Things to Do in San Francisco
The magnificent weather of San Francisco has a lot to do with its buoyant mood and it is perhaps one of the main reasons why San Francisco is considered to be much closer to Europe than to America. Traffic jams might be omnipresent, but it is nowhere as bad as New York or Los Angeles. In fact, it is possible to visit multiple destinations in a single day and give adequate time to each and every attraction on your list. To help you chalk out the perfect itinerary, we have put together some of the best things to do in San Francisco.
Explore the Alcatraz
Remember Sean Connery and Nicholas Cage in the movie The Rock? Remember those magnificent Hollywood films like Escape from Alcatraz and Birdman from Alcatraz? Despite being abandoned years ago, the famous Alcatraz prison still remains hot in San Francisco. You might not find any prisoners here, but you can still become one of the million visitors who visit the Alcatraz each year and enjoy a chilling tour of the place that was once known to be impenetrable.
Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge is believed to be one of the signature landmarks in San Francisco. The Marin’s Vista Point on the north end of the bridge is one of its most popular tourist hotspots and the views that the bridge has to offer are among the very best in San Francisco. The best way to explore the bridge is to bike or hike through the 2 mile span.
Known to be one of the premier shopping districts in the world, the Union Square is an ideal place for those wanting to indulge in people watching. It is known to be one of the main cultural and retail centers in the city. It is full of all sorts of boutiques, retail stores, art galleries, salons, tourist centric shops and department stores. A number of performance halls, restaurants, cafes and hotels are also located in the area.
San Francisco Bay Cruise
One of the best things to do in San Francisco is to enjoy a sunset cruise along the San Francisco bay. The entire cruise takes about two hours and the sailings are timed to coincide with sunsets. There are two types of cruises to choose from – the Sunset Cruise and the Twilight Cruise. Both are known to be equally famous and both are considered to be an ideal way of exploring the breathtaking beauty that the city of San Francisco has to offer. You can also enjoy a luxurious dinner while on-board and try out all sorts of drinks from the bar. All cruise vessels also include indoor and outdoor seating and restrooms
Aquarium of the Bay
The Aquarium of the Bay is a marine nature center that allows tourists to get up close and personal with all sorts of marine animals such as skates, bat rays and sharks. The Aquarium allows tourists to walk through 300 feet of acrylic tunnels and check out more than 20000 aquatic animals who represent the region’s aquatic life.
Golden Gate Park
The Golden Gate Park is an urban park located smack in the middle of the city. It is considered to be the third most visited park in the United States of America and is particularly famous for hiking, walking, biking, boating and picnics. Some of the main attractions of the Golden Gate Park include a flower conservatory, a Japanese Tea Garden and historic windmills.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art might be closed from 2013 to 2016 because of grand scale expansions, but it is still remembered for being one of the most wonderful attractions that the city of San Francisco has to offer. Considered to be the first museum of its kind in San Francisco, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is home to more than 26000 works of art from all over the world.
The Fisherman’s Wharf is the historic center of the fishing industry of San Francisco. Despite being a commercial area and a working neighborhood, it is frequented by tourists because of the specialty restaurants and unique shops located in the area. Some of the main attractions of the Fisherman’s Wharf include the Pier 39 Sea Lions, USS Pampanito Museum and the Ghirardelli Square.