The best experiences for these times are on personal tours, in small-groups and, preferably, outdoors.
Golden Gate Tour // Seaplane Adventures
A 30-minute flight takes couples and small groups up for airborne views of the Marin headlands, the Point Bonita Lighthouse and the Golden Gate Bridge. Flights begin and end in Sausalito. The seaplane traces a path over Crissy Field, downtown San Francisco, Giants home Oracle Park, Alcatraz and historic Angel Island. seaplane.com
Private Craft Beer Crawl // Lucky Tuk Tuk
Visit three award-winning local breweries in an electric, three-wheeled, open-sided transport that carries four to six passengers. The drivers are professional guides who provide a narrative about the neighborhoods, local history and, of course, the craft beers. lucky-tuk-tuk.com
Golden Gate Park & MORE // GoCar
Roll past the city’s famed sights in the two-person GoCar, which guides riders with GPS-activated directions and offers recorded commentary on the area’s history and culture. Highlights of the three-hour trip include Golden Gate Park, the Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Point, the Presidio, the Legion of Honor, Fisherman’s Wharf and the storied Haight-Ashbury. gocartours.com
Golden Gate Bridge Electric Bike Tour // Blazing Saddles
Families and small groups can tour the most recognizable bridge on the planet with a little boost from an electric-assisted bike. The three-hour guided itinerary, ideal for beginner and intermediate riders, includes the city of Sausalito and historical commentary about the San Francisco Bay. blazingsaddles.com
Outdoor Food Tour // Avital Tours
Guests travel in their own vehicle— or in a GoCar for an additional fee—for four-course progressive meals through the North Beach, Chinatown and Financial District-Embarcadero neighborhoods, picking up food from restaurants as they go. Highlights, enjoyed in outdoor settings, include Michael Mina’s sushi bento box and Tyler Florence’s buttermilk fried chicken sandwich. An audio guide provides background on the restaurants and chefs. avitaltours.com
Photo credits: All images are courtesy of the venues.