Heading to San Francisco, California? Read this San Francisco Travel Guide Things To Do before you go!
Heading to San Francisco, California??
With its rickety trolley cars, steep hills, breathtaking bay views, world famous icons, crazy delicious seafood & sourdough, plus so much more, San Francisco is truly one of the most amazing and fun cities to visit in America and a staple to any California Road Trip Itinerary!
This San Francisco Travel Guide Things To Do will show you all of the top notch attractions in this northern California city, plus local hangouts and delicious restaurants!
Are you ready to start exploring San Francisco? Let’s get started…
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San Francisco Travel Guide Things To Do
Top Sights in San Francisco:
1. Golden Gate Bridge
Address: Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California
This international orange icon is something that needs to be crossed to truly be experienced! And whether you choose to drive, bike, jog, or walk the 1.7 mile art deco span, there’s no doubt that is the top experience in San Francisco, with incredible views in every direction!
Note: if you want to drive, there’s a $7 toll going south into San Francisco, but it’s free to go north.
2. Fort Point
Address: The Presidio of San Francisco 991-999 Marine Dr San Francisco, California
This former military fort, which is free to visit, is located right underneath the Golden Gate Bridge! Once you enter the fort, which is open in the middle, you can see the different types of cannons that were used there during the Civil War. On the second floor, inside, there’s a museum which contains the belongings of the troops that were stationed there.
However, the best part of the fort is the sprawling rooftop deck, with amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the city! Being partly underneath the bridge, you can see all of the intricate metal parts holding it together.
3. Torpedo Wharf
Address: 983 Marine Dr, San Francisco, California, 94129
This pier, popular with locals and tourists alike, is famous for two things: some of the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the endless fishing and crabbing opportunities! Don’t forget your phone or camera, because this is one of San Francisco’s best Photography spots!
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4. Lombard Street
Address: Lombard Street San Francisco, California 94109 (the windy part is located between Hyde Street and Leavenworth Street, descending eastward)
Driving down America’s windiest street should be a top priority when in San Francisco… not only will your brake pads get a workout, but becoming slightly dizzy will be another fun reward!
5. Alcatraz Island
Address for ferry: Pier 33, San Francisco California
One of the, well… more unusual attractions in San Francisco has got to be Alcatraz. In most cases, prisons don’t turn into world famous sights, but in this case, the unusual happened! To get to the (in)famous island, you’ll need to take a ferry from Pier 33.
6. Ride a Trolley
The perfect way to give your feet a rest from walking and enjoy one of San Francisco’s icons is to ride the trolley cars! The views of the bay descending the steep hills are absolutely amazing, too.
7. Fisherman’s Wharf
Address: 2800-2818 Taylor St San Francisco, California 94133
So you’re visiting a city that is famous for having some of the best seafood in the world, right, and what better way is there to experience that than visiting Fisherman’s Wharf? There are many stands and restaurants that serve out-of-this-world seafood!
There are so many delicious places to eat in San Francisco, in addition to Fisherman’s Wharf. Check out my favorite restaurants below…
Best Lunch in San Francisco:
8. Boudin Bakery/Museum
Address: 160 Jefferson St San Francisco, California 94133
If you’re on the hunt for the best sourdough bread in a city that is full of ridiculously yummy sourdough, Boudin is the place to go! Probably San Francisco’s most famous sourdough bakery, there is a wide range of styles and flavors of bread to choose from (other than sourdough, even!).
And if you’re not out sourdoughed out even after all that, there is a museum with guided tours and a gift shop completely dedicated to Boudin!!
Best Dinner in San Francisco:
9. The Franciscan Crab
Address: Pier 43 1/2 Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco, California 94133
When you eat at this amazing seafood restaurant, be sure to order the delicious ‘World Famous Fish Sandwich’, which is is large enough to split between two people! Plus, the beignets are out of this world! And don’t forget: If you sit in the back right corner of the restaurant, there are nice views of the water!
Best Dessert in San Francisco:
10. Ghirardelli Square
Address: 900 North Point St San Francisco, California 94109
The restaurant at Ghirardelli Square has everything from small packaged chocolates to huge desserts (like below!). You may slip into a chocolate induced coma, but on this occasion, the coma is definitely worth it! Plus, you can watch the chocolate being made in the dining area, which I enjoyed! 🙂
San Francisco Essentials – What to Wear and Bring
Umbrella – you just gotta be prepared for the rain!
Day Pack – a day pack is essential for storing those extra layers!
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San Francisco Travel Guide Things To Do – Nearby Destinations
Yosemite National Park
Just 4 hours from the bustling streets of San Francisco lies the glacier-carved and serene Yosemite National Park, with towering granite domes, thundering waterfalls, and miles of endless forests!
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (4 Hours to Grant Grove; 1 More Hour to General Sherman Tree)
With endless hikes through scenic groves of the world’s largest trees, sweeping views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains from granite domes, and extraordinarily scenic drives past lush meadows and streams, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks have so much to offer! Check out these Sequoia National Park Travel Tips to plan your visit.
Lassen Volcanic National Park (4 Hours to Manzanita Lake/Loomis Museum)
Located in the northern reaches of California, Lassen Volcanic National Park is one of the most unique and under-the-radar places you can visit in in the state! It’s home to Mt. Lassen, which had a series of eruptions in the early 1900s. The largest of the eruptions, which took place on May 22, 1915, dramatically changed the landscape of the park as you see it today!
Now, isn’t San Francisco such an amazing city to visit??
With everything from world famous landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island to the amazing sourdough bread at Boudin and dessert at Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco really does have so much to offer!
That’s not to mention that you can drive just a few hours to glacier-carved valleys, the largest trees in the world, and one of America’s best volcanic terrain!
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