San Francisco is full of activities, but for a visitor on vacation it can be a little challenging to even figure out where to start. Here are some of the must do things when you go.
Start With a Walking Tour
Taking a tour of San Francisco can be a great way for you to get your bearings and decide what you want to focus on next. Luckily, San Francisco is a great town for walking so while you’re touring you will also get the chance to experience plenty of great stuff on the way. Not to mention that you will also work up an appetite and then be able to test out some of the delicious food that the city has to offer.
Many of the walking tours are led by locals who just volunteer their time to doing it, so you can get a real insider’s perspective of the city. You’ll get to see the bigger attractions that the city is known for, but also some smaller, lesser known details.
Walk Over the Golden Gate Bridge
It’s quite a sight just to see or drive over the Golden Gate Bridge, but walking over it can be a really fun way to see it as well. The bridge covers 1.7 miles and is thought to be one of the most photographed things on earth.
If you’re fine leaving the mainland of the city you might want to hop over to Alcatraz island and see what the former prison had to offer. No one ever successfully escaped from the prison, and though it closed in the 1960’s the legends surrounding it live on.
Check Out Chinatown
San Francisco’s Chinatown is the oldest and one of it’s 24 blocks is Grant Avenue, the oldest street in the city. The area is great for checking out museums and trying out some authentic food for lunch.
San Francisco has some of the best restaurants in the country, being such a main city. You can find pretty much every single country’s influence in the city, some of which are more traditional and some of which are interesting fusions. In the city there is also a lot of intention to utilize fresh and local ingredients.
Check Out Some Culture
San Francisco has an active culture as far as museums, the opera, ballet, etc. Some of the contemporary art museums in the city include The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Asian Art Museum, the de Young Museum, and the Legion of Honor.
The California Academy of Sciences is the only place in the world that you can visit and find an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum, and a four-story rainforest all under one roof. Which is interesting and fun for people of all ages.