There’s so much to do on a trip to San Francisco, a visitor can feel intimidated in plotting their itinerary. And constantly pulling out one’s wallet to chase a tourist’s every impulse can be a drag. Our favored solution: buying the Go San Francisco Card. This $60 card is essentially an admission ticket to more than 30 remarkable activities in the Bay Area, including numerous must-sees for first-time visitors and returning families. The card is valid for anywhere from one to five days, depending on what you buy, granting you access to the city’s hop on/off trollies, Bay cruises, the California Academy of Sciences, Exploratorium, Aquarium of the Bay, and much more, including destinations like Madame Tussauds, which are great when you have little ones in tow. The passes can be accessed through your smart phone or other digital device or printed physically. You just flash them at each attraction and you’re swiftly admitted in, helping chart a path through some of San Francisco’s most notable draws without the stress of planning (and paying). Go San Francisco Cards, $60, http://www.smartdestinations.com/san-francisco-attractions-and-tours/_d_Sfo-p1.html?pass=Sfo_Prod_Go&gclid=CKSvz_Lv3dICFQyAfgodrg0G5A
Explore San Francisco’s famous landmarks on a Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour. Sit back and enjoy the ride as you cruise through the city on an open-top bus and learn about San Francisco’s unique history. You have the choice of a personal recorded commentary, available in 10 languages, or an entertaining live commentary. This unique city tour has 20 stops for guest to hop-on or hop-off the bus to visit attractions and points of interest. From Fisherman’s Wharf to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, immerse yourself in San Francisco’s diverse culture, beautiful parks, stunning architecture and picturesque views. Hours: Operates Daily from 9:00am – 5:00pm. Every 10-15 minutes in summer months & 20-30 mins in winter months Full Route is 2.5 hours. Bigbustours.com.
http://www.sftravel.com is a comprehensive resource for all your travel planning to San Francisco.