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mal said...

Riding a cable car is fun, no matter how many times you do it. Make sure to take the time to soak in the beautiful views of San Francisco while you are on it.

Oz said...

The best way to tour the city is to rent a Go Car. The GPS system knows where you are and is programmed to tell you interesting things about the sites. Plus it's fun (kind of like riding a moped)

GoCars are easy and fun to drive. They're guided by GPS (Global Positioning System) – which means that the car always knows where you are, even if you don't. As you drive, it tells you where to turn and what you're passing, and it waits patiently if you want to stop. As soon as you turn your GoCar back on, the tour picks up where it left off.

Our tour can take anywhere from one hour to a full day. That's the best thing about it…you're on your own schedule, not a tour bus operator's. Just take a car, see what you want and bring it back when you're done. If you find that you're having the time of your life, keep going! After all, it's not often you've got a convertible yellow talking car at your disposal.

The GoCar tour begins at either our Union Square or Fisherman's Wharf location. The one-of-a-kind tour takes you past the most spectacular San Francisco sites - from the bay, to the ocean, to the famous parks, neighborhoods and streets in between.

Our GoCars are learning to speak new languages every day. Ask for a foreign-language tour and rent a car that speaks Italian, Spanish, German, French, or English.

GoCars can be rented by the hour, or by the day. Best of all, you don't have to decide before you leave how long you'll be gone. To rent a GoCar, it costs $39.99 for the first hour, $29.99 for the second and $20.00 per hour after that. After 5 hours, there are no additional charges. We even round down to the nearest 15-minutes so you don't pay for time not used.

To rent a GoCar, you must at least be a licensed driver 18-years of age. Our cars are approved for use on city streets, but not the bridges or freeways. Read more about our reservation policy.

The 3-wheeled cars seat two and have a lockable trunk for your things. Their small size makes parking a breeze, and in San Francisco, that's a major bonus. They can even be parked in motorcycle parking.

Our tours are very popular, so call ahead to reserve a car. It will be the most memorable part of your trip!

Sam said...

The best way to see Alcatraz is on a Night Tour


The Evening Tour has been selected as "Best Tour of the Bay Area" by San Francisco Magazine and has also been highlighted by the Los Angeles Times, CSAA's Via magazine, Family Fun Magazine, and the television show "Bay Area Backroads."
Experience the many moods of Alcatraz with an evening visit to the Island. Enjoy the beauty of a sunset silhouetting the Golden Gate Bridge. Learn compelling stories about the Island's history and residents. Get spectacular 360-degree views of the whole Bay Area lit up at night… and feel a chill run down your spine as you venture into dark corners of the old island prison.
The ALCATRAZ EVENING TOUR: A unique program limited to just a few hundred visitors per evening that includes special programs, tours and activities not offered during the day. Roundtrip ferry transportation, a live boat narration, a guided tour from Dock to Cellhouse, the Cellhouse Audio Tour, a keepsake souvenir brochure, recreation use fee, and a variety of special programs and presentations offered only at night, are all included.

Try and be one of the last ones in -- then you won't have the pushy people trying to rush you along.

irishlass said...


The Haight Ashbury Flower Power Walking Tour is your backstage pass to the coolest area in the universe! Stroll through the cosmic history of it all, from rock and roll to art, fashion and architecture, this fantastic walking adventure gives you a real insight to the mysterious draw of the Haight-Ashbury!

The tour is approximately 60% hippy history and 40% general neighborhood history and architecture, but it’s always 100% ‘far-out’ fun! Sauntering along the same side streets and alley ways that Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead, Joni Mitchell and countless others edged their marks into the collective creativity of the 20th century!

Approximately 12 blocks are covered and the ending point is about 2 blocks from the point of origin. A poetic and symbolic act of retracing the footsteps of so many, returning back to yourself with greater understanding and knowledge.

Join us every Tuesday and Saturday at 9:30am!

Anonymous said...


Steve Silver's BEACH BLANKET BABYLON is the longest running, hit musical revue in theatre history. The Show premiered at the Savoy Tivoli
in San Francisco's North Beach, June, 1974.

