When you think of San Francisco, images of the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars and Alcatraz come to mind. While San Francisco is full of landmarks, it is also constantly emerging with new and exciting attractions. There are so many things to see, do and eat (especially to eat). You could easily spend a whole week exploring everything San Francisco has to offer but if you are here on a quick trip, below are a few of my top suggestions. 


Make sure to bring comfortable shoes because the city requires lots of hill-climbing and cable car hopping.

I highly recommend walking across the Golden Gate Bridge. With or without fog, it’s still a spectacular piece of engineering.

  • Visit The Palace of Fine Arts and stroll around the lagoon and outdoor rotunda.
  • Along the waterfront, visit the ferry building, Fisherman’s Warf, Pier 39, and Ghirardelli Square, which are walking distances from each other.
  • Ride the cable car from Ghirardelli Square where it ends at Powell Street in Union Square area.
  • Explore Golden Gate Park which features a conservatory and botanical garden, de Young museum and California Academy of Sciences. There are also great Nightlife events on Thursdays.
  • Tour the Alcatraz; it’s free to enter but there is a fee for the ferry transportation. Catch a tour with one of the rangers to get a full history content of this infamous landmark. 


This is a great city to be hungry. There are so many restaurants to choose from – both classics and new.

  • For an old-school atmosphere and a delicious steak try House of Prime Rib.
  • Try Tadich Grill for their famous seafood cioppino but note they don’t take reservations.
  • Swan Oyster Depot is a go-to for seafood. It can have a long line, but the seafood is so fresh it’s worth the wait.
  • New restaurants like Tyler Florence’s Wayfare Tavern is becoming a regular for locals. You must try their fried chicken and save room for the homemade doughnuts.
  • State Bird Provisions is one of the hottest restaurants ever since its opening. The menu is Californian but is served dim-sum style.

These are just a few of my favorite spots around the Bay Area but they are definitely worth your time!

This article was originally published by Hilton Suggests.

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