Must Do’s in San Francisco
1. Tour the city by cable car
A few dollars in San Fran can buy you a roller coaster ride of the city.
2. Escape to Alcatraz
Alcatraz remains a popular attraction, luring over a million visitors a year. The audio tour, which features interviews with former inmates and guards, is powerful, chilling and evocative.
3. Soak in art for cheap
San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art is second only to New York’s in size and the collection includes works by artists as varied as René Magritte, Jeff Koons, Piet Mondrian
4. Dig into organic cuisine
Demand for seasonal food and sustainable agriculture kicked off back in the 1970s and it has fuelled an array of Organic treasure-troves.
5. Popcorn up for alfresco cinema
San Francisco truly loves its cinema and hosts a dozen or so film festivals every year, which screen film fodder including animation, Jewish films, lesbian and gay films and silent films.
6. Skate through Golden Gate Park
Golden Gate Park is one of the largest man-made parks in the world and a testament to human dominion over nature.
7. Walk the streets with a salmon
In weekend warriors dressed as salmon, jog-walkers pushing kegs of beer in shopping carts, and footloose nude zanies run, walk or stumble from the foot of Howard Street, a distance of about 7.5 miles to Ocean Beach.
8. Angel Island State Park
Angel Island State Park is washed in sunlight–tranquil except for the laughter of children playing on the small stretch of sandy beach and the voices of 200 to 300 visitors.
9. Feel the ‘Beat’
To get up to speed on the Beats and their legacy, check out the Beat before heading over to what were both the head and the heart of the Beat movement, City Lights bookshop.
10. Enjoy a world record musical
Be teased, amused and shocked by Beach Blanket Babylon, the longest running musical revue in theatrical history. It sells its formulaic blend of songs, puns and outrageous headgear with such irresistible conviction that it has become an institution.