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Our most recommended San Francisco Sunset Tours

  • San Francisco: Wine Tasting on the Bay

    1. San Francisco: Wine Tasting on the Bay

    Marvel the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay. Start at Pier 39 and glide towards the Golden Gate Bridge, up close to the infamous Alcatraz, down the San Francisco city front, and past many other famous landmarks and attractions. Experience San Francisco from unique perspectives and take iconic photos of the world-famous skyline and wildlife from a 360-degree walkway around the boat. Enjoy personalized treatment and a large selection of local wines. Beverages are available for purchase during your tour.

    Such a great way to experience San Francisco bay! Beautiful views of the city and golden gate bridge. We were surprised at how close we got to Alcatraz! We even got to see a bunch of porpoises in the water. Enjoyed the casual setting and wine selection!

  • San Francisco Sunset Flight Tour

    2. San Francisco Sunset Flight Tour

    Take a 35-45 minute flight that starts off with a fly-over downtown Oakland, along the Bay Bridge, and over the Embarcadero, into San Francisco. From there your pilot navigates all the landmarks San Francisco has to offer including Coit Tower, Alcatraz, and the Golden Gate Bridge. This flight takes place as the sun sets and the skies highlight the Bay in beautiful orange and red hues. Witness nightlife waking up as the city lights light up all the main roads and buildings, and the first stars of the night greet you from above.

    Amazing flight over San Francisco!!! Most do !!! If you are lucky to get a seat tanner the pilot was amazing

  • San Francisco: Sunset Bike Tour & Alcatraz 2-Day Tour

    3. San Francisco: Sunset Bike Tour & Alcatraz 2-Day Tour

    Cross San Francisco Bay on a journey to the notorious Alcatraz Prison by ferry. This world-famous prison served as a federal penitentiary from 1934 to 1963 and housed infamous criminals like Al Capone and Robert Stroud, the Birdman. Take the award-winning 45-minute Cellhouse audio tour and hear the tales of those who lived in Alcatraz. This tour brings history alive through the recounting of tales from correctional officers and prisoners. Your bike tour is automatically booked for the day before your Alcatraz excursion, however you may change your booking date and time as you wish up until 72 hours. On this guided bike ride you’ll follow a coastal route along the famous piers of San Francisco, by Crissy Field, and past Fort Point to the breathtaking Golden Gate Bridge. See the city in its best light, at sunset, and stop for photos whenever you like. Ride across the Golden Gate Bridge o...

    Was great, timing was perfect with the weather. The only issue I had was the head phones for the audio tour didn’t work right so I had to hold them funny the whole time and couldn’t find any help until the end

  • San Francisco Segway Sunset Tour

    4. San Francisco Segway Sunset Tour

    See 3 of San Francisco’s most enchanting neighborhoods during sunset and at night on a 2.5-hour Segway tour with guide. Meet your guide at Fisherman’s Wharf, where you will get a 45-50 minute training session to familiarize yourself with the self-balancing Segways. Then, glide through North Beach, best known as San Francisco’s Little Italy. Stop at Washington Square Park and learn about the Beat Generation that used to frequent the area. Then, continue to Chinatown, a veritable city within a city. See the hidden alleys of the largest Chinese community outside of Asia. Enjoy romantic night views of the Transamerica Pyramid and Ferry Building. The tour will then loop back from the edge of the Financial District towards the Wharf. Cruise past historic piers along the Embarcadero, while San Francisco Bay glitters against the night. Your next stop is Fisherman’s Wharf, gliding past picture...

    Great way to see the different neighborhoods of SF! I’m a native and I still explores areas I really hadn’t seen before! Would do it again in a heartbeat!

  • San Francisco: 3-Hour Sunset Bicycle Tour

    5. San Francisco: 3-Hour Sunset Bicycle Tour

    An evening in San Francisco is all the more special when enjoyed on a bicycle. This 3-hour Golden Gate Bridge Sunset Tour ensures that you take in the top sights in the best light! To see even more of this popular city, you might pair this professionally guided ride with a morning bus tour or tour of Alcatraz, giving you the opportunity to enjoy a full day experiencing the City by the Bay. On this exclusive ride you’ll follow a coastal route that takes you by the famous piers of San Francisco, by Crissy Field, and past Fort Point to the breathtaking Golden Gate Bridge. See the city at sunset, and stop for photos when you like. Ride across the Golden Gate Bridge on the west/ocean side, which opens at 3:00 PM strictly for cyclists.

