If you are a first-time visitor or a long-time local, San Francisco has plenty to offer. From world-class dining and shopping to neighborhoods full of color and character, there is something for everyone in the City by the Bay!
The ultimate tourist's dream - access to a myriad of souvenir shops, restaurants, and sea lions all in one centralized area. Visit Pier 39, the Cannery and Ghirardelli Square for all your shopping indulgences. Street entertainers will amuse you amidst the spectacular backdrop of San Francisco Bay.
Ride the legendary cable cars for breathtaking views and a first-hand experience of the streets of San Francisco . Purchase one-way tickets at the cable car terminals, police/information booths or on board the car itself. For unlimited all-day access invest in a $6 Muni pass good for rides on the cable car lines, buses and streetcars.
Over 14 million people have visited Alcatraz for a glimpse of life in the prison known as "the Rock." Take a ten-minute boat ride to the infamous maximum-security prison where criminals such Al Capone, "Machine Gun" Kelly, and Robert "The Birdman" Stroud were kept isolated from the public.
Golden Gate Bridge
A San Francisco icon, and a sightseer's must see. The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the world's most beautiful and most photographed bridges. There's only one way to experience it - put on some comfortable shoes and take the hour roundtrip walk across!
Golden Gate Park
Golden Gate Park is the largest urban park in San Francisco. At 1017 acres, it is in the shape of a long rectangle, similar in shape but 174 acres larger than New York's Central Park. A narrow strip, known as The Panhandle, extends from the eastern end of the park. The park was planned in the 1860s and built in the 1870s on land that was thought to be uninhabitable. The park contains several San Francisco landmarks, including the De Young Museum and the Conservatory of Flowers
Enter the world of the Far East while staying in San Francisco. Just steps away from Union Square you can meander amongst a bustling neighborhood of Chinese temples, exotic herb shops, Asian restaurants, fish markets, bookstores, produce markets, and bakeries. Buy fortune cookies or have your palm read along the way!
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
SFMOMA opened in 1935 as the first museum on the West Coast devoted solely to 20th century art. Open daily (except Wednesdays) from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Shop for posters, books, and apparel in the Museum Store and support the exhibitions and programs the museum offers.
In the epicenter of downtown San Francisco you will find a 2.6 acre manicured park serving as a haven for both people-watching and world class shopping. Enjoy the finest names in fashion, dining, and theatre, or enjoy a cup of coffee and simply watch the world go by.
Not only is the Ferry Building the gateway to San Francisco's Financial District, it is also a jumping off point to many local destinations—many within walking distance, others accessed by the famous cable cars that run through the streets of San Francisco. With the recent renovation of the Ferry Building and the Ferry Building Marketplace, there's lots to do at this dynamic locale. The new Marketplace has shopping, dining, a year-round farmer's market (Sat/Sun/Tue/Thu), plus free tours of the Ferry Building on Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays at noon.
Among the City's most visited attractions, Pier 39's entertainment options include V—The Ultimate Variety Show; Turbo Ride; Blue & Gold Fleet Bay cruises; Alcatraz Island Tours; and Riptide Arcade and Studio 39. As many as 800 sea lions now reside on the pier's "K" dock.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts presents contemporary art from the Bay Area and around the world that reflects the profound issues and ideas of our time, expands the boundaries of artistic practice, and celebrates the diversity of human experience and expression.
Day Trips from San Francisco
In addition to San Francisco's attractions, there are plenty of fantastic day trips to explore. Experience the tranquility of wine country or explore the charming towns along the ocean.
With over 3,000 restaurants, San Francisco has something for everyone.
Ame - St. Regis Hotel
689 Mission St
Editorial Profile: Famed husband-and-wife team Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani bring their sophisticated touch to the St. Regis Hotel's uber-chic eatery.
252 California St
Editorial Profile: After a decade, this impressive destination still turns out exquisite seafood in a plush setting.
Asia de Cuba
495 Geary St
Editorial Profile: A dramatic, glam theatre of a restaurant for Euro-scenesters, celebrities and the fabulously privileged.
1 Mission St
Editorial Profile: A mainstay in San Francisco's upscale dining scene, featuring seasonal California cuisine and a prime bay view.
Pier 33 @ Bay Street
Editorial Profile: Butterfly Restaurant offers reasonably priced innovative dishes from various Asian cuisines.
28 Belden Pl
Editorial Profile: Hearty Italian dishes, sinful desserts and a wine list to write home about at an enchanting sidewalk cafe.
450 Post St
Editorial Profile: A celebrated under-the-sea setting and extravagant takes on seafood lure crowds to this pricey destination.
Fifth Floor - Hotel Palomar
12 Fourth Street
Editorial Profile: Located on the fifth floor of SF's luxurious Hotel Palomar, Fifth Floor's stellar female team is led by acclaimed chef Melissa Perello and seasoned sommelier Emily Wines.
Fleur de Lys
777 Sutter St
Editorial Profile: A-list guests are cocooned in luxury at this modern French haven.
570 Fourth St
Editorial Profile: Fabulous, innovative Pacific Rim cuisine in an elegant room.
165 Steuart St
Editorial Profile: Well-rendered Japanese cuisine, elegant decor and an expansive waterfront view define this Embarcadero restaurant.
Restaurant Michael Mina
335 Powell St
Editorial Profile: Extravagant American fare pushes the boundaries of fine dining, with a unique menu that riffs on seasonal ingredients.
558 Sacramento St
Editorial Profile: Celebrity-owned townhouse-turned-restaurant offers Cal cuisine in the Financial District.
Rue Saint Jacques
1098 Jackson St.
Editorial Profile: Rue Saint Jacques is a modern, cozy restaurant located in Nob Hill offering French cuisine with Californian flair.
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