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

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

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

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

  5. Ferry Building Marketplace
    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 β€” 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
    With eight sharp turns in a short space, Lombard Street earns the distinction of “crookedest street.”

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

  10. Twin Peaks
    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
    Get up close and personal with your favorite celebs at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.

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

  15. Mission District
    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

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

  17. Pier 39
    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
    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

    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
    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
    Baseball fans need to stop at AT&T Park β€” home of the San Francisco Giants.

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

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

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