is known for: Historic Sites, Lighthouses, islands, Natural History Museums, National Parks, Nature Wildlife Areas and National Parks.
No matter what the weather is like in the city, bring a jacket! The weather is erratic on this rocky outcrop in the bay!
Programs are free and worth it! The Alcatraz park representative will give a brief orientation, about what is happening that day. If your brave enough, consider booking a night tour of the island. Don't miss seeing the island's historic gardens, which were once tended by the inmates themselves. Be sure to book your tickets a few weeks in advance, especially in the summer and on holidays. You will need to set aside a few hours for the ferry rides and lots of time to explore the prison interior and exterior.
San Francisco's main shopping hub, Union Square is surrounded by beautiful shops, restaurants and hotels. Stroll among the luxury shops on Maiden Lane, and even visit one of many gallery s. From premium designers to affordable brands, there's something for everyone.
Head down the road to Westfield San Francisco Centre for more great shops, including Bloomingdale's. Be sure to check out the circular escalators in the Nordstrom Center.
San Francisco is home to the largest Chinatown outside of Asia, which has been a bustling area since the late 1800s. It is filled with interesting shops, restaurants, tea houses and much much more.
Try walking along Stockton St (between Columbus and Broadway), where you'll pass live markets selling everything you can imagine and more. If you're hungry try House of Nanking and be sure to try the potstickers!
After lunch go to the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory for a visit.
is one of most popular tourist attractions. There are restaurants, shops, street performers, and even a aquarium of the Bay. Don't forget to see the California sea lions in the marina.
The pier is right next to Fisherman's Wharf, which is famous for fresh Fish from both walk up and sit-down restaurants.
The Golden Gate Bridge:
is one of the most visited and photographed bridge in the world. Take a walk across the bridge to help understand why the bridge is so awe inspiring and why it was so difficult to build. Be sure to bring a camera to capture the great views.
is quaint and lovely town that is reminiscent of an Italian village. It's got many shops, plenty of waterfront restaurants, and charm.
Try renting a kayak or a stand-up paddle board. Then stop for a bite at on of the local seafood restaurants and enjoy the views of the San Francisco Bay. You can either take the ferry in from Pier 39, or walk or bike down into town after crossing the Golden Gate Bridge.
The Golden Gate Park:
is a large rectangular shape, much like Central Park of New York City. The park contains gardens, museums and ample green space. Popular attractions within the Golden Gate Park include the California Academy of Science, the DeYong Museum, the Japanese tea gardens, Conservatory and the San Francisco Botanical Gardens. The Golden Gate Park is one of the largest and most popular parks in the US and one of San Francisco's most important attractions.
The Cliff House:
has been watching over the Pacific since 1863. It's now part of the Golden Gate Recreation Area and serves up San Francisco classic dishes like the stellar Cliff House Bistro Burger. It's only about a 15-minute walk from the Golden Gate Park to the Cliff House.