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 (229)
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.
ToursSan Francisco: Food and Street Art Tour of the Mission District (Small Group)
From $92 per person
2 hours 30 minutes
4.4 (9)
Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this Lonely Planet Experience powered by Urban Adventures.
The Mission may be San Francisco’s oldest neighborhood, but this district has turned into one of the trendiest parts of the city. Walk among the hippest locals in town on this 2.5-hour San Francisco food tour that combines artisanal eats with some of the most beautiful murals and legendary street art in the city. Expect to try gourmet donuts, Mexican pastries, 'agua fresca' (fruit drink), sweet or savory pie, and stop at a famous taqueria before finishing up at Dolores Park and the Mission Dolores.

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ActivitiesAmerica's Cup Sailing Adventure on San Francisco Bay: Day Sail
From $182 per person
2 hours 30 minutes
5 (15)
Welcome aboard for a thrilling 2.5 hour sailing adventure aboard USA 76, an International America’s Cup Class racing yacht that challenged in 2003 for sporting’s oldest active trophy, the America’s Cup. Feel the adrenaline as the yacht powers up and we sail towards the Golden Gate Bridge. Public trips are conducted multiple days a week, year round, departing from PIER 39 in San Francisco.