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Must See Attractions in San Francisco

Post Last Modified – February 27, 2024 ¦

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Top Rated Must See Attractions In San Francisco

San Francisco, California has always been one of our favorite places to visit in the 🦅 United States.
This beautiful 🏙 City on the Bay, is absolutely filled with attractions, making it a perfect vacation destination.
Let’s take a look at a few outstanding …

🌺 Must See Attractions In San Francisco 🌺

to consider checking out if/when you should be visiting this beautiful city on the west coast.

On our last visit, we packed up the 🚌 motor home and drove down the beautiful; Oregon and California coastline, from our home in 🌲 British Columbia, 🍁 Canada.

There is such a variety of things to see and do, you could spend your entire vacation in this city, and still not see all the wonderful attractions it has to offer. As a matter of fact San Francisco was named …

“#1 for Best U.S. Vacations and Best Summer Vacations”
by U.S. News & World Report.

First, check out this nicely done short 📹 video, listing a few exciting attractions in San Francisco.

San Francisco Smart Tourist – YouTube Video


I’ve been fortunate enough to have visited San Francisco many times over the past number of years, and always enjoy 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.

Actual Bus I Drove Years Ago!

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

Attractions In San Francisco Worth Seeing

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
✔ Walk Across The Golden Gate Bridge
✔ Visit World Famous Fisherman’s Wharf
✔ Explore San Francisco’s Chinatown

These are just a few of the more popular attractions, just to get you started. One of my favorites, is riding the beautifully restored 🚃 Cable Cars 🚃 that the city has gathered up, 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.

Things Not To Miss In San Francisco – Destination Guide

San Francisco Cable Cars

Introduction To San Francisco – California

San Francisco undoubtedly deserves its honor as; Everyone’s Favorite City.

It is one of America’s most tightly inhabited cities, drawing tourists from all over the world each year. They come to experience this stunning {City by the Bay}, with its superb; attractions, outstanding restaurants and so much more!

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

San Francisco Airport

Getting There

✈ San Francisco International Airport is situated about 23 kilometers, or 12 miles south of the city proper.

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, where 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 and 🚗 car rentals of course, are is widely available from the airport as well.

✈ Oakland International Airport is 12 miles from the Oakland suburb, offering similar; Rail and Bus links.

🗺 Be sure to check out the {Google Map} box at the bottom of this post for the cities exact location. 🗺

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Best Attractions In Downtown San Francisco

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, really making 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.
Robert 🙂

Top Rated Tourist Attractions In San Francisco

Historic Alcatraz Island Prison

Alcatraz Island Prison

Things Not To Miss In San Francisco

Below, I’ve listed 6 very popular attractions, that are worth adding to your list of things to see and do in the city. I have also included ⛓ links to the official websites for each attraction, for your convenience.

* 🌉 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 often cloaked in rolling fog.

* 📸 Alcatraz Island 📸


Out in the center of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz Island or The Rockis one of Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s most visited 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 San Francisco 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 1950’s 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

Top Things To Do In San Francisco – Nightlife 

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.

Best Things To Do In San Francisco

The Port of San Francisco

San Francisco Tourist Attractions

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Paul gives just a sample of the best things to do while visiting this City.  I strongly suggest you include San Francisco in your 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.

Must See Attractions In San Francisco

Photo by Brett Sayles from Pexels

You may even want to consider taking a beautiful scenic drive through the 🍇 Napa Wine Valley and attend one of the exciting … 

🏁 NASCAR Races, 🏁

held each year in the region. Just another exciting event to take in, the entire family will love!

Be sure to visit the Official website below to the 🌺 San Francisco Travel Association. it’s an excellent website to assist in planning your visit to the; ⚓ City By The Bay.

🗺 Check out the {Google Map} box at the bottom of this post for the cities exact location. 🗺

San Francisco Logo

⚓ San Francisco Travel ⚓


Most all of the photographs above were taken by family members on our visit to San Francisco.

Be sure to grab a CityPASS® for your visit and save huge on many of the cities major attractions. We used the pass in New Your City and it was excellent!

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✨   Did You Know …

“Before It Was Renamed To San Francisco, This Small City By The Bay In The State Of California Was Called Yerba Buena. Yerba Buena Means (Good Herb) In Spanish.”

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A Blogger Since 2012, Robert has a {Passion for Travel}, having worked in the industry for over 35 years. He enjoys sharing special moments & tips on; Travel, Health & Wellness, Book Reviews and much more!

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