San Francisco, California

Amy and Alan's Quirky SF Vacation

with Stephanie C.

Stephanie C.

San Francisco is a city of never-ending surprises for first-time visitors and long-time residents alike. In the city's early days, a correspondent for the New York Evening Post checked out the 1849 San Francisco scene and reported that "the people of San Francisco are mad, stark mad." Our local Insiders will help you delve deep into the belly of madness, and have a blast to boot. To read more about your suggested Insider experiences, click here:
Scout for Street Art :: Private Food Tour of the Mission :: Invented in SF Walking Tour :: Walk on the Wild Side Hike :: Eat Like a Local in SF :: Soundwalk at the Marina

Scout for Street Art with Russell

Street art is sometimes regarded as vandalism and urban blight. But in San Francisco it's considered part of life's rich tapestry, a reflection of the Bay Area's colorful history, radical politics and diverse population. Ever since Diego Rivera picked up a paintbrush to create his first SF mural in 1930, the city's sidewalk artists have viewed walls as oversized canvases, and in recent years the artworks have spread beyond their Mission district heartland to other parts of the city. As author of Stencil Nation, Russell is the perfect guy to help you paint the town red. And other colors.

Private Mission Food Tour with Avital

Foodies from around the globe flock to San Francisco's Mission District considered by Bon Appetit, Food & Wine and the New York Times as one of the top culinary centers in America. Known for its many icons in the epicurean world - Tartine Bakery, Bi-Rite Creamery, and Mission Chinese Food - now you can go behind-the-scenes to meet the chefs and restaurant owners of this food-centric Neighborhood. This three-hour journey introduces guests to the acclaimed personalities and stories of the chefs who specialize in showcasing one artisan product in their restaurants: ham, oysters, cheese, ice cream, and empanadas. Visit their kitchens and hear their stories that make these trendy Mission hotspots ones to return to time and time again.

Invented in SF with Robin

Some of the world’s most influential inventions were dreamed up by San Franciscan tinkerers. On this tour, we explore seven surprising stories of innovation that exemplify San Francisco as a hotbed of creative thinking for nearly two centuries. We’ll investigate the science behind some of these inventions, discuss how the nature of what we patent has evolved over time, and explore our own ability to think outside the box—all while taking in the city’s stellar views and historic neighborhoods. This tour is for tinkerers, hackers, engineers, creators, and anyone interested in stories of intrigue about the city's great innovators. 2.3 miles with some uphills, 2.5 hours, with some snacks provided.

Walk on the Wild Side Hike with Alex

Let’s face it – you’re too cool for a tour bus. Now you can make the most of San Francisco’s unique geography and history by going on an urban hiking tour! Urban hiking gets you killer views with your workout while you explore the secret stairways, hilltop views, and hiking trails of San Francisco. Whether you’ve been in San Francisco for 10 minutes, 10 days, or 10 years, you’re guaranteed to see something new. On our 4.5 mile tour, you’ll visit: • Two almost-off-the-map parks that only the neighbors know • 70-acre Glen Canyon Park, which at one time housed a US’s first dynamite factory; a zoo with bears and monkeys; attractions like a tightrope walker; and a beer garden! • Billy Goat Hill - home to an awesome rope swing • 250-step Harry Stair, my personal favorite stairway in the city • Other stairways including the Valley Street steps, Castro Street steps, and Onique Lane

Eat Like a Local with Samir

Be my guest and I will host you to one of the most unique tasting tours you will ever go on that will bring euphoria to all your senses! You’ll stroll down the Mission District’s famous 24th street, where the city’s best eats are within blocks of each other. Samir will also feed your appetite for knowledge with insights into the Mission district’s unique history and culture. Also along the way we will also be checking out some of the beautiful murals and street art that is often over looked! As a local who is a foodie you will be in good hands as we try the best salsa in town, the cheapest tasting menu in the city(local,organic, creative), pizza from a worker-owned bakery(changes daily), a choice of 28 draft beers, two authentic street style tacos, and finish off with some amazing house-crafted ice cream (rotating flavors include brown butter, prosciutto, and secret breakfast)! Also included is a special cocktail surprise!

Soundwalk at the Marina with Andrea

Please join artist and acoustic ecologist, Andrea Williams, on a 2-hr sensory art walk that highlights points throughout the vibrant Marina District via listening and other sensory experiences. Explore the architecture of the Palace of Fine Arts, observe an urban wildlife refuge, locate edible plants, listen to the Wave Organ, and more, while you obtain some historical knowledge about each area. Andrea Williams has been leading soundwalks since 2004.

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Stephanie C.

I'm a native New Yorker who now calls San Francisco home and am crazy about building the right travel experiences for the best people. I am also a sci-fi fanatic, and one of my heroes Joss Whedon has said, "Identity is something you are constantly earning." I've ridden on the back of strangers' motorbikes in Fujian, chased down a gang of gypsy thieves in Moscow, conducted archaeological excavations at the site of a former Japanese internment camp in the United States. For me, travel is how I earn my identity. Whether you are building a solo adventure, a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or a group bonding trip, I'd love to help you on your way. Full profile Leave a Review

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