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Explore San Francisco on The Big Bus located in California, usa

San Francisco is a huge city with plenty attractions. If you are taking the bart like I did as I was staying in Pleasanton, I recommend you to drop off at at Powell St. Bart Station as there is a Visitor Information Center where you can get different maps, make inquiries as well as book trips too.

Instead of fumbling through the maps and seek directions while exploring San Francisco’s attractions, I decided to take up a day bus tour which will make traveling easier. There is around 20 designated points to embark or disembark the bus. So if you like a particular attraction, you can drop off at that attraction’s bus stop. I walked over to Union Square where all the major bus tour operators are. After making sure how it works and checked the price, I signed up for the 48 hour Dynamite ticket with The Big Bus . This awesome tickets is a steal! It consists of the 2 days bus tour, walking tours, night tour, Sausalito tour and a free hour bike rental. Buses run every 15 minutes. Do remember to obtain a headset when you board the bus as there is an English commentary by the tour guide. If you would like to take a look on the sightseeing tours that the Big Bus cover, you can download Big Bus tourist map. Alternatively, you can also download the interactive Big Bus Tours app for iOS or Android.

The night tour is freezing cold for me even though I have my coat. I was shivering throughout the tour as the temperature stayed around 7 degrees. The strong coastal wind makes it worst. Everyone is just shivering at the top. There are two girls who decided to forsake this trip halfway just before the The Golden Gate bridge as one of the girl is wearing shorts. But this coldness is definitely worthwhile as this spectacular two hour tour covers Fisherman’s Wharf, Presidio (offering awesome views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Nob Hill (a close up view of the magnificent Grace Cathedral), cross the grand Bay Bridge to Treasure Island (views of San Francisco’s skyline). I think I learn the skill of combating coldness on this bus.

I love the people working at The Big Bus, especially the guides. They were awesome in their guides and sharing the history of San Francisco. There is one guide which recognised me on my second day tour. He approached me and asked if I managed to take some great photos yesterday. I do not expect him to remember me as there were plenty visitors getting off and on every day.

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1 - San Francisco Visitor CenterOn Mason Street at corner of Jefferson Street
2 - Holiday Inn Fisherman's WharfNorth side of North Point between Jones and Columbus
3 - Washington SquareOn Columbus Street at corner of Union Street
4 - EmbarcaderoOn Clay Street at corner of Battery Street
5 - Union Square SouthOn Geary Street at corner of Powell Street, opposite Macy's
6 - Hilton HotelOn Mason Street at corner of Ellis Street
R - Redemption CenterOn Mason between Post and Geary at Blazing Saddles
7 - Civic CenterOn Larkin Street outside Asian Art Museum
8 - San Francisco Jazz CentreOn Fell at Corner of Franklin Street
9 - Alamo SquareOn Fell Street at corner of Pierce St.
10 - Haight AshburyOn Haight Street at corner of Shrader Street, opposite Cha Cha Cha
11 - Golden Gate ParkOutside California Academy of Sciences
S - Golden Gate ParkSunday and Holiday Only. On 9th Avenue at Lincoln Way.
12 - Golden Gate Bridge NorthVista Point North, Main Parking
13 - Palace of Fine ArtsOn Richardson Avenue at corner of Fransisco Street
14 - Marina/Cow HollowOn Lombard Street at corner of Fillmore Street
15 - Lombard StreetOn Lombard Street at corner of Gough Street, Buena Vista Hotel
16 - Union Suqare NorthOn Post Street at the corner of Powell Street, outside the Westin St Francis Hotel
17 - ChinatownOn Grant Street at corner of Bush Street, outside the Triton Hotel
18 - Steuart StreetOn Steuart Street between Mission and Howard, opposite of the Harbor Court Hotel
19 - Pier 35The Embarcadero, outside of the entrance to Pier 35
C - Cruise TerminalPier 27. Cruise ship arrival/departure days only
20 - Pier 39The Embarcadero, outside of entrance to Pier 39



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Powell Street, Junction of Union Square
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Martin Lawrence Gallery at Geary Street presents original paintings and limited edition prints from famous artists, including Picasso & Warhol.
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Dewey Monument - a memorial located in the middle of Union Square.
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James Lick Memorial located at McAllister Street between Asian Art Museum and Libra.
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City Hall - a Beaux-Arts monument located in Civic Center
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Yellow school bus on a busy street of San Francisco
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Great reviews for Rose Gold's Tattoo & Piercing on Yelp
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Burger Urge - Summer of Love
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Big Bus San Francisco tour guide
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Between Stanyan Street and Waller Street
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American Cyclery Bike Store
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Close View of American Cyclery Bike Store
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California Academy of Sciences is one of the largest natural history museum in the world.
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Big Bus Live Guide
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Entering the General Douglas MacArthur Tunnel, below the grounds of The Presidio of San Francisco
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Reminder to remove caps and sunglasses before entering the Golden Gate Bridge.
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Flag Pole Hill
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View before Golden Gate Bridge
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Visitors can choose to travel via car, bus, running, walking or cycling over the Golden Gate Bridge
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View of the Alcatraz Island
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Fog on the Golden Gate Bridge
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Looking back at San Francisco city
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Teddy bear Ted is found at San Francisco
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Ted's Buddy
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Left view of the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge
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Right view of the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge
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View of Golden Gate National Recreation Area
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Big Bus is here!
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Recorded commentaries in several languages
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Heading back to San Francisco
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