ops in front of the Golden Gate Bridge, China Town, Twin Peaks, Bay Bridge, Ocean Beach, Fisherman's Wharf, and much, much more
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    Tales of the City 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 4.5 mile, 2.5 hour hike. Get your blood pumping as you ascend the Filbert Steps. Then, as you elevate, meet the wild parrots of Telegraph Hill at Colt Tower. Experience San Francisco from a new perspective and bravely go where few have gone before as you uncover Molinari Mana Park, a secret park on a secret street. You'll get a unique workout while you learn about San Francisco's hidden treasures and compelling local history. This is truly a trip into nature with no historical limits: Descend the Greenwich steps and see quirky mosaic art; then, uncover where Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio took their wedding photos! Begin your journey today!
    Tales of the City Tour

    1155 Battery St, San Francisco

    • Discover the natural and manmade beauty of San Francisco on a guided urban hike
    • Summit peaks, meet wild animals, and visit iconic locations
    • 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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    Haunted SF Walking Tour

    Take a dark and murderous tour through the seedy past of downtown alleys and streets. Get spooked by after-dark tales of famed ghosts, mysterious deaths, ruthless villains, the old red light district, shocking assassins and more. Meet your creepy storytelling guide, an entertaining historian, near Union Square for this eerie hour-long tour. Not recommended for young children.
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    Haunted SF Walking Tour

    Union Square, San Francisco

    • Go into the infamous Tenderloin District's streets to hear about the unexplained mysteries that happened there by night, including:
    • The St. Francis Hotel and nefarious Hollywood deaths
    • Pinecrest Diner and the "poached eggs"murder
    • Curran Theater, the haunted playhouse
    • The "suicide alley"of 1911
    • Tenderloin District and the underbelly of SF crime
    • Glide Memorial Church, connected to cult leader Jim Jones
    • Site of Tessie Wall's notorious brothel
    • Ends at a local bar!
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    North Beach Pub Crawl

    Explore some of San Francisco's best bars on this pub crawl through the vibrant district of North Beach! You'll discover the legendary and sometimes-quirky watering holes that make the city's nightlife scene so unique. On this 2.5-hour small-group walking tour, stroll the streets of this festive neighborhood and taste local wine and beer. Don't miss the chance to end your day by the bay in true San Francisco style! Your San Francisco pub crawl begins at Vesuvio Café, a famous café that many literary geniuses used to frequent. Here you'll have ample time to enjoy an Anchor Steam Ale, which has been locally produced since 1896, or a glass of wine from California Wine Country. As you soak up the atmosphere of this bohemian hangout that inspired a generation of writers from the Beatnik generation, you'll see photos of influential actors, writers and authors on the wall.

    Next you will walk by a number of bars and sidewalk cafés, taking in the local flair and learning about the history of the neighborhood. You'll visit places such as an off-the-wall pub decorated with forgotten maritime trinkets and a bar that claims to be the city's oldest pub and hosts flourishing jazz performances.

    Later into the evening you can down an espresso in a traditional Italian café that plays classic jukebox music or even serenade the house at a local karaoke bar! With a maximum of 12 people, this small-group tour ensures a personal experience so you can get to know your fellow travelers as you wind through North Beach.

    Your tour will conclude in Washington Square, where you may continue exploring North Beach on your own. Walk to Coit Tower, take photos of Saints Peter and Paul Church or return to the sidewalk cafés in North Beach for dinner.
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    North Beach Pub Crawl

    North Beach, San Francisco

    • Explore some of San Francisco's best bars on a pub crawl through the vibrant district of North Beach
    • Visit the past hangouts of many influential actors, writers, and authors
    • Sample a wide variety of local wines and beers, including the famous and historic Anchor Steam Ale
    • Experience firsthand what makes San Francisco's nightlife so unique
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    Haight-Ashbury, a Musical Trip of the 60's Tour

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    If you've got a thing for the quirky, you'll love this musical trip back to the 60s! Armed with a mini-guitar, your witty troubadour and historian tour guide is sure to keep you entertained as you walk around the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, enjoying wailing tales of Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, Hell's Angels, and more! Learn about Ken Kesey's Acid Tests, the Summer of Love, and the psychedelic substances that rocked conservative America into a technicolor wonderland. Trust us -- you've never been on a tour like this one!
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    Haight-Ashbury, a Musical Trip of the 60's Tour

