San Francisco attractions

The best San Francisco attractions. How to spend marvelous 3 or 4 days in San Francisco, one of the world nicest cities with the bay, hills and building architecture.

How do you go around San Francisco? The best way to visit San Francisco is on foot. Cable cars are a fun way to travel in some parts of the city.

Golden Gate Bridge

The world famous landmark is the Golden Gate Bridge. It's convenient to take the bus from downtown financial district, Union Square, Pier 39 to the Golden Gate Bridge. You can walk or bike on the bridge and enjoy the most of San Francisco Bay. You can find some information at the Golden Gate Bridge Visitor Gift Center (a round building)near the bridge.

The nice park called the Presidio is definitely the place where to spend few hours. The Baker Beach is one of the best beaches of the city. On the other end, there is the Palace of Fine Arts and the Exploratorium.

A little further south is the Golden Gate Park. One of the most visited park in the USA, the Golden Park offers many activities. The Japanese Tea Garden is particularly nice with the Great Buddha and the Moon Bridge.

Where is Lombard street? One of the famous San Francisco attractions is the famous hill of San Francisco. The Lombard street is situated east west of San Francisco and starts at the Presidio.

Events at the Golden Gate bridge:

  • The San Francisco Marathon 2015 July 26. It starts from the Ferry Building, go to Fisherman’s Wharf, The Golden Gate Bridge and Park, Haight Street, The Mission and AT&T Park.
  • Golden Gate Half 2015 November 8. Location: start and finish at the Aquatic Park waterfront, San Francisco.

Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39 is one of the best San Francisco attractions. It's very pleasant with excellent restaurants and shops. Don't miss the Boudin Sourdough Bakery where produces the famous San Francisco Tangy Bread. Also if you are here around January, you can watch the sea lions resting on the pier.

You can buy here, tickets to the Alcatraz. The famous prison is quite interesting to visit. The most incorrigible criminals have been locked up.

In the same area, there are the Wax Museum and the Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum.

Chinatown

The Grant Avenue is the central street of Chinatown in San Francisco. I enjoy walking around Chinatown. It's really fun watching people shopping for fresh vegetables and all kind of Chinese products. There are excellent Chinese restaurants. Ones of my favorites are the House of Nanking on Kearny Street and the R & G Lounge on Kearny Street.

Don't miss to visit the Golden Gate Fortune Cookies on Ross Aley. This factory opened in 1962 and sent their fortune cookies around the world. Did you know the fortune cookie was first made in San Francisco?

There are few temples in San Francisco Chinatown the Kong Chow 
and the Tin How Temples. If you are in San Francisco during the Chinese New Year, don't miss the Chinese New Year Parade, one of the best events in San Francisco.

A fun way to explore San Francisco is taking the cable car. The cable carsare the last ones in San Francisco operated manually. There are three routes downtown to Fisherman's Wharf and along California Street. The most spectacular is on Powell & Market, the cable car turnaround.

Events in Chinatown:

  • Chinese New Year Parade 2016: February 20.

Union Square

The Union Square is the best place for shopping. It's one of the well-known San Francisco attractions. You can find the famous department storeslike Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom. There are also all the luxuruous boutiques Louis Vuitton, Channel, Burberry, Tiffany & Co and many others.

A little further, you will find the theater district on Geary Boulevard. The famous hotel the Sheraton Palace is a ten minutes walk from the Union Square. It's one of the most luxurious hotels in San Francisco.

North you will see the tallest building in San Francisco, the Transamerica Pyramid. 

Events at Union Square:

  • Union Square Live
  • San Francisco's Union Street Festival: June 6, 7.
  • Union Square Ice Rink opening in November 2015.

Return from San Francisco attractions to San Francisco calendar

San Francisco, California

January

Polar Bear plunge

Dine About Town 

February

Zinfandel festival

March

Chinese New Year festival and parade

Chocolate Salon 

Saint Patrick's Day Parade

April

Cherry Blossom festival

Cesar E. Chavez 2015 Parade & Festival 

SugarCon 2015

May

Bay to Breakers 

Carnaval SF 

June

Green Film Festival

July

Marathon

Sterne Grove Festival

August

Stanford Summer Theater 2015 Festival 

Festival del Sole 

Free Skakespeare in the park 

September

Dragon Boat Festival

October

Fleet Week

Treasure Island Music Festival 

Columbus Day

November

Christmas crystal Fair 

San Francisco Auto show 

Tree Lighting Ceremony

December

Union Street Fantasy of Lights

Crab Fest 

Christmas illuminations and stores