San Francisco is certainly a walkable city, but if you want to see a lot more in a lot less time, you need to get wheels. Just how many wheels is up to you — grab two wheels on bicycle tours and the crazy and popular Segway tours. Or get around on 4 wheels (or more, in the case of buses!) with an authentic fire engine tour, in a classic VC bug convertible, or on hop-on hop-off bus tours.
We'd like to say a word about Segways. Who would have thought those goofy-looking things would become so popular? And who would have known just how much fun they are? As one visitor said, "We felt silly booking a Segway tour because… you know… it's a Segway Tour. How touristy can you be? Truth be told, it was the most fun we had in our entire week in the Bay and would ABSOLUTELY do it again."
Two wheels give you the freedom to see more, stay fit and explore hidden corners of the city that you won't see from a bus or trolley. Luckily there are some very good bike tours available that provide everything you need, including an expert local guide. Or, you might decide to rent an electric bike for a day and do your own exploring!
Crazy? Maybe. Goofy looking? Certainly. But Segway tours are one of the most popular activities for visitors to San Francisco.
There are a lot of options to choose from. Take a tour that focuses on the waterfront, or combine a Segway tour of the hills of the city with a visit to Alcatraz. Our favorite, though, in a nighttime private Segway tour for just you and your group (minimum 2). We've selected the top six tours.
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There's no doubt that motorized vehicles — like open-top buses and vintage VW bug convertibles — can get you to more distant places in less time than the two-wheel options.
Ring the bell while you're riding in a bright red fire truck across Golden Gate Bridge? That is absolutely possible, as well as a ton of fun. Or grab a seat on a hop-on hop-off trolley or bus tour. For us, though, it's back to the 60s on the Magic Bus!
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