When you’re in San Francisco for a few days, it can be hard to decide what you’re going to do, where you’re going and how to plan your day.

That’s why we decided to make a final list of the 50 best things you can do – make sure you read everything to find something you might like.

Whether you like unusual museums, nature exploration, unique experiences or walks in interesting places, there is something for everyone.

If you plan to visit the California Academy of Sciences, the Bay Aquarium and Explorer or the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and use the cable cars (which you really need!), you should check out cityPASS, which offers free access to the above mentioned facilities and unlimited use of the cable cars.

In addition, there are several options with the San Francisco GO Card, which offers discounts on a variety of attractions throughout the city.

Also read these articles to help you plan your trip to San Francisco.

Let’s go to the list!

50 Cases in San Francisco is the perfect guide to discover a city that has something to do, from museums and parks to major attractions.

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco at night.


If you’re traveling to San Francisco and only want to visit one attraction, the Golden Gate Bridge is the obvious choice. In fact, we’d be very surprised if it wasn’t already at the top of your to-do list in San Francisco.

The Cult Bridge connects the city of San Francisco with Marin County and goes through the Golden Gate Strait, which connects the Pacific Ocean with the Bay of San Francisco.

The famous Golden Gate Bridge is probably the most famous, most photographed and perfect bridge in the world, so take your time and walk around in peace. Of course – the best view of the bridge is from the parks on both sides of the bridge, and many tourists never visit the bridge itself, but we really recommend it.

You can see the Isle of Angels and the infamous Alcatraz, as well as incredible views of the city and the boats that float underneath.

Combine the day with a visit to the south side of San Francisco Presidio Park, including the Palace of Fine Arts, and climb the steps of Lyon to admire the beautiful view of the bay.

Reading bridge – Golden Gate Bridge

Price: The bridge is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

When: At night the view of San Francisco is spectacular, but during the day you can see much more on the other side of the bay and beyond!

The San Francisco cable car descends with Alcatraz in the background.

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Public transportation around San Francisco may not be the easiest way to reach the city, and the car is still the easiest way to explore the city, as is the case in many major cities in the United States.

But if you want to move around, you have to use the cable cars if you can, even if you don’t really need them.

Unique cable cars (trams or trams in other parts of the United States and the world) run through the hills of San Francisco in the northeast of the city. They are perfect for moving between areas like Russian Hill, Union Square, Chinatown and all the way to Fishermen’s Wharf.

The cable cars have an eccentric old school design and are easy to jump and bounce. Don’t forget that you have to buy your ticket before you can travel, and in most places you will have to change exactly.

Read more – SF Funiculars

Price: Single travel costs $7, day tickets for unlimited online travel can be purchased for $12 at MuniMobile.

When: The cable cars run from 6 am to midnight and arrive about every 10 minutes.

Sea lions resting on pier 39 in San Francisco.

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Pier 39 in San Francisco is a popular spot with shops, restaurants and street performers.

However, the most famous attraction is the group of sea lions who decided in 1989 to call the pier their home.

Scientists are still unable to determine the reason for their migration, but several Seal Rock sea lions have moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and have since made several wooden platforms.

Over time, the number of sea lions has continued to increase, although other parts of the jetty are actively used and boats have to make their way through the sea lions coming and going at the jetty.

The number of Steller sea lions living on the quay varies over time, between 150 and 1700, depending on seasonality and migration patterns.

The Bay Aquarium has an entire centre dedicated to the sea lions. If you want to know more about the sea lion population, go to pier 39.

Read bigger – Pier 39

Price: Free access to the pier

When: At the end of the day – You can relax with the sea lions in daylight and at the same time visit the restaurants, cafes and shops on pier 39.

49 mile trip to San Francisco and surroundings - signed post.


If you want to spend the day visiting San Francisco’s many attractions, the classic 49-mile Scenic Drive is the perfect way to get around.

The route can be short in miles, but it goes through some of San Francisco’s bustling neighborhoods and can take most of the 4 hours without stopping – more if you get stuck in traffic.

Navigation is very easy, because there are signs pointing the way. Make sure you have directions on your phone or a sense of how easy it is to miss a sign while navigating the city or to notice one missing.

The route starts at Union Square and ends at City Hall. If you really want to stay in a few places, have lunch and visit one of the museums, it will easily cost you the whole day, but it’s really worth it!

49 miles high speed drive

Price: Price of gas + car rental if you do not have your own car

When: Choose a day with good weather!

5. Take a gastronomic tour on the ferry crossing.

Building for the crossing to San Francisco, built in 1898, with a 245-foot high bell tower.


The San Francisco Ferry Building is an operational ferry terminal for suburban ferries across the San Francisco Bay Area, which also has a fantastic dining room.

The dining room has 50 different facilities, ranging from independent cafes to large restaurants open every day of the week.

Besides restaurants, there are several shops and the Plaza Farmers Market, an open air ferry market with stalls on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays – we strongly recommend coming on one of these days if you have a choice.

Many vegetables, fresh catches and other culinary ingredients are for sale if you want to spend the night or somewhere in the kitchen. You will also find delicious hot food, perfect for a snack and a drink.

Price: Reasonable and really depends on how hungry you are!

When: Food hall open 7 days a week, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday farmers market

6. Up the stairs atRue de Lyon.

Stairs from Lyon Street in San Francisco, in the line of billionaires in Pacific Heights.

