Top 7 Things to Do in San Francisco
June 4, 2019
by Lauren Himes
Having had the opportunity to spend some time in San Francisco, United States, I would have to say it is the most picturesque city that I have ever been able to explore. It is a truly unique city with countless amazing attractions and unique spots to experience. Here are some of the incredible places I was able to see during my time here:
After spending a little bit of time relaxing and getting settled after my flight into San Francisco, Chinatown was the first area I really stumbled across in my exploration of this city. San Francisco’s Chinatown is known to be the oldest in North America as well as the largest Chinatown outside of Asia. Most visitors find themselves along Grant Avenue, the tourist area with the most shops. However, if you want a more authentic experience you may want to check out Stockton Street, where local Chinese residents shop.
2. Pier 39:
As one of the major tourist attractions in San Francisco, Pier 39 is full of numerous shops and restaurants for visitors. Also, along Pier 39 visitors can explore the Aquarium of the Bay which holds over 20,000 marine animals. However, my favorite part was checking out the sea lions relaxing along the water.
3. Lombard Street:
Famous for being a very steep and winding street in San Francisco, Lombard Street is a popular attraction amongst tourists. Sometimes considered the “most crooked street in the world”, tourists will surely enjoy exploring this unique street. At the top of the street, visitors will find eight hairpin turns, surrounded by gorgeous Victorian mansions and gardens. Aside from these incredible homes and gardens, tourists will find incredible views looking down upon the rest of the city – making for some amazing photo opportunities.
4. Golden Gate Park:
For visitors looking to spend some time outdoors, Golden Gate Park is a beautiful park which boasts beautiful gardens, museums, as well as a Japanese tea garden. There are always numerous events around the park and things to see. Whether you are looking to just go for a stroll or check out some museums, you are sure to find something of interest here.
5. Golden Gate Bridge:
Of course, one of the most popular attractions for tourists visiting San Francisco is the Golden Gate Bridge. The bridge spans the mile-long strait that connects San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean. After being there in person, I can say that it is truly a remarkable sight. There are several different amazing viewpoints and areas for visitors to get some incredible views of the bridge but the most popular spot is Fort Point. Many visitors also choose to walk or bike across the bridge. As I walked along the Golden Gate Bridge just before sunset, I couldn’t help but feel in awe of the beauty that exists in the world.
During your stay in San Francisco, I would recommend taking a trip across the bay into Berkeley. Offering a more laidback vibe to visitors, tourists will certainly enjoy exploring this interesting and unique city. With tons of cool restaurants and shops, Berkeley is known for being very bike-friendly, health and environmentally conscious. Aside from boasting this world-class university, there are always numerous cultural attractions and events to see.
7. Day Trip to Muir Woods or Napa Valley:
While staying in San Francisco, there are also several easy and interesting day trips for tourists to take. One of the most popular day trips for visitors is Muir Woods – a famous redwood forest just about a half hour drive outside of the city. Being in the presence of these magnificent trees is truly a one-of-a-kind experience and I would recommend it to anyone. Another day trip visitors can take is to Napa or Sonoma Valley for a wine tasting and vineyard tour.
All in all, I will always remember my amazing experiences in San Fransisco. From hanging out in the local coffee shops to watching the sunset along the water to walking across the Golden Gate Bridge, I had so many incredible experiences here which I will forever cherish in my heart.