A Guide to the Unique Sights of San Francisco

The marquee of the iconic Castro Theatre, in The Castro District, San Francisco, California.
The marquee of the iconic Castro Theatre, in The Castro District, San Francisco, California. | © Felix Choo / Alamy Stock Photo

San Francisco has an array of sights you can’t find anywhere else, and a visit to the city isn’t complete without hitting at least a few of them. Culture Trip’s curated list of tours and experiences take you into San Francisco’s very heart and soul.

There’s plenty to do in San Francisco to fill your days with lively fun. But a few experiences are really unforgettable. Visiting neighborhoods like North Beach and Little Italy, strolling though Castro to discover more about its LGBTQIA+ community and checking out the latest street art in the Mission District should be at the top of your list, but if you’re up for an adventure, you can go on a hike to discover the best city viewpoints. There’s something for everyone.

ToursLittle Italy and North Beach Walking Tour
From $74 per person
3 hours
4.6 (214)
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.

Named one of the 15 best foodie tours in the USA by U.S. News and World Report (March 2018)

From the cafés and restaurants, to the smell of fresh-baked pastries in the air. Just when you think you can't feel any more romantic, you discover quaint shops with incredible crafts and ceramics that fill you with a sense of awe. We explore the life of North Beach, as we join family artisans kneading love into every pastry or dish. And just when you think that you can't be in any more of food heaven, we visit real coffee shops. And if that was not enough, we uncover authentic Italian cathedrals where hundreds of couples have felt their heartstrings tug.
ToursLGBTQ Castro Walking Tour
From $31 per person
2 hours
4.9 (98)
Cruisin’ the Castro Walking tours celebrates 30 years of Pride and as San Francisco’s first and ONLY Legacy Business Tour Company! This prestigious award recognizes Cruisin’ the Castro as a longstanding, community-servicing business and a valuable cultural asset to the City & County of San Francisco.Tours are fun, fascinating and offers twice as many tour stops that not only include the colorful sites of the largest LGBTQ community in the world, but explores the spectrum of sexual and gender diversity and the struggle with achieving equal rights in America. No other tour offer this rare and educational opportunity!Tours are conducted by a local resident, professional tour guide and a civil rights activist.

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ToursHaunted SF: Ghosts, Murder and Mystery
From $38 per person
1 hour 15 minutes
4.5 (71)
A ghastly tour through the mysterious past of downtown streets and hotel lobbies. Not “just a ghost tour,” this family-friendly tour includes tales of unexplained deaths, scandalous murders, ruthless cult leaders, the old red light district, famed ghosts, serial killers, the Black Plague, ruthless villains, shocking assassins and more. Meets near Union Square. This tour can accommodate wheelchairs and strollers--please let your guide know if you'd like assistance.

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