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North Beach Tours

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North Beach
Despite its name, San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood does not border the water and has no sandy spots. But its position between Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, and the Embarcadero makes it one of the city’s most popular areas for visitors and locals, all of whom enjoy its Italian eateries, Beat history, quiet park, and nightlife scene.
 
The Basics
North Beach is often included on San Francisco sightseeing tours due to its proximity to major attractions like Lombard Street, Coit Tower, and Pier 39. For a deeper look at the neighborhood, opt for a more specific experience such as a food tour for tastings of pizza and other favorite dishes, a night tour for a look at the bustling bar and club scene, or a history tour to learn about City Lights Bookstore, Jack Kerouac, and the Beat Generation.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • North Beach is essential for history buffs, literature lovers, and club-goers visiting San Francisco. 
  • Columbus Avenue is the main thoroughfare, which runs diagonally across the grid of other streets.
  • Bars and restaurants are mostly concentrated between Powell Street, Filbert Street, Green Street, and Pacific Avenue.
  • If you’re visiting North Beach with children, note that a small section of Broadway is home to strip clubs.

How to Get There
North Beach is easily accessible by public transportation. Take the Powell-Mason cable car or MUNI buses 41 or 45. If driving, metered and free street parking is available throughout the neighborhood.
 
When to Get There
Enjoy North Beach’s best atmosphere in the evening, when sidewalk cafés and restaurants are full and people are out strolling. The North Beach Festival, which takes place every June, features a variety of food stands and merchants selling art and jewelry.
 
Saints Peter and Paul Church
On the northern side of Washington Square stands Saints Peter and Paul Church, a Roman Catholic church that dates back to 1924. Its cathedral-like white facade with twin spires has been featured in movies such as Dirty Harry and San Andreas, and is a popular photo op with the green space of the park. In fact, Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio took their wedding pics on the church’s steps.
Address: Columbus Avenue, between Bay Street and Broadway, San Francisco 94133, USA
Admission: Free
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Family Hop (incl. 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off + Madame Tussauds + 7D Experience)

Family Hop (incl. 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off + Madame Tussauds + 7D Experience)

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Tour San Francisco at your own pace on this hop-on, hop-off tour of the City by the Bay, along with a 7D Experience at Pier 39 and Exploratorium passes. Take advantage of a 24-hour bus pass to explore the city easily at your own pace with narration on board. Admission to both the Exploratorium on the Embarcadero and the 7D Experience at Fisherman's Wharf included anytime during opening hours.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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The Original City Loop Electric Bicycle Tour

The Original City Loop Electric Bicycle Tour

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See San Francisco on two wheels during this guided e-bike tour starting in North Beach, a buzzing neighborhood known for its sidewalk restaurants and nightlife. Access locations in the city that tour buses can't, enjoying a variety of photo ops across multiple locations. Take in views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay, explore Golden Gate Park, and gain insight into the city's history and places to visit later on foot.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.00
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Private Group Segway Tour - Wharf & Hills of San Francisco 3 Hours of Fun

Private Group Segway Tour - Wharf & Hills of San Francisco 3 Hours of Fun

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See beautiful San Francisco by Segway on this 3-hour private tour. This route is only available on the private tour. The extended route includes the best of the Waterfront, North Beach and the Advanced Hills Tour in one incredible experience. A local guide will lead the way, providing fun and insightful commentary as you discover San Francisco on two wheels.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$160.00
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Private Tour: San Francisco Sightseeing - 3 Hour

Private Tour: San Francisco Sightseeing - 3 Hour

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Explore San Francisco like a VIP on this private sightseeing tour by luxury vehicle. Sit back, relax and admire the landscape of the famously hilly City by the Bay while a chauffeur drives you to top attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge, Pier 39, Twin Peaks and more. Pickup is available anywhere within San Francisco. Select your vehicle preference when booking, depending on the size of your private group.
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  • 3 hours
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$269.95
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San Francisco in a Day: Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown & Skyline Bay Cruise

San Francisco in a Day: Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown & Skyline Bay Cruise

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Combine some of San Francisco's top sights—Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, and the Golden Gate Bridge—in a single day tour. This combination of stops may be a little bit different than traditional San Francisco tours, but it lets travelers get a better look at the true culture and history of the city. Hop aboard a cable car through the Financial District and down into Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf. Snap photos of the Golden Gate Bridge from up close and listen to in-depth commentary as you travel.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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The San Francisco Sightseeing Day Pass: Save BIG at 30+ Attractions & Tours

The San Francisco Sightseeing Day Pass: Save BIG at 30+ Attractions & Tours

For a near-perfect San Francisco experience ideal for first-time visitors, you can save a bundle and see the best of the city with a San Francisco Sightseeing Pass. For up to five days, you can use your pass for easy access to more than 30 different attractions and activities, from bike tours and museum visits to discounts at top area restaurants. Stroll through North Beach, Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge, visit the Asian Art Museum, and more—all included.
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  • 1 to 5 days
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The San Francisco Sightseeing Flex Pass: A Golden Gate Ticket to 30+ Attractions

