San Francisco Bay Area Walking Tours
San Francisco is a great tourist city for walking tours. There are so many amazing things to see and do in the city and in the surrounding Bay Area, and the mild climate allows for comfortable walking conditions all year long. From a walk across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge to cruising around Fisherman’s Wharf, there’s something for everyone in the City by the Bay. San Francisco is also a great starting point for exploring the rest of the Bay Area. Just a few miles to the south is the city of San Jose, home to Silicon Valley, amazing shopping and great restaurants. To the east is Oakland, a diverse city with a rich history and a lively arts scene. And to the north is Napa Valley, one of the most famous wine-growing regions in the world with some of the best scenic views in California.
San Francisco is a city of hills (there are currently 48 named hills in SF) and its many steep streets can be a challenge to walk up, but the views from the top are totally worth it. The most famous of these is Lombard Street, commonly known as the “crookedest street in the world”. The Presidio, a former military base, is now a park with miles of trails and breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay so it is a great place to spend the day. Another must-visit walkable site is Fisherman’s Wharf. It is the “touristy” area of the city, but it offers amazing views of the Bay and Alcatraz, an up close look at some San Francisco sea lions and lots of fun shops and delicious seafood restaurants.
For foodies, a walking tour of the Mission District is a must-do. This diverse neighborhood is known for its vibrant street art and its Latin-American cuisine. A food tour is the perfect way to sample the best dishes from this busy neighborhood’s many taquerias and cafes. Another popular walking food tour is the Ferry Building Marketplace, where visitors can taste the Bay Area’s bounty of fresh produce, artisanal cheese, baked goods and also grab a cup of the infamous Blue Bottle Coffee.
For those who enjoy a drink, pub crawls are the way to go. Walk from bar to bar in one of San Francisco’s fun neighborhoods like North Beach, Haight-Ashbury, The Mission and the Marina and grab some drinks with friends. Make sure to hit up popular spots like Buena Vista Cafe (home of the Irish Coffee), Old Ship Saloon (oldest bar in San Francisco), Kaiyo Rooftop (best rooftop bar in SF) and Mayes Oyster House (San Francisco’s best party bar).
It’s easy to plan your own walking tour by choosing the spots you want to visit, but if you don’t want to deal with the stress of planning, then you can book a Walking Tour.
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