30 July 2021 (updated)

The Best Travel Tips for San Francisco

San Francisco is among the most exciting cities in the United States. Whether you trek the neighborhoods or walk the Golden Gate, there’s nothing to compare with this West Coast wonder!

For the enthusiastic traveler, there are plenty of places around the world that offer a variety of tourist attractions. And, luckily for those who live in the United States, many of them can be found close to home! In fact, the city of San Francisco is one of the most popular sightseeing destinations in the world. From the Golden Gate Bridge to historic Haight Ashbury, find out why it’s inspiring for singles, couples and families alike!

Why Should I Go to San Francisco?

There are plenty of things to do in this California locale, but this port city is special for many reasons! Landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and Lombard Street might be well known. But, the city happens to be home to plenty of great neighborhoods that offer epic views of the Pacific Ocean. The neighborhood of Haight-Ashbury was once the center of the hippie movement. Across town, Italian area North Beach is famous for beatniks like Jack Kerouac that called the area home. Whether you come by taxi or transport, the San Francisco Airport is a stone’s throw from the city’s creative culture.

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What Is San Francisco Famous for?

From the hilly streets to the unique character homes, there’s no shortage of San Francisco family vacation ideas. But, if you’re heading to the city for the first time, make sure you don’t miss the best ones!

  • Golden Gate Bridge –As its most iconic structure, this red bridge is recognized internationally for hailing over San Francisco Bay. It also happens to be the world’s most photographed bridge! Opened in 1937, you can catch glimpses of this architectural wonder all over. And, if the weather permits, you may even want to walk or bike it one day too!
  • Alcatraz Island – Whether for couple or families, this is one of the city’s most famous sights. In fact, this island prison once held some of the country’s most hardened criminals including Al Capone! While the boat ride over is fun, exploring Alcatraz’s unique history can be interesting for everyone.
  • Fisherman’s Wharf – The wharf might be full of a lot of souvenir shops you might not mind missing. But, this waterside area isn’t without its charm. In addition to San Francisco hotels and restaurants, you may want to check out the National Maritime Historical Park’s fleet. If that isn’t your thing though, head to Pier 39 to see the sea lions and try some sweet treats!
  • Lombard Street – Hilly as the city is, this steep spot on Russian Hill puts all other streets to shame. Known as the ‘crookedest’ street in the world, watch cars as they slowly lumber down the switchbacked route. Whether you want to take a ride down it or snap a picture, it’s worthy of a visit.

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How Do I Spend a Day in San Francisco?

A San Francisco vacation with family is not complete without exploring its many neighborhoods. Fortunately, walking the streets is a great way to see the city on a budget. You may even want to share your finds with others on FamilyApp!

  • Haight-Ashbury – Once a suburb of the city, Haight Ashbury is known for its brightly painted Victorian homes and bohemian vibe. Of course, it’s hard to get away from what the area is famous for! As the center of the hippie movement, it was home to Janis Joplin and The Grateful Dead in the 1960s. To celebrate it, head to the end of the street and stop at one of the best record stores in the world, Amoeba Music.
  • North Beach – Known as the city’s Little Italy, many Italian immigrants relocated here to start restaurants and cafes or work as fishermen. It was even known as home for many members of the artsy Beat Generation. Fortunately, the low-key vibe and wonderful Italian eats make it a great spot for every traveler. You can even visit Coit Tower, a city landmark that offers 360-degree views of the SF gate.
  • Chinatown – It might sound surprising, but this neighborhood is one of the best San Francisco vacation destinations! Spotting the stunning Dragon Gate will usher you into one of the oldest Chinatown’s in the world. From traditional baked goods to her shops and restaurants, there’s plenty to spot in its 24-square blocks.

As one of the most popular destinations in the world, there’s a lot for San Francisco to be proud of! The city sights that will stun go well beyond the familiar landmarks. Do you have any San Francisco vacation ideas? If so, please share them with us in our comments! Whether you head to the landmarks or visit the neighborhoods, you’ll find a lot to love about this city

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