San Francisco – Favorite City by the Bay

“San Francisco has only one drawback… it’s hard to leave.”
– Rudyard Kipling

Golden Gate Bridge, SF

San Francisco is one of the country’s top destinations. The popular cosmopolitan City by the Bay is renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty, cultural diversity and the arts, charming Victorian architecture, a temperate climate and world-class sailing on the bay. And like London and Florence, SF is an interesting walking city. It’s only 49 square miles and everything is conveniently located, so you don’t need a car to get around. If you’re visiting San Francisco for the first time, we always recommend taking a hop-on-hop-off double-decker bus tour. It’s a great way to see all of the city’s top attractions and you can always go back to the places you want to spend more time visiting.

Fun San Francisco Attractions

There are so many things to do and see in San Francisco and the Bay Area. It can be a little overwhelming, especially if it’s your first visit. San Francisco’s most popular attractions include the world-famous Alcatraz, Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39. The city is also home to many world-class museums, including the Asian Art Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), the de Young Museum, Exploratorium Science Museum and the Legion of Honor. Here are some of our favorite SF attractions you won’t want to miss:

Culinary Trendsetter – Fun for Foodies!

San Francisco is a food-lover’s delight where originality, creativity and ethnic diversity abounds. It’s one of the nation’s top culinary destinations, with more eclectic cuisine and gourmet restaurants than you can count. North Beach is one of our favorite neighborhoods. It’s filled with cozy Italian restaurants, outdoor cafes, coffee houses, bustling nightclubs and bars. And SF’s Chinatown, one of the nation’s oldest and largest, is a fun place for tea-tasting, Dim Sum and incredible Chinese cuisine. Stroll along Fisherman’s Wharf. Its historic waterfront area offers unique “tastes” of San Francisco. Street vendors sell portions-to-go of fresh Dungeness crab, shrimp cocktails, fried calamari, and other delicious seafood delicacies. Don’t miss a visit to Boudin Bakery at the Wharf, famous for its Sourdough Bread filled with Clam Chowder, a delicious San Francisco treat. 

San Francisco and Bay Area Street Fairs, Festivals & Fun Events

Throughout the year, San Francisco and the Bay Area features a variety of fun Street Fairs, Art & Wine Festivals and Special Events. Most of these fun family-friendly events are free to the public.

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SF Bay Area Sports

SF Bay Area is home to the Golden State Warriors, San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, San Francisco 49ers, San Jose Sharks and the San Jose Earthquakes.

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Book SF Sightseeing Tours, Day Trips and Fun Things To Do

Book an Alcatraz Tour and have fun exploring the island and its famous penitentiary. Alcatraz also offers Evening Tours and Behind the Scenes Tours. Take a Guided Bike Tour or Walking Tour around San Francisco’s most historic neighborhoods. Sail across SF Bay on a Sunset Catamaran Cruise. One of the best ways to see San Francisco’s most popular sights is aboard a Hop-On-Hop-Off Double-Decker Bus Tour. See SF’s most famous landmarks and hop on and off at your leisure. It’s a great way to see everything at your own pace. Take to the sky in a scenic Helicopter Tour and get a birds-eye view of the city’s top attractions. Enjoy a Champagne Brunch Cruise as you sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and admire skyline views. 

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The Best Time To Visit San Francisco

The best time to visit San Francisco is during the Spring or Fall, when it’s warm and sunny. Winters are usually mild too, especially compared to the East Coast. The fog – San Francisco’s natural air-conditioner – rolls in along the coast during the summer months (mornings and evenings). So, if you’re planning a trip in July or August, bring layers, just in case.

Note to tourists: Never refer to San Francisco as “Frisco” or “San Fran” – San Francisco or SF is just fine. 🙂

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