It is quite impossible to experience everything that San Francisco has to offer in one visit. There is just too much to do and see in this cultural hub that boasts enchanting architecture, steep hills, and spectacular views. Below you will find some suggestions to make the most of this destination.
Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Bridge of course is a cliché, but nevertheless a must on any SF itinerary! This emblematic bridge that connects the San Francisco Bay and Marin County is 1.7 miles long, which made it the longest suspension bridge ever created when it was inaugurated back in 1937. This engineering wonder bridge proved wrong the idea that a bridge could not be built there because of the depth of the Pacific Ocean. A walk across the Golden Gate while enjoying the stunning ocean views is a truly enchanting experience.
Waterfront at Fisherman’s Wharf
Dining at Fisherman’s Wharf is mandatory for serious foodies. Dungeness crabs, fresh oysters, spicy Cioppino and Wicked Tuna are just some examples of the freshest seafood in town. While you’re there, you can explore the area to inquire about the activities offered or book a boat tour to spot sea lions sunbathing on nearby islands!
While at Fisherman’s Wharf, a visit to the small island of Alcatraz is much recommended. Sitting 1.5 miles offshore from San Francisco, this site used to be a prison that housed dangerous prisoners, including Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud! Nowadays thousands of tourists flock here to dwell into the history of the prison while appreciating the beauty of the island and the amazing vistas of the ocean.
Union Square is the place to observe city life in San Francisco. Renowned outlets, galleries filled with legendary artists’ artwork, fancy restaurants and numerous bars abound in the area.
There is always plenty to do in Union Square, from live performances, festivals, dance parties and much more! This lively place provides a chance to experience San Francisco from the viewpoint of locals.
China towns are pretty much present in large cities, but San Francisco’s is the queen of them all! Set on Grant Avenue, it is the biggest and oldest China Town outside of Asia, spanning such a large area that two hospitals, a post office, and many parks and churches are present within its radius.
There are plenty of bustling alleys, colorful galore, music in the background, and tons of eateries to choose from, with authentic Chinese cuisine for the picking. Think dumplings, Tofu and Spinach Noodles.
Aquarium of the Bay
This famous aquarium is set at the San Francisco waterfront at pier 39. A visit here is the perfect chance to get very close to some of the world’s coolest marine life. Home to 20,000 marine animals such as sharks, moon jellies, octopuses, wolf eels, bat rays, and more, a walk in the two tunnels that span 300 feet gives visitors a mesmerizing glimpse of marine creatures gliding overhead and around!
Coit Tower was named after Lillie Hitchcock Coit, an eccentric rich lady who inherited all her wealth to the city she loved so much. Built in 1933 after she passed away, the tower is located on Telegraph Hills and provides a stunning full birds-eye view of the city from its deck. Part of the city’s history is depicted in murals painted by a group of artists during the Great Depression, making it a quite interesting experience.