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The steps of Lyon Street are a long walk on a hill in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights district.

From here you have no view of the Golden Gate Bridge, but the view is one of the best in the city. Below you can see the island of Alcatraz and the Palais des Beaux-Arts.

If you go up the stairs, you will pass through the Rue de Lyon where the most expensive real estate in the country is located and where many billionaires from San Francisco live.

If your condition is scratched, start at the bottom and work your way up to get more points of view as you progress. Anders, walk up and down.

If you really want to go further, you can climb the Vallejo even higher, but the steps are narrower and steeper (and much less known by tourists)!

Price: Free of charge.

When: At any time of the day with good visibility.

7. Discover the sights of the fishing shipyard

Traditional ships in the San Francisco Fisherman's Shipyard.

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Fisherman’s Wharf is mentioned several times in this list because there are many good things to do in this small area northeast of San Francisco.

From the sea lions at Pier 39 to the many shops and restaurants nearby, from San Francisco’s National Marine History Park to the curious arcade games at the Mechanical Museum, there’s something for everyone.

At the end of one of the funiculars is the Fishermen’s Wharf, which is easily accessible and popular with tourists and locals alike.

Try the local specialty of crab or shellfish served in a bowl of San Francisco bread.

Piazza Girardelli is a pedestrian area with an old chocolate factory that has been converted into a series of different restaurants and cafes. You also have fantastic views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the rest of the San Francisco Bay Area.

8. Alcatraz Island study

Prison and lighthouse on the island of Alcatraz in San Francisco.


On the island of Alcatraz is the famous prison, which is now a working museum and a place for excursions.

A boat trip takes you to a small island in 15 minutes. Once on the island you can visit several buildings including an abandoned prison, the oldest active lighthouse on the west coast, military installations and a seabird colony.

Although the island is best known for its prison and the film that bears his name, it has a much longer history as a military fortress and was occupied by Indian demonstrators in the 1970s. It began in 1859 with the housing of military prisoners and was not opened as a federal prison until 1934.

Over time, some of America’s most notorious criminals, including Al Capone, have been imprisoned here,

Arrival and tour of the island are organized by Alcatraz Cruises, which offers everything in one package for your visit, including transportation from San Francisco. If you also want to visit Angel Island (see below!), you can buy a ticket that includes both at a reduced price.

Price: $39.90 for a standard ticket including ferry, $47.30 for a night visit and $92.30 for a backstage tour.

When: Open all year round – excursions take 2 hours and 30 minutes (more for a behind-the-scenes tour)

9. Visit to Angels Island

Angel Island is located in the bay of San Francisco, north of Alcatraz and near Tiburon.

The marina of Angel Island Park in San Francisco, California.


The island has many different attractions, including Camp Reynolds, the Nike Missile Silo and Fort McDowell.

The main attractions are the immigration post, which processed more than a million immigrants between 1910 and 1940, and the national park, which is ideal for walking and picnicking.

The island is surprisingly large and offers 13 miles of hiking trails and 5 miles of hiking trails around the island. In order not to have to walk, you can take trams that run regularly between the main attractions. Coffee shops and trams run from spring to autumn, so the summer months are the best time to visit.

Price: The various tourist resorts and ferry companies have individual prices.

When: It is open all year round

10. Think women’s buildings with paint

Picturesque women's shelter in San Francisco

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Painted Ladies has become a common term for Edwardian and Victorian houses that have been repainted since the 1960s to give them a unique look, but the trend started here in San Francisco.

The Painted Ladies buildings near Alamo Square in the Lower Haight district are known as the most famous in the mid-20th century and have appeared in dozens of films.

Traditionally painted with simple colours, many of which were repainted in light grey during the Second World War, they began to paint them with strong colours ranging from bright red and orange to dark grey. Most of them have 3 or 4 different colours to emphasize the architectural features of the buildings.

Unfortunately they are all private and you can’t get in, but you really want to see the outside, and it’s free and easy to see from the street.

11. San Francisco Cable Car Museum, stop

An old cable car at the San Francisco Cableway Museum.

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Often overlooked by visitors, the San Francisco Funicular Museum is a fantastic little working museum with the coolest public transport in the world!

In the museum you will be surprised by a number of old-timers, all kinds of techniques related to the passage of funiculars, and funicular souvenirs.

And best of all, the museum is completely free.

One of the most important things to watch out for is a large engine room, in which huge wheels turn, pulling the cables that control the cable cars. True to their name, they have no engines of their own and are towed by these engines, which are located along the cable cars.

Price: Museum – free!

When to go: 10:00 a.m. 00 м. – 18 ч. 00 м. (5 p.m. from November to March)

12. Discover the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts

View of the Palace of Fine Arts for Water in San Francisco

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The Palais des Beaux-Arts was built in 1915 for the Panama-Pacific International Exhibition at the completion of the Panama Canal and was intended to help the city move forward after the devastating San Francisco earthquake of 1906.

The Palais des Beaux-Arts was completely rebuilt with modern materials in 1965 after the old building had fallen into ruin.

After performing many functions over the decades, including distributing telephone directories and as a warehouse, it is now a popular venue for art fairs and exhibitions and one of the most popular locations for wedding ceremonies in San Francisco.

