THE 8 BEST Things to Do in San Francisco


Alcatraz, a national historic site and one of the most popular (and sold-out) attractions in the San Francisco Bay Area, formerly housed Al “Scarface” Capone and George “Machine Gun” Kelly.

Golden Gate Bridge

The iconic red-orange Golden Gate Bridge connects San Francisco's northernmost tip to Marin County at 1.7 miles (2.7 kilometers). Bay Area commuters use the suspension bridge

Muir Woods

Muir Woods National Monument, one of the world's last coastal redwood forests, lets visitors trek, relax, and picnic amid huge Northern California trees minutes from the city.

Golden Gate Park

The 1,000-plus acres (412 hectares) of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco include museums, picnic areas, lakes, golf, hiking and bicycling pathways, concerts, and more.

San Francisco Bay

San Francisco Bay, a natural harbor crossed by the Golden Gate Bridge, defines California's Bay Area. Get out on the cold, rough ocean or enjoy the fog-filled coastal vistas.

Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf, formerly home to Italian fisherman, is now a renowned tourist attraction. The waterfront strip has souvenir stores, seafood eateries, and family-friendly activities

Palace of Fine Arts

San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts is from the 1915 Panama–Pacific Exposition. One of the World's Fair's few existing structures, the Greco-Roman ruin is a Bay Area favorite.

San Francisco Chinatown

San Francisco's Chinatown, North America's oldest and biggest, has long been a draw. This lively California Gold Rush area has stores, dim sum eateries, temples, and marketplaces.