San Francisco, California - Do & See

San Francisco is a diverse destination, encompassing nature, history, art, science and some of the most beautiful scenery along the West Coast of the United States. It is not only hip, but pop culture and old traditions are neatly packed into this one fabulous city.

Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is acclaimed to be one of the world’s most beautiful bridges. Its bright orange towers and sweeping main cables glow in the sunshine or are engulfed in the fog that frequents this area. No matter if you drive, walk or bicycle across this engineering marvel, the views are spectacular.

AddressGolden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
Webwww.goldengatebridge.org

San Francisco Cable Cars

No visit would be complete without a ride on a cable car. These cable-powered streetcars have been transporting people up and down the fabulous hills of San Francisco since 1873. A highlight of the ride is actually at the end (or beginning) at the turnaround. Watch while drivers push the cable car on a rotating platform 180 degrees for the trip back up the hill.

Fisherman’s Wharf

A long strip along the waterfront is home to the Cannery, Ghirardelli Square and Pier 39. A working waterfront, also called Fish Alley, sells tons of sole, shrimp, salmon, and squid every year. Crab season (mid November - June) is the time for seafood lovers. There is shopping, entertainment, restaurants and vendors who sell Dungeness Crab ready to eat.

AddressFisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco
Webwww.fishermanswharf.org

Aquarium Of The Bay

In addition to the expected displays of sea life, this unusual aquarium invites visitors into the hidden world of life under San Francisco Bay. A moving walkway takes you through two crystal clear tunnels, 300 feet in length, surrounded by 700,000 gallons of filtered Bay water and more than 23,000 aquatic animals.

AddressPier 39, San Francisco
Phone+1 415 623 5300
Webwww.aquariumofthebay.com

Lombard Street

This steep and winding street is the most photographed street in San Francisco. Tourists come to Russian Hill to see, drive or walk down the "crookedest street in the world," with eight hairpin turns. The Hyde Street Cable Car makes a stop at the top of Lombard Street. Along with the dramatic view of Lombard Street, there are awesome views of Fisherman’s Wharf and the Bay.

AddressLombard at Hyde Street

Chinatown

Walking through the dragon-adorned Pagoda Gates leads visitors into the colorful and exciting area of San Francisco known as Chinatown. It is tightly packed with exotic shops, ethnic food markets, and excellent restaurants. In February each year, the Chinese New Year is celebrated here with parades and dancing dragons.

AddressChinatown, San Francisco
Webwww.sanfranciscochinatown.com

Alcatraz

Once a federal prison housing dangerous and notorious criminals, Alcatraz (The Rock) now welcomes tourists into the cellblocks once occupied by the likes of Al Capone, Machine Gun Kelley, and the Birdman of Alcatraz. Self-guided audiocassette tours have dramatic narratives of Alcatraz’s grim history, including realistic sound effects one would hear in prison.

AddressAlcatraz, San Francisco
Phone+1 415 981 7625
Webwww.nps.gov/alcatraz
www.alcatrazcruises.com
More InfoMake sure to book well in advance at www.alcatrazcruises.com. Tickets sell out quickly as this is one of the most popular attractions. Alcatraz is reached only by ferry from Fisherman’s Wharf.

Walt Disney Family Museum

If you are a Walt Disney fan, then this is the place to visit. Here you will learn more about the fascinating and inspiring story of Walt Disney – the man behind Mickey Mouse and Snow White. This fun museum features historic materials and artifacts, including early drawings and animation, movies, music and much more.

Address104 Montgomery Steet, The Presidio, San Francisco
Phone+1 415 345 6800
Webwww.waltdisney.org

Legion of Honor

Take a stroll around this lovely setting and admire the impressive building. The Legion of Honor building is a replica of the Palais de la Legion d'Honneur in Paris and was completed in 1924. This is also one of San Francisco’s fine arts museums with lots of sculptures, porcelain and European paintings.

Address34th Ave & Clement Street, Lincoln Park, San Francisco
Phone+1 415 750 3600
Webwww.legionofhonor.famsf.org

Cable Car Museum

This museum is located in a cable car barn and powerhouse and was established in 1974. On display are various mechanical devices such as tracks, cable, tools, detailed models and a collection of historic photographs. There are also three antique cable cars from the 1870s.

Address1201 Mason Street, San Francisco
Phone+1 415 474 1887
Webwww.cablecarmuseum.org

San Francisco Zoo

San Francisco Zoo houses 250 species and includes a children's zoo, miniature train and carousel. This is also a center that takes care of rare and endangered species – a great place for a day trip with the family. When you are feeling hungry, there is a restaurant inside.

AddressSloat Boulevard, 45th Avenue, Parkside, San Francisco
Phone+ 1 415 753 7080
Webwww.sfzoo.org

Ocean Beach

The ocean beach is located at the end of Golden Gate Park and is a perfect place to relax in the sun or even take a romantic walk in the sunset. On the weekends, if the weather is warm, it can get crowded.

AddressHighway 1, San Francisco

City Segway Tours of San Francisco

Explore and get to know the city in an exciting and fun way – with a segway. City Segway Tours is the first guided tour using Segways in the world and offers you a great tour with fascinating stories and information about the history of San Francisco. This will truly be an experience that you will never forget!

Address505 Beach Street, Suite 50, San Francisco
Phone+1 415 409 0672
Webwww.citysegwaytours.com

Asian Art Museum

This is one of the largest museums in the world devoted exclusively to Asian art. It houses a collection spanning 6,000 years of history. Here you can admire sculptures, paintings, ceramics, furniture and textiles. Do not miss the amazing terracotta warriors from China.

Address200 Larkin Street, San Francisco
Phone+1 415 581 3500
Webwww.asianart.org