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San Francisco Tourist Attractions

San Francisco is a beautiful coastal city in Northern California, welcoming visitors from all over the globe. Often referred to as a melting pot, San Francisco is indeed a blend of many diverse cultures and ethnicities. The MLB SF Giants call the city by the bay home, and play at the beautiful AT&T Ballpark on the Embarcadero. Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf, downtown Union Square, and Golden Gate Park are all popular San Francisco attractions you won't want to miss.

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Hours -

Explore the City 24/7. Most bars close at 2 a.m.

Prices -

Pier 39 and Fisherman Wharf are free admission. There's a charge for parking in the Presidio.

Events

  • Night Tour of Alcatraz
  • Foodie Adventures Walking Tour
  • Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival
  • 59th Annual North Beach Festival

Activities

  • Ferry rides on the Bay
  • Bus tours around the City
  • Music and art festivals
  • Dining and shopping downtown
  • Museums and galleries

Downtown Restaurants

San Francisco is foodie heaven, ground zero for fresh ingredients locally grown and often organic. There are plenty of choices from fine dining to quick, grab-and-go deals. Kokkari Estiatorio has Greek roots and is an excellent choice for a power lunch or celebratory dinner. Café Claude offers French bistro cuisine-try the French onion soup for an unforgettable experience. Hearkening back to la Belle Epoque, Boulevard near the Embarcadero is a Michelin star restaurant with gorgeous food only rivaled by its beautiful setting.

Top San Francisco Tourist Attractions

Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 are two of the most well known spots in San Francisco. Watch the sea lions snoozing along the pier. Feast on clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl. Take a ferry ride to Alcatraz, that notorious island prison that is today a national park. The Golden Gate Bridge is an icon known around the world. Drive over its span to Marin County (there is a toll) or better yet, take a walk or bicycle ride over the 1-mile expanse for free. You can also see it from Presidio National Park, a great place to hit the beach on the Bay side with lots of places to picnic.

FAQs

  • What’s the best way to get to San Francisco from Fremont?


    Take I-880 North for about 30 miles then exit onto I-80 West. Head over the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge. There is a toll on this bridge. Once over the bridge, follow signs for US-101 North/Golden Gate Bridge. Merge and exit onto Market Street, and you’re in downtown San Francisco.
  • What’s the best time of year to visit San Francisco?


    Anytime! The City, as locals call it, actually gets pretty foggy in the summer with some sunny days popping up here and there. There are lots of tourists, so it gets crowded in hotspots like Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Union Square. Late September and early October are warm months- Indian Summer - and a nice time to beat the usual crowds. The spring, particularly in May, can get warm - but rarely above the high 80s Fahrenheit. Winter is a rainy, cold season, of course, but the temperature rarely dips below 45 degrees F during the day, remaining more in the low to mid-50s.

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