Things to Do in San Francisco

Things to Do in San Francisco

Set along the ocean, “The city by the bay” packs a lot of fun over a small distance of 7 miles. From classic landmarks to invigorating hikes across hills, the rugged coastline, and the redwood tree-filled parks to renowned museums and urban ruins, this electric city has something for curious wanderers of all ages.

When visiting San Francisco, it can be overwhelming where to start, and even more so when you remember that you also have to make time for some of the best restaurants and bars in the world.

Here’s our guide to what you cannot miss during your time in the Bay to aid in your planning.

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

One of the most iconic sights of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge is a must-see attraction. There are many great spots for a great view of the bridge, but one of the absolute favorites is Baker Beach and Twin Peaks. From Baker Beach, not only do you get a great vantage point, but you can grab a meal from a local market, lay down on the sand, and enjoy a quiet little picnic basking in the view of this iconic bridge. If you care to explore on foot, the bridge is also open to pedestrians and cyclists.

Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island

Sitting on a small, rocky island in the middle of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz Island is a former federal prison that jailed some of the country’s biggest criminals. There is a self-guided audio cell house tour at the island narrated by ex-inmates and guards telling you stories of escape attempts and prison riots. The island can be easily reached by ferry.

Japanese Tea Garden

Japanese Tea Garden

If you are in search of a peaceful city escape, the Japanese Tea Garden fits the bill. It is the oldest public Japanese garden in the United States. Visitors can stroll through the tranquil gardens, explore the five-story-tall pagoda, and if hungry, they can stop for matcha and mochi at the Japanese tea house.

Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman’s Wharf

Put Fisherman’s Wharf on the list of your things to do in San Francisco – Sea lions basking in the sun, waterfront seafood restaurants, attractions, boutique stores, and bay views, and the exciting Pier 39 makes this an exciting place to discover. The souvenir shops in the waterfront marketplace and historic ships add to the atmosphere. You can also find the historic F-Line streetcar, two cable car lines, and sightseeing boats and boat charters link to Alcatraz, Angel Island, and other significant points around San Francisco Bay.

Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Park

Millions of visitors flock each year to Golden Gate Park to experience its miles of green lawns, beautiful paths, serene lakes, and 7,000 kinds of plants right in the heart of San Francisco. The park houses some of the country’s best museums including, The de Young Museum, California Academy of Sciences, and Conservatory of Flowers. The park is also home to the Japanese Tea Garden and San Francisco Botanical Garden. If you feel adventurous, there’s no better way to explore Golden Gate Park than on a guided segway tour.

Ride a cable car

Ride A Cable Car

No experience is more uniquely San Francisco than riding a cable car. Cable cars have come to symbolize this beautiful city. Offering unbeatable views and unbeatable trips, cable cars are the world’s last manually operated cable car system. Once upon a time, cable car lines serviced the entire city; however, only three lines remain today. Still, they can take you to some of the most popular neighborhoods, including Union Square, Chinatown, and Fisherman’s Wharf.

Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks

Head to the top of Twin Peaks San Francisco to admire some of the best of SF and the entire Bay Area. At 900 Ft above sea level, Twin Peaks offers astounding views of downtown SF, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and more (albeit on a clear day).

Dining in San Francisco

Dining In San Francisco

Whether you are in the mood for a 10-course extravagant meal, simple street-style food, or the most delicious vegan meal, you will find the best food in SF. The city has long had the tradition of hosting one of the best dining experiences in the country, and it is well-earned. You’ll find Instagram-worthy desserts, Thai, wholesome vegetarian, American classics, fine dining, Mexican comfort fare, and more. When in SF, you’re in for an exciting gastronomic experience.

Wine Tastings

Wine Tastings

Whether you are heading to Napa Valley or Sonoma Valley, San Francisco is an ideal starting point if you want to explore these wine-producing regions. Whether you travel via bus or helicopter, you’ll enjoy delectable wine and sweeping views of the lovely countryside. Several day tours allow you to visit the best wineries, enjoy gourmet food, and offer detailed tours with knowledgeable guides.

Beer & Brewery Tours

Beer & Brewery Tours

San Francisco is famous for its craft beer and local breweries. You can take craft beer walking tour specialists to taste the best Bay Area brews, visit bars, tour a microbrewery, and talk with industry insiders! Your knowledgeable guide will explain the history of brewing in SF, give you a tour of a brewing facility, and explain the rich history of the neighborhood you walk through. While you are at it, you can enjoy delicious samples of stellar craft beer from local microbreweries and taprooms.

These are only some of the top attractions of SF. If you want more information, or need help to plan your itinerary, do not hesitate to connect with us. We will be more than happy to help you ensure that you have the best holiday in SF.

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