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Top 10 things to do in San Francisco

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

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!"

Good to Know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    USD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-08:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    Summer, Fall

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What People Are Saying About San Francisco

Napa valley was fantastic and our driver Kenneth also, gray line NO!Lo

Napa valley tour and our driver Kenneth was excellent, the organization of Grayline bus was not. The office was very disorganized and only two people to help with several tour buses. Be ready to make a 30 minute or more line outside the main office.

Napa & Sonoma Valley Wine Tour from San Francisco Reviewed by Rafael, 08/15/2017

Very nice service crew and very good bikes.

We received a very nice service at Bay City Bikes and have had very good bikes, in comparence to other bike rentals. There are little more expansive, but it is worth it at all.

I enjoyed this tour more than any other.

The tour guide was very knowledgeable of the city and the Segway's were so much fun.

San Francisco City Segway Day Tour Reviewed by Janice, 08/08/2017

Super fun we would all do it again!!Great guide, Emma

Really enjoyed the segways. Emma was a great guide. A good time was had by all We will come play again for sure

San Francisco City Segway Day Tour Reviewed by Anne, 08/02/2017

Great fun, simple, original! A must in San Fran!

The Golden Gate/Presidio route was great (do not expect to go over the Golden Gate though, it's obvious why!). If we had had more time, we would have alsone done the City route. It's great fun, but do watch you don't end up accidentally getting on a steep, unintended road. Overall awesome, great service and easy instructions to follow - great for family of 4!!!