Despite being one of the smaller cities in the United States, San Francisco is one of the most popular cities for tourists. Its Northern California location offers an almost unlimited number of activities and things to do both within the city and within driving distance. Besides the amazing things to see in San Francisco, you can also visit Napa Valley Wine Country, Lake Tahoe, Silicon Valley, Yosemite National Park and more.
San Francisco attracts over 25 million visitors every year to enjoy the amazing restaurants, major events, music festivals, and more. The city is chock full of famous attractions and landmarks, despite being a fairly small city at less than 50 square miles. Perhaps the most iconic landmark is the Golden Gate Bridge, which connects San Francisco to the North Bay. Its beautiful art deco design and International Orange color are recognized worldwide. Alcatraz is another popular attractions in San Francisco and probably attracts more visitors than any other attraction. The former federal penitentiary, located about a mile off the coast of San Francisco, was once thought to be the most secure prison in the world and house notorious criminals like Al Capone and George “Machine Gun” Kelly. Other popular attraction within the city include the Palace of Fine Arts, Haight-Ashbury, Golden Gate Park, Union Square, Lombard Street, Pier 39 and Coit Tower.
Outside of the city holds even more amazing things to see and thing to do. Muir Woods, home to the giant California Coastal Redwoods, is a popular day trip from San Francisco. Bus tours can take you to the famous forest that was featured in movies like Planet of the Apes, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and Jurassic Park. Wine Country, located just north of San Francisco, offers a huge amount of amazing wineries, restaurants, museums and more. Winery Tours to Napa Valleyand Sonoma Valley are a popular experience for locals and visitors to the area. Other popular attractions outside the city include Silicon Valley, Pebble Beach, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park, Santa Cruz Boardwalk and more.
If you are visiting San Francisco and want to make sure you don’t miss out on the best stuff, check out the top attractions in San Francisco below.