Incredible Adventures offers an array of tours from San Francisco. Northern California is our home, and we’d love to show you around! Whether it’s a trip to Yosemite, Muir Woods, Napa or Sonoma Wine Country, or Whitewater rafting, you can be sure of a unique and flexible tour experience.
While you’re in the city, make sure you check out everything San Francisco has to offer: Hop-on Hop-off buses can take you around the city and over the Golden Gate Bridge, while catamaran sailboats and ships can take you UNDER the bridge and around the islands in the bay!
Check out Alcatraz and tour the famous prison, stroll through Golden Gate Park (including the newly-rebuilt Academy of Sciences), or walk along the waterfront and explore Pier 39 and the iconic Ferry Building. You can rent a bicycle or a little yellow GoCar or a Segway, and the city’s your oyster!
…and while you’re at it, try some local oysters!
We offer a variety of activities and attractions in San Francisco that are sure to complete your visit. Come explore with us!
Incredible Adventures can also custom design a Private San Francisco Charter in one of our Biofueled Mini-coaches to accommodate your family, group of friends, or organization.
The city of San Francisco is now the second most densely populated city in the US (after New York). San Francisco is well known for its steep hills, fog, cable cars, Victorian homes, liberal attitudes, and the Golden Gate Bridge.
San Francisco was founded in 1776 by Spanish colonists. The first city establishments were the Presidio and the Mission Dolores (Mission San Francisco de Asis). In 1848-1849 the California Gold Rush brought great population growth to San Francisco, making it the largest city on the West Coast at the time. California officially became a state in 1850, and San Francisco was well on its way to developing its infrastructure. Banks were established, railroad tracks laid, Victorian homes constructed, and the cable cars started running. The Chinese immigrant workers created Chinatown, city leaders planned for a public park to be built (Golden Gate Park), and Levi Strauss and Domingo Ghirardelli opened for business.
The great earthquake and fire in April of 1906 devastated more than 75% of the city. Thousands died, many lost their homes, and the downtown was nearly decimated. However, the city was quickly rebuilt with improved infrastructure, and in 1936, the Golden Gate Bridge was completed, connecting the city to Marin county to the north. Around the same time, the Bay Bridge connecting to the East Bay was also completed. The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most photographed bridges in the world, and is painted “international orange” to help alert ships in foggy weather.
During the 50s and 60s, San Francisco started its journey to becoming the center of liberal activism in the United States. Hippies set up shop in the Haight Ashbury, the gay rights movement took hold in the Castro district, and the Democratic party has controlled city politics since the 1970s. In 1980, the city rolled out one of the earliest curbside recycling programs in the country. The environmental ethics in the city remain strong today with mandatory food composting, green building, solar energy, and recycled cooking oil programs in place.
Since the 1990s, the information technology and startup industry has grown dramatically, fueling the city economy and development and leading to a high standard of living. In fact, San Francisco has the second highest quality of living in the United States. Many neighborhoods have been gentrifying as a result, but the international flair that characterizes the “City by the Bay” remains due to many immigrants coming over from Asia and Latin America.
The neighborhoods of San Francisco are colorful, diverse, and walkable/bike-able. It is the second most walkable city in the States. The city also has an extensive public transit system connecting its neighborhoods to the downtown center and to each other. The historic streetcar F line runs from the Castro district all the way down Market Street to the Embarcadero and then makes a turn north towards Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39. Numerous public parks exist throughout the city, the biggest and most well-known being Golden Gate Park, providing for many opportunities for outdoor recreation and enjoying the mild climate that San Francisco experiences.
The Segway Tour Was So Much Fun!“My friends and I had so much fun touring San Francisco on segways!! Cass was an awesome teacher, so funny and knowledgeable during the tour. We highly recommend doing this to anyone! Training was easy and anyone (even as un-coordinated as me) can do it!”
Julia G. Travelled April 2018 San Francisco Segway Tourread more
Once in a Lifetime Adventure!“This was one of the best times we’ve ever had! The staff was great. We were picked up on time right outside of our hotel. The trip was so wonderful!! One of the best things I’ve ever done! It was great to see the city from the sky, but flying under the bridge -twice – was so awesome!!! The 360 degree move at the end of the trip was wonderful. I’ve never done anything like this before but I can’t recommend it more! It was absolutely THRILLING! We are going home and doing a sky tour of Nashville, but I can’t imagine it being as thrilling as going under the bridge!!!”
