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This hilly part of the northern California has everything you want for. It does not matter you are a new visitor or a regular one San Francisco always bring wonders in your visit. Here are some of the best things you can do in San Francisco as a Tourist in 2018.

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1. Attractions

With no doubt San Francisco is always an appealing city with lots of attractions. There are several places, coastal areas, sites and world famous things that you can never get enough of.

  • You can find many fun things to do and watch for free in San Francisco, some of them are the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, The Castro, China Town, Fisherman's Wharf, Mission District, and others.
  • There are several points of interest and landmarks in the city which includes Lombard Street, 16 Avenue Tiled Steps, Coit Tower, Alamo Square, Haight-Ashbury, Ghirardelli Square, The Embarcadero, and many more.
  • Some of the neighborhood places are the Twin Peaks, The Castro, Little Italy, Haight-Ashbury, Japantown, North Beach, Nob Hill, Russian Hill, Union Street, Marina District, and others.
  • Try visiting Beautifully designed government and architectural Buildings which are San Francisco City Hall, Angel Island Immigration Station, Old United States Mint, Coit Tower, Transamerica Pyramid, Queen Anne Victorians, War Memorial Opera House, Haas- Lilienthal House and many more.
  • Lighthouses are one of the major attractions in San Francisco, some of the famous lighthouses are Mile Rocks Lighthouse, Point Bonita Lighthouse, Point Montara Light, and East Brother Island Light.
  • Coastal Areas in San Francisco are also very much beautiful which includes China Beach, Baker Beach, Ocean Beach, and Lands End.
  • Amazing water fountains in the city can be seen in Transamerica Redwood Park, Lotta's Fountain, Huntington Park, Justin Herman Plaza, Yerba Buena Gardens, Sun Terrace and some other places.
  • Port of San Francisco is the next best attraction in the city where you can walk through.

2. Sacred Religious Sites

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San Francisco city is also surrounded by many peaceful religious places for visit. You can find several churches, historical monuments, and even statues to explore. Those places in the city carry high values and significance.

  • Famous church and cathedrals you can travel to San Francisco are Grace Cathedral, St. Mary's Cathedral, SS. Peter and Paul Church, Old Cathedral of St. Mary, Glide Memorial United Methodist Church and others.
  • You can also see historical monuments and statues including Pioneer Monument, The Wave Organ, Admission's Day Statue, Mohandas K. Gandhi,  and The Mechanics Monument.
  • For historic walking areas, there are Twin Peaks, Filbert Steps, Golden Gate Promenade, Telegraph Hill, Hayes Valley, Greenwich Steps, and many more.

3. Museums

This city is also filled with incredible museums to walk around for intellectual growth. You can find ancient to modern exhibited things in the museums in San Francisco.  The nicest part is you and your children will not only have fun but also learn many things in return.

  • Specialty Museums in the area are Walt Disney Family Museum, Musee Macanique, Cable Car Museum de Young Museum and others.
  • For historical exploration, you can visit Chinese Historical Society of America, Wells Fargo History Museum, GLBT History Museum, Museum of Ice Cream, California Historical Society, Museum of the African Diaspora, and others.
  • Camera Obscura and Morrison Planetarium are the Observatories and Planetariums whereas USS Pampanito is the only military museums.
  • There are sciences museums which you and your children can explore like California Academy of Sciences, Randall Museum, and Exploratorium, if not you can also take your babies to Art of Children at the de Young Museum.

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4. Shopping and Fashion

Travel without shopping does not sound fun, isn't it? So when you are in San Francisco you will find many malls and street markets to get new attires and antique for yourself.

