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.

ToursSan Francisco Fire Engine Tour
From €58 per person
1 hour 30 minutes
4.9 (10)
Looking for something different and exciting to do? Ride over the Golden Gate Bridge in a shiny red fire engine! San Francisco's fun and only, spectacular, Big Red Shiny Mack Fire Engine is the red hot way to tour the bay. This open-air tour takes you to the Presidio, over the city's world-famous bridge, and through Sausalito. Fasten your seat belts and firefighter jackets, and book this tour today!
ToursThe Original San Francisco Gourmet Chocolate Tour
From €59 per person
3 hours
4.6 (10)
Discover the unique connection between San Francisco and chocolate on this Original Gourmet Chocolate Tour. Since 2007, guests have raved over this 2.5 to 3-hour tasting and walking tour of San Francisco's best chocolate makers. On this top-rated tour you will learn about what makes fine chocolate and sample from a wide array of locally made chocolates. Your chocolate obsessed guide will fill you in on the history of chocolate, its health benefits and all the latest trends.
ToursLittle Italy and North Beach Walking Tour
From €63 per person
3 hours
4.8 (10)
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)
ToursLGBTQ Castro Walking Tour
From €27 per person
2 hours
4.9 (10)
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.
ToursSan Francisco: Food and Street Art Tour of the Mission District (Small Group)
From €78 per person
2 hours 30 minutes
4.4 (8)
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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ToursSF Native Original Tour
From €68 per person
4 hours 30 minutes
Our Original Tour covers the most popular neighborhoods of San Francisco to provide the best local introduction to the city. The tour starts in the heart of the financial district underneath the Transamerica Pyramid. After our group introduction in SF’s smallest redwood park, we’ll weave our way through the secret side of downtown to see parts of the city that even locals often miss! As we explore the historical Barbary Coast we share family stories of the Wild West during the Gold Rush years. After learning about these lawless times, we’ll make our way into North Beach (our Little Italy) as we sample a plethora of snacks and introduce our groups to local community businesses. We’ll end the tour in our most authentic historic neighborhood: Chinatown. In Chinatown we’ll visit stores and marketplaces that sell unique items, both dead & alive(!), while trying delicious authentic dim sum. Finally, we’ll finish up by visiting the fortune-cookie factory and the “living room” of Chinatown.
ActivitiesAmerica's Cup Sailing Adventure on San Francisco Bay: Day Sail
From €154 per person
2 hours 30 minutes
5 (10)
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.
ToursHaunted SF: Ghosts, Murder and Mystery
From €33 per person
1 hour 15 minutes
4.5 (10)
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.
ToursSan Francisco Urban Hike: Hills and Hidden Gems
From €46 per person
3 hours
4.5 (10)
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!