San Francisco Sightseeing

San Francisco Attractions & Sightseeing
Sightseeing is a major attraction in San Francisco, with many of the world’s most recognizable landmarks gracing the city skyline. From historic landmarks to modern attractions, the city by the bay is a sightseeing Mecca for visitors to enjoy. No trip to the city by the bay is complete without a visit to Alcatraz, Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street, Nob Hill and so many more interesting attractions.

  • Golden Gate Bridge: Spanning 2 miles, with 750 foot towers and painted bright orange, Golden Gate Bridge is impossible to miss. Walk or bike across, but be sure to leave enough time to gaze in awe at the impressive views from start to finish at this quintessential San Francisco attraction.
  • Fisherman’s Wharf: One of the most popular tourist destinations in San Francisco, Fisherman’s Wharf is block after block of historic landmarks, shops, attractions, and sightseeing. Visit Ghirardelli Square, The Cannery at Del Monte Square, the Wax Museum, Aquarium of the Bay and so much more. Don’t miss the area’s most famous residents, the Sea Lions living off Pier 39.
  • Alcatraz Island: Take the ferry across the bay to “The Rock”, the infamous home of some of the country’s most notorious criminals, now part of the National Park Service. The San Francisco island attraction is also home to the first lighthouse and US fort on the West Coast, as well as natural tide pools, bird sanctuaries and incredible views of the San Francisco Bay. Click here to purchase tickets online.
  • Chinatown: So much of the history of the city is tied into the Chinese people and their contribution to the development of San Francisco. Discover the history and vitality of this community, from the original schools and churches to traditional herb shops and modern delicious restaurants.
  • Nob Hill: Sitting high above San Francisco is one of the most renowned neighborhoods, Nob Hill. Tour the homes of those who made their riches through the railroads, silver mining and other industries that helped create the city and the West Coast. This popular tourist area is also home to Grace Cathedral, the world’s largest Episcopal church, with incredible stained glass and bronze doors.
  • Lombard Street: Climb to the top of America’s most crooked street for amazing views in every direction. From the top, you’ll see many San Francisco attractions, such as Ghirardelli Square, Alcatraz, Telegraph Hill and the Bay Bridge.
  • Presidio: For hundreds of years the Presidio has stood as a symbol of defense of our country. Originally established by the Spanish in 1776, the Presidio was the oldest continually operating military base in the US until its closing and transfer to the National Park Service.
  • Japanese Tea Garden: Originally created as part of the 1894 World’s Fair, this is the oldest public Japanese Garden in California. Spanning five acres in Golden Gate Park, this lovely park features both wet and dry (zen) gardens, a pagoda, a drum bridge you’ll want to climb and teahouse with gorgeous views from every angle.

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