Local Attractions

San Francisco offers an endless array of sights and experiences, all within a short walk or a ride on the easy-to-use Muni Metro streetcars. World-class art, architecture, and cuisine are all within reach, and we look forward to pointing you in the direction of all that interests you.

Chinatown

Stroll along Grant Avenue to take in the rich and teeming atmosphere of one of the nation’s most vibrant Chinatowns. The Far East comes alive in its many shops, food markets and temples. Be sure to duck down narrow alleys for the most authentic experiences.

Golden Gate Bridge

An inspiration to behold, San Francisco’s iconic landmark soars above the entrance to the bay. When it opened in 1937, it was the world’s longest and tallest suspension structure. Today, six lanes carry traffic and a free pedestrian walkway spans the bridge’s 1.7 miles.

The Presidio

Evidence of the Presidio’s past as a military fortification is everywhere. But the centerpiece of today’s Presidio is the Palaces of Fine Arts and the Exploratorium. Admire its neoclassical Rotunda, an architectural masterpiece, and experience its science museum, considered the most engaging in the country.

Golden Gate Park

Landscape gardening reaches its peak at Golden Gate Park. Explore its winding pathways, three world-class museums, Japanese Tea Garden, all-glass Conservatory of Flowers, and Tulip Garden complete with a Dutch windmill. Leisurely diversions and delights appear around every corner in this spectacular pleasure park.

Haight-Ashbury

 “Flower Power” was born among Haight-Ashbury’s Victorian mansions, bohemian-style cafes, and – perhaps most famously – Castro Street and its namesake theater. Still today, it is one of the most unconventional districts of San Francisco, celebrated for its carefree spirit and diverse mix of residents.

Nob Hill

Of all the hills in San Francisco, this is the most famous. Cable cars and lavish mansions cling to the sloping streets here, recalling the late 19th century when the “nobs” (the nickname for the super-rich entrepreneurs who developed the American West) built their homes here.

Yerba Buena Gardens

This impressive multi-venue cultural and entertainment center is an inviting blend of open outdoor space and intriguing architecture. Stroll the Esplanade, catch a show at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, browse the collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, or explore the children’s arts programs at Zeum,

Powell Street Cable Car Turntable

The iconic cars that traverse Powell Street were designed to move in only one direction. So at the end of the line (at Powell and Market Streets), the conductor pushes the car onto a turntable and manually rotates it 180 degrees. One of the city’s most spectacular rides, the cars departing from here deliver you to Nob Hill, Chinatown, and Fisherman’s Wharf.

San Francisco Zoo

Home to more than 1,000 species, the San Francisco Zoo promises an enjoyable afternoon of strolling and animal-watching. Thirty of its animals are endangered, including the snow leopard, Bengal tiger, and jaguar. In the Primate Discovery Center, you can see more than 15 primates.

Transamerica Pyramid

One need not visit the city’s most recognizable skyscraper to appreciate it. The pointed spire that caps its peak is ever-present in much of the city. Completed in 1972, it rises above the Montgomery Block, famed for the Exchange Saloon that once hosted Mark Twain, as an enclave for artists in the 1860s, and as the terminus of the Pony Express.

Ferry Building Marketplace

This historic, 1898 hall with its 245-foot clock tower, was once the main point of entry into and out of San Francisco. The opening of bridges saw a decline in use until 2002, when it was converted into a public space of shops, food markets, and restaurants.