Are you wondering which attractions to see in San Francisco? In our research to develop a Tourist Scavenger Hunt in San Francisco, we’ve come across much information. However, we wanted to share some of that information with you. Here are 8 attractions in San Francisco. Note that a separate list outlines attractions specifically in the Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood.
8 attractions to see in San Francisco
- Alcatraz Island
- Alcatraz Island welcomed the 1st lighthouse in the Western United States. It became a federal penitentiary from 1934 until 1963 and has since become a must-see attraction. Consider booking your visit for several months in advance due to regularly high demand.
- Coit Tower
- Lillie Hitchcock Coit donated to the city the necessary funds to build this art deco tower in 1924. Construction completed later in 1933 and the observation deck at the top opened for visitors. From the top, a full 360 view of the city and the bay is available and breathtaking. The elevator ride is 7$ (or so).
- Further, there is a Christopher Columbus statue in the parking below, in Pioneer Park. The city’s Italian-American community donated it back in 1957.
- Fisherman’s Wharf
- Fisherman’s Wharf is more fully covered by another post. It boasts The USS Pampanito (a WWII submarine), Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, and Ripley’s Believe it or not. You will also find here Ghirardelli Square and many other attractions and restaurants.
- Friedel Klussmann Memorial Turnaround
- The Friedel Klussmann Memorial Turnaround may also be called the Powell-Hyde Cable Car Turntable on several maps. It stands at Hyde and Beach Street. See here classic San Francisco cable cars arrive and turn around for their return trip to Powell street.
- Ghirardelli Square
- The Ghirardelli Chocolate factory originally opened in this now converted exterior shopping mall. Indeed, restaurants and shops open daily, next to Aquatic Park.
- In particular, Château de Blois in France’s Loire Valley served as inspiration for the Ghirardelli Square Bell Tower.
- Golden Gate Bridge
- The distinctive orange bridge opened in 1937. The Golden Gate Bridge practically rhymes with San Francisco. There are many vantage points from which to enjoy seeing it, both from up-close and further away throughout the city and water’s edge. Moreover, many stops along our Tourist Scavenger Hunt offer terrific views of it.
- Lombard Street
- Lombard Street extends east-west from The Embarcadero, in the North Beach neighborhood, and ends at Presidio Blvd. It runs through Cow Hollow, Russian Hill.
- However, Lombard Street is famous for a one block stretch between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets. It features 8 hairpin turns on a 27-degree angle. Beautiful flowerbeds flank its entire length.
- Pier 39
- Pier 39 is in the Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood of San Francisco and has been covered by another post already. This Pier boasts the Aquarium of the Bay, as well as quite a few other attractions, shops, and restaurants. Snap awesome pictures of Alcatraz and Angel Islands, the Golden Gate and Bay bridges from the edge of Pier 39. On the western side, sea lions bask in the sun for your viewing pleasure.
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Tourist Scavenger Hunt
We invite you to try our San Francisco Tourist Scavenger Hunt. This 2-hour guided walking tour takes you through Fisherman’s Wharf, Russian Hill and North Beach. You do it on your mobile phone (how it works). It can take up to 3 hours to walk depending on where you stop along the way. In short, it usually only costs $30 for your group. On the other hand, it is currently FREE until we obtain 10 positive reviews on Google and Facebook. Moreover, you will enjoy seeing these museums and much more while completing challenges and learning about San Francisco’s history.