San Francisco has more sights than your eyes can handle
Putting together an itinerary for seeing all the best sights this vacation? Perhaps you've got a few hours to kill between business meetings and want to know the best stuff to see. Or maybe you're in San Francisco for pleasure, hoping to knock off some of the "must-see" sights that all cities offer.
San Francisco, however, is not your average city. On top of being a major metropolitan area, flush with museums and urban highlights, San Francisco also enjoys a rare, Mediterranean climate. Unlike most major cities in the U.S. that are either swamped by blizzards in winter or blistering hot in summer, San Francisco is mild all... Read more »
The Golden Gate Bridge never gets old as far sights to see.
Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to check out the Golden Gate Visitor's Center on the south side of the bridge."
Alcatraz, with its long and fascinating history, is almost synonymous with San Francisco Bay.
Local Expert Tip: "Alcatraz tours book really fast, so plan your trip as early as possible."
- Type: Adventure, Day Trips, Free Attractions, Outdoor Activities - Summer, Parks
- Neighborhood: Marin County
Point Bonita is newly restored and offers grand views of the Pacific Ocean.
Local Expert Tip: "Visitors can only access the lighthouse on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 12:30-3:30."
Twin Peaks is regularly awarded "best viewing spot" in all of San Francisco.
Local Expert Tip: "A fun San Francisco day: hiking around Twin Peaks and then grabbing a drink on Haight Street afterwards."
Angel Island offers fantastic views of the bay and a fascinating history of California.
Local Expert Tip: "If you're up for a short ferry ride, this is a fantastic park."
The cable cars are the most unique - and romantic - way to see San Francisco.
Local Expert Tip: "If you're not into crowds, choose the California cable car start as opposed to the always busy Powell Street hub."
Lands End is fast-becoming one of the most popular parks in all of San Francisco.
Local Expert Tip: "Leave time to hike around the area for some gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean."
- Type: Sightseeing
- Neighborhood: Russian Hill
Lombard Street is a part of San Francisco history that shouldn't be missed.
Local Expert Tip: "If you want to drive this busy street, be prepared to wait in line."
Of all the area's natural wonders, Muir Woods is the Bay Area's cathedral of Nature.
Local Expert Tip: "Fun Muir Woods day: hike through the park and then up to the Tourist Club for a well-deserved bavarian-style brew."
The stunning natural beauty of Point Reyes National Seashore is too close to San Francisco to pass up.
Local Expert Tip: "Check out the Point Reyes Hostel for a centrally located place to stay in this area."
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