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Once known as the "Paris of the West," the gold-rush population boom made San Francisco a polycultural hub long before its Summer of Love. Here are some of the top attractions of this iconic west coast metropolis.


Alcatraz has had a colorful history but is most famous for being the prison that once held some of the US' most notorious gangsters, from Al Capone to Whitey Bulger.

Washington Square

The once-neglected Washington Square has evolved into an incredibly vibrant pocket of culture. It's now home to some of San Francisco's best restaurants and cafes.

San Francisco Bay

San Francisco Bay actually consists of several bays, and its windy urban beaches make it a popular destination for sailors and windsurfers, as well as those just there for the scenery!

Golden Gate Bridge

Standing proud between the Bay and the Pacific, the Golden Gate Bridge is considered by many to be the most beautiful bridge of the industrial age...

San Francisco Bay Bridge

...But the San Francisco Bay Bridge is a strong contender for that accolade when lit up at night!

Golden Gate Park

Inspired by New York's Central Park, the Golden Gate Park provides a leafy respite from the city, as well as attractions like the Academy of Sciences and Japanese Tea Garden.

Fisherman´s Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf is the touristic center of San Francisco. It boasts seafood restaurants that go back generations, as well as museums, parks, and its own sea lion colony!

Stow Lake

Stow Lake is the largest and most scenic of the manmade lakes at Golden Gate Park. Its island, Strawberry Hill, offers spectacular downtown views over the treetops.

Alamo Square

Explore San Francisco's more affluent side with a jaunt around Alamo Square. The neighborhood's hilltop park looks over much of the city, and don't forget its "painted ladies!"

Painted Ladies

The Painted Ladies are extravagant Victorian rowhouses which survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. It's astonishing to think so much of the city once looked this way!

Planning Your San Francisco Visit

How many days?

Some would say for as long as you can, so bear in mind that it's a big and busy city with plenty to see and do. First-timers should consider spending at least a week there if possible, though even that might not be enough!

Where to stay?

Which of San Francisco's neighborhoods is best for you depends on the nature of your trip. Fisherman's Wharf will meet all the immediate needs of a fleeting visit, though Union Square is a more neutral and relaxed jumping-off point for tourists. Other neighborhoods each have their own personality so it's worth putting in the research, but high-crime areas to avoid include Bayview, Hunter's Point, Sunnydale, and Visitation Valley.

How to get around?

"San Francisco has one of the world's most unique public transport systems. As well as buses and trains, the city is mostly mobilized by its historic cable-car network. Although newer trams do operate, visitors may want to ride one of the older ones for the novelty. Be warned though, notable routes such as the F-Market & Wharves line tend to get very crowded!
The city is also very bike-friendly,with extensive bicycle lanes and even bike lockers!"

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What People Are Saying about San Francisco

I highly Recommend a California Sunset cruise in San Francisco Awesome

Had a terrific evening sailing Red Fleet was exceptional, staff, sailing and food was good as well. We will do this again!!

California Sunset Cruise in San Francisco Reviewed by Kimberly, 11/08/2017

Nice bus drivers, great tour, a lot of nice views!!

great tour! Nice bus driver with a lot of interesting and important stories about the park. Whole day tour including a lot of Insider tipps and specials. 10h bus sounds a lot but with all the Storys, the Music and the time to sleep the time running fast in the bus. Thanks for the prefect present in the end of the tour!

San Francisco: 1-Day Yosemite National Park, Giant Sequoias Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/30/2017

One of the best things I have ever done or seen

This was one of the best things I have ever done and seen. I camped out and had a grand guide and an excellent group.. there was 7 of us and now are friend for life.. well run and Our guide had a huge knowledge of the whole area.. differently going back.

Yosemite Valley 3-Day Camping Adventure Reviewed by Peter, 10/17/2017

Very nice trip to beautiful places in San Francisco

Our nice guide Daniel took us around San Francisco to interesting and beautiful places, via Golden Gate Park and ending up by Golden Gate. Very good and comfortable bikes made the tour easy. Daniel was knowledgeable and nice to be with. We highly recommend this tour to get to know the city.

Great tour with all the important things of San Francisco!

Tourguide Willy was real friendly and knew a lot about San Francisco. We had a very nice day!!