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Top 10 San Francisco Attractions

Updated on November 3, 2016

San Francisco is a city of vibrant culture, colorful city life and breathtaking natural scenery. Travelers from all over the world gather here to enjoy its sheer hills, sandy beaches, mixed and diverse culture and ethnicity, excellent cuisine and many more. San Francisco is a popular city in the United States to spend a great vacation for all ages.

San Francisco’s rich history and diverse culture are the main attraction of this city. Eye catching landmarks, museums and sparkling city life attracted tourists for years from all over the world. San Francisco is one of the most visited cities in the world.

There are numerous attractions spotted in and around San Francisco. You can see the iconic landmarks, remarkable museums and attractive parks and amusement centers in this city. Also, you can take a walk through the unique and intriguing neighborhoods to explore the diverse culture of San Francisco.

Here are the main highlights of the tourist attractions of San Francisco that can be worth visiting during your San Francisco trip.

1. Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge is the most remarkable iconic landmark in San Francisco. This is the most visited and photographed bridge in the world. The bridge is also a major gateway of San Francisco if you are heading to this city from the north. Visitors can take a walking tour to explore the bridge from one end to the other end. Riding a bike is also a popular way of exploring the bridge. Don’t forget your camera while visiting this bridge. You can take wonderful pictures of the bridge and its surroundings.

Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge | Source

2. Alcatraz

Alcatraz is an island in the middle of San Francisco Bay, 1.5 miles offshore from San Francisco. This small island was developed to build a lighthouse and, a military fort and a prison from 1933 until 1963. This is one of the most popular attractions in San Francisco now. This is open to visit 7 days a week. The main attraction of this island is the cell house where the most notorious criminals were kept. The island has an abundance of flowers and birds which is an additional attraction for the nature lovers. Alcatraz is a must visit attraction in San Francisco.

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3. Twin Peaks

Twin peaks is a spectacular viewpoint at the altitude of approximately 1000 feet. It is located almost in the middle of the city from where you can get a 360 view of the San Francisco city. It offers a panoramic view of San Francisco and the Bay Bridge, with Oakland afar. This is also a romantic place from where you can see the sunset and the city below with your beloved person.

Twin Peaks
Twin Peaks | Source

4. Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf is a neighborhood where you can find a lot of things to see and do. This is another popular tourist attraction in San Francisco. Originally this place was a dock where fishermen used to sell their daily catch on the waterfront. This place has a festive atmosphere where you can enjoy a variety of seafood, take a boat cruise, climb on the old ships, visit the weird museums and browse the souvenir shops.

Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf | Source

5. Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Park is one of the most visited parks in the USA. This is a big public park that covers about 1,017 acres of land. It welcomes around 13 million visitors each year. You will discover several gardens, lakes, playgrounds, hiking trails and monuments inside his vast park. Notable features of this park are the Conservatory of Flowers, de Young Museum, Japanese Tea Garden, Stow Lake, Dutch Windmill, Bison Paddock and many other gardens and activity spots.

Golden Gate Park
Golden Gate Park | Source

6. Chinatown

One of the oldest Chinatown in North America, San Francisco Chinatown is one of the top tourist attractions in San Francisco. This is a city within a city. You will see different Chinese style structures and buildings, restaurants and shops in this area. This is an interesting place to be visited in San Francisco.

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7. Presidio of San Francisco

Beautiful beaches and stunning views, Presidio is a wonderful park now, which was a military base from 1776 until 1994. This is a nice place to spend some time with nature as well as history. People mainly come here to enjoy their time with friends and family, revel in the natural beauty, picnicking, hiking and many other activities.

Presidio of San Francisco
Presidio of San Francisco | Source

8. Cable Cars

To get the real charm of San Francisco, you must hop on a cable car or trolley. This is the only thing of its kind existing in the USA. This is a public transport, but not a speedy mode of transportation, even though this iconic cable car is a must do thing in San Francisco.

San Francisco Cable Cars
San Francisco Cable Cars | Source

9. Lombard Street

Lombard Street is a west to east street in San Francisco, which is the crookedest street in the world. The street is paved with beautiful red bricks and the sides are decorated with beautiful flower plants. The sidewalks on both sides allows pedestrians to explore the street by foot. The street is a one way block on Russian Hill, between Hyde & Leavenworth Streets and contains eight hairpin bends.

Lombard Street
Lombard Street | Source

10. AT&T Park

AT&T Park is a ballpark that is mainly used to host major baseball league in San Francisco. If you visit San Francisco in a baseball season, don’t miss to watch a game in this stadium. Perched along the San Francisco Bay, this park also allows visitors to get a fantastic view of the bay.

AT&T Park
AT&T Park | Source

Keep these attractions in your thing to do/see list while visiting San Francisco. Your days will be made awesome in San Francisco when you visit all these and explore it from different angles. Its a city with lively neighborhood, rich culture and extraordinary heritage where you get an amazing and unforgettable experience. The city invites you to explore all these attractions at any time in the year.


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      netventure 5 months ago

      Hi Ana, Glad that you liked my hub. Yes, San Francisco is a magical city and brings memories.

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      Mohamed Fathy 9 months ago from UAE

      Very magical city I hope to find time to visit it

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      Ana Maria Orantes 9 months ago from Miami Florida

      The information about places is good for the tourists. It welcome people to visit San Francisco. I love San Francisco. Your hub brings so many beautiful memories of the city and kind people. Thank you for sharing your article mister netventure.

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      Ana Maria Orantes 9 months ago from Miami Florida

      I like the video about the places to see and visit. San Francisco looks great. The remodeling on structures and the maintance of the park is excellent. San Francisco is a beautiful city. I like your hub. You did a marvelous job.