10 Things to See and Do in San Francisco

10 Things to See and Do in San Francisco

Surrounded by water, brimming with energy and creativity, steeped in history, and located on the beautiful west coast of Northern California, San Francisco makes an excellent travel destination.  Here are the top 10 things to see and do when in the bustling city of San Francisco.  If you’re planning a lot of outings, make sure you check for discounts before you go to save some money on tourist activities.

1. Ride a Cable Car

San Francisco is known for its steep, hilly streets and is home to the world’s last manually operated cable cars.  Of the 23 original lines, only 3 remain, so make sure you hop on a historic streetcar when you’re in town.  Cable cars run roughly every 10 minutes, a single ride costs $6, and a day pass costs $14.  Start off at the intersection of Powell and Market Street and ride the Powell/Hyde line to Lombard Street (called the world’s crookedest street), up a hill so high you can see the island of Alcatraz, all the way to the end near Ghirardelli Square where you can visit the famous chocolate store after which the square is named.

Cable car

2. Visit Alcatraz

Alcatraz, an island in the San Francisco Bay, is the site of a former prison and an absolute must when visiting San Francisco.  The 2.5 hour Alcatraz tour starts on Pier 33, takes you by boat into the Bay where you’ll get great views of the Golden Gate Bridge while you learn about the history of the island, then you get to dock and walk around the island and old prison facilities.  Book tickets way in advance online to guarantee you a spot on this sought after tour.  Thursday through Monday you have the option of a night tour, which ups the creepy factor as well as provides a beautiful view of the sunset on the Bay.

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