San Francisco is one of the world's top travel destinations, with 16.5 million travelers visiting last year alone. Whether you're hopping a short flight from Southern California or a longer flight from across the Atlantic, San Francisco's a great town to sightsee, shop, sample the local cuisine and get to know the neighborhoods.
San Francisco has many famous landmarks. Here are a few of our favorites: Alcatraz Island,site of the infamous former federal penitentiary, is a must-see. It's accessible by ferry and open for tours every day except Christmas, New Year's Day and Thanksgiving. The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the world's most iconic landmarks and every bit as impressive in person as it is in photos. San Francisco's Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in North America and the largest Chinese community outside of Asia. From the elderly people doing tai chi in the parks to the colorful shops selling fun souvenirs, Chinatown definitely merits exploring. If you enjoy public parks visit Golden Gate Park, the third most visited park in the U.S. It has miles of paths for you to wander along the grass and lakes. Also, it is home to a number of popular attractions, including the California Academy of Sciences, the deYoung Museum and the Conservatory of Flowers. And what trip to San Francisco could be complete without a visit to Haight Ashbury? At the epicenter of 1960s San Francisco counterculture, the area today has many cafes, shops and colorful Victorian houses.
If you enjoy unique city views, we recommend visiting these five San Francisco rooftop bars for a beautiful view of the city skyline and the San Francisco Bay. You can also try these six places for a lovely afternoon tea.
There are a number of excellent day trips from San Francisco. Napa County, the world-renowned wine region is just an hour northeast of San Francisco. About 2 hours from the city is another wonderful wine-producing region, Sonoma County. In case you need help to begin searching for the right vacation rental, you can reference . Those who prefer to drive south should head to Santa Cruz, a beautiful coastal university town popular with surfers and home of the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. Less than an hour south, you'll find Monterey County. The drive from San Francisco along Highway 1 is stunning, especially if you continue your trip down the coast, to Big Sur- among the most stunning coastlines in the world. And if you prefer a quick trip, head across the bay to explore Berkeley's downtown and the University of California at Berkeley campus or catch a performance at a popular Oakland concert venue such as the Fox Theater or the Paramount.
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Bordered by Golden Gate Park to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the west, Sunset District is the largest neighborhood in San Francisco. Though it is a bit of a trek from the city center, it has enough attractions on its own to keep visitors occupied. Hike to the top of Mount Sutro, 900 feet above sea level, to get lost among the old-growth eucalyptus trees and see the city from above.
This neighborhood is the home of, supposedly, “the crookedest street in the world.” Lombard Street attracts an estimated 6000 visitors per day during the summer, making it one of San Francisco’s top tourist attractions. However, there is much more to this city than this quirky landmark. There is a rich tradition of culture and architecture here, such as the elegant Grace Cathedral which was modeled after Paris’ Notre Dame, and Shakris Fine Asian Works of Art.
North Beach combines the hearts of Little Italy and Chinatown, making it a diverse neighborhood with numerous opportunities for delicious dining. This neighborhood is easily walkable, so you don’t have to fight the San Francisco traffic to see its many attractions. Visit Washington Square Park, one of San Francisco’s first parks, is surrounded by cafes and churches, making it a gathering place for the community.
The Sunset, known for its fog, retains some of its natural beauty in the midst of its urban surroundings. The San Francisco Zoo is here, along with many large parks. However, the best way to take advantage of the natural beauty is to go west to Ocean Beach. This area is known for its amazing surfing and postcard-worthy views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Bring a warm blanket, start a bonfire, and relax at this picturesque beach.
San Francisco’s melting pot of cultures and cuisines make it easy to enjoy a meal wherever you find yourself. The Sunset District is no different. Start your day with a cup of coffee at Andytown, taking it to the beach if there’s nowhere to sit in this small café. For a taste of the renowned international restaurants, try Kingdom of Dumpling or Thanh Long.
There are many museums and cultural centers in the Sunset District. Head over to Golden Gate Park, where you will find a beautiful Japanese Tea Garden. Take some time to wander through the de Young museum, which houses over 27,000 works of art. For a fun day of exploration, simply go across a large courtyard to the California Academy of Sciences. This fascinating science museum is full of interactive exhibits and educational shows.
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