The San Francisco Bay Area rests on the tectonic plates that have existed for 200 million years. During the last 28 million years, the Pacific Ocean crust and the North American tectonic plate are sliding past each other on the San Andreas Fault zone, triggering earthquakes.
What birds might be spotted in San Francisco?
You may see Canadian geese, mallards, quails, pelicans, egrets, herons, hawks, kestrels, gulls, woodpeckers, swallows, Steller’s jays, starlings, chickadees, meadowlarks, sparrows, blackbirds, robins, crows, mockingbirds, goldfinches, robins, and even the Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (actually red-masked parakeets native to Peru.)
What kinds of animals can be seen in San Francisco?
The San Francisco Bay Area is blessed with a plethora of unique wildlife species – mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects. White sharks, sea lions, bat rays, river otters, tule elks, garter snakes, kingsnakes, newts, and salamanders can be seen.
What plants are common in San Francisco?
You may see colorful flowers such as poppy, wallflower, pansy, iris, orchid, parsnip, star lily, crimson columbine and soap plant. The trees flower too, including the California Buckeye, Black elderberry, Pacific Madrone and Coast live oak.
Why was San Francisco named San Francisco?
San Francisco’s original name was Yerba Buena (good herb). San Francisco was re-named after Saint Francis in 1847. We like the saintly name.
When was San Francisco founded?
June 29, 1776.
Who were the first inhabitants of San Francisco?
The first inhabitants of the San Francisco Bay Area arrived around 3000 B.C. The area was inhabited by the Ohlone-speaking Yelamu tribe when the first Europeans arrived.
Who were the first Westerners to arrive in San Francisco?
The first westerners to see the Bay Area were members of the 1769 Portola expedition when the Spanish began colonizing Alta California. The Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza marched north from San Diego to establish a Spanish presidio and a mission.
When did the U.S. first arrive in San Francisco?
In 1846, the warship U.S.S. Portsmouth landed at what is now the southeast corner of Montgomery Street and Clay Street. Capt. John B. Montgomery rowed ashore and hoisted the American flag in the community’s plaza.
What is the oldest bar in San Francisco?
In the mood to raise a glass to your wonderful visit? Try The Saloon, San Francisco’s oldest existing bar, which opened in 1861 approximately one block north of Broadway at what is now 1232 Grant Ave.
What was the California Gold Rush?
The California Gold Rush brought renewed activity to San Francisco. Between January 1848 and December 1849, the population of San Francisco increased from 1,000 to 25,000.
What is the weather like in San Francisco?
The climate is warm and temperate. Average high temperature in summer – 66F; in winter – 57F; average low in summer - 54F; in winter – 46F. January is the rainiest month of a year.
Who invented cable cars in San Francisco?
Andrew Hallidie invented the first cable car system in San Francisco, which he successfully tested near the top of Nob Hill at Clay and Jones streets on Aug. 2, 1873.
How many major earthquakes have been in San Francisco?
The most devastating ones were in 1906 and in 1989. The 1906 San Andreas Fault generated a 7.7 magnitude earthquake. The 1989 quake registered magnitude 6.9.
When was Bay Bridge built?
The Bay Bridge opened for traffic on Nov.12, 1936. It was replaced by a new one in 2013.
When was the Golden Gate Bridge built?
The Golden Gate Bridge’s opening ceremony was on May 27, 1937. Until 1964 it was the longest suspension bridge in the world.
What local cuisine must be tried?
Among the unique or regionally typical foods to be sampled in San Francisco are abalone, Dungeness crab, sand dabs, bay shrimp and crusty sourdough French bread.
What is Joe’s Special?
This dish originated in 1932 at New Joe’s when the chef told a local bandleader after a late show that there was nothing left but spinach, onions, mushrooms, ground beef and eggs. “Mix ‘em together,” said the bandleader and Joe’s Special has been a local favorite ever since.
What is Hangtown Fry?
This Gold Rush favorite combines scrambled eggs, oysters and bacon. The concoction originated in Placerville, known then as Hangtown. Sources credit the name to either a lucky miner’s idea of a luxurious treat or a condemned man’s request for a hard-to-assemble last meal.
What is the average water temperature in San Francisco Bay?
The ocean off San Francisco is at its warmest from mid-August to late September when the temperature averages 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15.5 degrees Celsius).
How many sunny days are there in San Francisco?
On average, there are 259 sunny days per year in San Francisco.
What is the population of San Francisco?
