The 10 Best Things to Do in San Francisco, United States

August 24, 2017 Fernanda Pittenger

Every neighborhood in San Francisco has its own personality, from the hippie chic of the Upper Haight to the hipster grit of the Mission. The Marina district boasts trendy bistros and postcard-perfect views of the Golden Gate Bridge, while Noe Valley offers quaint and quiet boutiques. Wave hello to the sea lions at Pier 39, and sample local cheese and charcuterie at the Ferry Building. Sit in on a yoga session in Dolores Park or marvel at the Dutch Windmill across from Ocean Beach.
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1. Golden Gate Bridge

Lincoln Boulevard, near Doyle Drive and Fort Point, San Francisco, CA 94129 +1 415-921-5858
Excellent
74%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 41 reviews

Golden Gate Bridge

Stretching 4,200 feet and towering as high as a 65-story building, this well-known bridge is the gateway to San Francisco.

Reviewed By Michele S - Phoenix, Arizona

The Golden Gate Bridge is definitely worth seeing but I didn't find it spectacular. It is a very well known landmark of San Francisco, so if you are visiting San Francisco, it is worth seeing to say that you have been there and done that.

2. Alcatraz Island

Pier 33, B201 Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94122 +1 415-981-7625
Excellent
74%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 46 reviews

Alcatraz Island

Park rangers conduct tours by recounting the prison's thrilling history along with intriguing anecdotes about Al Capone and other legendary figures that made a "home" here.

Reviewed By cohoman - Seattle

Wow. Excellent tour of Alcatraz. Exceeded my expectations. The free audio tour was awesome. The only negative was that you couldn't pause the audio tour device. Once you start the play button, it plays until the end. This was inconvenience because there were some times where you'd like to stay a little longer to look around at a specific area. Also, it can get crowded with everyone standing around at each location waiting for the audio tour to tell you to move to the next attraction spot.

After the audio tour you're free to roam around and see the entire island. My favorite was the recreation yard. Unfortunately, a lot of the old guard towers are gone now due to neglect.

I'd definitely like to do this again, maybe a guided tour or a night tour.

3. Cable Cars

San Francisco, CA +1 800-531-7357
Excellent
60%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 19 reviews

Cable Cars

Since 1873, cable cars have run up and down the hilly city, though after the 1950s, these cars have been kept in operation more out of historic nostalgia. Seventeen miles of track remain and have been deemed a historical landmark.

Reviewed By Alan B - Sunderland, United Kingdom

These iconic cable cars are a must if visiting San Francisco, either one journey and a weekly pass a great way to travel up some of those hills.

4. Lombard Street

San Francisco, CA 94109 +1 415-391-2000
Excellent
48%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 13 reviews

Lombard Street

Known as the "crookedest" street in the world, the steep hills and sharp curves of this one-way road pass by grand Victorian mansions and attract millions of tourists each year.

Reviewed By holidaygetaway - Kentallen, United Kingdom

Definitely recommend getting an uber or the tram to Lombard Street. The walk up is very steep.

We had a very accommodating Uber driver on our first journey who kindly agreed to drive us down the zigzag.

The following day we had a less accommodating Uber driver who didn’t drop us where we hoped and had a very steep walk up to take photos of cars coming down the hill.

Literally a 5 minute visit is needed nothing more. Fun to see and whizz down with a driver who knows what they are doing.

5. Pier 39

Beach Street & The Embarcadero, Parking area, San Francisco, CA 94133 +1 415-705-5500
Excellent
47%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 17 reviews

Pier 39

From amazing views and a sea of sea lions to chowder bread bowls and California wines, your visit to San Francisco starts at PIER 39. Kick off your visit by exploring two levels of dining, entertainment, shopping and attractions, all surrounded by unbeatable views of the city and the bay. Take it from the world famous sea lions: a visit to San Francisco starts at The PIER.

Reviewed By LorettaBoy - Belleville, Canada

By far the best part was watching the sea lions early in the morning. Inside the pier are a ton of shops and places to eat.We are so glad you enjoyed your time with the Sea Lions at PIER 39 and look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

6. Anchor Brewing Company

1705 Mariposa St, San Francisco, CA 94107-2334 +1 415-863-8350
Excellent
87%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 329 reviews

Anchor Brewing Company

We offer guided public tours every day, by reservation only. You’ll get a brief history of our company and a walk through three floors of our brewery. And yes, there’s a tasting session immediately to follow. Together, the brewery tour and the beer tasting last for about 1.5 hours. Due to popular demand, we are not able to accommodate you for a tour without reservations. Public Tour schedule: Mon.-Thur.: 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM Fri.-Sun.: 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM, & 5:00 PM Available for private group tours: Mon.-Thur.: 3:30 PM or 6:00 PM

Reviewed By boymomOmaha - Omaha

Our family has toured several breweries, but this was our favorite. Lots of history behind the company and the tour is 1 1/2 hours long with ample beer tasting along the way. Our guide was great, answered all our questions and some of the staff ended up in the tasting room after our tour and answered more questions. Be sure to make reservations ahead of time. Cost is $25/person.

7. Fisherman's Wharf

Jefferson Street, Between Hyde and Powell Streets, San Francisco, CA 94133 +1 415-673-3530
Excellent
43%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 15 reviews

Fisherman's Wharf

Historic Fisherman's Wharf is the classic San Francisco experience where you will find a range of hotels, specialty restaurants, famous attractions, unique shops, breathtaking scenery and entertainment for the whole family.

Reviewed By wkrupa - Coopersburg, Pennsylvania

The only reason you might visit here is if it’s something on your bucket list but it’s best to scratch it off and not visit. It’s a pure tourist trap, nothing but less than quality restaurants, homeless people, and stands trying to sell you overpriced est on the run seafood.

8. Lands End

Point Lobos Avenue and El Camino del Mar, San Francisco, CA 94121
Excellent
76%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Lands End

At the northwestern corner of San Francisco, there is a series of stunning views at every turn in this wild and windy trail. Hillsides of cypress and wildflowers, views of shipwrecks and access to the ruins of Sutro baths, a San Francisco specials memory.

Reviewed By Psmom2 - Rockville, Maryland

The beauty that is San Francisco awaits you at every step as you hike along the paths at Lands End. Be sure to bring a camera!

9. AT&T Park

24 Willie Mays Plz, San Francisco, CA 94107-2134 +1 415-972-2400
Excellent
74%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 6 reviews

AT&T Park

Home of the San Francisco Giants Major League baseball team.

Reviewed By Bobby V - Newcastle, England, United Kingdom

Totally awesome place to visit , great friendly atmosphere. Great hot dogs and huge drinks It’s been amazing and another thing crosses off bucket list

10. San Francisco Bay

San Francisco, CA +1 415-788-2222
Excellent
73%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 6 reviews

San Francisco Bay

Offers hiking and biking along its shores, paddling and sailing on top of its surface, and bird-watching and exploring among its wetlands.

Reviewed By Janhen14 - Kildare, Ireland

Cool place to visit, bustling with tourists, lots of people around. Plenty of places to eat and drink in.

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