|The female human and I near Golden Gate Bridge|
|Golden Gate Bridge|
|View of San Francisco from the Bay|
When picking a tour, I recommend doing some research and to stay away from big bus tours such as Grayline. Although they tend to be inexpensive, many of their tours are pre-recorded therefore lacking the human touch of having a live tour guide pointing out the sights. Also, large tour groups mean larger tour busses, which often cannot get into smaller roads, meaning that you’ll simply drive by interesting places and won’t be able to get very close. Lastly, the tour group sizes are larger, so you’ll be less likely to be able to stop and get off the bus, meaning the majority of your photos will drive through shots, taking through the glass of a large tour bus. Don’t forget to bring a bottle of water and some snacks with you as there won’t be any time to stop to and buy drinks or snacks on these tours. I'll do a separate tour on logistics of making sure you're prepared for a day out anywhere you travel.
There are countless places along Fisherman’s Wharf that offers cruises of the bay, along with a multitude of ways and times to explore it – during the day, at sunset, with food, with wine, slowly, on a fast ship, on a catamaran, etc., just pick what works best for you. They have tours of a variety of prices, lengths and focuses, where some will go around the bay in an hour, while others will spend extra time going around Alcatraz. It’s a great way to get out on the water, to see San Francisco from a different vantage point, get beautiful pictures of the San Francisco cityscape, get eerie pictures of Alcatraz from the water, and experience going under Golden Gate Bridge.
Again, check Google to see what companies will do bay cruises and check TripAdvisor for reviews of each company. Try to read the most recent reviews first, as sometimes reviews are sorted by ratings as opposed to dates. This can be important as sometimes you can get a whole slew of negative or positive reviews in a certain time period, which could indicate a change in staff for the worse or for better, letting you know whether or not the company is still a good choice or not.
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