San Francisco is the eclectic cultural hub of the West Coast, a big city with a small town feel to it. Unofficially known as the New York of the West due to its skyscrapers and divided districts, it is also the West Coast’s financial center, and has a ton of natural beauty.
With so many different sites to see in San Francisco, it is easy to enjoy an extended weekend exploring the city. Plan your next trip to San Francisco to check out some of the top must-see sites in the city.
- Golden Gate Bridge. Perhaps the most recognizable symbol of the San Francisco area is the Golden Gate Bridge, which spans the Golden Gate strait, the channel between the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. It is considered one of the most beautiful bridges in the world. Open for cars going both ways and pedestrians and bikers going one way, the Golden Gate bridge is a fully operable bridge that gets considerable traffic as well.
- Alcatraz. In the middle of the San Francisco Bay is another recognizable landmark, Alcatraz Island. You can get there by ferry, but once you’re there, there’s no escaping. Of course, the island is home to the most famous prison in the country, which from 1934 – 1963 housed such inmates as Al Capone and Robert Stroud. “The Rock” now has a museum with a tour of the legendary penitentiary.
- Lombard Street. San Francisco is certainly known for its hilly neighborhoods. Well, couple the steepness with crooked turns and you get Lombard Street on Russian Hill. The street has an extremely steep one-block section that consists of eight tight hairpin turns. Drive slow!
- Fisherman’s Wharf. Fisherman’s Wharf is a place you could spend the whole day along the water. It is well known for its shops, restaurants, a video arcade, street performances, a marine mammal center, the Aquarium of the Bay, 3D rides and actual sea lions barking at you. The area also features learning arenas such as a Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum and the Musée Mécanique.
- Chinatown. San Francisco is home to the oldest Chinatown in North America and the largest Chinese population in the world outside of Asia. This Chinatown is about as authentic as they come and is a truly classic neighborhood entity of the San Francisco Bay Area.
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