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Active Tours to Enjoy in San Francisco

May 14, 2016 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

San Francisco’s streets, hills and waters invite active recreation. There are countless experiences in San Francisco and nearby regions that will speed your pulse with exercise as well as breathtaking views. Here are a few of the best ways to stay active while enjoying the Bay Area.

Urban Hiker SF
Make the most of San Francisco’s unique geography and history with an urban hiking tour from Urban Hiker SF. You’ll get killer views and raise your heart rate while you explore the secret stairways, hills and hiking trails of San Francisco. Hikes are four-to-five-miles long and take two-and-a-half to three hours. Whether you’ve been in San Francisco for 10 minutes, 10 days, or 10 years, you’re guaranteed to see something new.

City Kayak
From beginners to the advanced, all are welcome to tours and rentals offered by City Kayak. Explore the downtown waterfront, South Beach Marina and McCovey Cove, adjacent to AT&T Park. Experienced kayakers can join trips to the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Treasure Island. Special trips during twilight, full moons and fireworks are available.

Mission Bicycle
Mission Bicycle Company was formed in 2008 with a simple premise: to build the most beautiful, practical and customizable bikes on the market. Each bike is designed by its rider and then built by hand in San Francisco. The company offers three guided bicycle tours of the city, giving visitors a chance to experience their top quality bikes as well as the neighborhoods of San Francisco. On the 1906 Earthquake Tour, the small group rides through stories from the earthquake and fire, the aftermath for the residents who remained, and the physical impacts still present today. The Mission District Secrets Tour starts behind-the-scenes in Mission Bicycle’s workshop before meandering through mural covered alleys, hidden earthquake remnants, a secret bookstore and San Francisco’s most vibrant park. The Welcome to San Francisco Tour is designed to give new residents the tools they need to become expert San Francisco commuters.

Chain Chain Chain Marin County Bike Tours
If you’ve visited San Francisco’s famous sites but never ventured north, Chain, Chain, Chain Marin County Bike Tours invites you to experience the special sights and tastes of Marin County from the vantage and joy of two wheels. Cross the Golden Gate to take the road – or trail – less traveled to Marin’s historic charms, locally produced food and natural scenery.

Consistent winds, mild year-round temperatures and spectacular scenery make San Francisco Bay one of the most iconic places in the world to sail. Many of the world’s greatest sailors and several America’s Cup Teams have been launched from these waters. San Francisco’s entry for the 31st America’s Cup in 2003 was the yacht patriotically named USA 76 with Brad Webb sailing in the bowman position. In 2014, the ACsailingSF Team enhanced their America’s Cup connection in San Francisco with the addition of a ProSail 40 catamaran, named Tomcat in honor of Tom Blackaller’s legacy and his revolutionary ideas for professional sailing. ACsailingSF now operates USA 76 and Tomcat the most thrilling America’s Cup experience found anywhere in the world.

Discovery Street Tours
Embrace San Francisco’s famous geek culture. Discovery Street Tours’ unique, interactive walking tours explore science on the streets in San Francisco. Investigate how microbes do their magic making cheese, bread and wine. Uncover San Francisco’s dramatic history as a hotbed of innovation, or get up close and personal with the city’s famously hilly geology, all while taking in scenic neighborhoods, hidden alleyways, and breathtaking views. On a Discovery Street tour, you’ll get your hands on the science, eat some tasty treats and explore with other folks like yourself- curious, active and a little beyond the ordinary.

Incredible Adventures
Incredible Adventures is a locally-owned outdoor travel company that specializes in single and multi-day tours from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park, Muir Woods, California’s Napa and Sonoma Wine Country, Monterey and Carmel and whitewater rafting on the American River. Indepth tours of San Francisco’s fascinating neighborhoods are also available. Incredible Adventures has provided small group tours with a safe and reliable way to connect with nature since 1993. From the mild to the wild, in a day or overnight, in a hotel or at a campsite, Incredible Adventures encourages passengers to escape to the great outdoors while promoting “Green Business” and the sustainability of the destinations they visit through the use of eco-friendly Biodiesel Alternative fuel and teaching positive-impact tourism.

The San Francisco Travel Association is the official destination marketing organization for the City and County of San Francisco. For information on reservations, activities and more, visit, read the Visitors Planning Guide or call 415-391-2000. San Francisco Travel also operates Visitor Information Centers at Hallidie Plaza, 900 Market Street at the corner of Powell and Market streets and on the lower level of Macy’s Union Square. For more information, visit

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