The Most Popular Tourist Attractions in San Francisco

November 15, 2017
Category: San Francisco Tourist Attractions

San Francisco is known for its numerous tourist attractions from the Golden Gate Bridge to Chinatown. The city presents fun and excitement all year round, with lots of fascinating places to explore, events to participate, and shopping and dining to experience. If you are planning your next trip to San Francisco California, you will want to set up a thorough itinerary with the most popular tourist attractions in The City by The Bay so you can budget your time accordingly to have the most immersive experience in San Francisco.

Popular Tourist Attraction in San Francisco

San Francisco is without a doubt one of the most beautiful cities in the nation and is certainly the epicenter of Northern California. This city is full of history, picturesque urban parks, charming neighborhoods, beaches, and museums. Some of the most remarkable attractions include historic Alcatraz Island and Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden Gate Park, and San Francisco’s Chinatown, which is the largest of its kind nationwide.

The Golden Gate Bridge is the most popular attraction in the city and is also the most photographed site and in many ways is iconic of San Francisco. You must visit the Vista Points both at the north and south towers to see some of the best views of Downtown SF and take photos with this signature bridge. From this vantage point, you will see Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay. Alcatraz, one of America’s most infamous prisons, is a great place to book a guided tour where you will learn about the history of this penitentiary and tour the cellblocks. If you are not able to book a tour of Alcatraz, it is worth making the trek to Fisherman’s Wharf and at least take a bay cruise. The Wharf is also known for its shops, restaurants, and is a beautiful setting to take a stroll along the waterfront.

Golden Gate Park, is yet another popular attraction. Home to several gardens and museums, with magnificent green spaces Golden Gate Park is an oasis in the dense urban setting of the city.

San Francisco is also home to the largest Chinatown outside of Asia. This ethnic enclave is teeming with activity and is a great place to grab some dim sum or shop for artifacts or a variety of ethnic goods.

There are a host of other places to consider visiting including the Legion of Honor, California Academy of Science, de Young Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Twin Peaks, the Asian Art Museum, Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and AT&T Park. You will definitely need to add some of the above attractions to your itinerary of things to see while you are visiting San Francisco.

Where to stay while visiting San Francisco

The Van Ness Inn in Downtown San Francisco is an ideal hotel to book your stay in San Francisco. Our hotel provides a comfortable place to relax after your day exploring the city. Our spacious well-appointed rooms and friendly services provide a homely feeling. If you are looking for a budget hotel in San Francisco, book your accommodation directly with us at