Attractions

San Francisco Bay Area Sights and Attractions


 


PIER 39
Fisherman's Wharf
(415) 705-5500

 

San Francisco Zoo

1 Zoo Road
415-753-7080

Alcatraz Island Tour
Departures from Fisherman's Wharf
(415) 705-5555

 

Hornblower Cruises & Events

Pier 3, On the Embarcadero
415-788-8866

Aquarium of the Bay
The Embarcadero at Beach Street
(415) 623-5300

 

Boudin at the Wharf

160 Jefferson Street

415-928-1849

Red and White Fleet

Pier 43 1/2, Fisherman's Wharf
415-673-2900
 

Yerba Buena Gardens

750 Howard Street
415-820-3550


Chinatown

 

The oldest Chinatown in North America and one of "the largest Chinese communities outside Asia". Since its establishment in the 1840s, it has been highly important and influential in the history and culture of ethnic Chinese immigrants to the United States and North America. In addition to it being a starting point and home for thousands of Chinese immigrants, it is also a major tourist attraction as its shops, over 300 restaurants, and attractions draw more visitors annually to the neighborhood than the Golden Gate Bridge.

 

Fisherman’s Wharf

 

One of the busiest and well known tourist attractions in North America, it is best known for being the location of Pier 39, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, the Cannery Shopping Center, Ghirardelli Square, a Ripley's Believe it or Not museum, the Musée Mécanique, the Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf, Forbes Island and restaurants and stands that serve fresh seafood, most notably dungeness crab and clam chowder served in a sourdough bread bowl.

 

Other attractions in Fisherman's Wharf area are the Hyde Street Pier which is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the USS Pampanito a decommissioned World War 2 era submarine, and the Balclutha, a 19th century whaling ship.

 

Golden Gate Bridge

 

The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the opening of the San Francisco Bay into the Pacific Ocean. As part of both U.S. Route 101 and California State Route 1, it connects the city of San Francisco on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula to Marin County. The Golden Gate Bridge was the longest suspension bridge span in the world when it was completed during the year 1937, and has become one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco, California, and of the United States.

 

 

Lombard Street

 

Best known for the one-way section on Russian Hill between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets, in which the roadway has eight sharp turns (or switchbacks) that have earned the street the distinction of being the crookedest [most winding] street in the world. The Powell-Hyde cable car line stops at the top of this block.

 

Union Square

 

Union Square is a 2.6 acres (11,000 m2) plaza bordered by Geary, Powell, Post and Stockton Street in San Francisco, California. It also refers to the central shopping, hotel, and theater district that surrounds the plaza for several blocks. The name "Union Square" stems from the fact that the area was once used for rallies and support for the Union Army during the Civil War. Today, this one-block plaza and nearby area is one of the largest collections of department stores, upscale boutiques, tourist trinket shops, art galleries, and salons in the Western United States, which continue to make Union Square a major tourist draw, a vital, cosmopolitan place in downtown San Francisco, and one of the world's premier shopping districts.

 

Golden Gate Park

 

Golden Gate Park is a large urban park consisting of 1,017 acres (4.12 km2; 1.589 sq mi) of public grounds. Configured as a rectangle, it is similar in shape but 20% larger than Central Park in New York, to which it is often compared. With 13 million visitors annually, Golden Gate is the third most visited city park in the United States.

Features:

Kezar Stadium

Conservatory of Flowers

AIDS Memorial Grove

The Music Concourse Area:

-De Young Museum

-Academy of Sciences

-Japanese Tea Garden

San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum

Stow Lake

Spreckels Lake

Golden Gate Park Stadium

Bison Paddock

Windmills

Beach Chalet

Roadways