We've all been there. Parents/friends/out-of-towners are in SF, and they're dying to hit all the tourist spots you generally avoid like the plague (ahem, Pier 39). So what's a dutiful SF host/ess to do? Fear not: there are activities in this city that will scratch that tourist itchno Segways necessary.
Wild Wes Walking Tours.
Love the idea of walking around SF but hate the notion of a guided tour? Wes' tours are just the ticket. He'll usher you and your out-of-town visitors on a mellow stroll through the history of downtown San Francisco, accompanied by song, ukelele and witty banter. The 3-hour tour hits all points downtown, from Union Square to Maiden Lane, Chinatown to North Beach. You'll blend in better than a Duck Tour and have fun doing it... even if you're an SFer through and through.
If your guests are clamoring for a tour on wheels, you can't got wrong with Dylan's Tours. 100% SF born and bred, Dylan and brother Brendan lead the most entertaining and informative bus tours around, hitting all the spots you might actually want to go, like the Mission, the Castro, the Presidio and Muir Woods. Plus, Dylan's is local and family-owned and run, so you'll be keeping your touristical dollars in the neighborhood.
If you think you're too cool for Alcatraz, your kind is not welcome here. Alcatraz Island is one of the city's only tourist attractions that's legitimately awesome, and just like a grumpy and grizzled Sean Connery, it will kick your ass. Chances are, you haven't yet made it to The Rock, but if your friends/family have got the guts to visit our notorious ex-prison, take them up on it. The night tour is fun, informative and legitimately spooky.
And guess what? Most of the stuff that you enjoy doing day in and day out is pretty tourist-ready, too. Long lines at Tartine and Bi-Rite Ice Creamery? Check. Frolicking under the shadow of the Full House house in Alamo Square Park? Roger that. Everything in Golden Gate Park? Please and thank you. So next time family is in town, don't shrink from the task of showing them an SF-style good time, tourist activities included. You just might have some fun while you're at it.