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San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity. Spanish colonists established the city in 1776, but 80 percent of it was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and the fires that followed. Despite its outsize reputation, the city is physically quite compact, located on a relatively small square of land at the tip of a peninsula between the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific coast. This allows you to take sightseeing tours of most of the city's neighborhoods, each with its own distinct character and microclimate, on foot or by bicycle. To get around town on public transportation, buy a visitor's pass, available for one, three, or seven days, for unlimited rides on Muni buses, trains, streetcars, and cable cars. San Francisco also contains more restaurants than any other city in the country per capita, providing dining options to suit every traveler's tastes. In the build up to your vacation in San Francisco, plan trip itinerary minutiae using the visitor reviews, staff write-ups, and custom search fields on our United States road trip planner.
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Top San Francisco tours
£65 BOOK WITH VIATOR Muir Woods & Sausalito Half-Day Tour (Return by Bus or Ferry from Sausalito) Muir Woods & Sausalito Half-Day Tour (Return by Bus or Ferry from Sausalito)
Duration: 5 hours
£140 BOOK WITH VIATOR San Francisco Super Saver: Muir Woods & Wine Country w/ optional Gourmet Lunch San Francisco Super Saver: Muir Woods & Wine Country w/ optional Gourmet Lunch
Duration: 10 hours
£123 BOOK WITH VIATOR Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Full-Day Tour from San Francisco Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Full-Day Tour from San Francisco
Duration: 9 hours
£44 BOOK WITH VIATOR Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour
Duration: 60 to 120 minutes
£103 BOOK WITH VIATOR Combo Tour: Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Grand City Tour Combo Tour: Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Grand City Tour
Duration: 6 hours
£70 BOOK WITH VIATOR Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour
Duration: 2 hours
£66 BOOK WITH VIATOR San Francisco Bay Sunset Catamaran Cruise San Francisco Bay Sunset Catamaran Cruise
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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