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    Chinatown Walking Tour

    Uncover the secrets of San Francisco's Chinatown district on this fascinating walking tour. Immerse yourself in the vibrant colors, buzzing atmosphere and rich heritage and culture of this storied neighborhood as your insider guide takes you to popular and off-the-beaten path locations, including an authentic Buddhist temple, an herbal pharmacy and Waverly Place, an unassuming 2-block-long alley full of interesting history. Stroll by the street food markets, sample fortune cookies at the factory where they're made, and upgrade to include a 10-course dim sum lunch. You'll leave with a whole new appreciation for this slice of the city!

    Meet at Old St Mary's Cathedral to begin your walking tour of Chinatown's most popular sights and hidden locales. Your guide will teach you all about the history and culture of Chinatown, explaining how the remarkable authenticity of ancient Chinese culture has been preserved and celebrated in its road to becoming a must-visit San Francisco attraction.

    As you navigate a historic maze of mysterious sights, have your camera out as you admire eye-popping Chinese decorations adorning the streets. Pass pagoda-style buildings and hear about their significance, and step inside an herbal pharmacy to learn about the uses of ginseng root for longevity, pearl pills for beautiful skin and gecko lizards for energy.

    Stroll down Stockton Street past busy markets selling some of the freshest and most exotic foods in the Bay Area. Gain an understanding of Chinatown's religious culture as you visit an authentic Buddhist temple, where you'll see dazzling altars adorned with red lanterns, gold antiques and incense-filled bronze urns. You'll also see a Chinese language school to find out how local Chinese families keep alive language and cultural traditions for their children.

    At your next stop, Waverly Place, your guide will give you the inside scoop on Chinatown's most interesting alley full of temples, private clubs and secret societies. This 2-block-long street may seem unassuming at first glance, but you may be surprised at what you learn.

    If the intoxicating sights, sounds and smells aren't enough, get ready for a great taste of Chinatown. Visit a fortune cookie factory to sample these 'wise' cookies and watch how they're made. Upgrade to include a hosted 10-course dim sum luncheon at one of Chinatown's most popular restaurants!

    Ending back near your original starting point, you'll leave with a list of recommended stores and restaurants in Chinatown, so you can continue exploring Chinatown like a real insider.

    Chinatown Walking Tour

    660 California St, San Francisco

    • Uncover the secrets of San Francisco's Chinatown district on a walking tour led by an insider guide
    • Immerse yourself in the vibrant colors, buzzing atmosphere and rich heritage of this storied neighborhood
    • Explore both popular and off-the-beaten path locations as you navigate a historic maze of mysterious sights
    • Visit a Buddhist temple, an herbal pharmacy and Waverly Place, an alley full of interesting history
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    Scenic Running Tour Golden Gate Promenade

    Want to see San Francisco, but short on time? Then you might enjoy this running tour of Golden Gate Park and the surrounding areas! You'll embark on a light run that includes a guided introduction to some of the city's most popular landmarks. It all starts at Golden Gate Park and the DeYoung Museum, before transitioning into the urban landscape of the Richmond District. You'll also explore the centuries old architecture of the Presidio, which served as an army base for three different nations, and is home to a lush, man-made forest, and several stunning outlooks. Finally, you'll loop back around to Golden Gate Park, taking in the Conservatory of Flowers, and ending at DeYoung Museum's popular art piece, "the fault line." Finally, a tour at that goes at your pace.
    Scenic Running Tour Golden Gate Promenade

    Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

    • Enjoy some light exercise while exploring San Francisco during a one-of-a-kind running tour
    • Check out some of the city's most popular landmarks at Golden Gate Park and the Presidio
    • Learn about SF's culture and history while following along with a knowledgeable tour guide
    • Savor a calorie burn while getting to know one of the nation's most visually appealing cities
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    Daring Divas of the Past Tour

