Explore San Francisco With A Big Bus Tour
Big Bus Tours' signature sightseeing bus tour allows visitors to experience the stunning views of San Francisco from open-top buses. With hop-on, hop-off service, you can leave the tour at any time to explore the city's top landmarks before jumping back on to continue your guided tour. For holiday visitors, a classic Big Bus tour or a Panoramic Night Tour is a great way to experience the city and its lights during the season.
See all the best attractions San Francisco has to offer as you travel through the heart of the city on double-decker buses over the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge to the remarkable San Francisco Bay, where you’ll witness spectacular views from Vista Point. And with several types of tickets available to choose from, you can explore San Francisco your way.
Tour highlights include:
The hub of the local fishing trade, Fisherman's Wharf is a must-see for San Francisco's many visitors. Get here early to fully enjoy the sights and sounds of the wharf before everyone else arrives. See the piers and look for the colony of sea lions. Find yourself some crab or chowder to snack on as you wander amongst the many street performers and then head to Fish Alley to see the boat sheds of the fishermen or the world-famous wax figures at Madame Tussauds.
North Beach and Little Italy
Largely established during the Gold Rush era by fisherman from northern Italy, North Beach's Italian restaurants, bakeries and delicatessens have formed the neighborhood as a genuine Little Italy. Memories of the Beat Generation abound as well throughout the area, from when writers such as Alan Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac made North Beach home and helped start the city's renowned cultural rebellion.
Named so after becoming a gathering place for Union supporters during the Civil War, Union Square is now the hub of one of the world’s most vibrant shopping districts. Take a tour around the square, flanked by Macy's (home of an official Visitor Information Center), Saks Fifth Avenue and the impressive Westin St Francis Hotel; or explore the surrounding blocks - home to countless department stores, boutiques, salons and outfitters. Nearby is the Theatre District and Hallidie Plaza, the great crossroads, where San Francisco Travel also offers a Visitor Information Center.
The Painted Ladies of Alamo Square are not in fact ladies at all, but Victorian Houses that form part of one of the most recognized picture-postcard vistas of San Francisco. Wander uphill and enjoy an unrivaled vantage point from which to photograph or simply take in the breathtaking views of the city.
Golden Gate Park
The third most-visited park in the United States. Golden Gate Park is full of magnificent horticultural landscaping, specific attractions and structures of interest, including the Kezar and Golden Gate Stadiums, the Japanese Tea Garden – the oldest public Japanese garden in the United States, the Conservatory of Flowers and the de Young Museum – a fine arts museum that opened almost a century ago in 1921, and the California Academy of Sciences. The bus takes you right through the heart of the park, where you see its famous bison which have roamed in the Bison Paddock since 1891!
Often considered San Francisco's top tourist destination, PIER 39 offers a great range of shops and eateries plus an impressive variety of other entertainment. Visit the Aquarium of the Bay or the Marine Mammal Center; or simply stroll along the waterfront and take in the superb views of Alcatraz Island, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge.
Other sightseeing landmarks accessible with Big Bus include the Ferry Building, Civic Center, Haight-Ashbury, the Palace of Fine Arts and Chinatown. A Big Bus Tour is a perfect introduction to San Francisco; visit Big Bus Tours online for more information and book your ticket today.