Ever since I moved to the Bay Area, I’ve been on the search for unique local experiences. Wouldn’t you know? I found the best ones on the tech platform darling that started in the heart of downtown San Francisco – Airbnb.
Are you planning a trip to San Francisco or the surrounding Bay Area cities but don’t know where to start?
I’ve searched high and low to find some of the best and most interesting experiences available on the Airbnb platform. Check out these incredible options for your next vacation and make sure to take as many pictures as possible!
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- Local Dye Scarf Class (Mill Valley)
- Foraging Mushrooms & Edible Plants (Santa Cruz)
- VW Bus Wine Hop (Sonoma)
Silent Disco Beach Yoga at Baker Beach
If you’re looking for a unique experience, look no further than Silent Disco Beach Yoga.
This event is held on weekends at Baker Beach, and it’s exactly what it sounds like: yoga in silence. You’ll be wearing wireless headphones that allow you to hear instructions from your instructor while also hearing music from local DJs.
It’s an awesome way to get active and enjoy San Francisco city scenery while listening to some great tunes.
Haunted SF Ghost Hunting and True Crime
Experience San Francisco’s ghostly history first hand! This real ghost hunt through old Chinatown and Gold Rush alleys will allow you the opportunity to use modern ghost hunting tools to seek communication with local spirits (tools include a Spirit Box, dowsing rods, and an EMF detector during the tour).
Start the tour after dark at the Transamerica Pyramid and follow your guide through spooky alleys, mystical neighborhoods, and nefarious street corners.
Visit Gold Rush cemeteries, listen to stories of paranormal activity after mysterious deaths, visit the site of an ignominious mass slaughter, and learn of Gold Rush–era apparitions who still remain in our realm.
Ramen Making Party in the Mission
The Bay Area is one of the best places in the USA to be if you like ramen. With many of the top ramen spots in the country located here, it’s no wonder people come from all over to try them.
If you’re looking for something more authentic than purchasing a steamy, large bowl of soup, try this an awesome experience that gives guests the chance to make their own ramen noodles at home! You’ll learn all about how ramen noodles are made, make some yourself, and take home some delicious recipes!
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Private Tour of San Francisco’s Iconic Queen Anne Architecture
The Queen Anne architectural period was named after Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, who was born in 1689 at 10 Downing Street (the residence of British Prime Minister). She became friends with King George II, and the style later became known as “Queen Anne” because of this friendship between them.
On this tour you’ll get an insider’s look at some of the most famous buildings in San Francisco, including those featured in movies like Mrs. Doubtfire and Princess Diaries.
Dyeing a Scarf With Local California Plants
This craft experience has been getting rave reviews from travelers who love to do something a little different and creative. It’s fun and easy, and you get to take home your own piece of art at the end! You’ll get everything you need to dye scarves in beautiful colors using plants like acorns, eucalyptus leaves, and coffee berry bush leaves.
Forage Edible Plants & Mushrooms in Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz is one of California’s most beautiful and unique cities, known for its natural beauty and laidback attitude. It’s also one of the best places to explore the outdoors and find a wide variety of edible plants, including mushrooms. This tour will take you on a 1-3 mile hike through the woods where you can learn how to identify food in nature and sample some delicious wild edibles. You can even bring home some extra treats for your next meal!
Sonoma Winery Hop in a Vintage VW Bus
Many people make their way to Sonoma County to do wine tastings, but if you want to get there in style and with retro flair, check out this Vintage VW bus experience on Airbnb. You’ll have time to explore each winery before getting back on board to head over to another one.
The owner will drive you around and show you interesting spots along the way. Tasting fees are not included and will be charged at each winery.
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