It is very nice to visit the exhibition and see if you visit it or not. Being on the edge of the Riverkeeper, there are many other attractions you can combine while walking in this part of town.

Price: That depends on where you want to go.

Visiting hours: All year round

13. Relaxing in Golden Gate Park

Rays of sunshine through the trees of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

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San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park is a huge green space downtown, 3 miles long and half a mile wide, 20% larger than New York’s Central Park.

Golden Gate Park is one of the most visited city parks in the United States and is home to a number of other attractions. Visiting all the park’s attractions can take more than a day: The Jonga Museum, the Japanese Tea Garden, the Botanical Garden, the California Academy of Sciences and the Dutch Windmill are just some of the places worth visiting.

The east side of the park extends as far as San Francisco’s Ocean Beach and the west side as far as the High Ashbury area. Pannhandle Park is a narrow extension of the park to the west, a block wide and popular with runners and cyclists.

There is a lot of wildlife around the park – a number of lakes are home to a variety of bird species, part of the park is dedicated to the protection of bison, and there is a wild coyote population everywhere.

In addition to the oaks that are endemic in this region, there are a number of other trees, including large North American redwoods.

14. Visit to the Japanese Tea Garden

Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park

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Although the Japanese Tea Garden is located in Golden Gate Park, there are many other places that deserve a special mention and a visit.

Originally created in 1894 in the middle of the San Francisco Winter Fair, the Japanese garden is a beautiful arrangement of ponds, winding paths, traditional buildings in Japanese style, pagodas and sculptures.

The main building is the tea room, and the vaulted Moon Bridge is usually the subject of tourist pictures. The tea shop even serves tea and snacks with different kinds of oriental jasmine and green tea. During the summer months there can be a lot of people, so see if you can get a spot!

All traditional elements of the Japanese outdoor design with asymmetrical lines, miniature plants and trees and stone lanterns are exhibited in the gardens.

15. See Office announcements San Francisco

The couple takes a walk in Presidio Park with breathtaking views of San Francisco.

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The San Francisco Sentinel is a large park that covers the northern part of the city, from where the Golden Gate Bridge crosses San Francisco Bay.

Since 1776 Presidio was an important military base, first of Spain, then of Mexico in 1776 and of the U.S. Army in 1848.

It was not until 1994 that the military base was closed down and the Presidium was transformed into a large public park with one of the best views of the city.

There are great beaches at Chrissy Field (overlooking the bay) and Baker Beach (overlooking Golden Gate Strait) and not too many other major attractions outside the Walt Disney Family Museum.

Directly behind the Sentinel are the Palais des Beaux-Arts and the stairs in the Rue de Lyon, and to the south are the suburbs of the Sentinel.

Presidio is ideal for hiking and relaxing in the great outdoors – the California Coast Trail runs along the ocean, and you can picnic overlooking both sides of the Golden Gate Bridge.

16. See the San Francisco giants in Oracle Park (renamed AT&T Park)

The San Francisco Giants play at night in AT&T Park.

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San Francisco Giants is one of the most famous baseball franchises in the United States. Originally based in New York City, the Giants moved to their home in San Francisco in 1958 and set a record for the number of games won in the history of American baseball.

Their current stadium is Oracle Park, and the team moved there in 2000. The stadium was for a long time known as AT&T Park, and only recently, in 2019, was renamed the new stadium.

The higher pitches, which are directly on the bays, may not offer the best view of the match, but they are compensated by the fantastic view outside the stadium.

If you have never been to a baseball game before, you have to plan a whole day, because games usually take about 3 hours with breaks and you need time to get to and from the stadium.

Keep in mind that it can be difficult to get tickets before the end of the season, especially if the Giants are doing well, so keep an eye on their progress if you plan to go.

Price: Tickets start at $15-25 depending on the game and can go up to $300 or more for bonus seats.

When: The baseball season runs from the end of March to the end of September. For the current calendar, please visit the website of the San Francisco Giants.

17. Walk to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) in downtown San Francisco


The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is one of the world’s most famous museums for all kinds of modern and contemporary art.

With more than 33,000 exhibits, the museum is huge and covers everything from painting to sculpture, from photography to design and modern media formats.

The museum recently underwent a considerable expansion and will be put back into operation in 2016. It regularly organises additional temporary exhibitions of famous artists from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Don’t forget to visit the large roof garden, where exhibitions and collections are held throughout the year and which offers stunning views of the surrounding area and the skyline of San Francisco. There are also sculptures and a glass pavilion to explore.

Price: adults – $25, over 65 – $22, teenagers (19-24) – $19, $18 and under – free; extra charge for temporary exhibitions.

Operating hours: Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday to 9 p.m. and in summer also on Saturdays. It’s closed on Wednesdays.

18. Best view of San Francisco with Twin Peaks

View of San Francisco at sunrise from Twin Peaks.

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Twin Peak are two adjoining hills that rise 1,000 feet above the rest of San Francisco and offer the best views of all major sights in San Francisco and beyond.

In the city centre, south of High Ashbury County, you can see the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin County across the water, the Bay Bridge and Alcatraz.

The Salesforce Tower, built in 2018, is the tallest building in San Francisco, but is only slightly taller than Twin Peak.

On the summits there is a parking lot next to the top and a staircase that will take you to the top.