    Haight Ashbury, San Francisco

    • Visit San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury and hear stories along the way, including the history of its glory days, from the Summer of Love to the Diggers' days
    • Explore Haight Street and the surrounding area, including the homes of Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, Charles Manson and more
    • Enjoy the music -- your knowledgeable guide comes equipped with a mini guitar to provide you with accompanying hippie songs along your wonder-filled walk
    • Make 7-9 stops along the way, exploring the funky shops, local hangouts and other neighborhood favorites
    • Hear about the history of the 1960s and 70s, and the influential community organizations that helped give the neighborhood its free flowing vibes
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    Mission District Walking Tour

    Sure, you've taken countless photos in front of the Golden Gate Bridge. You've shopped your way through Union Square. You've eaten crab Louis on Fisherman's Wharf and had delectable pot stickers dumplings in Chinatown... and yet, we can guarantee that you haven't see San Francisco like THIS before. Welcome to the sunny and sprawling Mission District -- San Francisco's first neighborhood, filled with cultural surprises and packed with fascinating history. You'll begin your adventure at Dolores Park, formerly a Jewish cemetery. You'll then travel up and across Liberty Hall and stroll through vibrant Valencia Street. You'll visit The Women's Building, B'nai David Temple, hidden gardens, and an alleyway or two of stunning murals. At the end of your tour, you'll also have the opportunity to tour the Mission, the oldest building in San Francisco. So what're you waiting for? Come get to know this one-of-a-kind area of SF!
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    Mission District Walking Tour

    Mission District, San Francisco

    • Discover the Mission District, San Francisco's first neighborhood
    • Explore Dolores Park, Liberty Hill, Valencia Street, and more
    • End your experience with a tour of the Mission Building, the oldest building in The City
    • Get to know The Golden Gate City's quirky and colorful side
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    Haight Ashbury Food Tour

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    Haight Ashbury is famous for its hippie days, but there's so much here beyond the surface! On this walking and tasting tour, you'll discover the neighborhood's wide array of gourmet munchies. Together with like-minded foodies like yourself, indulge in off-menu Triple B tacos and bacon Mexican hot chocolate from a beloved food truck, a Southern Exposure cocktail paired with bar bites from Food & Wine's #1 craft cocktail bar, and traditional handmade piroshki. Then, taste unusual sodas and salt water taffy from The Fizzary, which boasts over 900 different sodas, and a beer and honey ice cream dessert at a 1930s revived soda fountain. Taste for yourself why Haight Ashbury remains such an exciting neighborhood.
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    Haight Ashbury Food Tour

    1301 Waller St, San Francisco

    • Explore the amazing array of gourmet offerings in Haight Ashbury
    • Taste top-rated cocktails, unique sodas and candies, off-menu tacos, and traditional Russian treats
    • Discover the neighborhood's vibrant culinary history with a knowledgeable guide
    • Enjoy behind the scenes meetings with chefs and industry professionals
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    Classic SF Walking Tour

    For the ultimate introduction to San Francisco, we've paired the city's two most timeless and visited areas: Downtown and Chinatown. This tour shows off the best of San Francisco's origin and rise as the Gold Rush metropolis, home to the crazed, the wealthy and the inspirational. Hear how this overnight city began, survived the Great Earthquake of 1906 and saw influence from incredible creators and communities. Your guide, a trained historian, will ensure you're fully entertained along your journey to local landmarks and hidden treasures. You'll learn fun facts, surprising myths, and historic stories about the beautiful City by the Bay from those who make an art out of living here. Get a glimpse of local life by checking out some of your guide's favorite sites, shops and local institutions. You'll also get a 90 minute lunch break between the two neighborhoods, during which you can refer to your mini-guide (one for each 'hood) for dining rec's. Might be a good time for a super-quick shopping spree! But don't be late coming back -- you don't want to miss Chinatown!
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    Classic SF Walking Tour

    Post and Powell, San Francisco

    • Go on a guided tour through two classic San Francisco neighborhoods with an entertaining historian at your side
    • Explore back alleys and crowded streets in America's oldest Chinatown
    • Get a mini-guide for each district, full of recommendations of great restaurants, bars and more
    • Hear stories about the most notorious Chinese gangs in Chinatown, and see how fortune cookies are made
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