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There’s so much to see and do in San Francisco that it would be impossible to do it all in one trip. Start by checking out these top 25 places to visit in San Francisco.

25 great things to do in San Francisco

  1. Golden Gate Bridge
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    It’s the most iconic sight in all of San Francisco and one of the seven wonders of the natural world.


  2. Angel Island
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    Hop on a ferry across the bay to spend the day, hiking, picnicking and soaking up the sun on Angel Island.

  3. Ghirardelli Square
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    It’s one of the sweetest places to visit in San Francisco with shops, restaurants and more chocolate than you can dream of.

  4. San Francisco Cable Car Museum
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    After riding a cable car, head over to the San Francisco Cable Car Museum to learn more about them.

  5. Ferry Building Marketplace
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    Check out what local fishermen, farmers and artisans have to offer at the Ferry Building Marketplace.

  6. Alcatraz
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    Hop on a ferry and head over to Alcatraz — the notorious penitentiary turned tourist attraction.


  7. St. Francis Fountain

    Founded in 1918, St. Francis Fountain is the city’s oldest soda shop and ice cream parlor.


  8. Lombard Street
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    With eight sharp turns in a short space, Lombard Street earns the distinction of “crookedest street.”

  9. Presidio
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    Enjoy a hike, picnic or leisurely walk at this national park that used to be a military post.

  10. Twin Peaks
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    As the highest hills in the city, Twin Peaks is one of the top places to visit in San Francisco for a stunning view.

  11. Chinatown
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    Experience the culture, enjoy the food and shop for souvenirs in Chinatown.


  12. La Taqueria

    For over 40 years, people have been lining up to get their hands on burritos from La Taqueria.


  13. Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
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    Get up close and personal with your favorite celebs at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.

  14. Exploratorium
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    With over 600 hands-on exhibits, the Exploratorium is a fun and educational experience for the entire family.

  15. Mission District
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    This artsy neighborhood is one of the most popular in the city. Check out the beautiful murals along the alleys, great boutiques along Valencia, and top restaurants like Gracias Madre, Lolinda, and Lazy Bear.

  16. Union Square
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    Check out some of San Francisco’s best shopping in Union Square.


  17. Pier 39
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    Pier 39 offers views of the bay and the sea lions sunbathing below. It’s also near the Aquarium of the Bay. A great location of tourist attractions, restaurants, and gorgeous views

  18. North Beach
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    North Beach is heavily influenced by European culture with cute cafes and boutiques very close to downtown. Stay for dinner and have an amazing Italian meal.

  19. Golden Gate Park

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    The 1,000-acre park has wide-open spaces, playgrounds for the kids, waterfalls and a herd of buffalo. Rent a bike to explore the entire property, you’ll be surprised by everything to offer.


  20. California Academy of Sciences
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    Located within Golden Gate Park, the CAoS has a planetarium, rain forest, aquarium, and natural history museum inside.

  21. Fisherman’s Wharf
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    Fisherman’s Wharf is home to dozens of fun attractions, good food and touristy shops.


  22. AT&T Park
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    Baseball fans need to stop at AT&T Park — home of the San Francisco Giants.

  23. San Francisco Zoo and Gardens
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    The 100-acre zoo houses over 2,000 endangered and rescued animals.

  24. Legion of Honor
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    Explore more than 4,000 years of ancient European art at Legion of Honor in the Presidio.

  25. Napa Valley
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    Head out of town to enjoy the beautiful vineyards and delicious wines in Napa Valley.