Although the view is beautiful during the day, from here you can enjoy the sunset behind the Pacific Ocean – access is open until midnight. Don’t forget to check the weather forecast and avoid the usual foggy days in San Francisco!

19. Street Walking in San Francisco’s Chinatown

Chinatown Street in San Francisco with the Auckland Bay Bridge in the background.

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San Francisco Chinatown, at the intersection of Grant Avenue and Stockton Street, northwest of the city.

Founded in 1848, San Francisco’s Chinatown is the oldest city in North America and has the largest population of Chinese emigrants in the world.

This large population means there is a lot to see and do here, restaurants, cafes and shops to explore the events and culture of this unique place.

The large 20-block district of Chinatown largely leads its own way of life, separated from the rest of the city – the vast majority of residents do not speak English, with Mandarin or Cantonese as the main languages.

You will find unusual shops, and men who spend the weekend playing Chinese chess in the streets. The vibrations and sensations of this place could not be further from its surroundings, and in a city full of steep hills it is one of the most pedestrian areas.

20. Discover the Mecca Museum

Musee Mechanical Slot Machines in San Francisco Classic coin operated slot machines


The name of this museum in San Francisco may not be very descriptive, but it’s a real gem and a great place to visit. The museum is a collection of over 200 coins and old slot machines that you have been throwing away for decades.

Slot machines offer a range of different arcade games and offer an amazing parallel to today’s complex console and phone games.

The museum is tucked away at Pier 45 and is highly recommended if you want to see fantastic and unusual places on your trip.

Located on Fisherman’s Wharf, you can easily combine your visit with other attractions in the area, including sea lions and a wide variety of interesting restaurants.

Price: Admission to the museum is free, but you have to pay to play various arcade games. The games range from 1% to $1, with most between 25% and 50%.

When: Open every day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

21. The Lombard Street stud farm becomes.

The car will be on Lombard Street in San Francisco.

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It may only be a small part of the road, and technically it is in the Russian Hills region (see below), but it deserves a special place in this list because of its crazy design.

Many people who visit the city only come to this area to use this road.

Lombard Street is long and runs through most of San Francisco, but it’s the eight-legged neighborhood that really attracts crowds to scare the locals.

There is a cable car stop at the top of the boulder, so it is easy to get there on foot from the surrounding area.

The area is so popular with cyclists who want to ride downhill that you can wait up to 20 minutes for the opportunity to go down a steep stretch. The traffic sign at the top of the page sets a speed limit of 5 miles per hour.

On good days thousands of visitors come to the Fishermen’s Wharf to watch the cars pass by – you can combine your visit with a walk a few blocks further north.

22. Crossing the Oriental bridge

View of San Francisco from the Bay Bridge.

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The Bay Bridge is not on your usual to-do list for San Francisco, but we love it, especially if you are already renting a car or coming to San Francisco for a road trip.

The full name of the bridge is San Francisco – Auckland Bay Bridge. It is actually a series of bridges where cars drive over two bridges between the two cities.

The hotel offers breathtaking panoramic views of San Francisco Bay and the city itself. You can combine it with the Golden Gate Bridge and form a full circle instead of going backwards. You can add the establishment of a famous university to the Berkeley stop, or visit one of the many large parks along the way.

Price: The intention is to gradually increase the transition rate during peak periods from $7 in 2019 to $9 in 2025 ($5 to $7 during non-working hours and $6 to $8 at weekends).

When: Go to the middle of the street to stay away from the traffic in the suburbs.

23. Experimental burritomission

The burrito is a very popular snack in San Francisco.


If there is one food that is truly endemic to the city of San Francisco, it is the Mission Burrito. You may not have heard of it before your visit, but I’m sure you’ll remember it.

The locals have a saying that San Francisco may not have invented the burrito, but they certainly perfected it. The missionary burrito is served throughout the San Francisco Mission District in Tuckeries.

Burrito’s mission is different from other burritos and that’s why. First of all, he is taller than his colleagues and is a more substantial well. The tortilla is then traditionally washed before production to soften it and expand the ingredients, in particular by adding rice.

If the weather is nice when you arrive, why not take the Mission Burrito of your choice and picnic in the Mission Dolores Park overlooking the city!

Price: Most cost between 7 and 10 dollars, depending on the burrito and where you find it.

When to try: Lunch or dinner of your choice!

24. Listening to jazz at the San Francisco Jazz Festival

Street show at the Fillmore Jazz Festival in San Francisco.

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There are several world-famous jazz festivals and in June one of San Francisco’s hosts will be in the spotlight.

Even if you don’t show up within two weeks of the festival, San Francisco is a great place to listen to jazz. Of course, it’s not as famous in this region as New Orleans, St. Louis, New York or New York City. The San Francisco Jazz Center (also in the Hayes Valley!) offers a year-round show, and you can find other quality venues throughout the city.

In general, you can choose from over 30 different concerts during the festival, and as it is organised by a non-profit organisation, admission fees are affordable, or you can see free performances by beginners and future artists in the open air.

Price: That depends on what you’re going to do.

When: The SF Jazz Festival runs for two weeks in June, with more shows after the action.

25. Visit to the Natural History Museum of the California Academy of Sciences

The interior of the Natural History Museum of the California Academy of Sciences.


The California Academy of Sciences functions as a museum and active educational institution in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

The museum includes an aquarium, a planetarium and a natural history museum in one place.

