San Francisco Things to Do

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  • 1. Lombard Street

    It was a little disappointing to me because my parents were not able to drive down the street, so we had to walk down the sidewalk next to it. The sidewalk didn't even curve. I would recommend...

  • 2. Alcatraz

    The Alcatraz tour is an excellent tour in terms of the insights it provides about the prison, prison conditions and some of the famous inmates who spent time there. We purchased our tickets as part of...

  • 3. Golden Gate Park

    Looking at backsides from a stroller all day gets old in a hurry so give the wee folk (and yourself) a break at the Koret Children's Quarter. This awesome kid's heaven has been a park fixture since...

  • 4. Golden Gate Bridge

    No trip to San Francisco is complete with checking out the Golden Gate Bridge, for a tourist that is, and we loved it so much, we crossed over it twice. Well we had to get back of course. It was...

  • 5. Chinatown

    Who saw one Chinatown in America has seen them all. I saw many, but this one was my favorite. Small, clean, nice smell (well... not so bad!), some beautiful buidings, and as expected, chinese goods...

  • 6. Fisherman's Wharf

    "Historic Fisherman's Wharf" is the classic San Francisco experience where you will find a range of hotels, specialty restaurants, famous attractions, unique shops, breathtaking scenery and...

  • 7. Coit Tower

    Assuming you survived the Filbert Stairs... OK, so you have to fork over some $ to go to the top of this thing but it's free for fine views of the city from the ground or a look at the murals inside:...

  • 8. Mission District

    If you have wee folk along on your mural walk (see previous tips), this is a great place to let them out of the stroller and run wild for a bit. This little gem of a playground has been an oasis for...

  • 9. Castro District

    So after my walk in the Mission, it was time to trot over to the Castro; only a few blocks away but a 180-degree shift in local culture. As the Haight was the infamous center of '60's Flower Power, so...

  • 10. Pier 39

    Thousands of people in Portugal discuss the best way to promote tourism in our country. Well, sometimes it just a question of luck, as in San Francisco. The sea lions decided to invade pier 39, and...

  • 11. Muir Woods

    No, I'm not a midget. No, I have no inferiority complex. No. The truth is that the tree is really very big. They say it's redwood, the only tree higher than giant sequoia. Having been there, a few...

  • 12. Alamo Square

    I knew. I knew that with its European look, its fog, cold and humidity, San Francisco was England instead of USA. The disguise failed in Alamo square. Ah! Ah! Got you. Those Victorian houses don’t...

  • 13. Twin Peaks

    The Top of the peaks of the Twin Peaks provide a more magnificent view of the Bay Area! That is if you can climb the 200 step foot path reinforced with wood going to both of the peaks of the twin...

  • 14. Haight District

    We really did it. We went to Ashbury-Heights, and, despite all the musical warnings that we listened to in Portugal, we forgot to wear a flower in our heads. Sorry! And we did feel bad, because, the...

  • 15. Palace of Fine Arts Exploratorium

    When you're in this area of San Francisco it's hard not to notice this standout piece of architecture. However, the most extraordinary thing about it is that, like the Eiffel Tower, it wasn't meant to...

  • 16. Cable Cars

    Ever since 1873 ... the iconic Cable Cars have been moving locals, travelers, and tourist up and down the hilly streets of San Francisco ..... if you have never been on one ... you must do it ......

  • 17. Japanese Tea Garden

    We arrived here looking for a little serenity and emerged needing valium. The garden has been a fixture since 1894 and described as having "peaceful waters" over which one can have a "meditative cup...

  • 18. Union Square

    well the cheesecake factory atop the eight floor of Macy's west is a things to do tip also, why? because it offers panoramic view of the whole union square area and you will see the skyline of St....

  • 19. Cliff House

    On my very first trip to San Francisco in the mid -80's I made it out to Cliff House for a Saturday afternoon lunch. Earlier in the week I had my first taste of calamari as an appetizer and I thought...

  • 20. San Fransico Giants Baseball

    It is the Home of the 2010 World Series Champs!!!!!!! AT & T Park is located in the China Basin section of San Francisco, a short distance from downtown and Fisherman's Wharf. The name may be...

  • 21. Transamerica Pyramid

    This building is very easy to identify. It is somewhat of a symbol of San Francisco and resides in the modern downtown district. I had a little bit of fun getting my camera and walking to where the...

  • 22. North Beach

    Beach Blanket Babylon Musical Revue Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon was recommended to us by two friends independently. one currently living in San Francisco and the other had just returned from...

  • 23. Ghirardelli Square

    We visited Ghiraldelli square just because we wanted to taste the famous Chocolate store. The square took its name of Domingo Ghirardelli that took the square in 1893 and made here the base for the...

  • 24. Sausalito

    Riding over the bridge, the views are expansive over the harbour (pic 4) and when you reach the other side you can look back and see the bridge from a different angle (pic 5). So, as you descend the...

  • 25. Japantown

    Japantown is a neighbourhood located on the western side of the city. San Francisco's Japanese community dates back to the 1860's, and the area is jam packed with Japanese restaurants and sushi bars,...

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Most first time visitors benefit by simply walking the knot of hills, filling in with the readily available transit--cable car, trolley, muni train, or electric bus.  San Francisco has...

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