Only in San Francisco – 3 Unique Tour Expriences This Fall

August 26, 2009 | By | Reply More
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This fall San Francisco offers three tour experiences you won’t find anywhere else in the United States.   Couple these spirited tours with the super great airfares being offered by Virgin America and you have all the makings for a fabulous fall getaway.

I just love going on house tours – getting a glimpse into the imaginative design executions of decorators and homeowners.  San Francisco has one of the most intriguing home tours imaginable – the  Floating Home House Tour that has far more whimsy than most.  Located across the bay in Sausalito are 5 floating home marinas with over 400 floating homes forming a community of artists and free spirits.  You’ll find homes crafted from retired rail cars, pirate ships, shipping barges and just about any material that will float.  The house tour takes place on September 26th from 10am to 4pm and visits 20 homes each year.

Dragon Boat Festival – Treasure Island hosts the International Dragon Boat Festival from September 26-27th.  This festival gathers 100 competitive dragon boat teams from around the world as teams reenact a race tradition begun 2,000 years ago in South China.  Each team has 20 synchronized paddlers, a drummer, a steersman and a lovingly crafted, highly decorated dragon boat.  But the entertainment isn’t all on the water, there will be spectacular cultural performances, hand made crafts, international food tents galore, and a Dragon Land activity tent for kids.  

Airship Ventures Zeppelin Tours – Up, Up and Away – sightseeing in San Francisco has never been so exciting.  There’s something magical about the site of the Goodyear Blimp gliding over a football stadium that tickles our imagination and has us wishing we were up there with the crew and photographers.  Well your chance is at hand thanks to Airship Ventures who offer iconic aerial tours in their new Zeppelin, Eureka.  This aircraft is one of three in existance in the world, offering expansive viewing windows, high tech navigation, and a low and slow flying experience.  12 passengers and a crew of 2 pilots share the journey sailing over the Golden Gate Bridge, over Napa and Sanoma Valleys, or along the Big Sur coastline.  You’ll enjoy a birdseye view of the beautiful San Francisco region on a quiet, smooth and leisurely flight.  (FYI – the aircraft is filled with non-flamable Helium, unlike the Zeppelins of old).  This is definitely an experience to add to your bucket list!

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