For over a hundred years San Francisco, California has been enticing millions of tourist to come and discover the beauty and excitement it has to offer. Every year hundreds of thousands of visitors experience the city through virgin eyes. If you are planning a trip to the Bay area there is so much available to do during your short stay that it might all seem overwhelming. To help you avoid missing out on the best that the city has to offer we have collected the top 10 things to do and see in San Francisco in the following list.
The Golden Gate Bridge is a symbol of this iconic city that resonates with people all over the world. Spanning a length of nearly 2 miles, the bridge is impressive to say the least and also offers the opportunity to cross it on foot via a pedestrian pathway. Whether you choose to drive across it, walk across it, or simply stare at it from afar do not miss the city’s mascot.
Coit Tower is located in the Telegraph hill neighborhood and was built in 1933 to beautify the city. Although the views are stunning and the tower is an architectural masterpiece, the inside of the tower is what draws tourists to it. Murals and paintings are found throughout the walls of the tower and depict the bygone days of the Diego Riviera. If you love history and are intrigued by arts then don’t miss Coit Tower in San Francisco.
3. Take a trip on a cable car
Over the years San Francisco has gained popularity in the city that still uses cable cars to transport its citizens. The steep inclines coupled with the relatively small amount of space of the Bay Area led to the creation of the cable car. Take a trip on one of these charming vehicles to see the city up close and personal and at eye level. Tickets are five dollars for each adult so you won’t have to spend a lot of money to experience this San Francisco tradition.
Ranked #6 on TripAdvisor’s best things to do in San Francisco, Alcatraz became a popular tourist destination for those who wanted to experience the creepier side of things in this beautiful city. Once a prison, Alcatraz was closed in 1963 due to its high cost and is now a must see location for every visitor to the Bay area. Whether you love history or you want to learn more about what happened on this prison island, check out the Alcatraz tour to see it for yourself.
5. Marrakech Magic Theater
California is the entertainment capitol of the world and San Francisco placates more to this genre than you may realize. One of the famous theaters in the city happens to be Marrakech Magic Theater. Home to comedy and magic shows, the theater is a must do if you want to sit and be entertained for a few hours.
6. Eat at a Fisherman’s Wharf Restaurant
Fisherman’s Wharf is a conglomeration of the best seafood restaurants the city has to offer. An open air market is another selling point to this traditional bay area food fare. Ask locals what the best restaurant is in the market and head out to it. Another bonus, it’s completely free to visit!
7. Golden Gate Park
If you love the outdoors then you have to visit Golden Gate Park. Over 1,000 acres of San Francisco foliage await you in Golden Gate Park along with gardens, playgrounds, ponds, and hiking trails. The beauty of visiting San Fran isn’t just in the urban culture it also lays in its natural surroundings. Plan a day trip to truly experience all that the park has to offer.
8. Monterey Bay Aquarium
Tropical FIsh at Monterey Bay Aquarium Photo: Justin Ennis
The Monterey Bay aquarium is the perfect place to take the whole family. Each exhibit is unique and allows hands on approach to learning. The bay is home to thousands of different animal species, the most popular of them are the sea otters. The aquarium is committed to preserving the habitats of each species that calls San Francisco home which is why your ticket revenue goes directly back to general upkeep for these fragile creatures.
9. The Exploratorium
Eat Gallery Photo: Jennifer Morrow
The Exploratorium is a science museum that offers a unique perspective on life on Earth. With over 600 exhibits spread across 6 galleries there is plenty to do and see in this one-of-a-kind museum. Take the whole family to enjoy learning on a whole new scale at the Exploratorium.
10. Pub Crawl local brews
San Fran is home to hundreds of local breweries and if you love the taste of beer then you have to pub crawl during your trip. One of the best locations to pub crawl is in Lower Nob and in fact, there are several businesses that offer special pub crawls every week. If you want to experience more than just the local brews do your pub crawl on the weekend nights.
There is tons more to see and do in this gorgeous city, and if you want in on the action start packing your bags because this is going to be the trip of a lifetime!