Too Much For One Trip: Top Ten Attractions in San Francisco

Tom Molanphy

By , Local Expert, San Francisco
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Tony Bennett would probably refuse to reduce his beloved San Francisco to ten heart-stealing attractions. And with new visitor's centers at Lands End and the Golden Gate Bridge, as well as upgrades to the Embarcadero Piers for the recent America's Cup races, not to mention a multi-million dollar overhaul of the Bay Bridge, San Francisco is adding new features almost by the hour.

What's driving all the construction of new activities and sights-to-see is that San Francisco is again flush with tech money. Although there's no end in sight to this latest bubble, grab your chance to see San Francisco at its latest "height."

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  • 1

    The Ferry Building

    The Ferry Building should be considered "Point A" for anyone starting a San Francisco adventure.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you happen to be downtown on a Saturday morning, don't miss the Ferry Building Farmer's Market. It offers a taste of the incredible variety of fruits and vegetables that only California can offer."

     
  • 2

    Golden Gate Bridge

    Visiting San Francisco and not seeing the Golden Gate Bridge is like visiting New York City and not visiting the Empire State Building.

    Local Expert Tip: "The new visitor's center at the Golden Gate Bridge offers gifts, snacks and some fascinating history of the iconic bridge."

     
  • 3

    Golden Gate Park

    • Type: Parks
    • Neighborhood: Golden Gate Park

    Golden Gate Park is as important to San Franciscans as Central Park is to New Yorkers.

    Local Expert Tip: "The park is almost entirely on a slight decline all the way to the Pacific, so it's a gentle walk from its east entrance to its western end."

     
  • 4

    Alcatraz

    Alcatraz is not only an exciting trip but also offers a fascinating history of San Francisco Bay.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you enjoy the ferry trip to Alcatraz, consider these other ferry rides: Sausalito, Tiberon, and Angel Island."

     
  • 5

    Fisherman's Wharf

    Fisherman's Wharf has the best concentration of traditional tourist activities of any area of San Francisco.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you really want to earn that big seafood platter and San Francisco brewed Anchor Steam beer for dinner, walk the two miles from the Ferry Building down the Embarcadero to Fisherman's Wharf."

     
  • 6

    Chinatown

    Chinatown is like visiting a whole other country within one city.

    Local Expert Tip: "San Francisco offers amazing cultural diversity, including Northbeach and the Mission District."

     
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    Lands End Visitors Center

    Lands End Visitors Center offers not only stunning views of the Pacific but a unique and engaging history of San Francisco.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to drop down the road and explore the iconic Cliff House, as well."

     
  • 8

    Cable Cars

    For tourists and locals alike, you haven't really seen San Francisco until you've seen her from her cable cars.

    Local Expert Tip: "It's tempting to jump on and off cable cars without paying, but don't! San Francisco has stepped up efforts to catch and fine those who avoid fares."

     
  • 9

    The Presidio Trust

    The Presidio is getting a lot of attention from developers, so it's an especially exciting time to visit this gorgeous area.

    Local Expert Tip: "Check out the Golden Gate National Recreational Area website for new hiking trails in the Presidio."

     
  • 10

    AT&T Park

    With the recent closing of Candlestick Park, AT&T Park is a must-see for the visitor/sports fan.

    Local Expert Tip: "Almost all Giants games are sold-out, so look for tickets well in advance."

     

 

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