Tickets include access to all sections and it’s a great day with a very visual display combined with a large aquarium with large coral reef installations inhabited by a variety of colorful fish.

The museum is located next to the Botanical Gardens of San Francisco and the Japanese Tea Garden, which can be combined on the day of the opening of all natural things in the heart of the city.

Price: Tickets vary between $30 and $40 depending on the day and month, with small discounts for children under 18, students and those over 65.

Visiting hours: daily from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open late Sunday at 11 a.m.).

26. Study of art in the Order of the Legion of Honour

Honorary Legion Museum in San Francisco

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The Order of the Legion of Honor is part of San Francisco’s Museum of Fine Arts, which also includes the Museu de Jonga in Golden Gate Park.

The building is an exact replica of another building in San Francisco, the French pavilion built in 1915 for the Pacific International Exhibition in Panama. The French pavilion itself was a copy of 3/4 of the Palais des Légions d’Honneur in Paris.

The museum has an important collection of old and European sources, which is 6000 years old.

The art collection includes sculptures and paintings from all periods, including famous works by masters such as Rembrandt, El Greco, Renoir, Monet and Cézanne.

The collections often contain works of contemporary art by European artists, giving you a complete history lesson along the way.

Price: Adults – $15, over 65 – $12, students – $6, under 18 – free.

When to visit: Works Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30 am to 5.15 pm.

27. Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco

Entrance to the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco

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The Walt Disney Family Museum tells the life and work of Walt Disney and is located in the San Francisco Sentinel, in the Golden Gate Recreation Area.

This museum tells the story of how Walt Disney crossed the country to settle in Hollywood and became the most famous animator in the world.

Don’t be fooled by the name – Walt Disney never really lived in San Francisco, and this museum opened in 2009 as a tribute to his family’s life.

The museum has a lot of interesting things to offer: Thousands of solo exhibitions, including several awards and prizes, including a record 22 Oscars, most of them in the category Best short film (cartoon).

In 1939 Walt Disney won the cartoon category of the list of 5 nominations. Four out of five were exclusively Disney cartoons.

Price: $25 for adults, $20 for children over 65 years old and students, $15 for children under 18 years old, children under 5 years old travel for free. Temporary exhibitions cost more.

When: Open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

28. Meet the AmazingResearch Museum

Research Museum for Interactive Science in San Francisco

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The exhibition is a unique museum that offers its visitors a complete experience that combines science, art and human perception.

Originally located at the Palais des Beaux-Arts, the museum has moved to its current location at pier 15 in San Francisco.

The museum has more than 1,000 individual pieces, of which about 600 pieces at a time.

There is something for everyone and the museum is truly interactive and has been described by the New York Times as the largest science museum opened in the last 70 years.

Exploration is more than just a physical museum. There’s a huge website full of support materials that you can immerse yourself in within hours, and applications that can help you get around.

Located between the fishing quay and the ferry building, you can spend a long day exploring the nearby quays while visiting the museum.

Price: adults – $29.95, children over 65 and under 18 – $24.95, children under 13 – $19.95, children under 4 – free of charge

Operating hours: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday evening from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (18+)

29. Walking along the Beach Boardwalk in Lands End

The road across the end of the world to San Francisco overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge...

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Lands End is a park located in the northwest corner of San Francisco, with footpaths and steep cliffs leading to the water.

The park is less well known and less popular than many other areas of San Francisco, so it’s relatively easy to get there and park.

The park is a long but thin strip of land along the coast and offers the best views of the Golden Gate Strait and the Golden Gate Bridge.

The Coastal Trail runs through the park and stretches from Rock to Sea Rock – a 1.5 mile route can be covered in an hour if you drive in one direction.

The beginning of the path is well paved, but most of the path is dirty and cut off in some dangerous places, so it is advisable to wear good shoes.

There are three main attractions on the way to Lands End. First of all Lands End Point, an ideal picnic spot with the best view of the bridge. Follow the Lands End maze and Mile Rock Beach (not accessible for swimming).

Depending on the season and tides, there are at least 3 wrecks of old ships, migrating whales and a seal colony on the rocks.

30. Appointment in the Asian Art Museum

Asian Art Museum Building in San Francisco, California


San Francisco – Chong Moon Lee Museum of Asian Art The Center for Asian Art and Culture is one of the world’s most extensive collections of Asian art, ranging from ancient works to contemporary art.

The museum was founded as part of the Museo de Jonga and a large part of the collection comes from Avery Brundage, a Chicago millionaire and passionate collector of Asian art.

In 2003, the museum moved to its current headquarters, the building that once housed the San Francisco Public Library.

It regularly houses large collections of Asian art from museums and private collections around the world and is expanding its facilities to provide visitors with even more space to immerse themselves in the cultures of Iran, Central and Southeast Asia, China, Japan and Korea.

Price: Adults – $25, high school students (65+), students under 18 – $20, children under 12 – free of charge

Opening hours: from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., from February to August on Thursdays until 9 p.m., closed on Mondays.

31. Watching golf on the beach of the ocean

Sunset on the water at San Francisco's Ocean Beach.


The beach is the largest of San Francisco’s beaches and stretches for miles along the Pacific coast.

From Cliff House to Land’s End, the beach continues along the San Francisco Zoo.

