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Painted Ladies Tours

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Painted Ladies
Made famous by the opening credits of the late-’80s TV show Full House, San Francisco’s Painted Ladies are a prime example of the city’s candy-colored Victorian architecture. Also known as Postcard Row, the houses stretch uphill, boasting a view of the downtown skyline beyond.
 
The Basics
The Painted Ladies sit directly across from Alamo Square, a centrally located park 11 blocks east of Golden Gate Park, making it easy to stop by on your way to Golden Gate Park if you’re coming from Union Square or Fisherman’s Wharf. Because of certain bus restrictions, you’ll need to book a small-group tour by minivan or an alternative activity like a bike or walking tour if you wish to visit the Painted Ladies with a guide. Otherwise, put on your comfiest shoes and walk there from other popular neighborhoods like Haight-Ashbury, Hayes Valley, or Pacific Heights.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Painted Ladies are private homes where San Francisco residents live, so be respectful of their property by not posing for photos on the front steps or near the front doors.
  • Street parking can be hard to find in this residential neighborhood, so give yourself time to circle the block if you’re driving; there are time limits, so check all signs carefully.
  • Bring a jacket for the potential wind or fog that can roll across the city at any minute.
  • Coaches and other large tour buses are not allowed to stop on the streets closest to the Painted Ladies, so be ready to do a little walking if you’re taking a big-bus tour.
 
How to Get There
The Painted Ladies are on Steiner Street between Grove and Hayes streets. City buses 5 (Pierce and McAllister stop), 21 (Hayes and Steiner stop), 22 (Hayes and Fillmore stop), and 24 (Divisadero and Hayes stop) will get you the closest, or take the N light rail line to Duboce Park, about a 7-block walk from Alamo Square.
 
When to Get There
The houses face west, so go just before sunset for a glowing photo op in the best light. Evening and early morning provide better chances for less crowds. If you want to do as the locals do, head to Alamo Square on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon with a blanket, food, drinks, and a Bluetooth speaker for a relaxation session on the grass.
 
Exploring Alamo Square
After a multimillion dollar renovation that ended in 2017, Alamo Square features new paths, trees, landscaping, and an accessible restroom. The 12-acre park is home to a tennis court, playground, picnic tables, and plenty of green space. Dogs are allowed, making this a favorite place for locals to gather—the Tanner family included.

Address: Alamo Square - Steiner and Hayes Streets, San Francisco 94117, USA
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Painted Ladies San Francisco City TourHalf-day Tours

Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour

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Take a journey around San Francisco's top sights in a retro way with this "painted ladies" tour by vintage Volkswagen bus decorated with long gorgeous eyelashes so you can't miss your tour vehicle. You'll pass by neighborhoods like Chinatown, Union Square, Pacific Heights, North Beach, Haight-Ashbury, the Marina, and the Castro, plus see the Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, Twin Peaks, and more.
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Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off TourBus Tours

Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Ride a double-decker sightseeing bus to San Francisco's most famous landmarks with a choice of 3 different passes. Explore the city's 49 square miles, including stops at big-name attractions like Pier 39, the Palace of Fine Arts and Union Square. Go at your own pace, hopping off at any of 24 stops, exploring at your leisure, and then hopping back on when you're done. Your ticket includes a walking tour of Chinatown. Choose the Premium or Deluxe pass for additional upgrades including a night bus tour or a trolley tour in nearby Sausalito.
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Skip The Bus: San Francisco By Luxury Van TourHalf-day Tours

Skip The Bus: San Francisco By Luxury Van Tour

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Avoid the crowds, confusion, and limitations of large buses and discover San Francisco by luxury minivan. This half-day tour takes you to numerous parts of the city for the perfect overview. Enjoy fascinating facts provided by your guide's live commentary. Stop for photo opportunities at some of the city’s most popular attractions, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks.
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San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Bus TourBus Tours

San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Go sightseeing in San Francisco and its surroundings by hop-on hop-off bus with a City Sightseeing San Francisco pass. Select a 1-day pass that includes access to the City and Sausalito tours. Or choose a 2-day pass that includes the City and Sausalito tours but adds two walking tour options, so you cover all the main attractions with one ticket. This flexible and family-friendly pass lets you hop on and off the double-decker bus at any of the designated stops and explore San Francisco at your own pace.
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Night Tour: Happy Hour History of SFNight Tours

Night Tour: Happy Hour History of SF

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Get to know the hippie past and hipster vibe that make up San Francisco today aboard a colorful 1970s-era Volkswagen bus. Enjoy the illuminated city during this night tour that takes you to Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, North Beach, the Castro, the Mission, downtown and more. Check out the homes of The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, while listening to ‘60s classics. So dig your shoes into groovy shag carpet and shake some beaded curtains. Each bus accommodates up to just six people.
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 San Francisco Architecture Walking TourArchitecture Tours

