A San Fransisco trip includes stunning vistas over the Golden Gate Bridge. Here are well known and lesser-known gems in the city to soak it all in.

Also known as “Fog City” or “The Bay Area”, San Francisco, California is a city full of life and culture. No matter what time of the day or year, there is always something to do and see on your San Fransisco trip. With people from across the globe coming to visit for its attractions and scenery, there’s so much more see than what is already known.

Here’s some of the top places to visit in San Francisco that will definitely make your visit an unforgettable one – known and lesser known. You can also enjoy San Francisco tours on bike, foot and even a tuk-tuk! 

Golden Gate Bridge

Having endured as a marvel of modern engineering, the Golden Gate Bridge is the top spot you need to see on your San Francisco trip. The 1.7-mile bridge connects the San Francisco Peninsula to Marin County. If you’re looking to capture the perfect photo of the bridge, the best places to visit are Crissy Field and Fort Point. You’ll be guaranteed to witness a stunning view at of one of the most important landmarks in the history of San Fransisco.

Golden Gate Bridge

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Lombardi Street

Also known as San Fransisco’s most crooked street, Lombardi Street is a place where everyone should visit at least once in their lives. Dozens of tourists walk up the steep, hilly street to either take photographs or to witness a stunning view of the city. Some of San Francisco’s most expensive homes are located on this street. The flower displays and Victorian mansions will most definitely catch your view. The street is always alive with color, as the flowers are always in bloom.

Lombardi Street

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Pier 39

A visit to Pier 39 should be on one of your top things to do in San Francisco. Located on the edge of Fisherman’s Warf, the pier is home to a wide variety of shops, restaurants, and attractions. Watch the sea lions chilling out at the dock here – it’s incredibly entertaining.

There’s also the San Francisco Carousel located in the center of the pier, hand painted with landmarks from across the city. There are daily events happening year-round at the pier, so everyone will be able to find something to enjoy.

Pier 39

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Golden Gate Park & other green spaces

One of San Francisco’s greatest treasures, the Golden Gate Park is filled with the best of what nature has to offer. There’s always something to see while strolling the park. Some famous sites to visit in the park are the Japanese Tea Gardens, Conservatory of Flowers, and Botanical Gardens. If you’re someone who has an appreciation for park conservation or just wanting to visit, a trip will definitely make the experience worthwhile.

Other parks worth visiting for a lovely picnic are the 16-acre Dolores Park, and the Presidio – a local favourite.

Golden Gate Park

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Walt Disney Family Museum

The Walt Disney Family Museum features the legacy and remarkable life of Walt Disney, the man who transformed the entertainment industry with his innovation, imagination, and love for animation. The museum features Disney’s original collections of ideas and pop-cultural texts that brought him to fame.

There are seasonal exhibitions that feature the works of Disney himself as well as other contributing artists. The 10 main galleries illustrate the successes, failures, and impact Disney brought to the world. A visit to the museum will change the way you admire Disney and the world he created.

Walt Disney Family Museum

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Vintage shopping in Haight-Ashbury

Famed as the center of SF’s hippie counterculture, the Haight-Ashbury district is ideal for vintage finds and 1960s nostalgia. You can walk in the footsteps of Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead on a Flower Power Walking Tour, as you get know how music shaped the vibrant history of the Haight.

Explore North Beach (which is not a beach)

Well, it used to be a beach. The cove was filled in with soil and landfill after the1906 earthquake and fires. North Beach, the city’s Italian quarter, is a neighborhood of romantic European-style sidewalk cafes, restaurants and shops near Washington Square along Columbus and Grant avenues. The  Church of Saints Peter and Paul is a good landmark. Coit Tower, atop Telegraph Hill, offers a splendid vantage point for photos of the bridges and the Bay. Inside the tower, floor-to-ceiling murals painted in the 1930s depict scenes of early San Francisco.

Explore SF’s oldest neighbourhood

Founded in 1776, the Mission is the city oldest neighborhood, with lovely restaurants and art galleries. Popular eateries and Dolores Park are its most popular attractions. But you can’t visit the Mission without spotting the astonishing murals that adorn the walls of buildings.

San Francisco street art mission district

Photo: Morgan Shidler

Visit a local winery

Beer and wine – two things you can count on for their goodness on your San Fransisco trip. SF  is home to local wineries, including TANK18, The Press Club, and others. A brunch in SF has its appeal as well!

Check out the cable car museum

Love SF’s cable car? The museum houses a collection of historic cable cars, photographs and mechanical displays. Located in the Washington-Mason powerhouse and carbarn on Nob Hill.

A cable car on Hyde Street in San Francisco.

Photo by Matthew Wakem/Aurora Photos

Kayak in the bay

If you’d like a different perspective of San Francisco, kayak in the bay to get amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the city skyline.

Visit Alcatraz

Alcatraz, the notorious former prison, is located on an island in the San Francisco Bay. If you think back, some of the most notorious criminals were held here and no one ever made a successful escape from “The Rock.” The prison was closed in the 1960s and stories about Alcatraz are legendary. To reach the island, take a ferry from Pier 33.

View of Alcatraz from the ferry, San Francisco

View of Alcatraz from the ferry

Get a taste of Chinatown

The Chinatown entrance  at Grant Avenue and Bush Street is known as the Dragon’s Gate. Huddled here are 24 blocks of thriving activity, spread along Grant Avenue, the oldest street in San Francisco. Stop at the exotic shops, taste the food at restaurants and food markets and visit the temples. Dim-sums and fortune cookies? Maybe they will predict more trips to this exciting city!

For more, visit San Fransisco’s official website.

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