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Things to Do in San Francisco: From Whale Watching to Chinatown

It's fun to play tourist in a city like San Francisco, where fun meets you at every bend, and there is no shortage of things to do. With historic attractions and breathtaking vistas, hop on a vintage cable car and see the best sights in town. Explore the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, andHaight Ashbury. Ride through the top landmarks, diverse neighborhoods, bustling shopping district and enjoy what this city has to offer.
Head to the embarcadero and set sail on a ferry ride to the historic abandoned prison on Alcatraz Island. Listen to an audio tour for an authentic experience of its historic past. Stroll up to the popular tourist haven of Fisherman's Wharf and savor some of the freshest catch and sourdough bread baking in every direction. Along the way, stop to watch the sea lions camped out on Pier 39. With cute shops, plenty of dining and even a Madame Tussauds Wax museum, this area alone will keep you busy for days.When hunger strikes, take the BART train to the largest Chinatown in North America. Sample the dim sum first hand, and then walk over to Union Square for the ultimate retail therapy. Tap into the local culture and watch a parade, enjoy some cocktails or simply just people watch.


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  • Chinese New Year
  • Bay to Breakers Footrace
  • Union Street Festival
  • Haight Ashbury Street Fair
  • SF LGBT Pride Parade
  • SF Sketchfest


  • Ride a Cable Car
  • Sample sourdough bread on Fisherman's Wharf
  • Shopping in Union Square
  • Stroll across the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Dining in Chinatown
  • Alcatraz Tours


  • What are some popular things to do in San Francisco?

    For a quintessential San Francisco experience, go to the most photographed orange-hued bridge, and cross the Golden Gate Bridge by foot, bike, or car. Head to the embarcadero at Fisherman's Wharf for whale-watching, sourdough bread tasting, and access to the ferry to Alcatraz. Spend some time shopping in Union Square and then head to Chinatown for the best dumplings in America. Hop on a double-decker tour bus for some serious sight-seeing, and of course, no trip to San Francisco would be complete without getting on a cable-car to your next destination.
  • What attractions are there to see in the San Francisco area?

    While visiting the San Francisco Bay area, live like a local or a tourist by checking out some iconic attractions. Head to Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf for to watch the sea-lions and whales jumping in the bay. Cross over the Golden Gate Bridge, catch the San Francisco Giants play ball at AT&T Park, and spend a day at the San Francisco Zoo and Gardens. If you are looking for a place to enjoy California's great outdoors, then visit Golden Gate Park, which offers green pastures, lakes, trails, a playground, gardens, and a museum right on premises.

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