  • NorthPoint Shopping Center, Westfield San Francisco Centre, Crocker Galleria, Stonestown Galleria, Diamond Heights Shopping Center are some of the shopping malls in San Francisco.
  • If you can to buy some branded items Lucky Brand, Cuyana, Cresalia Jewelers, Barneys New York, San Francisco, Thomas pink and Goorin Bros, are some branded stores.
  • For street shopping, you can visit Far East Flea Market, Alemany Flea Market, Mission Community Market, Treasure Island Flea, and many others.
  • Antique Shops in San Francisco are Big Daddy's Antiques, Stuff, Grand Central Station Antiques, Schein & Schein, The Perish Trust, Gaslight & Shadows Antiques, and many more.
  • Some best departmental stores in the city are Ross Dress for Less, Nordstrom San Francisco Centre, Macy's, Target, Saks Fifth Avenue and many more.  
  • If you are looking forward to buying some gifts San Francisco Gift Baskets, Wishbone, Shangri La Gifts, Alcatraz Gift Shop, Irish Castle Shop, Butterfly's Gift Shop Inc and others are best one.
  • Factory Outlets like SKECHERS Factory Outlet, Nike San Francisco, Timbuk2 Factory store, and Nike Clearance Store are among the best.

5. Food and Drink

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You will have the taste of iconic dishes and drinks in San Francisco. The restaurants and bars serve you with the best food that will make your time delightful. You will never return without praising the wonderful food you had in San Francisco.   

  • For your food tours you can have Avital Food tours, Local Tastes of the City Tours, Sidewalk Food Tours of San Francisco, San Francisco Native Tours, Painted Ladies Tour Company and others. 
  • There is Vantigo Tours, Green Dream Tours – Wine Country Tour Specialist, Green Hills Wine Tours, Max Napa Tours are some wine tours and tastings.  
  • Best restaurants and bar you can get in San Francisco are House of Prime Rib, The Old Clam House, Patriot House Pub, Ryoko's Japanese Restaurant and Bar. 
  • For cruise party and dinner fun, you can get the San Francisco Dinner Dance Cruise, San Francisco Helicopter Tour and Dinner Cruise, Silver Bells Holiday Dinner Cruise in San Francisco, Sunset Dinner in Cabo San Lucas and others.  
  • Anchor Brewers & Distillers, Cellarmaker Brewing Co., 21st Amendment Brewery & Restaurant, Black Hammer Brewing and other are best for beer. 
  • For wines, there are ENO Wine Bar, Amelie, Nectar Wine Lounge, Etcetera Wine Bar, California Wine Merchant and many more.

6. Hotels and Accommodation

When it comes to staying you want to best and most affordable. You do not have to worry about it in the city. There are plenty of luxury hotels and even budget hotels for stay in San Francisco.

  • Some of the luxury star hotels for stay are The Ritz-Carlton, Palace Hotel, Fairmont San Francisco, The St, Regis San Francisco, Taj Campton Place, and others.
  • Budget Hotels for your comfort are San Remo Hotel, Taylor Hotel, Grant Plaza Hotel, Music City Hotel, Chancellor Hotel on Union Square, Balmoral Hotel SF and others.

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7. Cruises, Sailing and Water Tours

Sailing around the San Francisco city will surely be the best part of your travel. Other than that you can also do stuff like fishing, dolphin and whale watching.

  • If you wish boat tours there are several agencies for it like Bay Voyager San Francisco Boat Tour, Adventure Cat Sailing Charters, The San Francisco Sailing Company, Golden Gate Sailing Tours and many others. You can also rent a boat if you want to.
  • For dolphin and whale watching you can contact the SF Bay Whale Watching, San Francisco Whale Tours, Dolphin Swim & Boat Club, Captain Kirk's San Francisco Sailing, LLC and others.
  • For fishing charters and tours, there are Flash Sports Fishing Charters, San Francisco Charters, SF Boat Support, San Francisco Bay Sportfishing, Emeryville Sportfishing, and many more.
  • If you are interested in surfing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing you can contact Santa Madre Adventures, Hostel San Pancho Surf School, Malaga Surf and Skate and others.
  • For best gear rentals there are Action rentals, Last Minute Gear, BlueLine Rental, Anderson AV rentals and productions and others.
  • Harbor Dive, BigAnimals Diving, and Photography Expeditions. Jim Donak – Diving Buddah, are some best for scuba and snorkeling.

