Best things to do in San Francisco

Fisherman’s Wharf

Dine at one of Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco restaurants, check out the sea lions sunbathing on the docks and watch the street performers.

Take a tour

Take a double decker Hop-on-hop-off bus tour, or ride the Duck and tour the historic streets, then cruise the bay!

Ride a Cable Car

The cable cars in San Francisco are $6 for a one way trip or get a San San Francisco cable carFrancisco CityPASS and ride them as often as you want. There are 3 cable car lines with the most popular being the one that operates between Powell and Hyde street.

If you are a history buff, or just want to check out what makes the cable cars run, the Cable Car Museum houses the cable car’s history and all of the machinery that operates all of the cable cars in San Francisco.

Bike the Golden Gate Bridge

Rent a bike for about $9 per hour (most cap out at $36) from Fisherman’s Wharf and bike across to Sausalito. You will enjoy the view, get a chance to tour Sausalito and get some exercise.


San Francisco boasts the largest Chinatown outside of Asia. There are many inexpensive souvenir shops and authentic Chinese food restaurants. Also be sure to visit the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory on the corner of Washington and Ross, where you can see how fortune cookies are made and try a sample.


Only a federal prison for 29 of its 100+ year history, Alcatraz is famous for her infamous inmates, and their many escape attempts. But the fortress has served as a military prison, has housed a group of American Indians and is now under the care of the National Park System. The ferry ride and audio tour are $26 per person.

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