San Francisco is one of my favourite cities in the States and I can’t wait go back one day to see even more. I visited as part of a two week Contiki trip back in 2010 and I only just scraped the surface of this fantastic city. Here are the top 10 things to do in San Francisco.
Visit Pier 39
These seals are absolutely adorable and they bathe in the San Fransisco sunshine daily at Pier 39, they arrived back in 1990 and have never left. It is a great location to see these animals in their natural habitat and you can get pretty close. You can even watch a live webcam of the seals here.
Watch a baseball match
Seeing live sport is a must when in the States and watching baseball at AT&T park is so much fun! With exceptional views over the bay and an atmosphere to keep you occupied all day going to see a baseball match is a must do! Who doesn’t love “take me out to the ball game” sing a longs, beer and foam fingers?
Walk down Haight Ashbury
This super cool neighbourhood with a history of hippies and is famous for the ‘summer of love’ back in the 60’s. It has a lot of quirky shops, people and has a real energy to it. Check out all of the awesome street art as well.
Take in Golden Gate Park
There’s nothing better than sitting back in the sunny city at this iconic park. It is also amazing people watching opportunities!
Take a sunset cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge
This was one of my favourite things I did in San Fran, being out on the harbour at sunset is magical and going underneath such an iconic bridge was breathtaking. Any boat trip is a must but doing it at sunset was very special indeed.
Go to Alcatraz at night
I can’t recommend going to Alcatraz at night enough! Not only does it add to the spooky ambience of the place but there are way less people at night as well. Pick up the audio guide and wander around this old prison that is full of mystery.
Eat corn dogs and drink beer
Pretty self explanatory, but there are some great spots along the water front that sell beer and corn dogs.
Go to the Castro
The Castro is the ‘gay district’ in San Fran and is full of fantastic bars and restaurants, if you want a good night out this is the place!
See the ‘Full House’ house and other iconic houses
Growing up I spent my afternoon’s watching Full House which was set in San Fran, the opening scene always began with the iconic house set on this famous street. The houses are gorgeous and what you picture when you think of Mrs Doubtfire.
Cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge
I unfortunately didn’t get to do this activity whilst in San Fran but I’ve heard its a must do! The Golden Gate bridge is often covered in mist and fog so to get it on a clear day is lucky!
Can you tell me any more top things to do in San Francisco?
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