What to See in San Francisco

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Travelling in San Francisco basically comes with its own bucket list. Hire a car and drive down the famously crooked Lombard Street, catch a show at The Fillmore, ride a cable car, stroll across the Golden Gate Bridge, catch a baseball game at AT&T Park, or wave the rainbow flag at Gay Pride.

That’s only just scratching the surface of what to see in San Francisco.

Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is at the top of every visitor’s to-do list – and for good reason! Opened in 1937 and initially dubbed ‘the bridge that couldn’t be built’, today the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the United States’ most recognisable structures. After a walk across the bridge, visit the gentrified former Presidio barracks for a coffee.

Alcatraz

Alcatraz was once home to America’s most notorious criminals. These days, the inescapable penitentiary, also known as ‘The Rock’, is open to the public. Explore the beautiful island in the shade of the legendary prison walls. Venture inside on a guided tour and take a glimpse at how infamous inmates like Al Capone lived while on the inside.

Fisherman’s Wharf – Pier 39

Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 are everything you need for a postcard-perfect view of the bay. A short stroll from Chinatown, take in the marvellous views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Enjoy street performers, seaside dining, and market shopping. Make sure to keep an eye out for the local sea lions that often hang out around the boardwalk.

Mission Murals

As one of the oldest settlements in San Francisco, the Mission District has been the epicentre of some of the most iconic music, art, and performance to come out of the Bay Area. Inspired by traditional Mexican art, the Mission’s buildings and walls are stunningly decorated by colourful intricate murals. On nearly every street you’ll find bookstores, cafes, and restaurants to explore.   

Coit Tower

Inspired by the social-realism art movement, the Coit Tower stands proud perched atop historic Telegraph Hill. Praised by architectural critics, from the top of the tower you can look out over the magnificent views of the Bay Area’s greatest landmarks. By night, a trip to the top is a spectacular way to marvel at the lights of the city.

Baker Beach

Baker Beach is a scenic stretch of sand nestled at the foot of rugged cliffs on the Presidio’s western shore. The beach offers a spectacular alternative view of Golden Gate Bridge. From the white sands no buildings are visible, leaving the bridge to loom over the pastoral headlands. The northern end of the beach is also frequented by ‘clothing-optional’ bathers, so venture that way at your own discretion.

Painted Ladies

Alamo Square is home to San Francisco’s most peculiar women. At Hayes and Steiner Street, you’ll find a tight, escalating formation of Victorian houses painted in sweet pastels standing before a backdrop of city skyscrapers. The stunning contrast makes the ‘Painted Ladies’ one of the most photographed locations in the city. The area is also home to several lovely B&Bs for those wishing to spend some time in one of San Francisco’s most picturesque locales.