The Real Golden Gate Tour

Explore the Golden Gate Bridge and several of the city’s coolest neighborhoods along the way.

DAYS: Tuesday-Saturday
DURATION: 10:00am – 4:30pm
TREK: 5+ miles
DIFFICULTY
: Moderate
AGE: 12+
PRICE
: $50.00

 

STUNNING VIEWS, OPEN SPACES

This tour explores the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park and several of the city’s coolest neighborhoods along the way. We also make stops at the famous statue of Yoda and the Palace of Fine Arts in the Presidio National Park. This tour is all about San Francisco’s open spaces, including incredible views of the city skyline and beyond, from both San Francisco’s most famous icons to super secret spots even most natives have never seen.

Cable Car Ride

Financial District

Nob Hill

Russian Hill

Cow Hollow

Presidio / Lucas Arts

Palace of Fine Arts

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Park

Inner Sunset

Haight Ashbury

Twin Peaks
Corona Heights

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WHERE TO MEET

CALIFORNIA STREET
CABLE CAR TERMINUS

This Tour meets at the intersection of Market and Drumm Streets; look for the clock on the pole (see photo). This clock is between the Hyatt Regency Hotel and the intersection of Market and Drumm, near a marketing kiosk. The meeting place is approximately 20 feet from the terminus of the California Street Cable Car line. It is across the street from the Wells Fargo Bank. Please do not look for 50 Drumm Street.*

Tours meet 10-15 minutes prior to the published departure time. There is no office, so if you arrive early please be patient. All tours depart at the published time.

GETTING THERE

We recommend using transit to get to the start of the tour. BART and MUNI both stop at the Embarcadero Station. When you exit the train look for signs that direct you towards the Ferry Building and Drumm Street The historic F line streetcars stop at Market and Drumm if you are coming from the Fisherman’s Wharf direction, or at Market and Beale if you are coming from The Castro direction. Some bus lines service this intersection such as the 21 Hayes.

PARKING

Is very difficult and expensive and driving is not recommended particularly on weekdays. Meters are enforced 24/7 along the Embarcadero. On Saturday parking is available at the Maritime Building on Clay between Front and Davis for $7.00 or $3.00 with a validated Ferry Building stamp (available at the Bay Crossings shop.

*We must use the 50 Drumm Street address online in order for Google Maps and other mapping apps to point at the right location. This is actually the address of the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The meeting place is between the south side of the Hotel and Market Street. Please make sure not to wait in front of the Hotel or in the Lobby. Please do not go to the Ferry Bldg Clock Tower.
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INFO TO GO

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WALKING

This tour includes one 200 yard uphill, and one ¼ mile downhill section that are moderately strenuous. This tour will meet or exceed your doctor’s recommendation to walk every day. The day encompasses 5 miles of walking including short uphill sections and a stairway cut into a hill that most people find extremely enjoyable.

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TRANSIT PASSES

All necessary public transportation passes are included with the purchase of this tour.

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WEATHER

Conditions on the Golden Gate Bridge can change quickly. Wind and moisture are likely while on the bridge, please carry jackets and hats.

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DRESS

Please only wear comfortable closed toe walking shoes. Dress in layers.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Water
  • Light Jacket
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Kleenex
  • Lunch Money
  • Snacks

FOOD

Eat a good breakfast. We make a snack stop around 11:00 (not included). Lunch (not included) is around 2:00 p.m. Food and drink are not allowed on the Cable Car.

THE REAL GOLDEN GATE ROUTE

 
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This tour focuses on the city’s open spaces, including incredible views of the city skyline and beyond, from San Francisco’s most famous icons to the local spots most frequented by locals. Originally conceived as a transit to trails tour, this excursion also includes our longest cable car ride. Like all of our tours this one starts at 50 Drumm St. And uses the California St Cable car. We then head for the heart of the Russian Hill Neighborhood where your guide can point out some of the best eating and drinking establishments in the city.

Then it’s on to the bus for a ride through Cow Hollow, an upscale and quaint shopping district. We proceed through the Presidio where we explore George Lucas digital arts complex including a stop at the statue of Yoda. A short but visually stunning walk through The newly renovated Palace of Fine Arts is next. We then board the bus that Takes us to the Golden Gate Bridge where we take an exhilarating walk out to the South Tower. The next destination is Golden Gate Park where we pass through an amazing redwood grove on the way to  the 9 story high observation tower at the De Young Museum.

A nice lunch break follows, then on to the Haight Ashbury and Cole Valley neighborhoods. This is just a quick pass through as we catch the cool and quirky #37 bus through the heights above the Haight Ashbury for an amazing view from Twin Peaks. After a short bus ride back down to the Castro we use the underground Muni system to head downtown.

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