San Francisco Painted Ladies

The Painted Ladies: An iconic San Francisco Site

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This post is about the Painted Ladies in San Francisco, also known as the Seven Sisters, including how to get here, where to get the best photo, and which one is the house from the TV show Full House.




The Painted Ladies are located at  

Since visitors will be coming from many different locations, it’s best to use this Google map to get the most up to date directions.

The Painted Ladies are included on several hop-on-hop-off tours.  Be sure to read our post comparing the different bus tour companies.

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Things to do in San Francisco in October

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October is a beautiful month to visit the city by the bay! The weather is moderate and sunny (for the most part!) and there are a lot of events happening throughout the city. Use this post as a guide for things to do throughout the month and look forward to a lot of Halloween activities. Here are our top ten.

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Where to Store Your Luggage in San Francisco

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In this post, we offer several different options for storing luggage during your visit to San Francisco, including traditional storage centers around the city, left luggage facilities at the airport, the recent trend where companies partner with certified shops, restaurants, and hotels who serve as a storage location. 


TIP:  For budget travelers, it is worth considering purchasing a tourist pass. Tourist passes help you save money by packaging attractions together for one flat price. In some cases, you can save up to 50% of the cost you would normally pay to see many of the top San Francisco attractions. To learn more, check out our post comparing the different San Francisco Attraction Passes.



The companies listed below employ a similar system to Airbnb, but for luggage. They find convenient locations for travelers, such as souvenir and gift shops or convenience stores, even restaurants or coffee houses, who have the capacity and the security to hold and secure your luggage. They also open early and close late giving you the most flexibility in terms of when you need to store your luggage.  Read more »

Recorridos de Audio de la San Francisco

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stamos orgullosos de ofrecer nuestra opción de turismo más nuevo y asequible: RECORRIDOS DE AUDIO.¿No puede hacer uno de nuestros recorridos guiados? No hay problema.

Hemos grabado algunos de nuestros mejores guías turísticos para dar sus recorridos y ponerlos en una aplicación habilitada para GPS.

Nos hemos asociado con Atlantis Audio Tours para proporcionarle una forma conveniente de experimentar nuestros tours. Cada recorrido ofrece una opción fuera de línea para ver el mapa y escuchar el audio de cada recorrido para que no sea necesario tener mapas GPS funcionando con la aplicación.

(in English)

Así es como funciona:

  1. Descargue nuestra aplicación gratuita Walking Tour en (iTunes) o (Android).
  2. Descargar cualquier audio tour(s).
  3. Disfruta de la (s) excursión (es).

Recorridos Disponibles: 

  • El Centro San Francisco

Aquarium of the Bay Visitor’s Guide

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Aquarium of the Bay Exterior

The Aquarium of the Bay is a wonderful aquarium located right on the waterfront of the amazing Pier 39 of San Francisco. The aquarium was originally created to promote freshwater and ocean preservation. However, now it has become one of the most visited attractions in San Francisco. The Aquarium of the Bay is a great place for enjoying the sea life, and also for learning! The interactive exhibits provide every visitor with hands-on learning opportunity. Everybody from preschool children to college students and adults can have a great time with the marine excursions. In some of the exhibits, you even get to touch and feed the wildlife (including sharks!)

We have put together a guide for visiting the Aquarium of the Bay, with information on how to get to the aquarium, how to find discounted tickets, and the best things to see. So be sure to visit this amazing aquarium when you arrive to San Francisco! Read more »

Day Trips from San Francisco

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This post provides information about the most popular day trips from San Francisco: Yosemite National Park, Muir Woods National Monument, Silicon Valley, Napa Valley, and Sonoma Valley. 


Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is a beautiful park spanning 747,956 acres and 800 miles of hiking trails just 3.5 hours from San Francisco. Famed for its granite cliffs and giant sequoias, Yosemite also boasts the 5 highest waterfalls in North America. In addition to hiking, visitors can also opt to go horseback riding, rock climbing, and skiing. 



Though there is an Amtrak station somewhat near Yosemite, there are no trains that travel directly into the park. Those looking for easy transportation must either drive there on their own or go with one of the many reputable tour companies providing day trips from San Francisco and Yosemite. 

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Yosemite Tours from San Francisco

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This post compares and reviews Yosemite tours from San Francisco. Yosemite National Park is a beautiful area of California located approximately 3.5 hours from the Bay Area. As the park is difficult to reach without a car, bus tours are an excellent alternative. 




