Following New York City and ranking in the number two spot for highest population density in the country, San Francisco has long been a popular destination for tourists and business professionals alike. The northern California hub is full of unique attractions, destinations, and five-star restaurants. With so many different things to see and do, it can be a challenge figuring out where to start. Here is a list of some of the top-ranked activities all travelers should explore on their first visit to San Francisco:
See the Golden Gate Bridge
What is a trip to San Francisco without seeing one of the most photographed sites in the world? There are several different popular viewpoints of the Golden Gate Bridge, from both the North and South sides. However, one of the best ways to experience the size and glory of the bridge is by walking or biking across it.
Visit Alcatraz Island
Hop on a ferry and take a ride over to Alcatraz Island, most famously known for the prison which once housed Al Capone. Visitors can partake in a free audio tour of the facility as they tour the prison buildings. Tickets to get to Alcatraz Island book up quickly, so it is recommended to plan accordingly.
Explore Fisherman’s Wharf
Head down to the waterfront community of Fisherman’s Wharf and be delighted with an abundance of tasty food options and excellent people watching opportunities. Grab some fresh seafood or sign up for one of the many available tours in the area. You may even have the chance to spot the sea lions who sunbathe on the docks in the area.
Ride a Cable Car
Riding a cable car is iconic to San Francisco. This moving landmark takes visitors throughout the city, providing a unique travel experience for tourists. As the last manually operated system in the country, taking a ride on the cable cars should be a must when visiting the city.
Eat in Chinatown
If you are looking to eat some authentic Chinese food, look no further than a visit to Chinatown. At eight blocks long, San Francisco’s Chinatown is one of the largest Chinese communities aside from China itself. There is a ton of architecture to see, and even more Chinese food to be eaten. Enjoy the several markets scattered throughout the neighborhood and pick up a few souvenirs along the way to remember your time.