Tour San Francisco Bay Area

It is full of history, great neighborhoods, parks, beaches, museums, and a whole host of entertainment options and things to do

Golden Gate Bridge durng the day

Walk the bridge and see sights from end to end.

A Vacation Unlike No Other

Tour the Bay Area for an experience you’ll never forget

BSMA has partnered with local Tours & Activities partners in the Bay Area to take advantage of Things to Do, before, during, and after the summit!  Exclusive tour discounts just for BSMA attendees! 

Just a few San Francisco Sites of Interest

Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman’s Wharf is best known for being the location of Pier 39, great waterfront restaurants, Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco Maritime Museum, Musée Mécanique, the Cannery Shopping Center, a Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum, the Wax Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf, Aquarium of the Bay….

Lombard St.

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Lombard Street is an east–west street in San Francisco, California that is famous for a steep, one-block section with eight hairpin turns. 

Why is it Crooked? It may look treacherous, but Lombard Street’s switchbacks were actually built to increase the safety of the street. The natural steep grade was thought to be too dangerous.

Palace of Fine Arts

The Palace of Fine Arts is a monumental structure located in the Marina District of San Francisco, California, originally constructed for the 1915 Panama–Pacific International Exposition to exhibit works of art. Completely rebuilt from 1964 to 1974, it is the only structure from the exposition that survives on site.

Famous Cable Cars

No experience is more uniquely San Francisco than a ride on a cable car. Cable cars have come to symbolize our great city.  The San Francisco cable car system is the world’s last manually operated cable car system and an icon of the city of San Francisco.

The Painted Ladies

The Painted Ladies symbolize the California Gold Rush. With so much money coming into the city, San Francisco builders wanted to show off their newfound wealth with these grand homes. That’s why they have so many dramatic windows, decorated rooflines, and turrets.

Mission Dolores

Mission Dolores, the oldest intact building in San Francisco, was constructed from 1782-1791 with Native American labor. It has been used continuously for religious purposes since that time. The Mission was founded in 1776 by Father Francisco Palou under the direction of Father Junipero Serra.

Coit Tower

Coit Tower is a 210-foot (64 m) tower in the Telegraph Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, California, offering panoramic views over the city and the bay. The tower, in the city’s Pioneer Park, was built between 1932 and 1933 using Lillie Hitchcock Coit’s bequest to beautify the city of San Francisco.

Chinatown

This is one of the oldest and most established Chinatowns in the U.S. Beyond iconic Dragon’s Gate, a bustling maze of streets and alleys brims with dim sum joints and other traditional eateries. Also found are herbalists, bakeries, souvenir shops, and dark cocktail lounges and karaoke bars. There are ornate temples, including the landmark Tien How, as well as the Chinese Historical Society of America Museum.

Just a few BAY AREA Sites of Interest

Bay Area Views from the Bay

City Cruises dining cruises offer a San Francisco experience complete with welcoming service, gourmet cuisine, and stunning views of the most celebrated sites. Treat yourself to free-flowing champagne and a buffet, prepared on board, on their weekend Champagne Brunch Cruise or dance and dine as the city lights sparkle from the Bay Bridge to the Golden Gate on their Dinner or Supper Cruise. Whatever you choose, City Cruises is an unforgettable way to explore San Francisco.

Napa Valley

Napa County is north of San Francisco, in California. It’s known for hundreds of hillside vineyards in the Napa Valley wine region. In the city of Napa, Oxbow Public Market features regional gourmet food. The Napa Valley Wine Train is a vintage locomotive and traveling restaurant running through the valley.

Livermore Valley

Founded in 1869, Livermore is California’s oldest wine region, framed by award-winning wineries, farm lands, and ranches that mirror the valley’s western heritage.  It is also the location of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory featuring a Discovery Center chock-full of unique and educational exhibits designed to engage inquisitive minds. It’s generally a big hit with young and old visitors alike.

Due to the sensitive nature of much of the research conducted onsite, you’ll need to sign up for a guided tour in advance.

Winchester Mystery House

Winchester has a Guinness World Record for the longest continuous house construction — 38 years! The only time work slowed down was after the 1906 Earthquake rocked the estate and the Bay Area causing damage that is still visible in the home today.

Mystery is a well-earned middle name for this San Jose Victorian mansion built by owner Sarah Pardee Winchester to, allegedly, appease spirits— specifically those who had fallen to the famous Winchester rifle. 

Muir Woods

 

Muir Woods National Monument is part of California’s Golden Gate National Recreation Area, north of San Francisco. It’s known for its towering old-growth redwood trees. Trails wind among the trees to Cathedral Grove and Bohemian Grove, and along Redwood Creek. The Ben Johnson and Dipsea trails climb a hillside for views of the treetops, the Pacific Ocean and Mount Tamalpais in adjacent Mount Tamalpais State Park.

Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island is a small island in San Francisco Bay, 1.25 miles offshore from San Francisco, California, United States. The island was developed in the mid-19th century with facilities for a lighthouse, a military fortification, and a military prison. 

Pigeon Point Lighthouse

Pigeon Point Lighthouse on California’s rugged coast[/caption]

Pigeon Point Light Station or Pigeon Point Lighthouse is a lighthouse built in 1871 to guide ships on the Pacific coast of California. It is the tallest lighthouse on the West Coast of the United States. It is still an active Coast Guard aid to navigation.

Pulgas Water Temple

Built in 1938, the temple commemorates the completion of the Hetch Hetchy Aqueduct which brings water to Crystal Springs Reservoir from the Sierras 150 miles away. This is one of only three such temples in the U.S., modeled after those erected near canals and waterways by the ancient Greeks.

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