Things to Do on Your San Francisco Vacation

San Francisco one of the beautiful cities in the United States and the Jewel of Northern California. It is set along the ocean with rolling hills and the well-known iconic Golden Gate Bridge. The city is known for its history, parks, beaches, museums, great neighbourhoods and its restaurants.

This is the 13th most populated city in the country but has the 2nd highest population density in the U.S. The city shot to fame in 1849 as the home of Californian Gold Rush at the time, which made it the largest city on West Coast. For an interesting experience hop on to the historic Cable Cars and explore the city.

Golden Gate bridge

Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge

This bridge structural steel marvel with a total span of 1.7 miles connects San Francisco Bay and Marin County. It was opened in 1937 and at that time is known as the longest suspension bridge ever made. It was one of the most photographed bridge anywhere in the word.

There are 6 lanes of traffic carrying millions of people every year. Prior to the construction of the bridge, people used to travel on ferry and this company was called Golden Gate Ferry Company. At that point in time was known as the largest ferry company on the planet. At nights peeking through the low lying cloud electrically lit orange coloured bridge on blue ocean background really looks amazing.

Suggested tour –Golden Gate Bridge from the air (Seaplane tour).

Fisherman’s Wharf

This is one of the must-visit attractions in San Francisco with the famous waterfront community.

Here you can find Pier -39, which is home for more than 130 odd shops and unique place to treat your taste buds. This is the place where you can have fun around and stroll for lip-smacking seafood. There are outdoor stands selling fresh Dungeness crab and the freshest fish catch that day. From here you can get cruises for spectacular sightseeing views, boating or go for an organized fishing charter.

Some of the main attractions in this area are Ripley’s Believe it or not! Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, Ghiradelli Square, restored 19th -20th Century ship line waterfront at Hyde Street pier which is now San Francisco’s Maritime Historic National Park.

Another attraction is the USS Pampanito, a National Historic Landmark, hosting a World War II submarine is a part of San Francisco Maritime Historic National Park.

Golden Gate Park

This is a fabulous and lush green picturesque space spanning around 1,017 acres in the heart of San Francisco. Throughout the calendar, there are plenty of events and activities takes place in this park. Before the development began in 1871 this was an area of arid dunes.

Today the park has a network for walking trails, cycling paths, more than 500 different kinds of plants and more than a dozen varieties of species of trees, several lakes, bridle paths, and a buffalo paddock. The main attraction also includes De Young Museum, California Academy of Science Museum with Steinhart Aquarium, Japanese Tea Garden and California Botanical Garden.

Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island
Alcatraz Island, San Francisco

This small island is located 1.5miles away from the shores of San Francisco City. This island was developed as military fortification being famous for Federal Prison during the period 1933 to 1963.

Many infamous prisoners stayed here to name a few Al Capone, Robert Franklin Stroud. This Island has become a tourist attraction and each year many tourists visit this spot.

China Town

China Town
China Town, San Francisco

Like all the major cities having China Town, San Francisco city has got four and one on Grand Avenue is the biggest. Outside Asia, this will be the biggest China Town and the oldest among North America.

This China Town is big enough, comprising of 2 hospitals and a variety of attractive parks, thus attracting more and more tourists every year. If you are really looking for authentic Chinese food in San Francisco then there is no need for a second thought. If you visit during Autumn Moon festival then you will be able to enjoy Chinese Festival without any fee.

Now with its attractive and colourful temples, theatres, workshops, small business shops, antiques and souvenirs it has become a more attractive spot for the tourists.

Ride on the San Francisco Cable Car

In 1873, cable cars were introduced to help locals travel since the city is built on many hills. As of now the few remaining cable cars offers tourists a great way to explore the city in a historic fashion.

Since 1964 these tram-like vehicles got a unique distinction of being the only transport system to declare as a public monument. The Powell –Hyde, and Powell –Mason is the most scenic routes. The cable cars will get you to the major tourist attractions like Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghiradelli Square, the Ferry Building, Nob Hill and Lombard Street, etc.

If you are planning to stay back and spend more time on sightseeing then it is better to go for buying a pass.

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