Craft Beer Tours
If you're a foodie exploring San Francisco, you should consider adding a craft brewery tour to your itinerary. That's because San Francisco is considered one of the craft brewery capitals of the USA. Not only will you find local and regional brews at bars and restaurants here, but there's also plenty of craft breweries worth visiting as well. You can visit the breweries on your own, but considering San Francisco's vast culinary scene, it's best to go with an expert to make sure you're sipping the best of the best.
There are a number of tour outfitters that specialize in brewery tours around the city. SF on Tap stands out for its neighborhood-themed brewery tours, one of which is in the famous Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. You can also combine any of their brewery tours with a tour to Alcatraz. Another popular tour outfitter is Vantigo, which transports visitors in a classic Volkswagen van to three local breweries. For those who prefer to walk the streets of San Francisco, consider Bay Area Brewery Tours.
Travelers who went on brewery tours thoroughly enjoyed their experiences, but do warn that these tours aren't cheap. If you're not a beer lover, it's best to sample local brews on your own. These outfitters charge between $79 and $99 for tours, which each include an expert guided tour and beer tastings at the selected breweries. Hours vary by tour outfitter.
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#1 Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge's vaulting, orange arches amidst the rocky seascape of the San Francisco Bay have made it one of the West Coast's most enduring symbols and the city's most popular tourist attraction. The bridge's name, "Golden Gate," actually refers to the body of water it spans (the Golden Gate Strait that connects the Pacific Ocean with the San Francisco Bay), and was built to make travel between San Francisco and Marin County an easier feat.
There are plenty of great spots to capture a snap of the majestic bridge. But if you want a truly postcard-worthy shot, head to the Golden Gate Bridge Vista Point, situated high on a hill overlooking San Francisco. If you have extra time, make sure to explore the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The actual span of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area encompasses multiple places in San Mateo (south of San Francisco), San Francisco and Marin Counties (Alcatraz and Muir Woods included), but notable parts of this recreation area can be found just a stroll away from the Golden Gate. From the bridge, travelers will find some scenic, bayside trails, some of which lead to secluded beaches, including Kirby Cove and Black Sands Beach. If you really want a trek, journey to the Point Bonita Lighthouse for sweeping views of the bay, found at the very tip of the Golden Gate Strait.
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