First time in San Francisco?

I've never been to San Francisco before and I'm heading there next weekend for two and a half days. What are the must-sees? BTW, I'm under the drinking age.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    My Must Do San Francisco though it will be a challenge to fit this all in two and a half days.

    1. Ride a Cable Car, the only moving historical landmark in the world. Stop off at the Cable Car Barn at Washington and Mason to get a full understanding of this unique form of transportation. Riding the Powell Hyde line will allow you to see Lombard Street the famous crooked street.

    2. Visit Alcatraz, this former prison is the most popular destination in San Francisco. The bay cruise to and from the island will give you the opportunity to see the skyline from the water a unique perspective

    3. Visit Coit Tower, Beautiful murals inside, impressive bay view from the tower or Pioneer Park at the base. Then descend Telegraph hill via the Filbert Steps on the East side of the park for a unique view of how folks on Telegraph Hill live, more beautiful bay views and the chance to hear and see the famous Parrots of Telegraph Hill.

    4. Golden Gate Bridge, not just a feat of engineering, this 1.7 mile span offers incredible views of The City, the bay and the Pacific ocean. Be sure to visit Ft. Point under the bridge for a different view of this San Francisco Icon.

    5. Explore Golden Gate Park, this large urban park can consume a whole day. The New Academy Science, Japanese Tea Garden, Deyoung Museum [American Art], the Arboretum, Bison Paddock, and Paddle boats are all worth a look and watch the sun go down over the Pacific over a drink or dinner at the Beach Chalet.

    6. Chinatown, the most densely populated portion of San Francisco offers the largest Chinese center for shopping, food and unique architecture found outside of Asia. The best place to buy souvenirs to take home to friends and family.

    7. North Beach, traditionally the Italian section of the city which has no beach but abounds in quaint shops, great restaurants and The City’s best coffee options.

    8. Civic Center, the largest collection of Beaux Arts buildings in the US. Home to San Francisco City Hall, with a dome larger than the US Capital, the Asian Art Museum and the Modern San Francisco Library with its San Francisco History Room housing an eclectic collection of city artifacts and photographs.

    9. Buena Vista Gardens, this urban park is home to; the Museum of Modern Art the Museum of The African Diaspora, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Contemporary Jewish Museum, Cartoon Art Museum and the Metreon will keep you entertained for hours.

    10. Twin Peaks, see The City and the bay spread out at your feet. Especially captivating at night when the lights seem to go on for ever.

    Have fun!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Ride a cable car, drive down the crookedest street (Lombard St.), drive across the Golden Gate Bridge, visit Alcatraz, Chinatown, Muir Woods, Golden Gate Park, The San Francisco Zoo, eat some great seafood on Fisherman's Wharf, go shopping at Pier 39 or The Embarcadero.

    Source(s): Visited San Francisco many times
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  • 1 decade ago

    Ride the trams and do the trip to Alcatraz

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    try some cable cars

    go to chinatown

    eat/shop at fisher-men's wharf

    umm...downtown has many pretty shops

    muir woods is really pretty too

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