San Francisco - 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.
Embarcadero, Ferry Building & Fortunes
Explore the ups and downs of San Francisco on this walking tour. Sample local foods, hear historical tales, sip a brew in a local pub, and relax in a funky and breathtaking urban park.
Tours run Mon to Fri. More walking tours are available from Urban Adventures.
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.
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.
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.
Golden Gate Park
The Golden Gate Park encompasses one thousand acres on the western edge of San Francisco, including lush gardens, tranquil lakes, the Japanese Tea Garden, museums, conservatory of flowers, botanical gardens, stables and sports fields of all types. It is estimated that 75,000 people visit the park on an average weekend.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.