Top 12 Tourist and Visitor Things to Do in San Francisco
While you are visiting San Francisco California, you can stay at the Adante Hotel and enjoy all of San Francisco’s wonders.
#12. Ride a Cable Car
This one of San Francisco’s most iconic landmarks and most people have this on the top of their to-do list while in San Francisco. This is a really fun thing to do while visiting, not only because it is something that the city is well known for, but also because of all the excitement and enjoyment that you get while you are riding it. However, you really want to try and get a seat facing the outside of the cable car that way you are able to enjoy all of the interesting things that you can see on the way. Otherwise you will just be looking at the back of someone’s head.
#11. See the City from the Bay
This is a great way to get away from the city hustle, and let your tired feet take a rest. The city from the bay cruise goes around Alcatraz and under the golden gate bridge. You are able to see so many things from different angles and it is a treat that you don’t get to see while you are still in the midst of the city commotion. However, you should watch the weather carefully when you are going about your other activities during the day. You never know when fog and cold may creep in and surprise you. It is highly suggested that you bring a coat of some kind and close toe shoes because the wind from being on a boat will always make it feel colder than it actually may be.
#10. Get Some GREAT Food
San Francisco is well known for all of the wonderful food that you can have here. They are also well known for their many places for fine dining. No matter where you are at in San Francisco, you will always find the place that you want to eat. Since the chefs in San Francisco emphasis tradition, you can be sure to have the best dining experience anywhere you go.
This is one of the most well known places that you will find in San Francisco. It is only 8 blocks long and 3 blocks wide, but it had thousands of people visit each day. This is one of the largest outside of china, and there are so many things that you can do here. Most people only know about the two major streets in china town, but there are many different things to see if you just turn down a small street. There are things that most people do not get to see, and it also gets you away from the shoulder to shoulder room that is on the main streets.
#8. Lombard Street
This is something that most people like to brag about seeing. Lombard Street is a one way road to drive but some people prefer to walk it and take pictures along the way. The only thing about this street is that everyone wants to get a chance to see it, so it is much like a roller coaster. You wait in a line for a long time, and then the ride is over in a minute, but it is well worth the wait time.
#7. Golden Gate Park
Golden Gate Park is the city’s largest outdoor area. This spot attracts not only visitors, but locals as well. There are many things to see while you are there but the most popular are the gardens. The Japanese Tea Garden and the San Francisco Botanical Garden are the most well known, but some great places to see there as well are the California Academy of Sciences and the Conservatory of Flowers. This area of San Francisco is best accessed by car or the city transit. However, if you take the transit, you will have a long walk to the bus stops and back.
#6. Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most popular landmarks in the world, and there are many people who travel days just to take one photograph of this bridge. There are many places that you can see the golden gate bridge and many people like to go around the city taking pictures from different angles. However, unless you have transportation, this is out of the way for visitors who are just walking or taking public transportation.
The Exploratorium is fun for anyone that steps into the doors. This wonderful place is full of interesting things and no one can walk out without learning something new. It has a little bit of each subject and everything is hands on, so you don’t have to worry about the little ones breaking anything. It is something that most visitors go to when it is rainy or cold out. However, there can be times when there are events and the Exploratorium can get a little bit crowded.
Sausalito has some of the best views in the city. There are so many things to photograph and you can enjoy a great bite to eat while you are over there. However, it is a bit of a hassle to get there and back. If you are driving, then you have to go across the golden gate bridge, and pay a toll when you are coming back in, and if you decide to take a ferry then you are pressed for time so that you don’t miss the ferry ride home. This is one thing that people love to do, but with all of the hassle of getting there not many people get to enjoy the wonders of Sausalito.
Alcatraz prison is one of the most popular tourist attractions in San Francisco. You can choose from a self guided tour of the facility or you can choose to book a tour with a tour guide. You must be specific about booking tours with other places. Some say that they go to Alcatraz, but they just merely pass by it and let you take pictures. Another thing to be sure of is that you aren’t cutting yourself short while you are there. There is a lot to see and a lot of things that you can miss out on if you just rush in to rush out. For more information on Alcatraz you can read this: http://blog.montereystagecoachlodge.com/alcatraz/
#2. Fisherman’s Warf, Pier 39, and Ghirardelli Square
All of these sea side attractions are right in the same area and you are able to visit them all at one time. The great thing about this tourist attraction is that it really shows off a great part of San Francisco. It is the stereotypical vacation trip at a beach. This is one of the places that have some of the best street performers as well as great food. You will see many tourists, however most locals do not come into this part of the city because it tends to be very crowded and a bit noisy in the summer.
# 1. 49-Mile Scenic Drive
This scenic drive around the city is a wonderful way to really see what San Francisco is like. Some people like to walk certain parts of the drive so that there is more to see, but no matter what you decide to do, this drive is unforgettably beautiful and you will have many opportunities to get some really great pictures. There are signs that will point you in the right direction the entire time; however you must have your own car or a rental car to visit this part of San Francisco.