San Francisco, CA
Around San Francisco
San Francisco Attractions
Although San Francisco has "big-city" attractions, it's actually quite small in size at about 49 square miles, so it doesn't feel overwhelming. The most notable attraction in the city is the Golden Gate Bridge. Walk, drive, or bike down its 1.7-mile span to get amazing views of the city. No visit is complete until you visit "The Rock," also known as Alcatraz. This legendary former prison is situated on an island in the San Francisco Bay and offers daily tours where you can visit the cells of notorious inmates from the past. Watch a group of sea lions swim near Pier 39, the bustling waterfront marketplace in Fisherman's Wharf, or throw a Frisbee around in Golden Gate Park where you'll also see beautiful botanical gardens and greenery, including the Japanese Tea Garden or Conservatory of Flowers. Stroll through neighborhoods like Castro and Chinatown to witness a variety of culture or take pictures of the famous "Painted Ladies," which are iconic homes near Alamo Square that display historic Victorian and Edwardian architectural styles.
San Francisco Restaurants and Nightlife
San Francisco has the pleasure of getting year-round quality produce and fresh seafood due to its waterfront location. The city is known for its farm-to-table restaurants, authentic international cuisine, and local flavors. Visitors and locals have fine dining and trendy establishments to casual restaurants and food trucks throughout eclectic neighborhoods in the city like in the Mission District, Noe Valley, and Potrero. Once the sun goes down, San Francisco continues to be an ever-evolving social scene. You'll find everything from dive bars and nightclubs in the Mission District to jazz clubs around Union Square and trendy cocktail bars in Castro.
San Francisco Culture
San Francisco has some of the best museums, galleries, and performing art venues in the country. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, de Young Museum, Exploratorium, and Legion of Honor are just a few examples of the city's dynamic cultural institutions. Explore a wonderful lineup of events and exhibitions in the Yerba Buena's cultural district to check out the California Historical Society, Children's Creativity Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Yerba Buena Garden Festival.
San Francisco Transportation
Getting around the city is easy thanks to its great selection of public transportation. You can hitch a ride on a historic cable car, hop on a ferry that links to the rest of the Bay area, or go the traditional route and travel via Muni and BART bus and train systems. San Francisco International Airport, located south of the city, operates local and international flights to just about anywhere in the world.