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San Francisco Bay Cruises and Boat Tours

Which San Francisco Boat Tour or Cruise is Best?

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This post compares and reviews the many different San Francisco Bay cruises, boat tours and dinner cruises available to you to help you decide which is best for you. Most of the choices may be included as part of the San Francisco City Pass or Go San Francisco Card. Read our guide on whether a tourist discount pass is a good fit for you.


Blue and Gold Fleet San Francisco Boat



Most of these tourist cruises take guests under the Golden Gate Bridge and then circle around Alcatraz, though some include longer trips with more sites. Read more »

Silicon Valley Tour for Technology Lovers

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This post will provide information about taking a tour of Silicon Valley. In addition to three fully guided options, we also offer a self-guided tour you can take on your own. 




For many, a trip through Silicon Valley is one of the best day trips to take from San Francisco. This area of the city contains an incredible number of companies that made amazing innovations which have completely changed the world. 

Our friends in Silicon Valley have put together three immersive, guided tours for you to get the greatest experience possible while you’re visiting this historic location. Some of these experiences are not inexpensive, but for many, they are worth every penny. While two of them only take place on Friday, the third is available on Wednesdays and Saturdays.


Silicon Valley Tours


First, you can look at the Silicon Valley Tech Tour. This full-day tour will take you on a trip to the Googleplex (Google’s company headquarters), you’ll test out the incredible Tesla Model X, as well as the Oculus Rift/Microsoft Hololens.

You’ll visit the Intel Computer Museum and the Stanford University Campus to explore the incredible engineering school there, and along the way, you’ll meet people who are revolutionizing the technology industry every day.

The second tour is called the Silicon Valley Legends and Unicorns Tour. Here, you get to visit five incredible companies that have changed the world. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes view of the most groundbreaking companies in Silicon Valley, and you’ll meet the world-changers that are creating the technologies that we will be using in the next 5, 10, and 20 years.

The third tour is called the Silicon Valley Tech Revolution tour. This option doesn’t include as many benefits, but it’s more affordable and they offer it twice per week. During this trip, you’ll see many sites such as the Apple Visitor Center and Stanford University. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the Computer History Museum and fly an aerial drone over Deer Park.

Finally, we have put together a free, self-guided tour of Silicon Valley. You’ll get to see the sites of the locations where all the incredible revolutions of the computer and electronics industry occurred. Although you can’t enter any of the company headquarters, you can see them from the outside. There are a few places that you can visit through. You will need your own vehicle.


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This tour will take you through some of the most disruptive startups in Silicon Valley. In a small group of people (no more than 10 people on the tour), you will get to talk to the leaders who are creating the future of computing. (see the full tour description here). This tour is designed for individuals or small groups.



Have you ever wanted to learn about robotics, artificial intelligence, drones, or virtual reality? On this tour, you will meet the people who are making it happen.

You’ll begin the tour at the Silicon Valley Innovation Center. This organization has a mission of helping new startup founders create the leading technologies of the future.

From here, you’ll experience the incredible technology of the Tesla Model X. You’ll take a test drive of the car, and experience the self-driving capabilities of Tesla’s “autopilot” abilities.

Have you ever wanted to just kick back and let your car drive itself? Anybody who has ever spent an hour in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the highway will be able to see how amazing the future is when the car can drive itself while you’re watching the latest episode of Game of Thrones on your computer!

After the Tesla test drive, you’ll get to play with the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headset, also known as the Microsoft Hololens. VR is undoubtedly the future of computing, and you’ll get a sneak peek at what computers of the future will look like.


Virtual Reality Glasses Silicon Valley Tour


The next stop on your tour will be Draper University. But despite its name, this is no ordinary school. Tim Draper is one of Silicon Valley’s legendary venture capital investors, helping to create companies such as Hotmail and Skype. You’ll check out the Startup Bootcamp at Draper University and learn about its entrepreneurship program.

At this point in the tour, you should be feeling pretty hungry from all the amazing activities that you’ve been doing! As part of your ticket, you get a free lunch with your tour leaders and fellow travelers.

After lunch, you’ll trek to the Googleplex, Google’s worldwide headquarters! This campus is extremely locked down due to security, but as part of this tour, you will get to explore the areas that only employees are typically allowed to venture.


Googleplex Tour


Have you heard of Apple Computer’s new Spaceship Campus? Unlike general members of the public who only get to see the gift shop, you will get to explore the campus as only insiders do! You’ll check out the spaceship and all the incredible innovations of Apple. After visiting the most valuable company in the world, we’ll head back to the Silicon Valley Innovation Center to wrap up this incredible day!