The beach attracts many people – it’s best known for surfing with sea waves falling on land, and the water isn’t as warm as on other beaches overlooking the bay of San Francisco.

The beach is not really a good place to swim – the cold water and high tide make people drown here every year – even if you’re not far from the coast and just walking.

You will see many locals fishing – especially further down the beach and in the morning or at sunset.

Behind the beach is a path that is perfect for walking or running, but also for picnics and campfires, for which there are special pits. Don’t forget that alcohol is strictly forbidden on the beach.

32. Study of the National Park for Marine History

Hyde Street Wharf in Fisherman's Wharf, part of the San Francisco Marine National History Park.


The National Marine History Park includes several historical ships, a maritime museum and a visitor centre, making it an ideal place to study local marine history.

The park is located between Fisherman’s Wharf and Fort Mason, along the coast of San Francisco Bay. The large ships moored here range from the 1880s to the 1910s and include sailing and steamships.

The museum features many exhibits typical of San Francisco’s maritime history and is housed in a beautiful Art Deco building. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and focuses on the skills and techniques of maritime commerce.

If you want to know more, local rangers offer boat trips and you can board a rigged ship from Balklutha Square.

Price: Tickets for the park and museum cost $15 and are valid for up to 7 days if you want to return!

33. See Muir-bos tot Rijksmonument Rode Reuzenbos

Walk through the high red forests of the Muir Woods in San Francisco.


The Muir Woods National Monument is not exactly in San Francisco, but it is only a short drive from the Golden Gate Bridge, which is well worth the trip!

The giant mahogany and sequoia trees that grow here can only be found along the west coast of the United States. They are the tallest trees in the world and reach a height of more than 91 m (300 feet). These giants grow by hundreds of years and can reach more than 2000 years of full maturity!

If you like hiking, the Muir Woods Natinoal Monument is a great place – it is a vast area with beautiful hiking trails on and around Mount Tamalpais.

In summer the red forests provide a lot of shade and Redwood Creek runs through the park. Redwood Creek is home to native salmon and various species of game, including spotted owls. Red forests are not good for insects, and their shade restricts the growth of other plants, which in turn restrict other wildlife.

The only animals you will probably see are the Sonoma squirrel and the squirrel, and a deer, although they stay away from humans.

There is a $10 entrance fee to the park and don’t forget to book your tickets in advance if you are travelling by car or shuttle.

34. Smell the hipster fluid in the mission area

Street graffiti in Mission County, San Francisco.


Missionary County, commonly known as Missionary, may be the oldest in San Francisco, but it is also one of the brightest and most diverse.

Originally built as part of the religious mission of San Francisco de Acis, founded in 1776, the original mission building is the oldest in the city.

The Church of the Mission was built in 1791 and since then the area around the Mission has undergone centuries of development.

Today, the Mission District is known as a center of art, culture and food with a large Mexican population.

There are many independent shops, from small clothes shops and vintage clothing stores to fascinating bookshops.

Because of the mixed population and some great Mexican restaurants, you can find some of the best burritos in San Francisco.

Mission Dolores Park is situated on an elevated hill and is a great place to relax in the afternoon after a morning walk in the area.

35. California coastline

Family on the coastal path overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.


Speaking of the California Coast Trail: There are many more places in and around San Francisco where you can join this route.

The California Coastal Trail is an ongoing project to create a single hiking trail from Oregon to California to Mexico.

30% of the line is already equipped with adequate tracks and signs, and 60% has tracks with or without signs.

San Francisco is on this route and has one of the busiest stretches, leading from Point Reyes to Mussel Rock Park.

We mention a few places in this list, but you can join any path to find an amazing landscape. Good walking trails across the Golden Gate Bridge mean more wildlife and nature than more city parks along San Francisco.

36. View of San Francisco from Mission Park Dolores

A view of San Francisco from Mission Dolores Park with relaxed people.


Located just a few blocks from the trendy Mission neighborhood (see above) and east of Twin Peaks, Mission Dolores Park offers fantastic views of San Francisco and is an ideal picnic spot for the weekend.

Much smaller than many other parks in the city of San Francisco, Dolores Park, as it is called, has become a popular destination for locals, and on weekends up to 10,000 residents come to relax.

On the slope of the park is a large grassy recreational area with stunning views of downtown San Francisco and parts of the bay.

Between 2014 and 2016, the Dolores Mission Park underwent extensive reconstruction and landscaping, which led to the development of a new design and the allocation of a number of sports facilities.

Originally known as Mission Park, the proximity of the streets of Dolores and Dolores gave rise to a name that changed over time and was finally accepted by the authorities.

37. San Francisco Bay Passage

Sailing boats in the bay of San Francisco between Angel Island and Tiburon.

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Here’s another thing in San Francisco that strictly speaking can be out of town, although it really depends on how far you want to travel.

Like other cities on the west coast, such as Los Angeles, San Francisco fits in perfectly with nearby cities like Los Angeles, so you never feel like there’s a specific point where you’re going and going somewhere else.

The bay of San Francisco is a fascinating area with San Jose on one side and the Sacramento River on the other, which flows through several other bays.

You can explore the area for days, even weeks, from the wildlife parks on the east side of the bay to the beautiful classic Berkeley campus (part of the University of California), the World Technology Center in Palo Alto and Menlo Park (the headquarters of Google and Facebook are located directly on the bay).