The San Francisco Sightseeing Flex Pass: A Golden Gate Ticket to 30+ Attractions

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Explore San Francisco at your own pace with the San Francisco Sightseeing Pass. Select two, three, four, five or six attractions and schedule your visit during a 30-day period of your choice. Choose to visit popular destinations such as Madame Tussaud's and the Legion of Honor art museum, and opt for a select San Francisco sightseeing tour. Receive your pass instantly after booking, with a code that allows immediate use.
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  • 30 days
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$64.00
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San Francisco All-Day Electric Bike Rental

San Francisco All-Day Electric Bike Rental

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Discover San Francisco on your own schedule with a 1-day electric bike rental. Hop on a regular bike or an electric bike, for an easier ride, and pedal past all of the sites on the top of your list. Visit the crooked path of Lombard Street, North Beach, Haight-Ashbury, the Golden Gate Bridge and more. This self-guided trip gives you the opportunity to create your own itinerary as you explore the beloved City by the Bay.
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  • 1 hour to 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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Full Day Bike Rental from Fisherman's Wharf

Full Day Bike Rental from Fisherman's Wharf

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Discover San Francisco on your own schedule with a 1-day bike rental. Visit the crooked path of Lombard Street, North Beach, Haight-Ashbury, the Golden Gate Bridge and other culturally rich and unique San Francisco neighborhoods. This self-guided trip gives you the opportunity to create your own itinerary as you explore the beloved City by the Bay. The entire fleet of equipment is sanitized regularly and curbside pick-up is available to ensure that your rental experience is safe and enjoyable.
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  • 1 hour to 1 day
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Quick San Francisco City Tour - 4 hr Private Tour

Quick San Francisco City Tour - 4 hr Private Tour

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Perfect for all visitors, and it is a fun and exciting way to get a personalized overview of the city. I can take you to places where tour buses are NOT allowed to.
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  • 4 hours
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Custom 3 hour Tour of San Francisco

Custom 3 hour Tour of San Francisco

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Getting there is half the fun. My Expedition is more like a Gondola. On stage since age 5, I will entertain you with singing, car karaoke, juggling and stories from my weird and fun life where home ran away from me when I was 15 and I joined the Circus. As a Lyft and Uber driver for 3 years I learned where to go in San Francisco. Testimonials: "Honestly the best ride I’ve ever had. The man has the voice of an angel and the personality of Johnny Carson. Could not recommend a better driver. " "Fantastic driver and extremely entertaining!!!!!"
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  • 3 hours
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Night Views of San Francisco

Night Views of San Francisco

Getting there is Most of the fun. My Expedition is more like a Gondola. On stage since age 5, I will entertain you with singing, car karaoke, juggling and stories from my weird and fun life where home ran away from me when I was 15 and I joined the Circus. As a Lyft and Uber driver for 3 years I learned where to go in San Francisco. Testimonials: "Honestly the best ride I’ve ever had. The man has the voice of an angel and the personality of Johnny Carson. Could not recommend a better driver. " "Fantastic driver and extremely entertaining!!!!!"
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  • 3 hours
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Entertaining Tour of San Francisco

Entertaining Tour of San Francisco

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Getting there is half the fun. My Expedition is more like a Gondola. On stage since age 5, I will entertain you with singing, car karaoke, juggling and stories from my weird and fun life where home ran away from me when I was 15 and I joined the Circus. As a Lyft and Uber driver for 3 years I learned where to go in San Francisco. Testimonials: "Honestly the best ride I’ve ever had. The man has the voice of an angel and the personality of Johnny Carson. Could not recommend a better driver. " "Fantastic driver and extremely entertaining!!!!!"
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  • 5 hours
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Urban Spy Adventure

Urban Spy Adventure

Become a spy for a day while exploring some of San Francisco's most iconic neighborhoods! Every group is split into two teams who then sneak, run, stalk, and dodge enemy agents as they work together to accomplish covert missions on the streets of San Francisco.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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San Francisco Fishermans Wharf Tourist Scavenger Hunt

San Francisco Fishermans Wharf Tourist Scavenger Hunt

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This tourist scavenger hunt will take you from Fishermans Wharf to Russian Hill and North Beach! In fact, it will take you to all the major sites, museums and lookout points, as well as a few hidden gems.
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  • 3 hours
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San Francisco Private Tour by a Local

San Francisco Private Tour by a Local

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Discover the best of San Francisco on a customizable private 4-hour morning or afternoon tour in a luxury SUV. Your guide can access areas and neighborhoods where larger van tours are prohibited so that you take in highlights like crooked Lombard Street, the Painted Ladies of Alamo Square, Coit Tower, Marina Green or the expensive Sea Cliff neighborhood.
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  • 4 hours
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$425.00
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Private San Francisco Tour with Muir Woods and Sausalito By SUV

