Six Must Do Things When Visiting San Francisco
San Francisco is the commercial, cultural, and financial center of Northern California. With wine country being only an hour away and other beautiful destinations such as Sausalito very nearby, San Francisco is a great place to be to experience all different facets of California. San Francisco attract the fifth-highest number of tourists of any city in the United States. Moreover, it ranks 50th out of the 100 most visited cities worldwide. With so many things to do in and around the city, it’s no wonder so many people visit it each year. Here are six of the must see things when visiting the amazing city of San Fran!
Golden Gate Bridge & Park
The symbol of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge is a must see when visiting San Francisco. Whether you drive, bike, or walk across it or just take pictures in the park below, you cannot pass up seeing one of the Wonders of the Modern World. The Golden Gate Park offers amazing views of the ocean, Alcatraz island, and the bridge. It is a great place to have a picnic, toss around a frisbee or go for a walk.
Fisherman’s Wharf is a neighborhood in San Francisco and a popular tourist destination. It is located on the northern tip of the city, right on the water. Usually, Fisherman’s Wharf is one of the busiest tourist attractions in the city. There are many things located here such as Pier 39, Cannery Shopping Center, Ghirardelli Square, and the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. There are also many restaurants to go to in this area, specifically seafood restaurants. Something not to miss when visiting this awesome neighborhood is the sea lion colony next to Pier 39.
Located a mile and a half offshore of San Francisco, Alcatraz is an amazing historical site that you cannot miss while in town. On the island there is a lighthouse, a military fortification, and a military prison, and a federal prison, which is the main attraction. After the prison was closed, because the penitentiary cost too much to operate and was having horrible environmental effects on the ocean, the prisoners were moved to Illinois and the island became a tourist attraction. Landmarks to see on the island include the main cell house, dining hall, library, lighthouse, and the recreation yard. Tours run year round.
San Francisco’s Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in North America and the second largest Chinese community outside of Asia. With two hospitals, numerous parks and squares, a post office, social clubs, places of worship and other infrastructure, Chinatown is like a city within the city. It covers 24 blocks and overlaps five postal zip codes. San Francisco’s Chinatown restaurants are considered to be the birthplace of Westernized Chinese cuisine. Interestingly, Chinatown draws more visitors annually than the Golden Gate Bridge.
Home of the San Francisco Giants, AT&T Park is a baseball field located right on the water. It can fit 41,915 spectators at a baseball game. The park is known to be a pitchers park because the depth of the outfield makes it difficult to get a home run. Behind the left field bleachers is the Coca-Cola Fan Lot, which features an 80-foot long Coca-Cola bottle with slides inside, for both kids and adults, that lights up anytime a Giant hits a home run. Because of its proximity to the water, many fans like to rent boats or kayaks and sit on the water, trying to catch home runs or foul balls.
Located in the Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood of the city, Ghirardelli Square is a landmark public square with shops and restaurants. There are many different shops and restaurants to go to in the area, but you can’t miss out on the Ghirardelli chocolate. Be sure to stop into one of their stores, or the factory, to get a delicious sundae!