San Francisco, also known as the Bay Area, City by the Bay, San Fran or Frisco, is a great vacation spot that can accommodate tourists who love the outdoors, science or sports. San Francisco is also the second most walkable city in the U.S, according to Walk Score.
Iconic, must-see architecture includes the Golden Gate Bridge, which was once considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.
The next stop on your trip is Pier 39, where you can spend an entire creating memorable moments. For those who love sea creatures, you will be well exposed to marine life between visits to the Aquarium of the Bay, the Sea Lion Center and the sea lions at k-dock. If animals are not your thing, you can take a scenic trip on the Blue & Gold Fleet’s Bay Cruise, which takes you on a one-hour journey that travels underneath the Golden Gate Bridge. You’ll see Alcatraz, the city skyline, the Bay Lights and more.
Recharge your smartphone while grabbing something to eat at the Starbucks in Anchorage square, then make a stop at Madame Tussauds wax museum, one of only seven in North America.
You can also hop on an island ferry to Alcatraz Island, which is located 1.25 miles offshore from San Francisco. From 1934 to 1963, Alcatraz was home to some of America’s most dangerous prisoners and convicts— Al Capone, James “Whitey” Bulger, and George “Machine Gun” Kelly being just a few of the most notorious names that called the maximum-security prison home. Now it’s one of San Francisco’s most prominent landmarks and popular tourist destinations, so be sure to book your ferry in advance.
If you love science, you can visit the California Academy of Sciences. Be sure to charge up beforehand as you’ll take lots of pictures. Starbucks is located just a short distance south-west of the California Academy of Sciences.
Another fabulous hot spot for those who prefer indoor activities is the Walt Disney Family Museum, found in the Presidio. The Presidio grounds once operated as an active Army base and was the strongest coastal defense on the Pacific Coast until 1994. The main museum building was once a barracks used to house soldiers. You can recharge your phone with an afternoon coffee at Starbucks 1 Letterman Drive.
There is plenty to do in San Francisco. Whether you plan to spend most of your trip outdoors enjoying the scenery and wildlife or indoors absorbing some history or culture, there is something for everyone.