San Francisco isn’t an ordinary city. Roads have high slopes and houses radiate in cute pastel tones.
Have you always wanted to see San Francisco? But you don’t know which sights to choose? Here is a brief overview of the most important places that you definitely don’t want to miss.
1) Painted Ladies
If you know the series “Full House”, you already know the “Painted Ladies” – these sweet Victorian-style houses are featured in the intro of the series. The Painted Ladies were built in the 19th century and are among the few buildings that were not completely damaged by the 1906 earthquake. Opposite is a park, which is a meeting place for many dog owners with their four-legged friends. From the “Alamo Square Park” you have a nice view over San Francisco.
Painted LadiesView from Alamo Square Park
2) Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge is a must when visiting San Francisco. This place is soo beautiful, you can shoot photos there, that look like postcards. Take a bicycle ride or go by foot over the bridge, to really enjoy the view. As it can get very windy and cold on the bridge, you should get dressed very warm.
3) Pier 39 – Fisherman’s Wharf
Pier 39 is a part of Fisherman’s Wharf and is located just north of the city. San Francisco is very small and well-arranged, you can reach everything by foot, also the public transport system is a dream. Cable cars and buses run all around the clock. Pier 39 is a very touristy place, so I wouldn’t linger here too long. There are a variety of souvenir shops and restaurants, but most are very expensive. Extremely famous is the wooden pier at Pier 39, where the seals sunbathe. For a change, visit the Aquarium of the Bay. In addition to different species of fish you can also experience sharks up close.
4) Golden Gate Park
The Golden Gate Park is not as intended, near the Golden Gate Bridge. Although it is also west, but slightly south of the famous bridge. The sightseeing of the park could be combined with the Painted Ladies, as these sights are only about a 30 minute walk from each other.
The Golden Gate Park is beautiful. It consists of several theme parks. There are also several museums in the park, but you pay extra for museums and theme parks. I especially liked the “Japanese Tea Garden” and the “Conservatory of Flowers”.
Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park
Japanese Tea Garden, Golden Gate Park
In Chinatown there are countless souvenir shops and Chinese restaurants. It is mainly Chinese and English spoken. It feels like taking a trip to China.
6) Little Italy
Little Italy follows the same principle. Buildings were built in the Italian style and you can end the day comfortably while eating pizza.
7) Lombard Street
Lombard Street is the famous looping street that has become famous through numerous shows such as Full House. Beautiful flowers were planted on the roadside, so you can shoot great photos here. In addition, this place offers a magnificent view of the Pacific. I would plan on taking Lombard Street as a short stop on the way to the next attraction, as it is just a street that you take a short photograph and then move on again.
Alcatraz is the famous high-security prison located in the middle of an island in San Francisco Bay. However, since 1963 there are no more inmates on the island and the prison is offered as a tourist attraction with guided tours. Since this sight is heavily visited, I recommend to book the tickets far in advance, otherwise there is a risk, there are no longer tickets on stock. You can get the tickets online at Alcatrazcruises.
9) Russian Hill-Macondray Lane District
Russian Hill is a posh area north of San Francisco and known for its chic and expensive homes. From the hill you have a great view of the city if you can’t make it more southerly to the Twin Peaks. Twin Peaks is famous for its breathtaking view of San Francisco.
View from Russian Hill-Macondray Lane District
10) Cable Car
If you have ever visited San Francisco, you have to ride on San Francisco’s Cable Cars at least once.
Have you ever been to San Francisco? If yes, which sights did you visit? What did you like best in San Francisco? Let me know and write it down in the comments. I’m looking forward to reading about your experiences!