Alcatraz Island shows visitors the site of the first lighthouse and US built fort on the West Coast. The popular tour includes the infamous federal penitentiary that was completely off limits to the public for a long period of time. Guests can also enjoy a cultural history tour and take a look at the Rock’s beautiful natural gardens, tide pools, and spectacular bay views.
During the baseball season, the AT&T Park is home of the San Francisco Giants and offers a true traditional baseball park experience.
Cable Car Museum
The Cable Car Museum provides historical perspective and insight into the daily operations of today’s system.
There is something for everyone at Pier 39, one of San Francisco’s premier attractions along Fisherman’s Wharf. Pier 39 is a festival marketplace with more than 110 stores, 13 bay view restaurants, and a variety of fun-filled attractions for all ages. Pier 39 is home to the world-renowned sea lions, street performers and live daily entertainment.
San Francisco Symphony
Under Michael Tilson Thomas, who assumed his post as Music Director in September 1995, the San Francisco Symphony has won some of the world’s most prestigious recording awards. These awards include Japan’s Record Academy Award, France’s Grand Prix du Disque, Britain’s Gramophone Award, the United States’s Grammy for Carmina Burana, Brahms’s German Requiem, and scenes from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet.
San Francisco Zoo
The San Francisco Zoo is the largest zoological park in Northern California and one of the Bay Area’s most popular cultural and recreational attractions. The zoo is home to over 250 species of exotic and domestic mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates.
California Academy of Sciences – Golden Gate Park
At the California Academy of Sciences you can take a deep sea dive without getting wet, explore the stars in the middle of the day, track wild African animals, explore Wild California, ride an earthquake, and travel back 3 billion years in time! Golden Gate Park also includes the Steinhart Aquarian, Morrison Planetarium and the Natural History Museum.
San Francisco is home to the nation’s biggest Chinatown, complete with restaurants, grocers, fishmongers, tea sellers, herbalists, noodle parlors, and much more.
Sitting atop Telegraph Hill, Coit Tower offers breathtaking panoramic Bay Area and city views. Visitors will see a bit of San Francisco in the 1930s preserved in its murals.
San Francisco’s most popular destination, Fisherman’s Wharf is known for its historic waterfront, delicious seafood, spectacular sites and unique shopping.
Union Square is one of the city’s three original parks and is now ringed with elegant shops, hotels, and restaurants. The Powell cable car line begins about a block away and the theatre district is a short walk away.
Coated in tradition and history, Ghirardelli Square is one of San Francisco’s most treasured landmarks and is home to some of the finest views, galleries, boutiques, culinary treats and special events that San Francisco has to offer.
Golden Gate Bridge
This national landmark is one of the most photographed bridges in the world and is often half-veiled by the city’s trademark rolling fog. The 1-¾ mile long bridge is visited by millions of people each year and will welcome your visit to the city by the Bay.
Golden Gate Park
The wonderful Golden Gate Park includes hundreds of gardens and attractions connected by wooded paths and paved roads. Highlights of Golden Gate Park include the Japanese Tea Garden, the Conservatory of Flowers, the Botanical Gardens, and Strawberry Hill/Stow Lake.
With the opening of the Japan Center in 1968, Japantown (Nihonmachi) came into its own as an ethnic showcase in the cosmopolitan tradition of San Francisco. Stretching for three square blocks-bounded by Post, Geary, Laguna, and Fillmore Streets- the complex houses, shops, restaurants, art galleries, movie theatres, Japanese baths, travel services, the deluxe Miyako Hotel, and much more.
The “Crookedest” Street is neither the crookedest street in San Francisco nor the steepest, but it is certainly the most well known. The “crooked” section is the block below Hyde Street.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, or SFMOMA, is one of the world’s most innovative museums of modern and contemporary art. The permanent collection includes the West Coast’s most comprehensive collection of 20th century art including sculpture, photography, design, architecture, painting, and more.