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San Francisco Zoo Admission Ticket

1. San Francisco Zoo Admission Ticket

Visit the San Francisco Zoo, home to over 2,000 animals and 250 species of plants. Your full-day admission ticket includes access to the Leanne Roberts African Region and the Valentine Family Savanna. Both zones offer multi-species landscapes with giraffes, zebras, kudu, ostriches, storks, and more. At Hearst Grizzly Gulch, get nose-to-nose with rescued grizzly bear sisters Kachina and Kiona. See how lemurs leap through the Lipman Lemur Forest, the largest outdoor lemur habitat in the country. Marvel at Penguin Island, home to the largest colony of Magellanic penguins outside of the wild. Admire the Zoo's gorillas in the Jones Family Gorilla Preserve. Feed and pet the farm animals in the Fisher Family Children's Zoo. Find the historic 1921 Dentzel Carousel and 1904 miniature Little Puffer Steam Train. Learn about the fun rides, educational programs, and exciting events for children.

San Francisco: Escape from The Rock Bay Cruise

2. San Francisco: Escape from The Rock Bay Cruise

Hop on board a boat and cruise around Alcatraz Island and other sights of San Francisco Bay on this round trip journey. Benefit from a straight-to-the-gate access ticket and informative commentary as you go. Cruise San Francisco Bay and sail under the Golden Gate Bridge on a 90-minute narrated tour by boat around Alcatraz Island. Skip the box office line and go straight to the gate with your ticket. See Alcatraz island from the water while listening to accounts of the chilling escape attempts and the notorious criminals that called Alcatraz prison home. Enjoy a cruise with food and drink available to purchase onboard. Cruise full circle around Alcatraz Island, allowing you to view every angle of this mysterious island, which housed famous inmates such as Al Capone, Billy Cook the Killer, and Clyde Johnson, whose escape attempt is legendary. Gain a clear picture of what life in this maximum-security prison was like when it was the most feared institution in the American penal system.

San Francisco: Muir Woods, Sausalito, and Wine Country Tour

3. San Francisco: Muir Woods, Sausalito, and Wine Country Tour

Your day starts with a scenic drive over the Golden Gate Bridge to an isolated canyon filled with ancient coastal redwood trees. Arrive at Muir Woods National Monument and immerse yourself in the forest's peaceful tranquility. Stroll through the cool, moist air, as you admire 1000-year-old trees towering 260 feet tall. As you wander in and out of Mother Nature's redwood alleyways, experience the awe and mystery of the forest surrounded by Northern California’s signature fog. Next, enjoy a 1-hour lunch break in Sausalito, the seaside Mediterranean-style village across the San Francisco Bay. Sausalito is famous for its sweeping views, timeless sophistication, local boutiques, and cafes, and your tour guide will offer a list of popular local eateries for you to grab a bite to eat. Don’t forget to snap a few panoramic shots of the picturesque San Francisco skyline in the distance before the tour continues. After lunch, head north into the vine-covered hillsides of the world-famous Wine Country. During your venture, visit 2 local wineries for wine tasting sessions and an exclusive estate tour. Experience the inner workings of the wineries and their family history in Napa and Sonoma Valley, as an expert wine host walks you through the fermentation process, barrel aging, bottling, and of course tastings of some award-winning varietals. At each winery, enjoy up to 3-5 tastings of their signature blends. At the end of an exciting and unforgettable day, sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenic drive back over the Golden Gate Bridge and into San Francisco as the sun slowly starts to set into the Pacific Ocean. You’ll be back in San Francisco before dinner time so be ready to head out for a night on the town.

From San Francisco: Muir Woods Redwood Forest Tour

4. From San Francisco: Muir Woods Redwood Forest Tour

Embark on a relaxed hiking tour through beautiful Muir Woods. Gaze into the amazing forest canopy and be amazed by the Coastal Giant Sequoia trees Stroll along the mostly flat valley floor along Redwood Creek, or get an aerobic workout climbing the paths up the valley slopes. Enjoy amazing views as you look out at the tops of some of the tallest trees in the world. The tour also includes an optional stop at the Golden Gate Bridge or Sausalito. At the end of the tour, you can take an optional ferry from Sausalito to San Francisco.

California Academy of Sciences Thursday NightLife Admission

5. California Academy of Sciences Thursday NightLife Admission

Visit the world’s only aquarium-planetarium-rainforest-natural history museum at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Enjoy all 4 attractions under one living roof, with exhibits and shows that explain the universe. Explore these exhibits and more during Thursday’s festive 21+ only NightLife event, and sip on a beer, wine, or unique specialty cocktail available for purchase at the bars throughout the museum. Once in the museum, catch the latest spectacular digital planetarium show and rocket through the galaxy at the speed of light to the far reaches of the universe. Journey deep into the oceans of the world in the aquarium. Come face-to-face with snakes and piranhas, meet Claude the albino alligator, and hang out with a South African penguin colony. Stroll through the rainforest dome with its free-flying birds and butterflies. Each week features a unique theme, blending fun with science in an informal social environment. Past highlights have included pop-up art galleries; science-themed comedy; sustainable seafood cooking demonstrations; and talks by notable figures like Buzz Aldrin. Academy scientists are also on-hand to discuss the “science love stories” behind their infatuations with spiders, sea slugs, parasites, and other fascinating topics. During summer months, the Academy presents NightLife LIVE, a music series featuring emerging bands and musicians live on an outdoor garden stage, cutting-edge art installations, and hands-on science demonstrations.