If you have a day off, explore the different areas of the San Francisco Bay Area and continue on your way, depending on the time of day. A higher council is supposed to cross the Golden Gate bridge and then turn right to go along the bay to the town of Sausalito. On top of the hill there are houses on incredibly long metal poles that seem to float above the valley.

38. Ascent to Koittoren.

Coit Tower on a hill overlooking San Francisco.

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Coit Tower is a reinforced concrete structure in the Telegraph Hill area northeast of San Francisco.

This is another amazing place that can be seen from afar in the city, but Twin Peaks and Mission Dolores Park have a very different view from the Koit Tower.

An elevator built in 1933 takes you to the observation platform above, from where you have a 360-degree view of most of the bay of San Francisco, two bridges and Alcatraz, Treasure Island and Angels.

It can be difficult to reach the tower by car, as parking spaces are difficult to access and may require long waiting times. The Muni Bus 39 is another option than the Fishermen’s Wharf, where you can spoil your appetite and walk up the Telegraph Hill.

Price: Adults – $9, seniors (62+) and under 18 – $6, children under 12 – $2, children under 5 – free.

Operating hours: Every day from 10:00 a.m. From 10:00 to 18:00 м. (17:00 from November to March)

39. Spend a few hours at the San Francisco Zoo.

The lions rest in the San Francisco Zoo.

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The San Francisco Zoo may not be one of the most famous in the world, but it’s definitely worth a visit, especially if you have kids to play with!

The zoo is divided into areas that do not follow a certain pattern – there is an African region, a South American region, a section about cats and animals that do not fit into other regions, and a breeding area that is a mixture of everything.

One of the attractions is the black rhino house – they are extremely rare and endangered, and the San Francisco Zoo is part of global efforts to conserve this species.

The zoo also successfully breeds gorillas and has more than 250 different species. You will also meet a peacock that moves freely in the zoo.

The zoo is located between the Pacific coast and Lake Merced, south of downtown San Francisco. Please note that the entrance is to the west – if you have time, you can walk along Ocean Beach to and from the zoo.

Price: Adults – $23, seniors (65+) – $19, children under 15 – $17, children under 4 – free, weekday parking – $11, weekends – $13.

Operating hours: Every day from 10:00 to 17:00.

40. Visit to Notre-Dame Cathedral

Mary's in Chinatown, San Francisco

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St. Mary’s Cathedral St. Mary’s is the largest Roman Catholic cathedral in San Francisco and the surrounding counties. It’s located in the Cathedral Hill area.

To avoid confusion, there are two cathedrals of the same name that are close together. The old St. Mary’s Cathedral (pictured) was built in 1854 in the Gothic-Renaissance style and replaced in 1891 by the new cathedral of the same name.

The old building, known as the former St. Mary’s Cathedral, remained and was downgraded to a church, a status it still has today.

The cathedral was built in 1891 and burned down in 1962 after an arson.

Instead, the youngest St. Mary’s Cathedral was built – a modernist building completed in 1971.

Whether you’re visiting one or both, it’s really worth getting to know the history of the Catholic Church in San Francisco.

41. Stay with Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument and waterfall

Memorial and waterfall in Erba-Buen Park.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. The monument is located in the Yerba Buen Gardens, a small park in downtown San Francisco.

Yerba Buena is the name of the Mexican city that became San Francisco after the United States came to power in 1846.

Although the park is small and not often included in your usual guide, you should definitely take a city tour with a visit to the memorial inside.

Martin Luther King, Jr. The memorial and the waterfall that precedes it are dedicated to the memory of a famous equal rights activist. Famous parts of his speeches have been translated into the languages of San Francisco’s twin cities around the world and engraved on the memorial.

The fountain is actually the largest on the west coast. It is a quiet and peaceful place to think and escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

42. Travel via Union Square to San Francisco

Union Square in San Francisco with tables in a sunny café.

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Union Square is not part of the city, but at least seems to be one and is a mandatory stop on the way to San Francisco.

The area covers an entire city block and is known for its shops with a large number of boutiques and luxury stores, including the 11-story Tiffany building.

In fact, the neighborhood is so well known for its shops that the term Union Square tends to include the surrounding streets and shopping malls.

In the central part of the square there is a statue of the Greek goddess Nika and several tables with cafes.

The appearance of Union Square has changed drastically over time. A park with trees has given way to a more open design that you can see today.

The large outdoor area is a popular venue for city events and major concerts. So check if one of them is present during your visit!

43. Shops and restaurants in Place Girardelli

The Plaza Girardelli in San Francisco with its shops and restaurants.


Plaza Girardelli is located in San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf district (see above) and is San Francisco’s most popular tourist destination.

While we reported on the whole fishing port and some of its attractions, Girardelli Square deserves a special mention.

There used to be more than 40 different restaurants on the square, and although the number is not so high today, the choice is still the same.

The square is home to a large chocolate factory and a 5-star hotel, one of the few in this part of San Francisco’s marina.

Instead of a few restaurants, there are now a few shops and places where homemade beer and a wine cellar are served.

44. Exploration of the dynamic Castro region

Aerial view of the Castro crossing with rainbow-coloured zebra crossings


Castro’s territory is characterized by courage and pride. Rainbow flags are hung everywhere, and shops and bars will not let you doubt names that use LGBT jokes.