Jack R Traveled January 2018 San Francisco Seaplaneread more
Worth the Money!“Very inexpensive and simply amazing. Great staff, knowledgeable and friendly. The aquarium will amaze you with each step.”
Shawna T. Traveled January 2018 Aquarium of the Bayread more
Libby F. Traveled May 2018 San Francisco Bay Sailing Tourread more
Fantastic Trip!This is a great way to get to see the city from the bay, Alcatraz, both the Golden Gate bridge and the Bay bridge to Oakland. This trip is 1 1/2 hours long and well worth it to gain an incite into the city, it’s history and it’s future, really good commentary on the little device you are given as you board.
Ian H. April 2018 San Francisco Bay Cruiseread more
Wonderful Experience!“My brother and I rented the GoCar at the Union Station location and had a ton of fun driving around the city, up Market, down Embarcadero and thru China town. We came late in the day, but luckily both Forest and Ray did a great job orienting us and making us feel comfortable with the car so we could make the most of the time we had. Great experience and wonderful staff.”
Matthew S. Traveled April 2018 San Francisco GoCar Tourread more
Breathtaking!“Great sightseeing tour. Truly enjoyed it. Beautiful seeing SF all lit up at night – breathtaking! The bridges are gorgeous at night.”
Marlene C. Traveled May 2018 San Francisco Bay Cruiseread more
Learned and Tasted a LOT!
“This tour was absolutely fantastic. It was a combination city tour and beer tour. Eric was very informative as we traveled between locations. And the beer tour was not just tastings but learning about the brewing process, the ingredients used and how they make each type of beer unique. I would highly recommend this tour. It was a highlight of our visit to San Francisco.”
Jackie P. March 2018 Beers and Bites Tourread more
Loved the Mission Food Tour!The Mission district food tour is a great way to get to see the Mission district and learn about its history while enjoying a variety of different offerings . We saw lots of street art, meet the owners of a grocery store, had some amazing ice cream , pizza, empanadas and tacos. The taco stop was my favorite of the tour. The tacos are huge and have a lot of flavor. The fish taco is perfectly executed . Chips and salsa were served as well. The pizza stop was a huge surprise and the people were so friendly. Mozzeria is run by hearing impaired but the smiles our group received were priceless.
Elizabeth B. Traveled March 2018 Mission District Food Tourread more
Lots of Sights in Little Time!“We had a blast going through the town and you see a lot of sights in about half a day!
The ride across the Golden Gate Bridge is just marvelous and the guides and the drivers do a great job.
A big shout out to our driver Ray, our guide Doug and the trainee Coco who did the first 12 stops today for the first time. Great job everyone!”read more
Team Blake!“I just got back from SF and I have to say although I stayed there for a very short time, I had a blast and Blake was a big part of it. We “Team Los Angeles” as he named our group had a great time on the bus. Blake was very informative, fun and enthusiastic. He made jokes, played games and he even sang a few songs. Some of them made up 🙂
I want to mention and thank our driver too but I can’t remember his name.
Anyways, If you get on Blake’s boss you won’t regret it. Team Blake Rocks!”read more
Perfect Combo of Nature and Culture“This was an excellent full day tour. Just the right combination of nature and culture. The bus was first rate and very comfortable. What really made the trip was the excellent driver/tour guide. Sarah was absolutely excellent!”
-Vicki T Traveled August 2017 Muir Woods and Sonoma Wine Tourread more
– Mary J. traveled February 2015read more
Craft Cocktail TourAs a resident of SF I am always looking for fun new ways to experience the city, because I love well crafted cocktails a friend suggested I check out Avital’s Union Square cocktail tour and I am so glad I did. Zev was one of the best tour guides that I have ever had, he was knowledgeable, engaging, funny and was able to keep us on schedule and interested for the whole time The venues we went to were diverse in style but all excellent bars with great cocktail programs and at every stop not only did we have a great drink but we learned the history of San Francisco, cocktails and of the drinks we were served and all about the alcohols used in them. The tour was a blast and I enjoyed every minute of it!
– Lisa B. traveled October 2013read more
Craft Cocktail TourI had a really fun time on the Union Square cocktail tour with our awesome guide Zev! It was a great experience and I learned a lot about SF’s cocktail history as we spoke to the mixologists at each cocktail bar we visited. The cocktails were some of the best I have had! I would highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to experience true craft cocktails. SF definitely has the best cocktail culture.