It is a zany musical spoof of pop culture with extravagant costumes and outrageously huge hats. The Show's immediate popularity forced it to move to larger quarters at Club Fugazi, a North Beach landmark, where it eventually found a permanent home. Now in its 30th year of sold-out performances, BEACH BLANKET BABYLON is an internationally acclaimed San Francisco institution. BEACH BLANKET BABYLON in addition to the more than 10,000 performances in San Francisco, has performed for wildly enthusiastic audiences during its London and Las Vegas engagements. BEACH BLANKET BABYLON continually evolves in its hilarious parodies of popular icons, updating its spoofs and adding new characters, songs, and send-ups throughout the year. The show's traveling version performs regularly for conventions and private groups from Tampa Bay, Florida, to Kaanapali, Hawaii.

Susan said...

Take a tour of the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory

As you walk down Ross Alley, you may just pass this fortune cookie factory, but the aroma of the freshly made fortune cookies will draw you in. This factory has been supplying fortune cookies to Chinatown and around the world since 1962.

When you step in, you will be confronted with barrels of fortune cookies of all shapes and sizes.

Within a few paces of the entrance you can see fortune cookies being made right in front of you. First, the thin circular cookie is pulled off a hot press. Then, a fortune is placed on one side of the hot, flat dough. Next, each soft, hot cookie is shaped over a steel rod into the shape of a fortune cookie. This process must be done very quickly, otherwise the cookie will harden before it has the right fortune cookie shape. When you are inside the factory, you will be amazed at how quickly the fortune cookies are made. Come experience the fortune cookie factory and taste freshly made fortune cookies.

irishlass said...

Chocolate Tour and Tasting

When in the San Francisco Bay Area, you are cordially invited to visit us! Your can tour our factory, sample our fine chocolates, and learn about how chocolate is made. You can also have a delicious meal featuring Scharffen Berger chocolate after your tour at Café Cacao which is located at our factory as well!

We have three types of factory tours available to suit your needs:

Free Public Tours
Private Group Tours
A Virtual Factory Tour
Factory tours are located at:
914 Heinz Avenue,
Berkeley, CA 94707

Learn About Chocolate and Chocolate Making

We offer programs daily to learn about chocolate and how we make it. These hour-long programs are free and open to the public.

The first part of the program includes a presentation about the history of cacao, how and where cacao is grown and processed, the history of Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker, and a tasting of Scharffen Berger chocolates. There is plenty of time for questions and answers.

The second part of the program is a brief walking tour of our factory.

Tour Guidelines

Reservations are required. If your desired tour time is already full, we keep a waiting list. Walk-ins are accepted only if room is available on the scheduled tour.
Arrive at least 10 minutes before your tour is scheduled to begin.
Please wear closed-toed shoes for safety reasons.
Children must be ten years or older to participate.
There is a limit of 35 people per group on the public tours. Private tours can be arranged by contacting 510-981-4066 or sending an email to tours@scharffenberger.com.

Private group tours are available by reservation only.

These tours carry a $35 fee, which secures a tour guide, your private tour time, and $1 gift certificates for each person in your group (limit 40) redeemable in our gift shop after your tour.

To make a reservation for a private group tour please contact our reservation department at:

Phone: 510-981-4066
Email: tours@scharffenberger.com

Not able to make it to our factory in person? Now you can get an inside look at how Scharffen Berger makes chocolate, from the comfort of your own home.

OUR VIRTUAL TOUR lets you move from room to room, and even take a 360° look around the factory floor as you follow the journey from raw cacao beans to the finished Scharffen Berger chocolate you know and love.

So sit back with some of your favorite Scharffen Berger chocolate and find out how it was made.

Anonymous said...

Take the kids to the Cable Car Museum

The Cable Car Museum was established in 1974. It is operated by the Friends of the Cable Car Museum as a nonprofit educational facility.

Located in the historic Washington/Mason cable car barn and powerhouse, the museum deck overlooks the huge engines and winding wheels that pull the cables. Downstairs is a viewing area of the large sheaves and cable line entering the building through the channel under the street.

On display are various mechanical devices such as grips, track, cable, brake mechanisms, tools, detailed models, and a large collection of historic photographs.

The museum houses three antique cable cars from the 1870s. The Sutter Street Railway No. 46 grip car & No. 54 trailer and the only surviving car from the first cable car company, the Clay Street Hill Railroad No. 8 grip car.

The museum store offers a variety of cable car memorabilia, books, clothing, cards and even genuine cable car bells!