- Commentary by local guide
- Transportation in a luxury van or coach
- Onboard Wi-Fi
- All tolls and fees
- Guide gratuity
- Meals or snacks
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
June 29, 1776.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Bay Bridge opened for traffic on Nov.12, 1936. It was replaced by a new one in 2013.
The Golden Gate Bridge’s opening ceremony was on May 27, 1937. Until 1964 it was the longest suspension bridge in the world.
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.
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.
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.
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).
On average, there are 259 sunny days per year in 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.
- 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