– David D. traveled April 2015read more
Well Worth ItThis tour exceeded my expectations. I was braced for a kind of tourist-friendly but not very deep survey of standard SF cocktails, but instead I learned a lot, visited locations I never heard of, and was exposed to drinks and ingredients I had read about but never actually tried. And we’ll be returning to some of the spots featured on the tour. We had a party of six celebrating one person’s birthday, and afterwards at dinner everyone kept commenting on what a great idea it was. Our tour guide, Zev, was energetic and passionate about his subject, but also stepped aside at the different locations to let the representatives of the venue hold the floor. Most tasting tours I’ve taken have a very brief spiel given by a staff person, but in some of these spots the owner or mixologist was a kind of guest lecturer, providing interesting history, tips, and Q & A. We went to three locations, starting at 4 pm, and although I pretty much expected to get small samples, in fact we got the full cocktails, plus samples of key ingredients, so three stops was more than adequate for anyone not shooting to get seriously inebriated. The tour also hit a historical balance between ancient and modern – one of the cocktails featured was from the 19th century, but we also covered some of the advances in the recent cocktail renaissance of the last decade. Highly recommended.
traveled November 2014 Craft Cocktail Tourread more
Awesome Union Square Cocktail Tour!Zev was our guide for the night and was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He did a great job of keeping us entertained while giving us some insight and history about the cocktails we were drinking. We visited three different bars around the Union Square area and each one offered something different but equally as good. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone for a fun night out in San Francisco.
– Victor G. traveled December 2014 Craft Cocktail Tourread more
Foodie Mission Morning TourWe did the Mission Morning tour with Kayla. It was great. Learned history of the Mission district and got to sample some great food and drinks. Most cases the owners them selves talked to us and answered our questions. Tried everything. we even had ice cream at the end. Saw a grocery store that specialized in Organic products and the manager brought out some fresh berries that were very good. Had cheeses, pumpkin squash and a breakfast burrito. Great tour and Kayla was a great guide and host.
– Jack traveled July 2015 Mission District Food Tourread more
Mission District Food TourMy husband and I did the Mission district tour in San Francisco. I would highly recommend this to anyone who would like to learn a bit more around the area and taste some amazing food. Our tour guide Zev was really informative and enthusiastic. We visited some great places. One of my personal favourites was Mission Cheese! An awesome cheese bar that sells only American cheese paired with beer. My husbands favourite was the Bi-Rite Creamery where we sampled delicious salted caramel ice-cream. Definitely a great way to explore this cool city!
– Anja G. traveled November 2013read more
Mission District Food TourFantastic mix of food and history! I had the pleasure of attending Avital’s first Sunday Mission tour and it was the perfect substitution for a normal Sunday Brunch. Not only did I get to try delicious food in the Mission, I learned a lot about the establishment and growth of San Francisco’s gourmet ghetto, as well as the artistic and cultural history of the Mission. Avital, our guide and company owner, was incredibly knowledgeable and her goal to highlight connection, history, and sustainability was ever present. For a Bay Area native and San Francisco resident who hungers for good food and inter generational connection, this is a perfect tour!
– Robert C. traveled March 2015read more
A great experience for the whole family. You can’t miss the rainforest and the aquarium. Educational and fun.
– Elaine Visited 2013 California Academy of Sciencesread more
Definitely worth Visiting – More than Once
The Academy of Sciences is a treat not to be missed. It is a wonderful way to explore and understand our world. From hands on experiences, to informative talks, to feeding of the penguins, going from unbelievably small to so far out among the stars in the planetarium, and finding out how tall giraffes really are, all so wonderfully amazing. Definitely worth visiting (more than once) by everyone.
– John H. Visited 2013 California Academy of Sciencesread more
Informative, Friendly, and Helpful
The staff were informative, friendly and helpful making the process very simple. They provided us with a map and showed us where to go. They also gave us the tickets for the return journey by ferry from Sausalito which we did not have to pay for if unused ($11). We biked the Golden Gate Bridge which was a lovely route, only 2 hills! Only downside was the fog over the bridge but sunny Sausalito more than made up for it. We were not expecting anything from Sausalito but it was a beautiful little town with shops, restaurants and galleries
-Traveled November 2013 SF Bike Rentalread more
Excellent Day Out
This is not be missed. The staff were incredibly friendly and the cycle routes were easy to use. There was plenty of time to take pictures on the bridge, and Sausalito was a lovely place to have lunch. Ferrying with the bike was easy and the staff again were efficient and friendly when returning the bikes. Excellent day out.
-Traveled November 2013 SF Bike Rentalread more