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49 Mile GoCar Special - All Day For The Price Of 5 Hours

1. 49 Mile GoCar Special - All Day For The Price Of 5 Hours

Let a GPS-guided, talking GoCar be your guide during this exciting full-day tour of San Francisco. GoCar lets you experience the beauty of San Francisco and visit places tour buses cannot go – all at your own pace. Zip around in a cute, yellow, storytelling GoCar as it takes you on your own GPS-guided tour. The GoCar is easy and fun to drive and, since it's GPS-guided, it knows where you are – even if you don't. With you in the driver's seat, GoCar not only tells you where to turn, it tells stories that bring San Francisco to life. Follow the directions, or for those more adventurous, blaze your own trail. GoCar will show you the best of San Francisco from the urban parks to the golden beaches, Downtown and Chinatown. You take control of the pace and routes to create a memorable day on the streets of San Francisco. You'll see many of San Francisco's famous tourist destinations such as Pier 39, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Palace of Fine Arts. You'll be guided through some of San Francisco's most beloved neighborhoods, such as the Haight-Ashbury, the Mission, North Beach, and the Castro District. Explore at your own pace, stop for lunch along the way, and see almost all of the famous 49-mile drive past all the beaches, parks, and districts San Francisco has to offer. Let GoCar take you on the road less traveled today.

San Francisco: Hippie Culture Exploration Game

2. San Francisco: Hippie Culture Exploration Game

The city game starts at Haight Ashbury 1485. It will take you between 1.5 and 2 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at Golden Gate Park. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Ready for an adventure? After your booking, you will receive an email on how to download the game to your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to download and play the city game on their phones. Alternatively, each person can make their own purchase.

San Francisco: Highlights Self-Guided Audio Tour with App

3. San Francisco: Highlights Self-Guided Audio Tour with App

Explore San Francisco’s iconic landmarks at your own pace via an app with audio narration and multiple walking routes. See and learn about the Golden Gate Bridge, Pier 39, and Alcatraz at the tap of a finger. Know exactly where you are every step of the way with the app’s navigational system. Steer clear of big tour groups and visit your favorite sights thanks to the suggested routes on this app. Head to any of the available landmarks, including the leafy Golden Gate Park, Union Square, or up Lombard Street’s iconic steep hill, listening to interesting facts and stories at each hotspot. Hit pause whenever you feel like it and continue on your journey of discovery in your own time. Best of all, enjoy the unlimited use of the app and its features for the duration of your stay in San Francisco.

San Francisco: Self-Driving Tour via the Golden Gate Bridge

4. San Francisco: Self-Driving Tour via the Golden Gate Bridge

Experience San Francisco on this self-guided tour via an app that functions as a guide, narrator, and map. Learn about the city while visiting top attractions and must-see spots. Enjoy a tour that’s been developed by local guides, creative writers, and professional voice artists. Start your experience by downloading the app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one (download instructions received via email after booking). After downloading the app, begin your tour at the Painted Ladies. The Painted Ladies is one of the city’s top attractions. These beautiful, colorful homes exemplify Frisco’s funky culture. From there, hear about the city’s unique history and how it became one of the most progressive cities around. Head into the city’s tech quarter and spot big-name headquarters like Uber and Twitter. Get a crash course on how the city became the go-to spot for the most cutting-edge tech produced anywhere. Then, swing by San Francisco City Hall. Get the inside scoop of how Hollywood uses this building as a stand-in for Washington, D.C.’s Capitol Building in all sorts of films. After that, ride down Lombard Street, also known as the most crooked street in the world. This picturesque, winding road has been another Hollywood staple for ages. Next, climb Telegraph Hill for a look at the famous Coit Tower and unbeatable views of the city. Get help identifying some of the most famous structures that make up Frisco’s skyline. Afterward, it’s on to Chinatown and Manilatown. Hear about the long, often embattled, history of both historic districts. Experience the rich culture of these spots. Turn onto Stockton Street and get a look at something else you won’t see every day: cable cars. Get a history lesson on these quirky little cars and learn why they are still used today. At last, reach the waterfront, home to some of the best foods and drinks in the city. Finish off your tour with astonishing views of the bay.

San Francisco: Hidden Gems of Castro City Exploration Game

5. San Francisco: Hidden Gems of Castro City Exploration Game

Explore highlights of the Castro area in San Francisco while playing this engaging phone game. Discover Harvey Milk Plaza, the GLBT Historical Society Museum, and more. Start the game at Pink Triangle Plaza. You’ll take on the role of Arnold, a 33-year-old queer nerd searching for love. As you solve challenges, the story will unfold and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. It will take between 1.5-2 hours but you should explore at your own pace: simply pause the game and resume when you want from the location where you paused it. You can play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other before meeting at the final stop of the game, the Twin Peaks Tavern.