Hilly Castro is located in downtown San Francisco, next to the Mission and Hight Ashbury, while Twin Peaks is flanked to the south.

The area is served by conventional trams, which form an independent landmark. You can also shop at several independent and inexpensive shops in the area, as well as lively bars and nightclubs.

The Castro Theater is the city’s only cinema palace and shows everything from musicals to little known independent films – it’s worth it if you have a few hours off.

45. Grand Evening with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

The San Francisco Symphony Hall, part of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center.


Whether you love classical music or simply want to explore the different cultural events in the places you visit, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra is a great way to spend an evening, especially if you combine it with a good dinner!

The symphony orchestra was founded in 1911 and has been housed in the symphony hall of Louise M. Davis since 1980.

The main reason to listen is the quality of the performance of one of the world’s best orchestras, which has received an Emmy Award and 15 Grammy’s in the last 26 years.

Symphony Hall is located in the Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco in the heart of the city and is easily accessible from most neighborhoods. So if you have a night off, don’t forget to check what’s available and make sure it’s a night to remember!

Price: Tickets generally cost between $20 and $150.

When: Check their website to see what’s on there.

46. A hippie back in High Ashbury

The Hight Ashbury neighborhood with its colorful buildings in San Francisco.

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Named after the famous intersection of Hight and Ashbury, this San Francisco neighborhood laid the foundation for a global hippie counterculture in the 1960s.

Antique shops and various hippie-themed cafes and bars are scattered throughout the neighborhood, including cafes and themed nightclubs.

The area is also famous for its comedy clubs, where the famous Whoopi Goldberg Robin Williams started her career. So you might want to see young talent take their first steps.

The High Ashbury Street Fair takes place every June and features numerous events, three music venues and a great selection of street food – it’s well worth a visit if you’re in San Francisco when it takes place.

47. Discover the historic Noble Hill District of San Francisco.

Grace Cathedral on Knob Hill in San Francisco with a cable car in front.

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Knob Hill is located in the heart of San Francisco and has some of the most famous attractions and luxury hotels.

The area is named after the Knobs, owners of the Big Four who built the Pacific Railway in the 1800s.

The status of the rich has been preserved to this day: Some of the city’s best hotels, such as the Fairmont and the Mark Hopkins Intercontinental, are located here.

One of the richest regions in the United States has led to the development of art galleries, starred restaurants and cultural nightclubs, including the grand Masonic Center.

Small parks are everywhere and attractions like Grace Cathedral and the cable car museum make it a great place to explore.

48. See the mansions in San Francisco, Pacific Heights.

Colorful Victorian houses on the Pacific Heights in San Francisco


Pacific Heights San Francisco stretches from the Presidio to Van Ness Avenue overlooking the San Francisco Bay Area and most of the city.

Home to several billionaires, technology company owners and wealthy families, the Pacific Heights is known as the richest district in the United States.

The houses here undoubtedly correspond to this label – the enormous villas start at the top of the stairs of Lyoner street along the row of billionaires – if there are not enough large houses, it is a real French baroque castle with 27 rooms – the house of Sprekel.

Silicon Valley tech moguls often come here after they’ve done it with people like Larry Allison or Oracle and Johnny Ive or Apple who live here.

The area offers one of the best views – the first hill of the bay overlooks the Golden Gate Bridge and several parts of the bay, as well as the Presidio and other surrounding areas.

There are some great bars and cafes, but with houses and apartments in the area, often north of $10 million, you may not get the best coffee in San Francisco in Pacific Heights.

49. Experience a unique sound experience on Audio

An audience in San Francisco with sound sculptures played on 176 loudspeakers.


If you want a truly unique sound experience, San Francisco’s Audio Hall is the place to be.

Audium is a small theatre where immersive musical performances take place in total darkness.

Visitors can experience a mix of different sounds and senses, seemingly enhanced by the absence of other sensory impressions such as sight, touch, taste or smell.

The music is produced by 176 individual loudspeakers and combines the sounds of electronic music with acoustic sounds and various natural sounds.

Unlike other music shows you’ve probably visited before, you’ll certainly feel different in the Audium and experience something completely new.

Price: Ticket price: $20 per person

When: The show is open every day at 8:15 pm – please contact us in advance as the sound recording sometimes stops for a while.

50. Walking in the steep area of the Russian hill

Near Russian Hill - view from the roof in San Francisco

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The Russian Hill District in San Francisco, located between Nob Hill in the south and Fishermen’s Wharf in the north, is one of the seven hills on which the city is built.

Be prepared to go up and down some steep slopes if you want to explore this area. Not only does it have the famous Lombard Street heels (see above), but the rest of the area is as steep as the main streets and avenues that go up and down.

The most important thing is food and drink – there are many unique and independent cafes, ice cream parlours and the Cheese Plus Shop where you can buy fine cheese for a picnic or dinner.

Named after an old Russian cemetery that stood on a hill when it was built, the area, despite its name, has no real connection to Russia – even the Russian expatriate community lives mainly in Richmond, throughout the city.

Like many other places in San Francisco, the top of the Russian Hill overlooks the bay with two bridges and the island of Alcatraz. Like the rest of the city, San Francisco is one of the best places to go up and down the hills and explore the local independent shops and cafes.

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