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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

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

we had a blast! i'd recommend it to anyone esp tourists.

so fun!! i'd recommend this to anyone. i was born in sf and live in the city. even for me, it was a blast and so fun.

GPS Talking Tour Cars: Golden Gate Park & More Loop Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 04/17/2018

City Tour a Little Bit short, Alcatrac on your own

Tour was OK Even so no Goldengate Bridge crossing made, Even so a Bridge toll included. No lunch provided (Even so mentioned in Get your Guide Text) Afterwards on Special demand a Voucher was given. No City Hall stop. Total time was 3.15 hrs Theo just dropped off at the Ferry for Alcatrac, which left more than 2 Hours later. Luckily the weather was good weather and I remembered from an earlier visit, that there are nice attractions close by, so we used the time at Pier 39, to watch the sealions and have a good seafood lunch. At Alcatrac we Spend 2 hours and the audioguide in German language was very good.

Highly recommend this tour! Great customer service and knowledgeable

Bikes were in good shape and the seats were comfy. Maps, detailed information, and locks were provided with bikes. Guides were super friendly and knowledgable about the areas. Super delicious fish and chips at Fish & Chips Sausalito. Lappert's Ice Cream in a waffle cone is to die for. The time allotted for Muir Woods is lots but listen to your guide for suggested hiking trails to take while there. It's fairly busy but a nice change of pace from San Fran. The only thing is I booked this tour through Get Your Guide and it stated that the Muir Woods entrance fee was included which it was not however Dylan's Tours refunded me the money for the entrance fee without any hassle. If you are considering this tour I highly recommend it. It's a self guided tour but you are definitely provided enough information to help make it easy and fun.

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