    Reid was an excellent guide who also entertained us with opera songs as he cycled. Would highly recommend him

  • San Francisco Sunset Segway Tour

    6. San Francisco Sunset Segway Tour

    See many of San Francisco’s highlights on a guided evening Segway tour. Learn how to operate this unique self-balancing vehicle during a brief orientation and then glide serenely down to the colorful waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf. On this 2.5-hour tour you’ll have great views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, and Telegraph Hill. Across the bay you'll see Alcatraz, the infamous prison that was home to some of America’s most notorious criminals. Enjoy all of this as the sun sets over the City by the Bay! You’ll visit North Beach and Washington Square, see the Financial District and the Transamerica Pyramid. Ride by the Ferry Building and on to the Embarcadero. This evening tour is sure to provide a memorable experience for those both old and new to San Francisco!

    It was the perfect way to end the day. We had such a blast that we will be coming back soon with more of our family members!

  • San Francisco: City Tour By Night on Hippie Bus

    7. San Francisco: City Tour By Night on Hippie Bus

    Enjoy beautiful night sights on this intimate, 6-person tour. Hop on board a vintage, VW hippie bus and take a 2-hour of San Francisco at night. Watch the city become tie-dyed, as the sun goes down and the lights go up. Enjoy sights of the Golden Gate Bridge, Embarcadero, and the night skyline. Hear historic facts, interesting stories and fun things to do in the city from your local guide. Snuggle up in free blankets as you take in the views. Additional buses are available for groups larger than 6 people to caravan through the city.

  • San Francisco: Open-Top Tour Sunset Experience

    8. San Francisco: Open-Top Tour Sunset Experience

    Head to Fisherman’s Wharf and hop onboard an open-top bus for your panoramic tour of San Francisco. Begin with a cruise along the Embarcadero Waterfront and soak up epic views of the Bay Bridge and the iconic Ferry Building. Travel across the Bay Bridge to Treasure Island, where you have a 30 minute stop to admire the view, accompanied by a complimentary drink. From this unique vantage point, marvel at the vista of the entire city skyline at the exact time the sun goes down. Admire the city’s landscape transform with color, taking on a new personality as night draws in. After the sunset, head back over the bridge into the bright lights of the glowing city. Drive through the bustling Financial District up to Nob Hill, where the tour stops at the ornate, Gothic-style Grace Cathedral. The location is famous for its impressive view down to California Street, the Ferry Building, and Bay Bri...

  • Vegas to San Francisco: American Southwest Parks 11-Day Tour

    9. Vegas to San Francisco: American Southwest Parks 11-Day Tour

    Join an epic 11-day tour of the great American Southwest National Parks and California. Meet up with guides along the way, and enjoy breakfast and lunch with your tour companions. For families and adventurers alike, enjoy the convenience of an all-inclusive package and customize your trip as you like. Choose to stay in hotels, camp along the way, or even drive yourself.  Day 1: Zion National Park Challenge yourself on what’s considered the best half-day hike in the Southwest by hiking a narrow ridge line to Angels Landing. Take it easy or enjoy a river hike deep in the narrows before enjoying a BBQ. Day 2: Bryce National Park Climb 8,000 feet into Bryce National Park. Stroll along the rim and marvel at the unique sandstone spires (hoodoos). Take a soak in the outdoor hot tub back at camp and ease those hiking muscles. End the day with a night around t...

  • San Francisco: 2-Hour Private Jeep Tour at Night

    10. San Francisco: 2-Hour Private Jeep Tour at Night

    Embark on a fun and unique tour experience as you explore San Francisco in a Jeep at night. See more of the city in less time, visit famous locations, and enjoy entertaining commentary from your local guide along the way. Enjoy the nighttime ambiance of the city as you tick off the top San Francisco highlights on your bucket list, all from the comfort of an open-air, convertible Jeep. Choose from 23 of the most iconic landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Ferry Building, and Alamo Square. This tour is a safe and fun way for the whole family to learn about San Francisco.

5 best day trips from San Francisco

Day trip to Napa Valley

1. Day trip to Napa Valley

Nestled just north of San Francisco lies the wine lover’s paradise of Napa Valley. Fans of all things gourmet will rejoice in the sheer number of world-class restaurants and award-winning wineries that can be found at every turn. Peruse the stalls at the Oxbow Public Market for locally-made products, stroll along the Napa River, and hop between places like the Coppola Winery, the Robert Mondavi Winery, and Mumm Napa.

How far is the Napa Valley from San Francisco?

At just about 96 kilometers (60 miles) away, a day trip from San Francisco to Napa Valley is quick and easy. The journey should take anywhere from an hour to 90 minutes by car, depending on the time of day you travel. If you’re making the journey by public transportation, plan for about two hours of travel time.

Day trip to Monterey

2. Day trip to Monterey

A day trip from San Francisco to Monterey is an excellent escape from the hustle and bustle of the city to the relaxed pace of life by the sea. Visit the internationally-celebrated Monterey Bay Aquarium to catch a glimpse of playful sea otters and ethereal jellyfish or stroll along lively Cannery Row for some souvenir shopping. Easily combine your Monterey trip with a jaunt down the coast to visit the charming town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, with its adorable boutiques and striking vistas.

