Welcome to the best city in the world (ranked by the Time Out Index in 2021)! Yes, it's none other than San Francisco. Rich in culture, sparkling at night, windy as the weather goes, and artsy as the streets show, the city has everything you ever desired.
From a morning walk on the Golden Gate Bridge to late-night parties in luxurious clubs, the city barely even sleeps. During the time in between, you can escape to the Alcatraz Islands or walk down the zig-zag Lombard Street. There are so many things to do in San Francisco.
Whether you are a foodie, nature lover, or museum freak, you will find various ways to fulfill your inner desires in this amazing and beautiful city. Due to its all-around qualities, we have listed some of the best places in the city that will surely keep your eyes on them.
Top 10 Places in San Fransisco You Can Not Miss!
Ignore the numberings of the list as this is negotiable. What better attracts you will always be on top, right? So just to ensure you at least do not miss the unique taste of San Fransisco, these 10 places must slide up on your bucket list. Check out the fantastic places, the Golden City has to offer you-
Zig-Zag Lombard Street
One of the most bizarre streets in San Francisco is Lombard Street. The 8 sharp turns down the Russian Hill make it bizarre. But trust me, you would love the view down the street with beautiful gardens and mansions along the way will surely make you one of the few o go down there. Hyde Street cable car will drop you off at the top of the street from where you can stroll down or drive cars down as the path is made one-way only.
Just about 20 minutes ride from downtown are the twin peaks where you get a panoramic view of the entire city. Sitting at an elevation of 925 feet, the Eureka and Noe mountains provide a complete 180° view from end to end of the city and its amazing skyline. Although the best view is to get there early and watch the rising sun over the horizon.
Wish to befriend a sea lion! Get to the docks of Pier 39. With two levels of shopping, dining, and fun activity, this place will be a perfect evening spot for your trip. However, most of the tourists only get to this place for watching the famous Californian sea lions.
Don’t go by the name, it's much more than just a ferry terminal. It has a historic significance and has a huge clock tower at the top. But most importantly the building holds a variety of shops and some of San Francisco’s most delicious cuisines. The marketplace has a variety of sweets, treats, cheeses, coffee, pastries, and wine (brewed from Napa and Sonoma), which you can carry back home.
The Exploratorium is a unique museum with six indoor and outdoor galleries to explore and expand your perspective. Here you can get down with your kids, while adults can attend 18+ AfterDark sessions on Thursdays.
Palace of Fine Arts
One of the renowned architects, Bernard Maybeck built this wonderful palace with the center of attraction being the domed building reflecting the Greco-Roman architecture. Inside a park, beside a lagoon, the palace is a famous wedding and photography destination. It was originally built for a temporary display at the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition world fair, but it grabbed all the attention so it was permanently kept in the city.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Interested in art? Get to the Museum of Modern Art and explore the world’s largest collection of modern and contemporary art spread across seven floors of the building. The gallery features more than 33,000 pieces of art ranging from all shapes, sizes, and forms including paintings to sculptures, photography, design, and more. You can also get a glance at new art forms at the seasonal exhibit from guest artists from all over the world.
Golden Gate Park
Golden Gate Park is another beautiful place for seasonal events, photography, and weddings within the city that attracts millions of visitors. Spread over more than 1,000 acres of land, the park incorporates perfect lawns, crystal lakes, and all manner of rare, beautiful plants.
An island prison for once captivating the most notorious criminals in Los Angeles, now Alcatraz Island sits amidst the freezing waters of San Fransisco Bay as a mere tourist attraction. If you get to the island make sure to opt for the audio tour which will give you a thrilling insight into the minds of old hardened criminals.
TIP: If you seek more adventure make sure to get there at night and relive the tale of the wandering spirits of the dead inmates haunting the place. Spend at least 3 hours or till morning to see the beautiful sight of the rising sun.
Golden Gate Bridge
The iconic landmark of the city, the Golden Gate Bridge, is a 1.7-mile-long marvel of human engineering seen through the naked eye. It has also been called one of the "Seven Wonders of the Modern World." Built in 1933, the bridge still holds all eyes open to the wonder of human creations. The bridge connects the city to Marin County in northern California.
The list could go as long as you wish, but I have a word limit to deal with. So this surely ends at 10 here but you can experience hundreds of them once you are in San Fransisco. No matter what place you visit in San Fransisco, do make sure not to ignore these 10 places, as they hold uniqueness that can only be found in this city. If you loved reading the blog, share your love by sharing it with family and friends and encouraging them to travel.