San Francisco: Top things to do and see

San Francisco is one of those cities in which it will never get boring and this not just because it is big. San Francisco simply has a lot to offer when it comes to things to do and see. Whether it is the Golden Gate Bridge or China Town, Pier 39 or Lombard Street: There’s always something to discover. So, here are our probably most popular top things to do and see in San Francisco!

  1. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge

Apart from being considered as “the” symbol for the United States of America next to the Statue of Liberty in New York, the Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco is the landmark of the whole Bay Area San Francisco.

Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco

So, crossing the Golden Gate Bridge is a real must-do! Moreover, the Golden Gate Bridge has been declared one of the Wonders of a Modern World.

  1. Ride a Cable Car

The Cable Car System of San Francisco is the very last one which is being operated on a manual basis.

Cable Car San Francisco

Cable Car San Francisco

Of the once established 23 lines only 3 are left, basically still operating for touristic purposes.

  1. Stroll around Pier 39

Pier 39 is a part of Fisherman’s Warf in the North of San Francisco. Former a boat launch, Pier 39 has turned into a popular tourist attraction.

Pier 39 San Francisco

Street performances, the Aquarium of the Bay, shops, restaurants and so on can be enjoyed there.

  1. See the Sea Lions

The Sea Lions itself are a true highlight when it comes to San Francisco and Pier 39. Great about the sea lions is the fact that nobody forces them to stay there.

Sea Lions San Francisco

Instead, docks where built for them hence they decided to stay there. Most probably this is as they do feel safe inside the bay area.

  1. Explore China Town

China Town in San Francisco is one of the biggest in the US. Especially worth mentioning in this context is the Dragon Gate, one of the entrances.

Dragon Gate San Francisco

Continuing its own customs, languages, places of worship, social clubs and identity, China Town can be seen as an enclave in the city of San Francisco.

  1. Walk down Lombard Street

Eight hairpin turns are the reason for Lombard Street being famous.

Lombard Street San Francisco

However, Lombard Street San Francisco is also important when it comes to being a feeder to Golden Gate Bridge or to the highway 101.

  1. Transamerica Pyramid

Every city has to have one highest building and in case of San Francisco, this is the Transamerica Pyramid.

Transamerica Pyramid San Francisco

Being used as offices, it is only accessible for the public on ground floor. Worth taking a picture of nevertheless!

  1. Visit National Parks around San Francisco

A great thing to do in order to escape the buzz of the city is to pay the Golden Gate National Recreation Area or Yosemite National Park San Francisco a visit!

San Francisco National Park

Not to forget about the famous Yosemite Falls which can also be found there. Especially at dusk when the sun sets, Yosemite National Park is a truly amazing experience!


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