San Francisco is a very popular tourist destination with its cool summers, Mediterranean climate, a foggy atmosphere, steep rolling hills, cable cars, and many exciting things to see and do! The winters are a bit rainy and the summers are dry, but overall there’s little temperature variations offering a mild year-round climate. This charming bustling city is home to many diverse things and its Golden Gates welcome everyone!
This city won’t disappoint. If you are a lover of architecture and old-world charm than you’ll love San Francisco’s eclectic mix of buildings and landmarks. You’ll also be enthralled by the Golden Gate Bridge, the cable cars, Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, Chinatown, and Fisherman’s Wharf. For museum lovers the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the De Young Museum, and the California Academy of Sciences should be high on your list of favorite things to see.
The historic center would be a great starting place as Market Street and the waterfront beckon and there’s lots of shopping opportunities awaiting you. Also, it’s the hotel district, so you might want to stay here while exploring the city, and the cable cars are waiting to take you to exciting places. There’s the famous Nob Hill, the bustling Fisherman’s Wharf, and Pier 39 where many seafood restaurants offer their favorite dish – Dungeness crab! Also, nearby is Chinatown, Mission Bay, and South of Market. If you’d like to tour affluent neighborhoods than Pacific Heights is where you should go, featuring homes built by rich tycoons in San Francisco’s old heydays before 1906.
San Francisco is found in film and music and this brings many tourists from around the world to see the recognizable landmarks in person. Some of the most popular attractions is the Golden Gate Bridge, Alamo Square Park, Alcatraz Island, and the famous Pier 39 where shopping, dining, entertainment, sun-bathing seals, and gorgeous views of the bay can be found.
Beach lovers love Ocean Beach which runs along the Pacific shoreline, and there’s Baker Beach – a favorite among surfers by the Golden Gate Bridge. For park lovers there’s the San Francisco Maritime National Park where a whole fleet of historic ships can be seen. There’s 220 parks in the area, but one of the favorites is Golden Gate Park. This park stretches from city center to the Pacific Ocean, once an area of native grasses and sand dunes, now it has beautiful trees and plants. This is a must on your sight-seeing agenda because it holds beautiful attractions like the Japanese Tea Garden, the Conservatory of Flowers, and the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Also, there’s Lake Merced and the nearby San Francisco Zoo.
For adventure seekers, San Francisco won’t let you down. Go sailing with Adventure Cat Sailing Tours and sail under the Golden Gate Bridge on a catamaran! Or head off for an oyster excursion at Tomales Bay, a foodies hot spot. Sample local delicacies at the farmer’s market at Pt. Reyes Station and where the Cow Girl Creamery is also located. For the mother-lode of oysters’ head to Marshall’s Hog Island Oyster Farm. For party adventurers go to the California Academy of Sciences and party with the penguins over cocktails.
For fun activities outside of San Francisco tour the wine country where there’s also hot-air ballooning, cycling, train rides, scrumptious food, and of course, wine! Napa Valley is a favorite among wine enthusiasts where you can find the best foods, artwork, and wine.
Want to take a beautiful drive? Monterey County’s coastline offers spectacular scenery for ninety-nine miles!
Sausalito and Marin are popular destinations for trendy restaurants, funky houseboats, gorgeous pristine seashores, and rugged trails in the Mount Tamalpais area – it’s not called San Francisco’s “Riviera” for nothing! For a long day trip, you can drive to Mount Shasta where towering redwoods, dramatic seascapes, and hiking adventures await.
Do not forget the nearby Silicon Valley with its techie delights, where you can see its software and microchip firms, an old-school mystery house, tech museums, and a manicured college campus.
As you can see San Francisco is the place to visit! There’s something for everyone and it won’t disappoint!