Top 10 Best Things to Do in San Francisco, California

What are the top tourist attractions in San Francisco CA?

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Bucket List: 10 Best Places to Visit in San Francisco, California

Team out of Town Hub – (www.outoftownblog.com) – Famous for its high-end shopping areas, diverse culture, and rich history, the 13th most populated city in the United States, the Golden City San Francisco, is one of the most visited cities in California. Besides its excellent restaurants and local foods, there are many best things to do in San Francisco, California. Here are the 10 best things to do in San Francisco CA to add up to your list.

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge by Umer Sayyam via Unsplash
Golden Gate Bridge by Umer Sayyam via Unsplash

One of the most internationally known structures of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, is a suspension bridge that connects San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

Initially designed in 1917 by Engineer Joseph Strauss, the Golden Gate Bridge has been recognized as one of the Wonders of Modern World Today.

Alcatraz Island

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Alcatraz Island by Rodrigo soares via Unsplash

Situated in San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz Island is a well-guarded prison operated since 1934. Alcatraz Island has become a popular tourist destination and is open to visitors.

To reach the island, visitors can ride a ferry at Pier 33 for about 15 minutes and explore some of its landmarks, such as Light House, Main Cellhouse, and the Warden’s House in ruins.

Fisherman’s Wharf

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Fisherman’s Wharf by Mauro arrue via Unsplash

San Francisco’s famous waterfront neighborhood and tourist spot is the Fisherman’s Warf. Here tourists can try out freshly caught seafood, go shopping at local stores, and lounge at a local restaurant while watching the beautiful sunset.

Tourists can also go on different activities such as cruising to wander the magnificent city view, fishing, and visiting nearby museums in the area.

Union Square

Union Square by Tim Foster via Unsplash
Union Square by Tim Foster via Unsplash

If you love to go on a shopping spree, one of the best things is to visit Union Square in San Francisco. The area is a historical landmark in California where Thomas Starr King supported the Union Army back the American Civil War.

Today, Union Square is the perfect place to shop with high-end boutiques, art galleries, salons, and luxurious hotels.

Golden Gate Park

Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco, California by Antonio Gabola via Unsplash
Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco, California by Antonio Gabola via Unsplash

Ranking as the third most visited City Park in the United States, Golden Gate Park was built in 1871. Golden Gate Park is the perfect destination for an afternoon lounge with its beautiful landscape filled with various plants, trees, lakes, and a bison paddock.

Tourists can also go cycling and visit some of the tourist attractions in the area, including the California Academy of Sciences Museum and a Japanese tea Garden.

Cable Cars

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San Francisco Cable Cars by Daniel Abadia via Unsplash

A symbol of San Francisco and the world’s last manually operated cable car system, the San Francisco Cable Car system has been around since 1873.

Ride the cable cars to easily explore and visit the famous tourist attractions in San Francisco. Tickets can be bought when boarding the cable car.

Chinatown

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San Francisco Chinatown by Kae Ng via Unsplash

Chinatown is situated between Stockton Street and Grant Avenue. Chinatown, San Francisco, is the oldest Chinatown in entire Northern America.

Founded in 1848, Chinatown in Downtown San Francisco is another famous tourist attraction frequented by tourists for various workshops, teahouses, and Chinese stores selling antiques to traditional medicines.

Legion of Honor

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Legion of Honor by daniel chicchon via Unsplash

For more into history and arts, visit the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, or now known as the Legion of Honor museum, associated with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. The museum houses classical arts, including St. John the Baptist Preaching, the Russians Bride’s Attire, and Landscape at Beaulieu.

Other exciting pieces are also exhibited, such as the Cycladic Figure from 2500 BCE, Anthropoid Coffin of Iret-hour-irou from 380 BCE, and The Thinker sculpture by Auguste Rodin.

Exploratorium

San Francisco Exploratorium by Amy Snyder via Wikipedia CC
San Francisco Exploratorium By Amy Snyder – Exploratorium, CC BY-SA 3.0, CC

Another must-visit museum in San Francisco, a museum of science, technology, and arts, the Exploratorium museum was established by Frank Oppenheimer and in 1969 opened its door to the public.

The museum offers several ways to educate visitors about the world through exhibits, websites, and events.

Napa Valley

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Napa Valley by Noah gypson via Unsplash

One of the best things to do in San Francisco is to visit the Napa Valley. Head to the famous and largest grape farm in California, the Napa Valley, and try out some of America’s most expensive and refined wines.

Tourists can also ride on an air balloon to enjoy Napa Valley’s beautiful scenery.

References

  • 25 Best Things to Do in San Francisco CA, The Crazy Tourist
  • Best Things to Do in San Francisco CA, Free Tours By Foot Law, (2021)
  • 20 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in San Francisco, Planetware

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