What is there to do in San Francisco?


I am a high school student in Vancouver, and I am going to San Francisco on christmas break. I will be there for 2 weeks, is there anything I should do and must do.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Must Do San Francisco

    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. During the height of tourist season it is wise to purchase tickets before you arrive as tours are often sold out days to a week in advance.


    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.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    There are many "must see" attractions in San Francisco. Alcatraz, Muir Woods, The Cable Car Museum, Golden Gate Park (visit The Buffalo Paddock, The Japanese Tea Gardens, and The Botanical Gardens), San Francisco Zoo, Chinatown (visit the fortune cookie factory), Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf for shopping and dining, Coit Tower (go to the observation deck for a beautiful view of the city). You'll also want to ride on a cable car, drive across the Golden Gate Bridge, and drive down the crookedest street in the world, Lombard Street. Angel Island is another good place to visit and is very scenic.

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

    OK having lived in the Bay Area for 35+ years here is my personal top 10 list:

    1. Alcatraz - it's a must do at least once

    2. Get out on the Bay - in a sailboat, the new Rocket Boat (take it at Pier 39)

    3. Drive down Lombard Street - it's actually not the most crooked though but it's cool

    4. Eat sourdough and fresh shrimp at Fisherman's Wharf

    5. Watch the street performers between Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39

    6. Bike across the Golden Gate Bridge

    7. Go watch Wicked - it's awesome!

    8. Eat at a really expensive and swanky restaurant - maybe on Thanksgiving! Sorry I can't recommend one!

    9. Go to Pier 39 and watch the sea lions play king of the hill!

    10. Take a Segway scooter tour. They teach you how to ride them and narrate your tour as you scoot around.

    And more right here: http://www.san-francisco-waterfront-attractions.co...

    Have a wonderful time!

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  • 4 years ago

    Definately rent a car and drive north to the Wine Country. Napa Valley is the more famous and larger, Sonoma Valley is more personal (and cheaper). You'll spend a full day tasting, eating and perhaps walking and shopping. Walk on the Golden Gate Bridge. Drive across it and park at the visitors center on the North side. Walk to the middle, or as far as you want, and back. Its a mile long. Muir woods in Marin County to the North makes for a good walk and chance to see Coastal Redwood trees. North Beach in SF is a great fun neighborhood for dinner. There are many good Italian restaurants. Well, Americans think they are good; it might be fun for you to see what we think of as Italian food. The part of town made for tourists is Fishermans' Wharf and Pier 39. It is fun, get a crab cocktail on the sidewalk at the Wharf; visit the Shark experience at Pier 39 and shop. Whatever. Walk up to Guillardelli Square for more shopping. The baseball team is playing at home between August 6 and August 12, but not if you are coming the week after that. You can take a tour of the bay in a boat. You can also tour the old prison at Alcatraz - that's a very good and popular thing but I would not recommend taking the time it takes if you have just a week. Get a map of San Francisco, or google for directions to get up to the top of Twin Peaks. Drive there for a great view of the city, both at the top and as you drive back down. There are lots of clubs with music or comics. Ask at your hotel or a cab driver for ideas.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    San Francisco of Modern Art Museum

    Coit Tower

    Aquarium of the Bay

    Ruby Skye

    Cartoon Art Museum

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  • 1 decade ago

    Definitely see Wicked. Also, segway tour is a MUST! Visit the Fairmount it is a beautiful hotel. Grab something to eat. Take a wine tour and visit Alcatraz. Have fun!

    Source(s): Been to SanFran 5 times and going again in 3 weeks.
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  • 1 decade ago

    *_~ So glad that you're considering San Francisco for your vacation.

    Try to stay in Union Square. When you arrive at the airport, take the SFO air train that goes around the airport, then you’ll get off when you see Bart, take Bart to Powell Station (should be about $6-9 and it takes 20 mins ) that’s Union Square.

    http://www.bart.gov/ for schedule..

    I just love the weather and the diverse culture here!! Traffic can be hectic but still bearable. Public transport is great! You can always take Bart, ferries, bus, taxi or cable car etc. However, if you don’t have much time or want to travel beyond the city – I think a car would help a lot. Yes, you have to pay for parking, but save you time to go more places faster..

    Try the “City Sightseeing Open Top Bus Tour” which is about $30. “This unique open-topped bus tour of San Francisco includes four different routes, the Downtown Loop, the Golden Gate Loop, the Park Loop, and the Night Loop.” You're free to hop on and off as often as you want on the downtown loop.

    Embarcadero is wicked nice, and it's not THAT far, so you could really just walk down it to the Ferry Building. http://www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com/

    On Saturdays they do a nice farmer's market and you can get lots of good stuff. Walk down to Pier 39.

    GET THE San Franciso POPOUT Maps—

    I loves these POPOUT map- you get to see where you are-

    =) No Thinking required, especially on vacation. (Look at the pictures.)

    I have about 20 of these map of different cities.. It was so useful when I was in Europe!

    To Save money: get the “Go San Francisco”,


    Cable Car (Union Sq to

    Ferry Building

    Pier 39

    Alcatraz or Angel Island

    Japan town

    Lombard Street


    Coit Tower

    Fishermen's Wharf

    Union Square for Shopping

    Golden Gate Park – Walk across the bridge

    Academy of Science

    Union Street

    Ocean Beach


    Palace of Fine Arts

    San Francisco Zoo

    Westfield Shopping Centre

    DeYoung Museum

    Yerba Buena Gardens

    SF Giants Fair at AT&T Park

    Take the ferry to Tiburon or Sausalito

    Segates is a great way to travel around the city.

    Gray Line's Yosemite in a day- Daily depart 7am

    San Francisco Giants- Baseball Game

    49ers- Football games

    Winchester Mystery House Mansion- overrated.

    Gray Line's Motorized Cable Car City Tour

    *_~ Unique places in San Francisco

    -à Must be Open minded and bring your camera for tons of pics.!! We always bring our guest from out of town to these places. Have early dinner at Asia SF about 6pm and then a show at Beach Blanket Babylon.. They loved it and never forget SF.

    à For half price shows/comedy/sports etc.. Try www.goldstar.com

    à Academy of Science during the night time- $10 buy ticket in advance.

    http://www.yelp.com/biz/pho-garden-san-f… - Try the pho challenge


    San Jose- Winchester Mystery House and Great Mall outlets in Milpitas.

    Santa Cruz area- 30 mins from San Jose and less than an hour away south of San Francisco

    Santa Cruz Beach Boalkwalk - http://www.beachboardwalk.com/

    The Mystery Spot : http://www.mysteryspot.com/

    Another 20 mins away- The famous Monterey Bay Aquarium/Pier- stay overnight. (Romantic)

    check out the beautiful shore of Carmel to view Pebble Beach.

    Napa Wine Country is about 2 hours north of San Francisco.

    They have wine tour that brings you there form any SF hotels. Visit their outlet and Wines tours. Yummy!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    ummmm Pier 39

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  • 1 decade ago

    Go to Union Square and see sinners kiss all around the streets!

    Yea thumb me down!

    Good job for listening to me!

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  • 1 decade ago

    there is sooo much to do there visit this website http://www.mapwest.com/events/htdocs/top_20.html#

    Source(s): fav place always go there
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