The current population is a bit over 900,000. San Francisco is one of the 20 fastest growing cities in the United States. The average age is 38.5 years old, and San Francisco has a smaller percentage of children than any other major metropolitan area in the United States.
Where are the best photo spots in San Francisco?
Golden Gate Bridge from the Marin Headlands
Golden Gate Bridge from the Battery Godfrey
The sea lions at Pier 39
The Grateful Dead house in Haight-Ashbury
The city from the de Young Museum Tower
Stockton Street in Chinatown
City panorama from the summit at Twin Peaks
The Labyrinth at Lands End
The Palace of Fine Arts fountain
The Balmy Alley murals in the Mission
San Francisco City Insider's Morning Tour
Our San Francisco City Insider's Morning Tour is given from a local perspective. It takes about 4 hours and it is "semi-private," which means that it is a smaller group so you can enjoy more stops and photo opportunities and spend more time at a favorite location on your tour. Get off the beaten path, explore the road less traveled and visit hidden locations. Some options include: Watching the surfers at Ocean Beach, visiting Golden Gate Park, taking in the view from Telegraph Hill, and visiting historic Fort Point in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge.
The San Francisco City Insider’s Morning Tour is great for those who want to discover some of the hidden sights not included in the big bus tours of major operators or popular guidebooks! Feel free to request areas that interest you and our driver will try to accommodate your request. That's the beauty of small group tours: flexibility to partially customize the tour itinerary depending on the group's preferences. Schedule a different tour with us for the other half of your day to complete your visit to San Francisco - we'll make sure you get there on time. Popular combinations for the SF City Insider’s Tour are with Muir Woods.
San Francisco Bay Cruise Option: Upgrade your City Insider's Tour to include a San Francisco Bay Cruise, where you will sail underneath the Golden Gate Bride and will enjoy breathtaking views of San Francisco's waterfront, Alcatraz Island, San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, Fort Mason, Angel Island, Marin Headlands and Sauslito.
San Francisco City Insider's Morning Tour - Times Approximate
7:45 - 8:00 AM
Pick up from hotels in Downtown San Francisco or Fisherman's Wharf area.
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Our San Francisco City Insider's Tour is given by a guide who has been around. Enjoy more stops and photo opportunities; discover hidden sights and unusual stories you can't get on the big bus. Go to the famous attractions such as the iconic Golden Gate Bridge or to the unique areas that only locals know!
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Get dropped off back at the hotels in Downtown San Francisco or Fisherman's Wharf areas.
San Francisco City Insider's Tour℠ Morning with Optional Bay Cruise
Kimberly was a wonderful bright bubbly person with an amazing wealth of knowledge. As much as I enjoyed the afternoon this is not the tour for you if you are hoping to stop at ALL the famous tourist spots. Our tour was booked by our travel agent and I was under the impression that we would see all the sights like Alamo Park (painted ladies) and Lombard St. On this 4 hour tour we got to stop at Palace of fine Arts, Golden Gate Bridge, Lands End and Clarion Alley for approx 15-20 minutes at each stop. As I said I really enjoyed the afternoon and Kimberly was amazing, but next time maybe I need to do a bit more research before booking a tour.
– Pam U. on 12/01/2017
Enjoyed the tour
Enjoyed the tour. Kimberly was excellent. Loved going through the different areas of town.
– Cassandra B. on 10/21/2016
Constantine was very knowledgeable and gave many great insights and anecdotes about the city of san francisco! My sister and I really enjoyed this trip and really got to see the wonders of San Francisco!
– Jeff M. on 10/05/2016
Good afternoon touring around the City. Ross was very informative.... I think a trip across the Golden Gate would have been good.
– Timothy D. on 08/05/2016
The San Francisco City Tour was amazing. Our tour guide Phil was fantastic. His customer service was wonderful and he went out of his way to make everyone feel comfortable. I would recommend Phil and Extranomical Tours to everyone.
– Gary S. on 06/18/2016
Very friendly informative guide and good driver
– marina D. on 03/15/2016
Out tour guide was very personable, knowledgeable and entertaining.
– Cornelius M. on 03/13/2016
– Beverley A. on 03/01/2016
Thoroughly enjoyable Alcatraz Tour in the morning and City sights tour in the afternoon. Long day but with the short time we had in San Fran it was a great all over tour!