How far is Monterey from San Francisco?

At just over 160 kilometers (100 miles) from San Francisco, traveling to Monterey by car should take anywhere from two to three hours, depending on traffic. Make sure to allow for plenty of time if you don’t have a vehicle of your own, as making the trip by public transportation will increase your travel time to almost four hours.

Day trip to Santa Cruz

3. Day trip to Santa Cruz

For those looking to have a fun day out by the beach, a day trip from San Francisco to Santa Cruz is an ideal getaway. Experience some thrills riding the coasters at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, take a steam-train ride through giant redwood trees, or visit the beautiful campus of the University of California at Santa Cruz, the home of the Banana Slugs. Don’t forget to check out the big surf at some of California’s most postcard-worthy beaches.

How far is Santa Cruz from San Francisco?

About 128 kilometers (80 miles) south of San Francisco, the journey to Santa Cruz should take about 90 minutes by car. If you plan to make the trip via public transportation, allow north of two hours to get there.

Day trip to Gold Country

4. Day trip to Gold Country

Step into the past with a trip to historic Gold Country. The epicenter of the famed California Gold Rush, you can pan for gold flakes at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park where the precious metal was first discovered in 1848, explore a replica of the original Sutter’s Mill, and stroll the charming streets of Auburn with its local shops and tasty eateries.

How far is Gold Country from San Francisco?

Making the journey to Gold Country can be ambitious, but is definitely achievable if you plan ahead. The trip of about 209 kilometers (130 miles) can be made in about two and a half hours by car with good traffic conditions.

Day trip to Marin

5. Day trip to Marin

Head out of the city and into the woods on a trip to Marin. This easy day trip is a great way to take in the natural wonder of the Golden State. Walk among the giant redwoods at Muir Woods National Monument or lounge on the fine sands of Stinson Beach, and don’t miss a chance to shuck and grill fresh oysters on the rugged coast in Tomales Bay.

How far is Marin from San Francisco?

Only about 64 kilometers (40 miles) away, Marin is one of the easiest day trips from San Francisco. By car, it should only take 45 minutes to an hour, while it is also easy to reach by bus and by ferry in about an hour.

San Francisco day trip FAQ

What transportation options are best for my day trip?

Figuring out how to navigate your day trip? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. There are many different options for how to travel.
  • • San Francisco day trips by train

    The train network for the greater San Francisco Bay Area doesn’t extend far beyond the main urban centers. For this reason, the train may only be a viable option for one leg of your day trip.

  • • San Francisco day trips by bus

    Several different municipal bus companies run service out of San Francisco. If you’re willing to add a little travel time, a bus trip can be a great adventure. It allows you to see the sights as you drive past and save money on travel expenses. There are also many great bus tour options beginning in San Francisco, many with convenient local pick-up.

  • • San Francisco day trips by car

    A car is probably the most convenient option for traveling around the San Francisco Bay Area. While the city itself offers excellent public transportation, getting out of town can sometimes be a bit inconvenient without your own vehicle. There are many different car rental and car share options around San Francisco to give you the freedom of car travel during your stay.


Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?

For a day trip out of San Francisco, a guided tour is a wonderful option. Avoid the hassle of a car in the city, and have an expert plan out the optimal experience wherever you want to go. Nothing beats an adventure with door to door service.


What should I pack for my day trip?

If you opt for a guided tour, they may provide all you will need for the day, including your transportation. However, the San Francisco Bay Area is notorious for unpredictable weather, so no matter where or when you go, dress in layers and bring a jacket.


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What people are saying about San Francisco

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,307 reviews

Our tour guide/driver was Kimmy and she was awesome! Energetic, funny, and helpful, especially with taking pictures. She actually gave us a lot more information than the people at the wineries. One problem: the air conditioning on the bus didn't work well, so we were all sweating on the ride back to SF. The winery in Napa was ehh, but the 2 in Sonoma were good. Would've liked to spend an extra 15 minutes in Muir woods though.

Just WOW! Napa was lovely and we enjoyed the day, but we were blown away by our tour guide, Randall. He was incredibly personable and informative. By the end of the day, he felt like a true friend. This day wouldn’t have been the same without him. He was the very best, such a special person with a passion for wine which contributed to our tour immensely. I would recommend this tour and look forward to coming back!

My experience was very enjoyable, the driver was very informative and all of the places I went made me feel comfortable being there

Our guide was great! We got to see Muir Woods without having to worry about driving or making reservations.

the crew was very informative and prepared for our trip, even providing extra jackets if needed