Private San Francisco Tour with Muir Woods and Sausalito By SUV

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See more of the San Francisco Bay Area on a private full-day tour by SUV. Your knowledgeable driver-guide takes you to the places you want to see most, mixing natural wonders like Muir Woods with sightseeing at the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, and throughout San Francisco. By SUV you can take on crooked Lombard Street, the hill to Coit Tower, and the windy road to Sausalito. See the Painted ladies in Alamo Square, Chinatown, the shops of the Haight-Ashbury, Union Square, and more.
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  • 8 hours
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$795.00
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Vantigo San Francisco City Tour and Alcatraz Combo

Vantigo San Francisco City Tour and Alcatraz Combo

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See the highlights of San Francisco, and secure a hard-to-get ticket to Alcatraz on this all-day tour. First, cruise the city in a vintage Volkswagen van, stopping by popular landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, Haight Ashbury, the Palace of Fine Arts, and more. Then, board a ferry to Alcatraz for an audio walking tour of the historic prison.
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  • 7 hours
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The Ultimate Night Tour of San Francisco - via a small sight seeing shuttle

The Ultimate Night Tour of San Francisco - via a small sight seeing shuttle

Enjoy from the comfort of a tour van There is a lot you can see in 1.5 hours when you take our night tour. No worries about walking from place to place. You will cover many different parts of the city and enjoy beautiful views from the comfort of our van. Since the tour is only 1.5 hours, you will still have time to go out afterward. Not just that, we will be showing you all the cool places, so you will be able to make a better decision once you have taken our amazing night tour. The Rout: - Fisherman's Wharf - North Beach - China Town - Nob Hill - Grace Cathedral - Financial District - Trans America Building - Union Square - *Treasure Island or Twin Peaks (Depends on the weather) - Return to Fisherman's Wharf Image source: Image Source: https://pixabay.com/
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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North Beach Food & History Walking Tour - Small Group

North Beach Food & History Walking Tour - Small Group

Join the behind the scenes of the first historical and food tour of North Beach. Enjoy tasting high local foods, see how these culinary delights are made, and learn about all the inside outs of the history of this vibrant neighborhood.
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  • 2 hours
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San Francisco: Nightlife Experience

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San Francisco: Nightlife Experience

There really is something for everyone when it comes to nightlife in San Francisco! Whether you want to get to know SoMa, SF’s hottest nocturnal neighbourhood, explore LGBTQ friendly Castro or you feel like sipping cocktails in sophisticated North Beach, your hand-picked Host will take you to the best spots for your style! Fall in love with the magical skyline as you watch the sun set over the city from a favourite local sunset spot, then once the stars are out and the city is glittering with lights, head towards the bright lights and discover SF’s night time personality! This experience is custom crafted to suit your needs and wishes, so from dive bars to sleek rooftops, live music venues to clubs where you can dance the night away, let your Host show you a night in the city that you’ll love.
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  • 3 hours
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The Magic Bus Experience

The Magic Bus Experience

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Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair for a journey through the 1960s on the Magic Bus in San Francisco! Visit parts of the city that played a pivotal role in the counterculture movements of the ‘60s while riding aboard a decked out, psychedelic bus. See Summer of Love hotspots like Golden Gate Park and the Haight-Ashbury district, and get in touch with your inner beatnik and philosopher in San Francisco’s North Beach and Chinatown neighborhoods. It’s the grooviest tour in the city!
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  • 2 hours
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$85.00
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Exclusive: North Beach Culinary Experience and Alcatraz Tour

Exclusive: North Beach Culinary Experience and Alcatraz Tour

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Prebook this Alcatraz and North Beach tour with this exclusive experience only found with Viator. Both Alcatraz and North Beach are destinations rarely left off a San Francisco itinerary. With an Alcatraz admission ticket and food tour combo, you’ll get to visit both in one day, making this an ideal choice for visitors with limited time. Spend the morning at Alcatraz’ island prison and then ferry back to San Francisco for a behind-the-scenes North Beach food tour. Your guide takes you to hidden-gem restaurants where you’ll sample food while hearing local history and stories of chefs and restaurant owners in North Beach.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
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$165.00
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2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour & Alcatraz

2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour & Alcatraz

Alcatraz Island Visit 3 great bus tours on one value ticket! Official City Tour + Sausalito Tour + Night Tour. FREE Madame Tussauds entrance ticket included. FREE Walking Tour included. Unlimited Hop-on Hop-off usage for 48 hours. 24 Stops along the way. See all major sites of San Francisco. Explore the city at your own leisure. Major Highlights: Downtown San Francisco, Fisherman's Wharf, the world famous Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, Treasure Island, and much more.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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