Seven things to do in San Francisco
They say you may leave your heart in San Francisco, it’s a lively city by the Bay full of things to see and do. Make sure you don’t miss seven things on your next trip.
The Cable car is the most fun way to get around San Francisco. Hop on and ride the steep hills all the way down to the waterfront like San Francisco residents have been doing since the 1880’s.
San Francisco’s free-spirited, quirky vibe helped birth America’s hippie counterculture in the 1960s. When visiting the area where the Summer of Love began, check out Booksmith and their literary events, Kezar Pub and Amoeba Music.
Picnic in Alamo Park
Take the bus or cable car to Alamo Park to take in views of the city and the famous Painted Ladies on Steiner Street. Alamo Square was used in the opening credits of Full House when the family was having a picnic. Their actual house is located at 1709 Broderick Street (also in San Francisco) if you’re keen to see it.
Here is where you’ll find San Francisco’s famous sea lions soaking up the sun, restaurants serving clam chowder in sourdough bread, many maritime museums and the departure point for boat cruises around the bay or out to Alcatraz. The notorious prison housed felons from 1934 to 1963 and now runs tours daily.
The Golden Gate Bridge
The iconic Golden Gate Bridge stretches across the Bay and offers great views of the city and out to Alcatraz. Take one of the boat cruises out at sunset or walk across the suspension bridge for some great photos.
The most crooked street in the world, with eight hairpin turns, sits on top of a steep hill near North Beach. Both pedestrians and cars carefully wind down the road past grand Victorian mansions. Join the queue to walk down and catch the cable car back to Chinatown.
San Francisco’s Chinatown is the oldest and largest in North America. Enter through the pagoda, grab dinner and an egg custard tart, before wandering the narrow streets to decorated with red lanterns to explore the shops Chinatown has to offer.