From San Francisco: Highway 1 Self-Drive Audio Tour

6. From San Francisco: Highway 1 Self-Drive Audio Tour

Hop in your car and enjoy this self-guided audio tour along the Pacific Coast Highway. Start in San Francisco or LA, and simply follow the GPS guide to explore one of the most beautiful stretches of coastal road in the world. Take your time driving through Monterey Bay, artsy Carmel and more. Your virtual audio guide will share interesting facts and insights as you drive. Admire views of rocky headlands, jewel-like coves, waterfalls and the famous bridges of Big Sur as you explore California’s coastal highlights. Your downloaded guide will give you plenty of opportunities to pull off the road and explore local beaches, wildlife and towns on foot. Wander through San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, Santa Barbara, Ventura & Malibu before wrapping up the tour in Los Angeles. You will receive an email with the audio tour app link and a unique password from the local supplier within 1 hour of booking. Once the app is downloaded, take the tour whenever you would like. Just head to stop number 1 and begin exploring.

San Francisco: Self-Drive Landmarks Tour with Painted Ladies

7. San Francisco: Self-Drive Landmarks Tour with Painted Ladies

Pick up your vehicle for the day, a small yellow three-wheeler, then head off on a self-guided sightseeing adventure through San Francisco. Explore the city at your own pace as the GPS audio guide shares facts, stories, and jokes about the famous landmarks along the way. Highlights of the tour include Fisherman’s Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, the Palace of Fine Arts, and Lombard Street. You’ll also go off-the-beaten-path and enjoy a winding drive up to Twin Peaks, where you can soak up panoramic views of San Francisco. The tour then takes you through the colorful Haight Street and Ashbury Street, where you can get a real sense of local life and see the famous Painted Ladies. There’s also time for a picnic at Alamo Square before dropping off the vehicle at the start point.

San Francisco: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

8. San Francisco: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

Discover some of the most iconic sights of San Francisco on a self-guided walking tour. Hear interesting facts and the history behind some of the city's most historic landmarks such as Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge, with a fully detailed map of the area of your tour also provided. Download this audio tour and set off exploring the exciting and vibrant city of San Francisco at your leisure. Hear about the city's history including its importance during the Gold Rush era as you first stroll through Pioneer Park. Learn more about the various ethnic groups that comprise this cosmopolitan city. See the famous trams running through the city, plus uncover a great viewpoint of the notorious Alcatraz Island. You'll also get to see the Coit Tower, Nob Hill, and the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge. Discover the buzzing district of Fisherman's Wharf, where the S.S Jeremiah O'Brien is docked. Pause the tour at any time if you wish to explore areas in more detail, and restart when you wish.

San Francisco: Secrets of Golden Gate Park Audio Tour

9. San Francisco: Secrets of Golden Gate Park Audio Tour

On this self-guided walking tour, take in the serene oasis that is Golden Gate Park. It's filled with museums, lakes, bison, a Ferris wheel, and more than a thousand acres of meadows, redwood groves, and gardens. Learn about its history with this self-guided audio tour. While you walk, hear the park's story which is one of arrogant tycoons humbled by natural disasters, gunfire, and graft. It's the story of a city that honors its fallen and of one giant, stuffed grizzly bear. Perfect for natives and tourists alike, the tour was created by San Francisco Chronicle journalists Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight. It combines their love for exploring the city with the knowledge they've gained scouring The San Francisco Chronicle archive for the best stories. Highlights include: • Conservatory of Flowers: discover the controversial first museum in Golden Gate Park • AIDS Memorial Grove: hear the inspiring story of a volunteer-driven sanctuary built out of love • California Academy of Sciences: learn about the museum's resident 90-year-old fish and reindeer-friendly roof • Stow Lake: admire views of San Francisco • Music Concourse: visit the place where the Golden Gate Park Band has been performing for San Franciscans for 139 years • Sweeny Observatory and Monarch Grove: tour the ruins of a shrine to wealthy excess and hear about the park's ties to the bear on the California flag

San Francisco: Financial District Exploration Game

10. San Francisco: Financial District Exploration Game

Imagine you are a European immigrant who has just arrived in San Francisco in the early 1900s seeking your fortune like many others have done. It’s not long after the gold rush boom and there is plenty of money to be made. You want to start a new life and aim to strike it rich no matter what. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Up for a fun challenge? The city game starts at The Embarcadero & Ferry Building. It will take you around 1 to 1.5 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at Union Square. After your booking, you will receive an email on how to download the game to your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to download and play the city game on their phones. Alternatively, each person can make their own purchase.

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This is the absolute BEST way to see all the views and hot spots in San Francisco! We booked the all day 49 mile special and upgraded to the electric go car. We had a blast and saw everything in the first day, which gave us the rest of the weekend to re-visit some spots or do other activities (we chose to take a boat tour, that was awesome too.) So glad we booked the all day GoCar tour! Looking forward to bringing the family very soon! ****note**** weekends are INSANE with tourists!! The best time to book this tour is during the week 100%!! We did this on a Friday and it was just perfect. Relaxed traffic, easily found parking spots around the city and not many pedestrians. Saturday… was absolute craziness the amount of people and zero parking, so we are beyond happy that we chose to do it on a weekday! and definitely keeping that in mind for our next visit, we will NEVER go on a weekend!! Book the all day GoCar tour (during the week) and you won’t regret it!

We rented the electric GoCar. It was quieter, went faster and had reverse. My husband and I had a blast and saw things in San Francisco that we had never seen before. Can't wait to do this again sometime!

Great little walking tour. The information provided was short and interesting.

The best tour you can go on in San Francisco. Very fun and excitant!

Loved the narration, and the location-based app works perfectly