San Francisco remains the crown jewel of the NorCal region for its blend of cultures, green spaces, food scene, architecture, and more. Although the city is constantly in flux, we’ve detailed some of San Francisco’s top attractions below.
No trip to San Francisco is complete without a walk down Fisherman’s Wharf. Ride the cable car to the end of the line and head over to Ghirardelli Square. Rent bikes and go explore Golden Gate Park. Or just stroll along the pier stopping at the numerous shops and restaurants.
Alcatraz & San Francisco Bay
Few sights around San Francisco are as interesting and intriguing as Alcatraz Island. A tour of the penitentiary is a must-do. And you’ll be surprised at the beautiful gardens that surround the island. If you don’t have time for the full tour, at least take a beautiful cruise around San Francisco bay and take in the famous Golden Gate Bridge.
Wine Country & Beyond
Ready to explore outside the city limits? There’s plenty to do. Muir Woods is located just north of San Francisco where you can walk amongst the redwoods. Or keep heading north to gorgeous Sonoma or Napa Valley with their abundance of wineries. It is well worth the drive. Sausalito is located just across the bay and is filled with boutiques and seaside dining.
Promising incredible views of the Bay Area, Twin Peaks offers a plethora of plant and animal diversity as you hike the trail. To see a less-developed side of the city, pencil Twin Peaks into your itinerary when you only have 1 day in San Francisco. Make sure to bring your camera to capture the sweeping views once you get to 922 feet in elevation. Moreover, this 64-acre park’s vegetation features a blend of grassland and coastal scrub habitats for animals such as brush rabbits, coyotes, sparrows, and more.
Since the first documented Chinese immigrants settled in 1848, San Francisco has seen a rise in Chinese culture and establishments that led to Chinatown’s bustling atmosphere. Despite significant prejudice and exclusionary immigration laws, Chinese and other Asian cultures have continued to thrive. Guests can eat, stay, shop, and explore among the neighborhood’s many establishments.
San Francisco Museum of Art
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art showcases global modern artwork from paintings and photographs to installations and sculptures. See the work of renowned artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe and Frida Kahlo on display, with circulating exhibitions as well. Also celebrating local Bay Area artists the museum exhibits more than 30,000 masterpieces altogether. Further, this top-rated museum hosts special projects on significant topics like immigration, the meaning of creating art, and environmental conservation work.