San Francisco – Top 10 Attractions in San Francisco

One of the best things about San Francisco is that you can be in a museum in the morning and on a mountain in the afternoon. Cultural attractions exist alongside invigorating outdoor activities. San Francisco is known for its diversity – from the hippie haunts of Haight-Ashbury to Chinatown.

Following are top attractions in San Francisco:

1. Alcatraz:

Alcatraz Island, located in the middle of San Francisco bay, is an infamous federal penitentiary.

2. Golden Gate Bridge:

Stretching 4,200 feet and towering as high as a 65-story building, this well-known bridge is the gateway to San Francisco.

3. Chinatown:

Chinatown is an electric neighborhood of 100,000 people. Get a taste of Hong Kong’s present and past with its authentic markets and fantastic restaurants.

4. Fisherman’s Wharf:

Fisherman’s Wharf is known for its historic waterfront, delicious seafood, spectacular sights and unique shopping. The area offers some of the most incredible views of the San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge and the cityscape.

5. Haight-Ashbury:

At the center of the hippie culture of the 1960s, this trendy neighborhood now consists of upscale boutiques, Internet cafes and hip restaurants.

6. Golden Gate National Recreation Area:

Golden Gate is the largest urban national park in the world, containing 74,000 acres of land and water.

7. The Exploratorium:

The Exploratorium is a collage of hundreds of science, art and human perception exhibits.

8. Presidio National Park:

For 218 years, the Presidio served as an army post for three nations. It is now a national park with almost 1,500 acres of hiking and biking trails, beautiful beaches and stunning views.

9. Union Square:

Union Square is one of San Francisco’s main retail and cultural centers featuring everything from upscale department stores and boutiques to discount houses.

10. Pier 39:

Pier 39, the third most visited attraction in the U.S., offers several waterfront attractions including dining, shopping, live entertainment and sea lions.

Enjoy the many attractions San Francisco offers. From its eclectic architecture to its peninsular location on the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay to its famous landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island.

Damion Matthews is the founder and editor of SFLUXE, and has also contributed to Town & Country, 7×7, Salon, Dutch and other national publications.