– Heidi J. on 03/01/2016
Pam was absolutely wonderful. She is very knowledgeable about San Francisco and surrounding area. Pam worked very hard in getting us to all our stops along the way. My son and his wife, who live in Lower Haight, were on the tour with me and my sister and Pam had a lovely talk with them about their beautiful city. Pam is a "keeper" and I would go an another tour with her.
– Valeria B. on 02/23/2016
It was a great experience! We felt like we were in the hands of a knowledgeable tour guide and he definitely gave us a better insight on San Francisco.
– Cindy M. on 02/18/2016
Our tour guide Phil was very nice and informative. Tour was great.
– Karyl M. on 02/16/2016
Don was great, especially considering it was a Saturday afternoon on a holiday weekend, thus lots of traffic. One member of our group has lived nearby in Sunnyvale for many years, and she was just as impressed as we two newbies with all the information learned and the sights that were seen. I was especially impressed and grateful that Don drove us back to the train station afterwards. We plan to call on you again for a different tour the next time we're in San Francisco.
– Yordanka U. on 02/07/2016
We are extremely satisfied from the city tour. We had only a day in San Francisco ant this was the best option to explore the city.
– Sheila L. on 01/02/2016
Phil was the best tour guide I've ever had. He was knowledgeable about the city, witty, and very pleasant.
I'll recommend him to all my visiting friends.
– Marcus W. on 12/27/2015
It was an very interesting tour!
There were al lot of Storys she told.
– Eileen L. on 08/28/2015
Phil was a blast! The tour exceeded all of my expectations. Phil will funny, informative and extremely generous with accommodating everyone on the tour.
– Sara D. on 08/23/2015
Not only was Phil knowledgeable and engaged, he was very funny. My whole family agreed (even our 16 year old) that this was the highlight of our San Francisco trip.
– Charlotte M. on 08/06/2015
Loved your. Phil was fun, informative, flexible.
– Kevin L. on 06/29/2015
Phil was great. He had a less than enthusiastic crowd to work with, but never let his high energy level down because of the sticks-in-the-mud that happened to book with this tour. They were more into sitting and going through the motions, rather than being active participants in the experience, but Phil was cool about it all and kept everyone entertained. My suggestion is, if you are going to do it, you might as well be a part of the experience, rather than a spectator.
– Janet L. on 06/24/2015
Phil was a terrific guide, funny knowledgeable and professional. I had a wonderful day!
– Mark G. on 12/02/2014
Great experience with a personal touch. Don was fantastic, friendly and informative.
Would recommend your services especially with Don as the guide!!!!
– Barbara S. on 10/19/2014
Excellent, comprehensive, enjoyable tour. Phil clearly loves his job and his city.
– Anna P. on 10/13/2014
James was a great driver who pointed out attractions and the must sees. He was very personable, accommodating, and all around a wonderful person. Thank you to him!
– karyn g. on 10/09/2014
Phil was very great! Very knowledgeable and flexible however the unfortunate thing is the limitation of the buses through specific parts of the city.
– Marcia W. on 08/16/2014
Van tour was great, and Leo was a blast. He talked a little fast at times and was a bit hard to understand, but otherwise a great afternoon! Bam!
– Patrick S. on 06/02/2014
The tour exceeded my every expectation. I thought it would be ok, at least, probably even good but I never thought it would be great! Genna did a fantastic job talking enough, but not too much, in enough detail, but not too much . . . He expertly guided as around the city and gave us more than enough time at Twin Peaks, Fort Base (below the GGB), and through neighborhoods etc. I recommend both Extranomical and Genna without hesitation. Wow, outstanding!
– Karine L. on 07/03/2013
Personalized tour. The guide asked us where we wanted to go.
– Susan S. on 06/09/2012
The driver was very knowledgeable on the area.
– Charles F. on 11/06/2011
Twin Towers stop; golden gate stop; art museum recently refurbished stop; painted ladies homes
– Toni L. on 10/18/2010
The bus was very comfortable and the the tour locations were very nice
– LaVon P. on 10/14/2010
The tour was great and the driver/guide was excellent. Everyone enjoyed the day. Thanks.
– sherry f. on 09/21/2010
Roman was our first tour guide the day after we arrived in SF. He was interesting, told amusing stories, and was well informed on the city and many other topics. He personalized the tour which was also nice. The tour was worthwhile and I would recommend it to anyone making their first trip to SF.
– Claudia P. on 06/11/2010
Our tour was delicious and very informative, and fun. The locations selected were excellent. Our tour guide was very knowledgable and opinionated.