San Francisco Architecture Walking Tour

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Discover the famed architecture of San Francisco on an architecture walking tour with a guide. See the Painted Ladies and other Victorian gems as you learn about the Queen Anne style and more. Plus, pass by homes where celebrities such as Robin Williams and Francis Ford Coppola have lived and homes you may recognize from movies like "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "The Princess Diaries."
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San Francisco Private Love TourHalf-day Tours

San Francisco Private Love Tour

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If you’re going to do a sightseeing tour of San Francisco by bus, make it a memorable one. Book a 1970s-era Volkswagen bus for your private party of six and wind through the city’s top attractions with a personalized guide on a 4-hour tour. Travel into streets that larger vehicles cannot pass through as you explore Chinatown, North Beach, the Castro, the Mission, downtown and more. See the homes of The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, while listening to ‘60s classics. Hotel transport included.
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Painted Ladies and the Western AdditionHalf-day Tours

Painted Ladies and the Western Addition

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We provide the only tour in San Francisco that goes to both the Painted Ladies/ Alamo Square and Lombard Street without requiring walking. These are the two most requested sites in the city. We also provide a small group experience so that you can truly enjoy the tour
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Painted Ladies Mansion Tour with Exclusive Access to a Private Victorian HomeHalf-day Tours

Painted Ladies Mansion Tour with Exclusive Access to a Private Victorian Home

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Focus on San Francisco's unique architectural heritage during this in-depth tour with a guide. Learn much more about the homes that populate the city's hilly streets than you would simply exploring on your own; you'll even get access to a private Victorian home. Your guide will provide in-depth narration and answer any questions as you explore.
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Hello San Francisco! - Painted Ladies, Castro & Mission District Private TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Hello San Francisco! - Painted Ladies, Castro & Mission District Private Tour

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First time in San Francisco? Wondering where to go and what to see in this colorful city? We got you! Kickstart your time in San Francisco with a 90-minute introduction of two of its unique neighborhoods with the help of your favorite local. See the main highlights of San Francisco’s Castro and Mission areas and discover the best the city has to offer. Your local host will answer all of your travel questions and will provide you with local insights and recommendations according to your liking. On this private tour, you’ll visit the must-see historical spots, but also find hidden places that will give an authentic feeling of the character and contrasts in these parts of the city. Start at the iconic Painted Ladies, see where the city takes time out at Dolores Park, and walk among the bright, bold street art of Clarion Alley. Hear all about how The Castro helped to make San Francisco the gay capital of the world. Ready for a unique private journey to the past?
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City and Sea Adventure: 1 Day Hop-On Hop Off Pass and San Francisco Bay CruiseBus Tours

City and Sea Adventure: 1 Day Hop-On Hop Off Pass and San Francisco Bay Cruise

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In just one day, experience the best of San Francisco by land and sea with this combo package that includes two hop-on hop-off bus tours and a cruise. Check out the top attractions of San Francisco, wind through the downtown streets, and cross over the Golden Gate Bridge. Each hop-on hop-off bus tour lasts 60 minutes to 2 hours and offers live commentary. The 1-hour boat cruise takes you through San Francisco Bay, giving you prime views of Crissy Fields, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island.
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San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour + Night Tour + Sausalito + Madame TussaudsBus Tours

San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour + Night Tour + Sausalito + Madame Tussauds

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Rides by me, classic sidecar toursPrivate and Luxury

Rides by me, classic sidecar tours

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Enjoy the wind on your face as you're whisked through San Francisco on this private motorcycle tour with a twist: you get to ride in the sidecar. From Chinatown to the Golden Gate Bridge, your guide drives you through the city and helps to showcase its charm. Highlights include passing the famed Painted Ladies, cruising through the countercultural hub of Haight-Ashbury, and admiring the greenery in Golden Gate Park—all with your personal guide.
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Custom Private Tour in Convertible MINI CooperBus Tours

Custom Private Tour in Convertible MINI Cooper

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You're in a special city. Why take an ordinary tour? This is the ONLY convertible MINI Cooper tour in the country! This tour is totally customizable – you choose the length of the tour, what time you want to be picked up, and what you want to see. I love San Francisco and have spent 20 years studying and exploring the city. I’ll work with you to plan your tour so you can see the famous sites and the hidden gems other tours can't go to or don't know about. I’ve designed this to be the type of tour I would take if I visited San Francisco, but where you go is up to you. I make suggestions along the way, but how long you spend at any site is up to you. You're never rushed, and never have to wait for other people. It's all about you! Plus, it's fun! In the convertible MINI Cooper, you see everything up close and personal as we drive along. I love showing guests San Francisco, and talking about the history and culture of this unique and special city.
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5 Hour Sightseeing Tour: San Francisco and SausalitoDay Trips

