There is something in San Francisco for everyone. Whether you love to take part in outdoorsy activities, try new foods at the many different restaurants, or just generally like to wander around the city, it is chock full of fun and interesting things! It is also fairly small in size compared to many other cities, but this does not mean it is lacking. We have listed below some must see sites for your next trip!
A trip to San Francisco would not be complete without a walk over the Golden Gate Bridge. This beautiful red bridge has become a symbol of the city and is one of the most famous bridges in the world. A pedestrian walkway crosses the stunning 1.7 mile span to make your walk easy and safe. Make sure to bring your camera along! The views of Alcatraz are some of the best in the city!
Speaking of Alcatraz, this now closed prison is one of the most visited places in the city. It sits on a huge rock in the middle of San Francisco Bay, and is reached by a ferry, which is fun in itself! Officially closed as a prison in the 1960’s, Alcatraz housed some of the most infamous criminals in history. While many tried, none of them ever successfully escaped the prison. This is definitely a must see site!
If you are interested in doing some shopping on your trip, a visit to Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf is on the list. There are over 60 shops to browse with everything from touristy items to local hand crafted merchandise. If you are a lover of animals and are seeking something more unique on your trip, a visit to the sea lions on the K Dock of Pier 39 is a must! These sea lions have resided here since 1990 and their amusing antics will bring some humor to your day!
A wonderful way to add some culture to your trip is to visit Chinatown. Inside the entrance on Grant Avenue and Bush Street lies 24 blocks of a city within a city; chock full of exotic shops, delicious restaurants and food markets. San Francisco’s Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown outside of Asia and the oldest one in North America. It is best seen on foot, so wear your walking shoes and get ready for an adventure!
Taking a ride on a cable car is an exhilarating way to see the city! The cable cars in San Francisco are the last fully operational, manually operated cable cars in the world. They were listed as a National Historic Landmark in 1964 and are used as much today as they were over a 100 years ago! There are three cable lines that run throughout the city, which gives the rider a chance to see many of the sites and sounds of the city, including some of the huge hills that make the city famous.
One of the most photographed sites in the city is the Painted Ladies at Hayes and Steiner Street. These lovely Victorian homes are a site to see, set against the backdrop of the city’s skyscrapers. For a relaxing lunch, bring a picnic and set up in the adjacent grassy spot known as Alamo Square. This location provides stunning views of the Ladies. Fun fact: the Painted Ladies were used in the opening credits of the sitcom Full House back in the 1990’s!
While San Francisco is known for having some of the steepest streets in the country, it also has one of the most crooked! Lombard Street is a one-way street that is so steep, the city decided to add 8 switchback turns in the 1920’s in order to make it safer and more aesthetically pleasing. Whether you walk or drive down it, it is certainly something very unique to San Francisco that you will not see anywhere else!
Of course, there are hundreds of places to visit in San Francisco, but we hope this gives you a good starting point! Stay tuned to the next blog for some of the best places to eat in San Francisco!