San Francisco Attractions A to Z
Follow our abridged version of the city's driving tour and you can avoid traffic jams, skip the boring parts and turn 49 those miles into something more like a 20-mile drive.
All the things you need to know to avoid a sell out or a disappointing encounter with less-than-truthful marketing. When to go, what to take. Where to get tickets.
Angel Island State Park
Sometimes called the "Ellis Island of the West," Immigration Station is only one of the things to do on this island with 360-degree views of the bay.
Asian Art Museum
One of the largest Asian art museums in the West. Collection represents over 40 Asian countries.
Aquarium of the Bay
A diver's-eye view of the bay.
AT&T Park: San Francisco Giants Baseball
Of course you can watch a baseball game here when the Giants are at home, but you can also take a behind-the-scenes tour when they're not playing.
Bay Lights on the San Francisco Bay Bridge
The monumental night time light sculpture skyrockets the Bay Bridge into one of San Francisco's top sights.
Beach Blanket Babylon
Beach Blanket Babylon has been running in San Francisco for decades. It's stage show with a uniquely San Francisco theme
On a nice day, a Bay cruise is a good way to rest your tired feet and see some of the San Francisco attractions from a different angle.
Cable Car Ride
For the visitor, San Francisco cable cars are not a means of transportation but a destination, one of the things one has to "see" if they go to the City by the Bay.
Cable Car Museum
It's called a museum, but it's really a tour of the heart of the cable car operation where you can see the cables being turned.
California Academy of Sciences
Includes the Steinhart Aquarium, penguin feedings, snake feedings and opportunities to talk to aquatic biologists as they do their work. Located in Golden Gate Park, the new building opened in 2008 has a grass-covered roof and many other "green" features.
One of the best-known gay districts in the country is a quiet neighborhood with lots of locally-owned shops and the city's most beautiful movie palace.
One the top San Francisco attractions, Chinatown is easy to find - and it's easy to miss some of its best spots, too, but you'll find them all with this easy guide.
Not every city's seat of government is also a tourist attraction, but San Francisco's is a grand structure, famous for many unique events. The story of its preservation is fascinating, too.
Better thought of as one of the San Francisco attractions than as a restaurant. People have been coming here since 1863.
This white tower atop Telegraph Hill is an icon. Our guide tells how to get there, when to visit and how to see the second-floor murals. One of the top San Francisco attractions.
De Young Museum
Located in Golden Gate Park, this museum features an extensive art collection and impressive rotating exhibits.
San Francisco's innovative, hands-on science museum is fun for everyone - no matter what your age or how much you think you like science.
It's still a transit center, but nowadays it's better known for restaurants, artisan food shops and the city's biggest farmer's market.
Learn how to go behind the scenes at this most famous of San Francisco attractions.
An arts center that includes Greens Restaurant, Magic Theatre, and the BATS Improv comedy club.
Fort Point National Historic Site
Tucked under the Golden Gate Bridge, this never-used 19th century fort has a fascinating story.
It's most famous for the chocolate factory that was once there - and the for candy shop that still is, but it's also a shopping and dining complex that you might enjoy.
Golden Gate Bridge
Discover where to park without worrying about getting a ticket, where to find the best views of the bridge and when you can take a free guided tour. One of the top San Francisco attractions.
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
An urban national park that administers many San Francisco attractions.
Golden Gate Park
One of the country's most famous urban parks. Find out where to see the buffalo herd, how to visit the Japanese Tea Garden or what's inside its famous museums.
A Gothic masterpiece on Nob Hill.
Return to the scene of the Summer of Love. One of the 1960s most famous San Francisco attractions is still a fun place to visit and great for shopping, too.
The only remnant of the 1800s commercial district.
Japanese Tea Garden
Designed by gardener Makoto Hagiwara for the 1894 Midwinter International Exposition.
Legion of Honor Museum
Beautifully sited overlooking Lands End, the Legion of Honor holds a nice collection of Rodin sculptures and other notable art works.
Find out where the "crookedest" street is and how to get there. One of the top San Francisco attractions.
Founded, in 1776, its proper name is Mission San Francisco de Asis and it's one of the oldest surviving Spanish mission churches in the state.
Maritime National Historical Park
Commonly called Hyde Street Pier, this outdoor park has some great old ships to explore.
Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
The architecture rivals the art for your interest at this museum designed by Mario Botta, an internationally acclaimed architect.
Nike Missile Site
This Cold War remnant is open to the public once a month. Located in the Marin Headlands, near Sausalito.
Some call it "snob hill." Since the 19th century railroad barons lived there, it's been on of the city's poshest neighborhoods.
Palace of Fine Arts
This greco-roman ruin beside a reflecting pond was built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition from a Bernard R. Maybeck design. It is the one of the few standing remnants of the fair.
Use the Pier 39 visitor guide to find out what you'll see there and where to park. One of the top San Francisco attractions.
Point Bonita Lighthouse
Just getting to this Marin Headlands lighthouse is half the fun.
It was a military base for over 200 years, but now it belongs to the National Park Service. Over 1500 acres of land with hiking trails and terrific views.
Ripley's Believe it or Not
Weird and weirder, the kind of stuff kids love.
San Francisco Zoo
Some say the whole city is like a zoo, but this is the official one.
Shrine of St Francis of Assisi
Established in 1849, the current structure was built as a parish church in 1860. Today, it's the shrine of the city's patron saint.
It's the third-largest shopping area in the United States. Get a street-by-street guide to the square and surrounding area. One of the top San Francisco attractions.
Walt Disney Family Museum
A guide to visiting the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, includes how to get there, what to see, how long it takes
A wave-activated acoustic sculpture.
Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf
You know the drill - somewhat lifelike-looking models of famous people made from wax. You either like that kind of thing or you don't.