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    From social activists to actresses to literary legends, San Francisco has been home to world-changing women. You'll walk in the footsteps of 10 ladies who left their legacy on the landscape, like Isadora Duncan, Maya Angelou, and Lillie Coit. Starting with the brave pioneer women who worked just as hard as the men, but in corsets, you'll meet the Madonna of the 1800's, learn the difference between SF's working girls and working women, and visit the street where three major divas' lives intersected. On this tour, you'll span both centuries and neighborhoods. Then, work your way through the theater district, Maiden Lane, Chinatown, and North Beach. This isn't one of those tours where you follow along, eyes glazing over as you try to absorb dry facts and figures. Interactive fun is at the heart of the tour. You'll answer questions, play games, and laugh along the way. Learn about San Francisco's amazing history and the tough, talented woman who made it that way.
    Daring Divas of the Past Tour

    Union Square, San Francisco

    • Follow in the footsteps of 10 of San Francisco's most influential women on this entertaining walking tour
    • Discover the amazing histories of local and national legends, like Phyllis Diller, Lillie Coit, and Maya Angelou
    • Tour through four different neighborhoods and play fun games and answer trivia questions
    • An exciting, extensive lesson in San Francisco's past and present
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    Full Exposure: Complete History of North Beach

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    Discover the complete history of this iconic neighborhood, from its relationship to the Barbary Coast to the birth of the Beatniks, all the way to its current position as a world-famous Little Italy. You'll visit famous sites like "perfect" Washington Square Park, The Condor, home of both topless and bottomless dancing, The Hippodrome, a dance hall from the Barbary Coast era, among many other interesting sites. You will be wowed by the architectural beauty of the only downtown district to survive the Fire of 1906. This isn't one of those tours where you follow along, eyes glazing over as you try to absorb dry facts and figures. Interactive fun is at the heart of the tour. You'll answer questions, play games, and laugh along the way. Learn about firemen fanatics, swindlers, drinkers, poets, gamblers, whiskey, and why it's called North Beach in the first place, since there isn't any beach.
    Full Exposure: Complete History of North Beach

    Union Square, San Francisco

    • Discover the full history of North Beach on an entertaining walking tour
    • Learn the neighborhood's history, from the Barbary Coast era through the Beatniks, as you visit iconic dance halls, bars, and parks
    • Play fun games and answer trivia questions as you go
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    Chinatown, Russian Hill & North Beach Tour

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    In Roam Local's "Chinatown, Russian Hill & North Beach" walking-tour, you'll explore the hidden streets and sites of three of San Francisco's most famous and picturesque neighborhoods. Beginning and ending at the Friendship Gate of Chinatown, you'll travel through the colorful back alleys of the oldest and largest Chinatown in the world. Here you'll find the first Chinese temple ever built in the United States. From there, you'll ascend Russian Hill, famous for its writers' salons and eclectic vibe, and explore Barbary Lane, the hidden street that famously inspired Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City novel series. Next up, you'll descend into North Beach, epicenter of the Beat Generation, the Bohemian artists and nonconformists behind the great San Francisco Renaissance of the 1950s. If you're looking for an insider's view of SF, this is a tour you'll not want to miss!
    Chinatown, Russian Hill & North Beach Tour

    1751 Market St, San Francisco

    • Embark on a four mile walking tour through Chinatown, Russian Hill, and North Beach
    • Discover colorful hidden spots within the largest Chinatown in the world and the trendy epicenter of the Beat Generation
    • Obtain insights into the history of this hotbed of American culture
    • Stretch your legs while immersing yourself in a true cultural experience
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    Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour

    Definitely one for the food lovers, the Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour is a glimpse into the blend of culture and cuisine of San Francisco. Stroll amongst the cafes and bakeries of North Beach, San Francisco's own Little Italy.

    North Beach awakens your senses, from the cafes and restaurants, to the smell of fresh-baked bread in the air. Discover quaint shops with crafts and ceramics from around the world. Delve into North Beach life as you join family bakers kneading love into every loaf of bread. Just when you think you have reached food heaven, you'll come across coffee shops which roast fresh coffee beans daily. And if that was not enough, you will uncover authentic Italian cathedrals where hundreds of couples have felt their heartstrings tug! And, as you taste everything from great coffee, truffles, breads, olive oil, specialty meats, and more, you'll learn how the food is made and what to look for back home.

    Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour

    Washington Square Park, San Francisco

    • Explore two of San Francisco's food and nightlife hubs on a walking tour through Little Italy and North Beach
    • Awaken your senses to new flavors, ancient cultures, and diverse lifestyles
    • Stroll amongst the cafes and bakeries of North Beach while taking in the aroma of fresh bread and coffee
    • Discover quaint shops selling crafts and ceramics from around the world
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    Night Chinatown, Little Italy & Embarcadero Segway Tour

    When the night goes down in the city, the Segways come out, and the city comes alive. Explore the intimacy of a night tour on this fully narrated Little Italy, Chinatown, Embarcadero Waterfront and Waterfront Segway Tour. See fabulous night views of the new Bay Lights installation, the Transamerica Pyramid, Coit Tower and the Ferry Building. This is a fully narrated 2.5 hour tour where you will be supplied with radio earbuds so you will not miss a word. The tour will cover everything from Washington Square Park, where you and fellow Segway riders will learn about the authentic Beat Generation in North Beach, to the Ghirardelli Square, where you will uncover more about the famous chocolate that bears its name. Learn how cable cars operate, view the unique streamline design of the National Maritime Museum and so much more. Stop boring yourself with walking everywhere and hop on a Segway!
    Night Chinatown, Little Italy & Embarcadero Segway Tour

    757 Beach St, San Francisco

    • Glide around on a Segway on this intimate night tour of San Francisco
    • Hear stories from your tour guide and experience Little Italy and Chinatown
    • Partake in a brief Segway training and then see the Embarcadero Waterfront
    • Ride on your Segway and enjoy not having to walk
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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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    Yosemite Tour

    Calling all nature lovers! It's time to venture to one of the most beautiful national parks in the world! During this fully guided tour, you'll cover all of Yosemite's highlights in ONE day! Thanks to small group sizes of no more than 14 people, you'll enjoy greater flexibility for various options inside the park. On your way to Yosemite, you'll enjoy a scenic drive through East Bay and up the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, where James Marshall started the California Gold Rush in 1848! Once inside the park, you'll have a few hours to wander around on your own. Get your fill of fresh air and enjoy the wonders of nature surrounding you! After all, Yosemite is home to North America's five highest waterfalls, including Yosemite Falls and Sentinel Falls. You'll also stop by the famous cliffs of Half Dome, Cathedral Rocks, and the 3,500 ft El Capitan, where you'll see expert climbers challenging themselves!
    Yosemite Tour

    2800 Leavenworth St, San Francisco

    • Immerse yourself in nature during a tour of one of the most beautiful national parks in the world
    • Visit some of the highest waterfalls in North America, including Yosemite Falls and Sentinel Falls
    • Witness expert climbers challenge themselves on the famous cliffs of Half Dome and the 3,500 ft El Capitan
    • Head up into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, where the discovery of gold by James Marshall started the famous California Gold Rush
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    Monterey & Carmel Explorer Tour

    California's Pacific Coast is known for its beauty and abundance of sea life. During this tour, you'll have the chance to see it all for yourself! With an impressive array of sea life, Monterey Bay is known for its geologic and biological significance. Upon arrival, you can browse the various shops, have a fresh seafood meal in one of the many restaurants, or visit the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium. As you make your way to 17-Mile Drive, you'll pass through Pacific Grove, known for its Monarch butterflies and turn-of-the-century Victorian homes. Then you'll follow the scenic 17-Mile Drive through Del Monte Forest, along Pebble Beach, and to the Lone Cypress Tree. There'll be picture stops along the way so you can commemorate your trip to the rugged California coastline. End your tour at the quaint Carmel-by-the-Sea, where you can shop at small boutiques or browse art and photography galleries. Nowhere else will you get such an exquisite experience of the California coast! During your tour, you will also be able to enjoy free wifi available on your bus or van!
    Monterey & Carmel Explorer Tour

    928 Harrison Street , San Francisco

    • Explore Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea, two coastside towns known for their scenic attractions, quaint shops, and fresh seafood
    • Walk around Cannery Row in Monterey and learn about the fishing and whaling industry
    • Take photos along 17-Mile Drive through the Del Monte Forest and along Pebble Beach
    • End your tour at Carmel-by-the-Sea, where you can relax and shop at boutiques and art galleries
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