From Vegas: Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Rockies 11-Day Tour

6. From Vegas: Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Rockies 11-Day Tour

Go on a multi-day trip from Las Vegas to San Fransisco. Choose to camp or stay in hotels. Make your experience even more memorable with a private guide. Day 1: Las Vegas to Bryce Canyon National Park Take a beautiful drive to a 10,000-foot summit through Cedar Breaks. Arrive at Bryce Canyon National Park in time for a delicious rim-side picnic lunch. Then, enjoy a full afternoon of hiking. Day 2: Bryce Canyon to Salt Lake City Go north to Salt Lake City, Utah, home to the tabernacle choir. Spend the afternoon exploring Mormon Pioneer history. Even if you choose the camping option, you will stay in a hotel this night. Day 3: Grand Tetons National Park See the Grand Tetons Mountain Range, which rises above a scene rich with abundant wildlife, pristine lakes, and spectacular mountain peaks. Day 4: Yellowstone National Park Discover the crown jewel of the National Parks and spend two days exploring this huge and fascinating area with your expert tour guide. Explore the mountain wilderness, home to grizzly bears, wolves, and herds of buffalo and elk. Day 5: Yellowstone National Park Continue exploring Yellowstone and go on hikes ranging from easy to moderate and 2 to 5 miles in length. See more spectacular volcanic features. Your guide will tailor hikes to your group's abilities and interests. Day 6: Yellowstone National Park and Rocky Mountains Get up close and personal with some wildlife with a fun and educational visit to the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear and Wolf Discovery Center in the morning. Three major canyons offer great walks and views. Day 7: Snow Canyon and Las Vegas Explore the trails and dunes of beautiful Snow Canyon State Park. Your day concludes in Las Vegas in the late afternoon, leaving you plenty of time to explore this fun city by night. Even if you choose the camping option, you will stay in a hotel this night. Day 8: Death Valley National Park Heading to California in the morning, you will embark on a guided tour of Death Valley National Park. Enjoy photo stops and shorts walks at Zabriskie Point, Artist’s Palette, and Badwater Basin Salt flats. Day 9: Tioga Pass to Yosemite National Park Weather permitting, crossing the Tioga Pass in the morning for an extremely scenic route. Pass by highlights such as Olmsted Point, Lake Tenaya, Tuolumne Meadows, and Mono Lake en route to Yosemite Valley. In the event that the Tioga Pass is closed, this tour will route through Lake Isabella instead of Bishop. Day 10: Full Day at Yosemite National Park Spend a full day exploring the walks offered in the park. There are countless walks ranging from easy to strenuous. You can also opt for a guided tour with your expert guide to the premier panoramas such as Bridalveil Falls, Lower Yosemite Falls, and capture views of Half Dome and El Capitan. Day 11: San Francisco Head to the City by the Bay and complete your adventure with a fully guided tour of this vibrant city. Stops include Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, Haight/Ashbury, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Your tour will finish at around 5:00 PM.

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

7. 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 the campfire. Day 3 and 4: Arches and Canyonlands National Parks Explore this stunning landscape in a guided sunset hummer tour or hang off a sandstone cliff on an optional canyoneering adventure. Visit Arches National Park, home to over 2,000 arches, for a hike to Delicate Arch. Day 5: Monument Valley Discover the setting for many famous western movies and home to the Navajo Indian tribe. Hop onboard a 4X4 Jeep and take a Navajo guided tour of Monument Valley. Camp right along the rim, and get the best view of a magnificent sunrise. Day 6: Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, and Grand Canyon National Park South Rim Enjoy an optional visit to the world’s most famous slot canyon, Antelope Canyon. Then go on a scenic walk to view Horseshoe Bend before heading to the Grand Canyon. Take an optional helicopter ride, stroll along the rim at sunset, or simply relax in one the rim cafes and admire the view. Day 7: Las Vegas Get your kicks on Route 66 and arrive back in Sin City. Have plenty of time to relax poolside before heading to the Strip for a night out. Day 8: Death Valley National Park Heading to California this morning you will embark on a guided tour of Death Valley National Park. Enjoy photo stops and shorts walks at Zabriskie Point, Artist’s Palette, Badwater Basin Salt Flats, Devil’s Golf Course and the Mesquite Sand Dunes. Day 9: Tioga Pass to Yosemite National Park Weather permitting, cross the Tioga Pass for an extremely scenic route, passing by highlights such as Olmsted Point and Mono Lake en route to Yosemite Valley. In case of poor weather conditions, you may reroute through Lake Isabella to Bishop, CA. Day 10: Full Day at Yosemite National Park Spend a full day exploring the trails offered in the park. Choose from countless walks, ranging from easy to strenuous, or opt for a guided tour. Day 11: San Francisco Your multi-day adventure concludes with a fully guided city tour of this vibrant city.

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What people are saying about San Francisco

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 36 reviews

Nice cruise around the bay. Very pleasant. Boat is big enough and open enough that no matter where you sit, you have a great view. Really cool going under the golden gate Bridge and seeing it from different angles. Highly recommend this activity.

Wonderful time, felt safe always. Family was speechless with the beauty of the scenery. Cold, layer up!

Grady was an amazing hist and driver. Loved all of the history along the way. Highly recommend

Great zoo! Lots of walking so wear comfy walking shoes.

A genuine bargain for us 2 seniors. A great sunny day!