San Francisco is known for its rolling hills, iconic landmarks and picturesque scenery. When planning a trip, it may be daunting to decide what to see and do when there are so many options. But whether you are visiting for just a short time or staying a bit longer, below is a list of top spots you are sure to enjoy.

  • Cable Car: You cannot visit San Francisco and not ride the iconic cable cars. Catch the Powell/Hyde line and ride to San Francisco’s Lombard Street.
  • Lombard Street: The crookedest street in San Francisco is surrounded by million-dollar houses and breathtaking landscaping. Plus, you can enjoy great views of the city from this high vantage point.
  • Ghirardelli Square: For chocolate lovers Ghiradelli Square is a must-see. Not only does this square feature tons of chocolate goodness, but it is located in the Marina neighborhood which is full of shops and restaurants.
  • Alamo Square Park: If you watched Full House you will probably recognize the familiar architecture of the “Painted Ladies” that line Alamo Square Park. Commonly confused for the row-houses in the opening credits, this is where you can get a classic San Francisco photo.
  • Fisherman’s Wharf: Although full of tourists, you have to try the clam chowder and then test your luck at the 20th-century penny arcade games at Musée Mécanique, made famous by many movies. From there you can stroll to Pier 39 to check out the sea lions and more great food and activities!
  • Golden Gate Bridge: There is no more iconic San Francisco attraction than the Golden Gate Bridge. On the San Francisco side of the bridge, Crissy Field, a former U.S. Army airfield that is now a scenic waterfront park, offers one of the best views. From there you can also check out the spectacular architecture of the Palace of Fine Arts.
  • Japantown: There is no shortage of great food in San Francisco with over 50 Michelin-starred restaurants in the Bay Area. However, Japantown is a must-visit with some of the best ramen in the states – from Hinodeya to Ramen Yamadaya to Marafuku, there are no shortage of options.
  • Golden Gate Park: This park is expansive, at over 3 miles long, and could fill up a day alone. There is a Japanese Tea Garden, a Conservatory of Flowers and a Botanical Garden if plants and flowers interest you. Or, if you want to escape the sun and get some culture and education, The deYoung Museum and the California Academy of Sciences are both San Francisco favorites. While you are in the park you might even stumble across some buffalo and bison.
  • The Mission District: If Japantown is known for ramen, then the Mission neighborhood of San Francisco is most certainly famous for the “Mission-style” burrito. Some local favorites include: Taqueria El Castillito, Taqueria El Farolito, La Taqueria or Papalote (with some of the best salsa in the city). While you are in the neighborhood you can check out the street art. Clarion Alley, in particular, is very popular for both tourists and locals to explore.
  • Alcatraz: Alcatraz is a former prison notorious for the famous convicts that were once held on the island, including Al Capone and George “Machine Gun” Kelly. Tickets sell out weeks in advance so book early!
  • Chase Center: Home of the Golden State Warriors, this sparkling new venue is a must-see to catch a basketball game or a concert or show. Situated right along the water you can also check out spectacular views of the Bay.

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