TOP 10 THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN SAN FRANCISCO
Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39 and Ghirardelli Square
If you’re a first-timer in San Francisco, Fisherman’s Wharf and the neighboring Pier 39 and Ghirardelli Square are a must. Sample some of the world-famous San Francisco seafood and enjoy the sights and sounds of San Francisco’s most popular tourist destination.
Golden Gate Bridge & The Presidio
The Presidio used to be a military institution, but is now a National Park with an abundance of eucalyptus trees, wooded areas and scenic views. Just a short walk from the Presidio is the Golden Gate Bridge. More than an engineering marvel, the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most iconic structures in the world. Wear comfortable shoes and enjoy one of the most breathtaking 1.7 mile walks of your life.
Golden Gate Park
Golden Gate Park is the West Coast’s answer to New York’s Central Park. Over three miles long, Golden Gate Park offers a plethora of fun activities and sight-seeing. One of the most popular spots is the Conservatory of Flowers, which is one of the world's largest conservatories built of traditional wood and glass panes. Other must-see spots include the Japanese Tea Garden, De Young Museum, Academy of Sciences and the Bison Paddock.
Once home to some of the most notorious criminals, Alcatraz is now one of the most popular tourist spots in San Francisco. Visitors are able to take a ferry to the island for a complete tour of the prison and its grounds. In fact, Alcatraz is home to dozens of rare flowers and plants, as well as marine wildlife and sea birds. Due to its popularity, we suggest you book your trip to Alcatraz in advance.
Historic Trolley Cars
Perhaps nothing epitomizes San Francisco more than the world-famous trolley cars. One of the best values around, you can ride a historic trolley for only a few dollars (and even the new cable cars are a great value). Hop on the F-Line in the Embarcadero and ride it all the way to the historic Castro District, home of the famous Castro Theater – a 1920’s movie palace that still shows art and repertoire films, as well as popular classics.
The largest and most famous Chinatown this side of…China. One of the oldest Chinatown’s in America, it has also become one of San Francisco’s most visited tourist spots. Its unique pagoda-style architecture is unmistakable and this city-within-a-city features over 300 restaurants, hundreds of shops and numerous parks. Of course, Chinatown is not just a tourist attraction; it’s an active enclave with citizens who maintain their own language and customs. It doesn’t get more authentic than this.
The birthplace of America’s counter-culture and the hub of the Summer of Love in 1967, Haight-Ashbury was once a hippie haven. Although it’s quite a different scene these days (less hippie and more yuppie), the colorful Victorian homes still line the streets.
Located atop historic Telegraph Hill, the Coit Tower offers dazzling city and ocean views, but the real treat are the hand-painted murals inside the tower. Inspired by the social-realism of famed artist Diego Rivera, and completed in 1933, the murals provide a wonderful glimpse into a bygone era.
The postcard-esque Lombard Street in Russian Hill is one of the crookedest streets in America. But besides being steep, hilly and with sharp curves, Lombard Street is also home to some of the most expensive and beautiful homes in San Francisco. Perfectly manicured gardens alive with colorful flowers make the street a photographer’s paradise.
If you’re visiting San Francisco during baseball season a trip to AT&T
Park is highly recommended, even if you aren’t a Giants fan. Even if you
aren’t a baseball fan, AT&T Park is still a fun and unique experience,
featuring a gourmet array of food one would not expect to find in a ballpark.
Located on the waterfront, big bombers will often knock home runs into the water
where dozens of boaters and kayakers await to make the catch.
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