San Francisco is an exciting and fun city to visit. There are so many choices when it comes to deciding what to do in San Francisco. I am fortunate to have been able to visit this city multiple times and I would love to go again. When I went to San Francisco for the first time my parents were driving me to college which was a couple hours away. For my first visit to San Francisco I made a list of all of the things that I wanted to see. While we all have different interests I hope that this list of top things to do in San Francisco will give you some insight into the fun you could have.
For me the first thing that comes to mind when I think of San Francisco is the Golden Gate Bridge. This beautiful bridge is one of the most iconic spots in California. As far as I’m concerned no visit to San Francisco is complete until you lay eyes on the bridge. Some of my favorite pictures that I have ever taken were of this bridge. You can walk or drive across the bridge which I would recommend because the best views are across from San Francisco. There are no longer toll booth operators at the bridge which means that you will either need to pay the toll before you visit or after. For payment information please click here: http://goldengatebridge.org/tolls_traffic/toll_rates.php The toll is only collected going one way.
Riding a cable car was pretty high on the list of things I wanted to do in San Francisco. Not only did I think that the cable cars looked like a fun way to see the city I also wanted to stand on the side of it like DJ did on Full House. How many cities have you visited that have cable cars for you to ride on? When I visit places I like to do things that are unique to that city and the cable cars fit that bill. San Francisco is well known for the steep hills and the cable cars were created to safely get people up and down those hills. Currently there are still three different cable car routes and I rode on the Powell/Hyde line. Tickets for the cable cars are $7 for a one way ticket and will give you a great memory.
Have you ever seen so many Sea lions? I was amazed by how many I saw at Pier 39 and it really was quite a sight to see. Pier 39 is full of places to eat, shops, and there is a lot to see with all of the live entertainment. It tends to be crowded as it is one of the more touristy areas of San Francisco but I think it is worth visiting anyway. If you are looking for a shirt or something that says San Francisco on it this is a great place to look for one. Plus Fishermans Wharf is very close by which provides even more reasons to visit. This is on my favorite places to visit when I am in the area.
Lombard Street is famous for its sharp turns making it one of the most crooked streets in the world. My Dad drove us down this street and while I enjoyed experiencing it I am glad I was not driving. If you don’t wish to drive down Lombard Street you can always take the stairs. While I think the street itself is pretty and worthy of a picture the view of the city from the top of the street is equally as picturesque. Lombard Street does not take very long to visit which makes it easy to fit into a busy schedule.
Alamo Square is home to the famous “painted ladies” which can best be viewed from the Alamo Square park. I liked stopping here to take pictures and walk around the park. The “painted ladies” are the Victorian houses pictured above which are featured in several TV shows and movies. This is the park that the Tanner family is seen having a picnic in during the opening credits of Full House. To see the original house used for Full House you will want to visit 1709 Broaderick Street.
The Walt Disney Family Museum
I wish I had pictures from this to share with you but on my visit here in 2010 they did not allow any pictures. When my friends and I went to the museum we had a difficult time finding it because a bank in San Francisco also has the exact same address. The Walt Disney Family Museum is located inside the presido so you will want to make sure your gps understands that or you will wind up lost and frustrated. The museum was founded by Walt Disney’s daughter Diane and is a very special place for fans of Disney to visit. There are exhibits with information on Walt’s life before he got started making movies. My favorite part was the Disneyland exhibits which are so full of information and as a previous tour guide for the parks I can really appreciate what I saw. At various times of the year they will switch out some of the exhibits so if you plan to visit be sure to check out their website first to see what they are offering.
Everything listed above is my own list of top things to do in San Francisco. I know that I didn’t mention everything worth doing in the city. Everything that made my list is something that I have done or a place that I have visited. Alcatraz is an incredibly popular place to visit when in San Francisco but the idea of going there freaks me out. Alcatraz did not make my list because I have no desire to go there and have zero information to provide on it. Just because something didn’t make my list doesn’t mean that is not worth including in your trip. I created this list to share where I like to visit in the city to help inspire you should you visit. Doing your research prior to a trip is a great way to make sure that you get to see and do some cool/fun things. I am hoping that on my next trip to San Francisco I can attend a Giants baseball game which I think would be a blast.
What are your top things to do in San Francisco?