Top Ten San Francisco Attractions
Golden Gate Bridge
If you travel to San Francisco, then the Golden Gate Bridge is a must see. Acclaimed as one of the world's most beautiful bridges, there are many different elements to the Golden Gate which make it unique. With its tremendous towers, sweeping cables and great span, the Bridge is a sensory beauty featuring color, sound, light, and San Francisco's top attraction.
San Francisco is one of few places in the world where people travel from one place to another on a national historic landmark. Refurbished and equipped with new tracks, cables, turntables and cable propulsion machinery from 1982 to 1984, they operate much as they did on August 2, 1873 when the first car went into service. Today's fleet totals 38. Take a ride on a cable car and visit the Cable Car Museum are the best way to understand the worldwide popularity of this San Francisco attraction.
Union Square Shopping
San Francisco's upscale shopping mecca. Surrounding Union Square are the finest hotels, restaurants and stores. Gucci, Louis Vitton, Coach, Cartier, Disney Store, Macy's, Neiman Marcus and much more. Shop till you drop or until your wallet is empty. Artisans usually ply their ware in the square on weekends.
San Francisco Chinatown
Visit the largest Chinese community outside of China itself. The part of San Francisco Chinatown that travelers find interesting is along Stockton and Grant between Bush and Columbus. Step into a world of herb shops, hanging roast ducks, and incense-laden Taoist temples. Chinatown is a must see when you travel to San Francisco.
Alamo Square and the Painted Ladies
This park and its view have graced millions of postcards, guidebook covers, and TV shows. A civilized park with tennis courts in the middle, check out the view of the "Painted Lady" Victorian homes on Steiner Street with downtown in the background. This is a nice place for a couple to get away from the hordes of tourists that descend on the city during the summer.
Grace Cathedral and Labyrinth
This is the place to experience aristocratic San Francisco at its best. At the top of Nob Hill, the majestic Brace Cathedral has heavenly stained glass windows, magnificent architecture facing onto the park, and a pretty amazing labyrinth for people to walk through.
Alcatraz is one of San Francisco's most popular attractions. You will thoroughly enjoy touring the island and walking through the cell block where Al Capone, the Birdman of Alcatraz, and many others were once held. The infamous prison is located on Alcatraz Island - just a 10-minute ferry ride from San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf. Alcatraz is a must-see when you travel to San Francisco, and tours are often sold out over a week in advance, so book early!
Fisherman's Wharf is another one of San Francisco's more popular attractions. A long coastal row of seafood restaurants, street vendors, and souvenir stores is combined with a major fishing pier. The wharf can be reached by cable car from Union Square. Most ferry rides take off from here to scenic Marin County.
Originally known as the Barbary Coast, the Downtown Waterfront District has a rich history that dates from the Gold Rush. The Embarcadero Waterfront is home to over 120 quality shops and restaurants. Stores range from local, independent retailers to names that are internationally recognized, while restaurants provide a diversity of cuisine and dining styles. The Embarcadero Center is also the site of frequent special events that include wine and music festivals, art exhibits, garden shows and holiday ice skating.
SBC Park (SF Giants)
SBC Park, with its breathtaking views and classic design, received rave reviews throughout the country as one of the smash hits of 2000. The first privately financed ballpark in Major League Baseball since Dodger Stadium (1962), the Giants' new home features an inspiring nine-foot statue of America's greatest living ballplayer, Willie Mays; home runs that splash into McCovey Cove, an 80-foot Coca-Cola bottle with playground slides and miniature SBC Park behind left field that has become a magnet for kids of all of ages; and mass public transit that rivals any sports complex in the world. If you are traveling to San Francisco during baseball season, you have to catch a Giants game at SBC Park!
Paramount's Great America
Great America is Northern California's largest family attraction and is located about 45 minutes south of San Francisco in the city of Santa Clara. It is located on Great America Parkway between highways 101 and 237. This park is similar to the Six Flags model; some serious, heart-pounding thrill rides along with some kiddy rides mixed in with a cast of cartoon characters.