5 Hour Sightseeing Tour: San Francisco and Sausalito

San Francisco offers a world of attractions not seen in many American cities—truly iconic architecture, abundant urban nature, and walkable neighborhoods. It can be tough to see it all during one trip, let alone one day. This tour, which offers a customizable itinerary and private driver, makes it a little bit easier. Plus, your driver can take you across the Golden Gate Bridge as far as bayside Sausalito.
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San Francisco ALL DAY SPECIAL GoCar TourHalf-day Tours

San Francisco ALL DAY SPECIAL GoCar Tour

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For all the joys of independent travel with a speedy tour vehicle included, don't miss this GPS-guided adventure that's perfect for exploring San Francisco at your leisure. Grab an included map, and hop into your talking car for a full day of sightseeing. From the Painted Ladies to the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf to Coit Tower, you can see the best of the city in just a few hours with the freedom to drive yourself.
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San Francisco Hop on Hop off Open Top Bus Tour with Sausalito Tour - Live GuideBus Tours

San Francisco Hop on Hop off Open Top Bus Tour with Sausalito Tour - Live Guide

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See all the top landmarks! One of the undeniable highlights of our San Francisco Bus Tour is the journey across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, with top-deck views across the bay. However, with its diverse neighborhoods, lively entertainment hub and bustling shopping district, there are so many other great areas of the Golden City to explore. Hop on with us to discover the best of San Francisco.
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San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off 2 Day passSightseeing Passes

San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off 2 Day pass

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Discover San Francisco from the Bay to the Pacific Ocean, with stops throughout for photo opportunities you won’t want to miss. Stunning panoramic views off Nob Hill and the colorful life of the Mission district. Come see the beauty of Fisherman’s Wharf, Lombard Street, Chinatown, Civic Center, the breathtaking waterfront and the fashionable Union Square, these are just some of the sites you’ll treasure long after your visit to the magnificent city by the bay. San Francisco is an extremely popular international tourist destination famous for its landmarks, including Alcatraz Island, the cable cars, and Coit Tower, its steep rolling hills, and its eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture. The city is also known for its diverse, cosmopolitan population, including large and long-established Asian American, and LGBT communities
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San Francisco Private SUV Tour see all main attraciton in under 3 hoursBus Tours

San Francisco Private SUV Tour see all main attraciton in under 3 hours

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Experience the best San Francisco attractions. Private tour just for your party. Luxury SUV, knowledgeable and courteous driver. We encourage you to customize this tour to make it as unique as possible, making it unforgettable, one in a lifetime experience.
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4-Hour Painted Ladies and Haight-Ashbury GoCar TourHalf-day Tours

4-Hour Painted Ladies and Haight-Ashbury GoCar Tour

On this tour, you will see everything on the extensive 3 hour tour plus you will take the options that include a winding detour to the top of Twin Peaks, 922 feet above the City, where on a clear day you can see an epic panoramic view of San Francisco. You will then descend back down to Alamo Square to view the Painted Ladies, made famous by the popular TV show Full House, working your way back to the Presidio and Lombard Street.
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Vantigo San Francisco City TourHalf-day Tours

Vantigo San Francisco City Tour

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Step aboard a vintage Volkswagen bus for a San Francisco city tour. Travel down streets a typical tour bus can't access while your guide fills you in on the history of the City by the Bay, from the Gold Rush to Silicon Valley. Get views of landmarks such as Twin Peaks, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Painted Ladies as you travel through distinct city districts.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Small Group Tour of San FranciscoFull-day Tours

Small Group Tour of San Francisco

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See San Francisco’s top attractions on a 3.5-hour tour by deluxe minivan. Led by a local guide, this small-group tour will take you through the famous neighborhoods of North Beach and Haight-Ashbury for a more personal sightseeing experience. You’ll also pass attractions like Golden Gate Park, Twin Peaks and Fisherman’s Wharf, stopping to admire the views along the way.
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The Beauty of San Francisco by Bike Private TourMountain Bike Tours

The Beauty of San Francisco by Bike Private Tour

Experience the child-like joy that only comes from biking as you whiz around from the beautiful Painted Ladies to the Golden Gate Park and beyond. Cycling is a locals’ favorite way to get around. So hop on, blend in, and set off to discover San Francisco. San Francisco is a city of contrasts with colorful street art, vibrant neighborhoods, and tons of fabulous views. By bike, you can see it all. As well as checking out the unmissable Alamo Square and Mission district, you’ll get off the tourist trail and discover a side to San Francisco that only the locals see. Follow your host through the streets of the Mission, to the locals’ favorite hangout, Golden Gate Park–a green space bigger than NY's Central Park.Cycle through the streets of the cool Haight-Ashbury and Castro areas,hearing about the part they played in the famous Summer of Love and the fight for gay rights.Finally,enjoy a delicious organic coffee in a family-owned coffee shop that sums up the city’s famous liberal attitude.
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  • Free Cancellation
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The Original City Loop Electric Bicycle TourMountain Bike Tours

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
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