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The Silicon Valley Tech Tour is an incredible tour, but if you are looking for the most amazing tour you have ever taken, you’ll want to check out the Silicon Valley Legends and Unicorns Tour! (see the full tour description here).

Unlike the Tech Tour, the Legends tour is an immersive experience where you get to use the technology, but also explore the areas where the technologies are developed, and you get to meet the people actually creating the future of technology. This tour is geared toward groups, but individuals can join the tour if space is available.

The tour begins with a speech by the CEO of the Silicon Valley Innovation Center, Andrey Kunov. He will introduce you to the disruptive technologies that are changing the world every day in the Valley.

From here, we will go straight to take a Stanford University campus tour, which will introduce you to one of the best engineering schools in the world. Everybody who has ever used the internet has done a Google search. But on this tour, you will see the first Google computer–one machine that hosted the entire search engine! (And did you know it was made out of Legos?)

Speaking of Google, we’ll move from Stanford straight down the road to Google’s headquarters, called the Googleplex. You’ll get to experience the area like no member of the public ever would. You’ll see the inside of the buildings, the secret areas that only employees get to see, and you’ll meet the people who are changing the world. Have you ever wanted to be a Googler? One of the employees here will tell you how to get a job at this incredible company!

The next stop is to the Intel Museum. Intel is one of the first companies that created Silicon Valley, and you’ll get to explore their historic innovations from the 4004 chip (which helped take us to the moon in the 1960s) to the current generation of processors, which is approximately 100 million times more powerful than the 4004!

After this stop, we will visit the new Apple Headquarters, often called the Spaceship. This amazing building is unlike any in the entire world. While you’re there, take a look at it: there is no single pane of glass that is flat. Every single window is curved to create the “UFO” look to the building. And aside from the amazing building itself, you’ll get to meet Apple creators that have been moving the world forward for the last 40 years.

Our final stop will be the Tesla Model X test drive. We’ll take the Tesla out on the highway, where you can literally let the car drive itself! Take your hands off the wheel and watch as the car speeds up, slows down, changes lanes, makes turns, and even parallel parks itself.


Tesla Test Drive


There is nothing quite like it in the car industry! In addition to the test drive, you will get to chat with a Tesla engineer about the amazing technology of the car.

After that, we will head back to the Silicon Valley Innovation Center to wrap everything up, and you can decompress from one of the best and most interesting days of your life! Self Guided Tour If you want to take a car and drive yourself around Silicon Valley, we have a great self-guided itinerary for you!


  • Every Friday @9 am
  • $900/person Early Bird Tickets (3 weeks in advance)
    • This is the price for groups of 10 or more.
  • $900/person 
    • This is the price for individuals (if space is available).
  • Learn more or to make a purchase


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If you’re looking for a general tour that will take you to several notable spots in Silicon Valley, this is a great option. Over the course of an entire day, you’ll visit locations such as Apple, Google and Facebook. During your journey, a knowledgeable guide will provide historical information about the area and its significance in the tech world.

During your trip, you’ll stop at Stanford for lunch and see one of the top universities in the country. Afterward, you’ll visit a few tech landmarks nearby and try your hand at flying an aerial drone over Deer Park. In addition to activities like this, you’ll also visit the Computer History Museum and learn all about how technology has advanced over the course of a generation.


  • $145/Adults | $95/Children
  • Availability: Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8 am
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Purchase or learn more

As you can see, this is actually the most affordable guided tour on our list. Considering that both lunch and admission to the Computer History Museum are included, the price is actually very reasonable. If you’re looking for a trip that will fit the budget, the Tech Revolution tour is going to be one of your best options.

Although this is a very affordable tour of Silicon Valley, it’s important to note that you won’t receive nearly as many benefits on this outing. While their competitors offer access to attractions such as the Googleplex campus and rides in the Tesla Model X, the additional activities included with this trip are far less impressive. Keep that in mind before making your decision.


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NOTE: Free Tours by Foot does not offer a guided Silicon Valley Tour.  This self-guided tour is a guide to do it yourself.  However, be sure to contact the separate campuses to see if you can get access in the planning stages of your trip.

If you need help finding each location on this tour, use the map below.

Click here for a larger interactive map.

Silicon Valley Tour Map


Stop 1 – Hackbright Academy

683 Sutter Street, San Francisco

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