San Francisco is the 13th most populated city in the US and a popular tourist destination. It is a hub of excitement, with a range of cultural experiences and superb restaurants. Below are some of the top things to see in San Francisco.
The Golden Gate Bridge spans the water between San Francisco Bay and Marin County. This famous bridge is one of the modern world wonders, at 1.7miles long. As a free attraction, this bridge is excellent for families and there are opportunities to walk or bike across it.
Located under the southern side of the Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Point is a US historical site. The beautiful brick masonry is not to be missed, and it is a must-see for anyone interested in the Civil War. The rooftop battlement also offers amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco.
This world-famous waterfront area of San Francisco is located in the center of the historic fishing district. Here, visitors can find sea lions lounging, live entertainment, and a range of shops and restaurants. Additionally, visitors can go onboard the World War II submarine, the USS Pampanito.
Located 1.5 miles offshore in San Francisco bay, the famous Alcatraz Island is only accessible by boat. Alcatraz Island is best known for being a federal prison from 1933 – 1963. Nowadays, the island is primarily a tourist destination, with tours departing the mainland several times a day. Visitors can wander the island freely and explore within the walls and gardens.
San Francisco has four different Chinatown quadrants, the largest being found on Grant Avenue. Here visitors can find authentic Chinese cuisine and immerse themselves in the culture. During certain times of the year, there are various Chinese celebrations, and festivals to partake in.
The San Francisco cable car system is one of the last manually operated cable cars in the world. This is one of the most popular things to do in the city, however, with just 3 cable cars running you might want to aim outside of peak hours!
This is a former military base, converted into a national park in the Golden Gate Recreation Area. Throughout the park are old battery embankments and bunkers used by the Spanish, Mexican, and US military. Full of walking, biking, and rollerskating paths there is something for everyone at this National Park. Throughout the park are various viewpoints to see Alcatraz Island, The Golden Gate Bridge, and the Pacific Ocean.
Originally the location of the Ghirardelli factory, this area is now a bustling square featuring upmarket shops, restaurants, and hotels. There is a lovely fountain and large picnic area alongside views of the bay.
This park stretches above the mission, giving you a fantastic view of downtown San Francisco and the Mission District. Climb the stairs to the very top for the best sunset views. Additionally, there is a picturesque swing in the park, though you might have to wait your turn.
Hidden near Corona Heights Park are the Seward Street Slides. These steep, concrete slides are fun for all, but children should be accompanied by an adult due to the speed gained going down. Originally these slides were created as part of a community project for the neighborhood. However, the zoning laws changed and now this tiny park features a small garden and the slides. For best sliding, take a piece of cardboard to sit on.
As you can see there is no shortage of attractions and things to see in San Francisco. Use the list above to start planning your next trip.