Discover amazing places to visit in San Francisco. Some popular stops and some you may have never heard of!
I don’t think you can mention California without San Francisco popping up in your head as one of the neat cities to visit. It’s even been called one of the most beautiful cities in America and people flock to it every day to see it.
San Fran (as I like to call it) has a hugely diverse population of people and the culture and arts abound there.
I grew up only 4 hours north of San Francisco and have very fond memories of our trips there. It’s one of those places that you can visit again and again and it’s always a blast.
If you already have plans to visit or are having some major wanderlust to visit the bay. Then let me help you along with your dream visit with these 10 places you will not want to miss out on.
I also highly recommend checking out SightSeeing Pass. They give you an incredible deal to see tons of attraction at a fraction of the price!
Pier 39 is one of the most popular piers in San Francisco. And there is a good reason for that. They have an incredible choice of shops, restaurants, and events. It’s also a popular place for the seals to hang out at.
Pier 39 is also close to many other iconic places to see in San Francisco. This makes it nice for you to park and do some walking.
If you are up for a little walk from Pier 39 you can head to Fisherman’s Wharf. This waterfront marketplace has an incredible amount of seafood restaurants. You can find clam chowder in a freshly baked sourdough bread bowl almost anywhere. Yum!
At the wharf, you will also find seals, fishing boats, ships, and charter cruises to Alcatraz. Large crowds of people can be found surrounding the numerous street performers. It's a fun place to hang out for the day and great for the kids.
While at the Wharf check out Alcatraz Island. This federal prison is located 1.25 miles offshore. Because Alcatraz is no longer in operation you can take a tour. This jailhouse has held some of America’s most dangerous felons. Most well known as Al “Scarface” Capone.
Alcatraz Island also has an awesome view of the Golden Gate Bridge.
One word to describe the Palace of Fine Arts is; enchanting. This roman and greek inspired monument was built in 1915 and reconstructed in 1960’s and sits on 17 acres. It is considered the most photographed site in San Francisco. Live events and concerts still take place there.
For a little hands-on fun, you must check out the Exploratorium at Pier 15. You can experience what it’s like to step into a tornado or even build your own electrical circuits. This museum boasts more than 600 hands-on exhibits.
If you are looking to do a little shopping while in San Francisco then Union Square is the place for you. It is the largest shopping district in the city. It’s so large that it has 8 Starbuck's and that is not including the other coffee shops!
North Beach is also known as the Italian district, but it more than that. It’s an ethnic melting pot as the heart of china town and little Italy intertwine there. You will find quality cafes and restaurants on all the streets. I highly recommend an espresso with an authentic Sicilian cannoli. Yummy! And because the neighborhood is compact and tight it’s great for walking.
If you do decide to check out North Beach then you must head to Chinatown. San Francisco’s Chinatown is the oldest and largest Chinese community. When you go there it’s like you walked into a whole different world.
Being a city with a bay, many bridges are everywhere to be found. But nothing like the Golden Gate Bridge. This San Francisco icon is a must-see. There is view points located just for viewing and taking pictures of the bridge. Here are some popular spots to snap a pic:
-Golden Gate Overlook and Visitors Center
-Presidio at Marshall Beach
I hope these 10 San Francisco places have gotten you excited for your upcoming trip. And if you are looking for great deals and packages check out the SightSeeing Pass.
Leave me a comment and let me know what are some places you are hoping to see in San Francisco.
Melissa is a passionate minister, speaker and an ongoing learner of the Bible. She has been involved in church and vocational ministry for over 18 years. And is the founder of Think About Such Things. She has the heart to equip the saints by helping them get into the Word of God and fall more in love with Jesus. She also enjoys family, cooking, and reading.
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