In a list of the top places to visit in the United States, it’s no wonder that San Francisco easily falls within the top five most desirable vacation destinations. With its diverse neighborhoods blended with open and breathtaking views, San Francisco is truly a colorful patchwork of big city buzz mixed in with small town charm. San Francisco is the perfect place for any daring adventurers looking to explore and immerse themselves in the true West Coast spirit.
San Francisco may be overwhelming to the first-time visitor, but with a small amount of research you can find the right activities to satisfy your wanderlust.
Driving can be a bit of a hassle in such a busy city. That’s why the cable car system is so convenient for locals and travelers alike. See the sites and get to where you want to go all in one trip. Tickets can be bought for $5 at turnarounds or from the conductor once you board. If you’re looking to explore the city for a whole day, passports can be bought for $13.
A must for every San Francisco explorer is a visit to the daunting yet beautiful Golden Gate Bridge. It’s no surprise that it’s the most famous bridge in the world, gathering over 10 million annual visitors. Towering at over 746 feet and reaching a length of 1.7 miles long, you can be sure it will be one sight you won’t easily miss. Drive, walk, or bike—this is one attraction you don’t want to skip.
Fisherman’s Wharf is another must-see location unique to San Francisco. Get a taste of the rich San Francisco culture by exploring the waterfront neighborhood! Visit the PIER 39 shopping center, enjoy the sunbathing seals, and eat amazing fresh-off-the-boat seafood.
After visiting Fisherman’s Wharf you can easily depart to the next attraction from the Pier 33 docks via ferry to the legendary Alcatraz Island. Learn about the rich history of “The Rock” and its most notorious criminals through self-guided walks and exhibits. Tickets run around $40, but are said to be well worth it. Book in advance to avoid sold out cruise times!
If the sites don’t already have you excited about San Francisco, then the food certainly will. San Francisco is known as America’s best restaurant city. From Italian to Malaysian, San Francisco has every kind of food imaginable. If you’re looking to try something new and exotic or simply looking for a good-old burger, San Francisco is your food paradise.
Immerse yourself in one of the many micro-cultures of San Francisco by visiting the nation’s oldest and largest Chinatown. Enjoy the local sites, shops, and authentic Chinese food among other attractions that Chinatown has to offer.
If you get overwhelmed by the buzz of the big city, escape to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. With 1,017 acres of grass, playgrounds, lakes, picnic groves, and monuments, Golden Gate Park is one of the world’s largest urban parks. Take a break from the city and reconnect with nature through the vast amount of outdoor sports, activities, and events that Golden Gate Park has to offer.
With so much to do it’s no wonder San Francisco is known as the place that has everything. If you’re looking for a quick weekend getaway or a hot vacation spot to explore, San Francisco is the escape for you.
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