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Departs at 10:30 from Pier 43 1/2, which is down on Fisherman's Wharf. Even though we had a ticket it was open date, so we called in advance for our tour, which is necessary. There were other pick-up points at Union Square and at the Argent Hotel and up on Nob Hill at the Fairmont Hotel.
Tour takes about 3 hours. You'll stop at City Hall and at the bottom of the Golden Gate Bridge, and about 5 picture stops, including the Painted Ladies (beautiful Victorians) and a really clever overlook of Alcatraz
North Beach, Nob Hill, Haight-Ashbury, Golden Gate Park, Pac Heights, Union Square, GG Bridge, Presidio and a couple other neighborhoods are also often on the agenda.
The tour includes clips from about 70 movies. The big ones are The Rock, Dirty Harry, and Vertigo. Others that people knew were So I Married an Axe Murderer, What's Up Doc, The Bachelor, View to a Kill, Princess Diaries, XMen3, Nine Months, George of the Jungle, Superman, and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. They give out a list of the movies in each neighborhood, so it is easy to follow along. They also dissect a cable car scene that really shows how Hollywood makes movies.
Cost: $47 for adults and $42 for seniors and students
Phone Number: 1-415-624-4949 or 1-877-258-2587 (free)
Movie making and San Francisco go together, which presents a very interesting way to see the city - focus is on entertainment.