Very Popular San Francisco Attractions

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San Francisco Attractions

A Look at Some Great San Francisco Attractions

Let’s take a look at some of the most Popular San Francisco Attractions suitable for the entire family. San Francisco, California has always been one of our favorite places to visit in the United States!

This beautiful City on the Bay in the State of California is filled with attractions, making it a perfect family vacation destination.  On our most recent visit, we packed up the motor home and drove down the beautiful Oregon and California coastline from our home in British Columbia.

There is such a variety of things to see and do, you could spend your entire vacation in the city and still not see all the wonderful attractions it has to offer.

As a matter of fact San Francisco was recently named …

“ #1 for Best U.S. Vacations and Best Summer Vacations ”

by U.S. News & World Report

First, have a look at this nicely done video listing a few exciting attractions in San Francisco.

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I have been fortunate enough to have visited San Francisco many times over the past number of years and always look forward to returning every chance I get.  Many years ago I used to drive Charter Bus in Vancouver BC and always looked forward to driving tours down to this wonderful city.

It’s a city filled with exciting history, arts, culture, shopping, dining and amazing nightlife.

If you have a family with children, there are endless sites and attractions for everyone to enjoy!

Very Popular San Francisco Attractions

Fisherman’s Wharf is a Major Attraction

Fishermans Wharf San Francisco

When you arrive in this colorful city on the west coast, it is difficult to decide what to see first.  Must see sites include …

Alcatraz Prison

Golden Gate Bridge

Fisherman’s Wharf


just a few for starters.

One of my favorites is riding the beautifully restored Cable Cars that the City has gathered and restored from all over the nation.  I am always fascinated and impressed with San Francisco’s attention to tourism and what keeps people returning over and over as a result of this. Every time I visit this unique City, there always seems to be additional attractions being added to the list.

 Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco

As an expert author with Ezine Articles, I am always looking for interesting stories and relevant travel information from other such author’s that may be useful for my readers.  Below is a nicely written piece on a few of the more popular attractions that I thought was worth sharing with you and which offers some helpful tips on things to do and see.

Destination Guide – San Francisco

                 San Francisco Cable Cars                              

Introduction to San Francisco

San Francisco undoubtedly deserves its honor as Everyone’s Favorite City, for it is one of America’s most tightly inhabited, with millions flocking each year to experience the stunning city by the bay, its  superb attractions and outstanding restaurants.

Very few places enjoy such a laid-back atmosphere, varied mix of individuals and an eclectic character.

Getting there

San Francisco International Airport is situated 23 km south of San Francisco. The Bay Area Rapid Transport or “BART” Rapid Rail service easily connects the airport to the city center.

This provides a connection to the Caltrain commuter rail service at Milbrae Station, from here trains leave frequently to San Francisco downtown.  Regular bus service also leaves every thirty minutes or so in the direction of the City. Taxis take around one hour to the city center. Car rental is widely available and a cost-effective option.  Oakland International Airport is 12 miles from the Oakland suburb and has similar Rail and Bus links.

The World War II Balao Class Fleet Submarine is one of the many sites to see!

USS Pampanito (SS-383)

USS Pampanito San Francisco


Visiting and stepping down into the USS Pampanito was definitely one of the attractions I enjoyed most of all in the city.  It was like going back in time and really makes you appreciate what our veterans experienced and endured for our freedom.  As well, in the back ground of this photo is the infamous Alcatraz Island Prison.


San Francisco Sites

Historic Alcatraz Island Prison

Alcatraz Island Prison

What to See:

* Golden Gate Bridge

The rust-colored towers, elegant suspension and supportive cables of the Golden Gate Bridge make this legendary symbol of San Francisco the most photographed bridge in the world, and visible from nearly any high point in the city, although it is often cloaked in rolling fog.

* Alcatraz Island

Out in the center of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz Island, or The Rock is one of Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s most well-liked destinations.

* Fisherman’s Wharf

Some people love the bustle of Fisherman’s Wharf, while others make a conscious effort to steer well clear of it. Either way it is extremely popular, attracting more people than any other city sight, with Pier 39 the commercial tourist center.

* The Cable Cars

One of San Francisco’s most charming attractions is its network of 130-year-old cable cars, the only mobile National Historic Landmark in the country, and the world’s only present system of cable cars.

* North Beach

Amid Russian and Telegraph Hills, North Beach is San Francisco’s Little Italy, that has long been the central hub for anyone with alternative inclinations.

During the 1950s the pleasure-seeking, non-conformist existence of the Beat Generation and their rebellious literature contributed to the neighborhood’s alternative character and tourists poured into the district for Beatnik Tours.

* Golden Gate Park

Of the numerous open green spaces in San Francisco, Golden Gate Park is the largest and the loveliest stretching from The Haight District to the Pacific Ocean, featuring gardens, lakes, many sporting facilities, and museums.


 Beautiful Architecture and Floral Displays

Main Attractions in San Francisco


There is an extensive range of hostels, bed and breakfasts and luxurious hotels to suit everyone’s budget as well. The main and most popular areas of accommodation would be in …

Downtown Section


Fisherman’s Wharf


Old San Francisco Poster

Nightlife in San Francisco

San Francisco Night Life

The nightlife in San Fran is as varied as the city itself. Every one of the neighborhood bars in San Fran has its own unique vibes and travelers looking for something beyond mainstream won’t have far to look.


San Francisco’s SOMA or (South of Market District) is the place to go for electronic music, hip hop and chill art lounges.

* Mission District

This is where you want to go if pub crawling is your thing.

* Marina District

More elegant than the above the Marina district, offers a more upper class option.

San Francisco’s North Beach  is open until the small hours and is full of strip clubs and secluded bars.

By []Paul Oneill

The Port of San Francisco

San Francisco Tourist Attractions

Simply Too Many Attractions to List

Paul gives just a sample of the many things to do while visiting this City.  I strongly suggest you include San Francisco in your family holiday plans at some point in time.  You certainly will not be disappointed!

From strolling the streets throughout the City and gazing at the beautiful architecture of old homes and buildings, riding the streets cable cars or having fresh crab at Fisherman’s Wharf, it’s all here for you and your family to enjoy. 🙂

You may want to take in a professional sports event like a San Francisco 49’ers football game or perhaps a San Francisco Giants baseball game, or simply taking a scenic walk over the Golden Gate Bridge.  You may even want to consider taking a beautiful scenic drive through the Napa Wine Valley and attend one of the exciting  NASCAR Races at the same time held each year in the area.  A great event for the entire family!

This magnificent City will keep you and your family occupied for days on end.  The many attractions in and around the City will keep you entered for weeks!

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for more detailed information on things to do, places to stay and how to get around this great City.

With the exception of San Francisco Night Life, all of the photographs above were taken by family members on our recent visit to the San Fran! 🙂

Have you visited San Francisco? If so, what did you enjoy most in the city?

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Did You Know …

“Before it was renamed to San Francisco, this small city by the bay was called Yerba Buena. Yerba Buena means, “Good herb” in Spanish.”

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