San Francisco, CA
Top Things To Do
It used to be that no one wanted to go to Alcatraz. The infamous prison was home to only the most notorious criminals. Now, it’s San Francisco’s most popular attraction and part of one of the most visited national parks in the country. For everything you need to know about planning your next visit to the famous island outpost in the middle of San Francisco Bay, click here.
From amazing views and a sea of sea lions to chowder bread bowls and California wines, your visit to San Francisco starts at PIER 39. Located along the historic San Francisco waterfront, it is the picture perfect backdrop for postcard views of the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, Alcatraz, Angel Island and the famous city skyline. Aquarium of the Bay at the entrance of The PIER, offers an astonishing view of life teeming under the surface of San Francisco Bay. For more information, click here.
Golden Gate Bridge
Once called “the bridge that couldn’t be built,” today it is one the seven wonders of the modern world. This iconic landmark, opened in 1937 after a four-year struggle against relentless winds, fog, rocks and treacherous tides. Spanning 1.7 miles from San Francisco to the Marin headlands, the bridge’s sidewalks are open during the day to pedestrians including wheelchair users and bicyclists. For more facts about the Golden Gate Bridge, click here.
San Francisco Zoo and Gardens
The San Francisco Zoo and Gardens is an historic treasure with 1,000 endangered and rescued animals representing 250 species on view in 100 acres of lovely, peaceful gardens nestled against the Pacific Ocean. For more information, click here.
San Francisco’s year-round temperate climate and forty-plus hills make the city a hiker’s paradise. The rest of the Bay Area is no different. Natural wonders like towering redwoods, impermeable cliffs, and lush valleys are all within a short drive of the city. Click here for some of the best hikes in San Francisco and beyond.
As old as San Francisco itself, Chinatown is the second-largest Asian community in North America. Hilly and full of alleys, Chinatown rewards the curious wanderer. Get a taste of San Francisco’s Chinatown with this one-day itinerary filled with food, history, shopping and more. For more information, click here.
World-class aquariums, interactive science exhibits and some of the country’s most diverse art collections make San Francisco’s museums a must for any visitor. But it’s not just the collections that are magnificent; there’s also critically acclaimed architecture and some of the most breathtaking vistas in the city. For more information, click here.
Must-try eats and drinks
San Francisco is a culinary mecca on par with some of the greatest cities in the world. From San Francisco sourdough to the original Mission burrito, the City by the Bay offers a bevy of famous eats that you can’t experience anywhere else. Check out our list of iconic eats by neighborhood.