8. Day trip and Excursions

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You will never get bored during your visit in San Francisco, there are wildlife tours, trekking, bike tours, and many others that can be done to have a quality time in the city.

  • If you are willing to have the city tour there are Electric tour company Segway tours, Dylan's Tours, Silver Lion Service – Private Tours, San Francisco Shuttle Tours, Red and White Fleet, and many others.
  • For hiking tours Lands End, Redwood Ramblers, The Coastal Trail, Orange Sky Adventures, San Francisco Bay Trail, Tours By Lily, Urban Hiker SF, and many others.
  • Bike tour can be done through Streets of San Bike Tours, Dandyhorse San Francisco Bike Tours & Rental, Bay City Bike Rentals and Tours, Golden Gate Rides Bike Rentals & Tours, Parkwide Bike Rentals & Tours, and many more.

9. Fun and Games

Games always bring fun whether it be by playing or watching. If you are having tedious time roaming the city then there are many amusement parks, sports arenas, sports clubs, and many fun to go.

  • For professional sports, you can visit Foster Farms Bowl, Monster Jam Monster Energy AMA Supercross, Golden State Warriors, Golden Gate Warriors, Harlem Globetrotters and others.
  • Golden Gate Park Golf Course and TPC Harding Park are best for playing golf.
  • Amusement Parks in San Francisco to visit: Children's Creativity Carousel, Children's Fairyland, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, and PanIQ Escape Room San Francisco.
  • For sports arena and stadium experience there are Levi's Stadium, AT&T Park, Kezar, Cox Stadium, Negoesco Stadium, War Memorial Gymnasium and others.
  • For gamers, Gamescape, Palace Games, Head games Escape Rooms, 7D Experience, Versus Games and some others are best gaming centers.

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10. Nature and Parks

Several national parks, beaches, and gardens have made San Francisco one among the beautiful city of the States. You can unleash the beauty of the San Francisco city by exploring those during your visit.

  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Muir Woods National Monument, National Park Services, Fort Funston, and Battery East are some national park and conservation areas to visit.
  • If you are beach lovers, there is Ocean Beach, Baker Beach, Crissy Filed East Beach, China Beach, Marshall's Beach, Mile Rock Beach and some other can be an option.
  • Gardens are a good choice if you are in San Francisco with your children, some of the places you can take them are Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco Botanical Garden, Flora Grubb Gardens, Yerba Buena Gardens, and Sloat Garden Center.
  • Islands in San Francisco are Alcatraz Island, Woods Island Club, Yerba Buena Island, Angel Island, Seal Rocs, Marin Islands, and others.
  • Some of the best waterfalls you can see in San Francisco are Cascade Falls, Huntington Falls, Alamere Falls, Berry Creek Falls, Golden Cascade, and more.

11. Casinos and Gambling

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With best casinos in the city, San Francisco offers you many places to have a great time while gambling. Being in those places you will never have a monotonous period as there are lots of stuff to have fun with.

  • Best casinos in San Fransisco to have great fun are Casino Night Events, Oaks Card Club, Artichoke Joe's Casino, San Pablo Lytton Casino, Lucky chances, and 21Fun Casino Party.

12. Concert, Events, and Shows

Going to concerts in San Francisco while your best band is playing somewhere in the city will be the biggest dream of all people. If you want to chill out with live music and drink you should push yourself to following events. 

  • visit Great America Music Hall, Bottom of the Hill, The Fillmore, The Independent, Club Deluxe, Biscuits and Blues for live music.
  • Naming few comedy clubs to be entertained: Cobb's Comedy Club, Cheaper Than Therapy, The Punchline San Francisco, Secret Improve Society.

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13. Nightlife

With several clubs, bars, pubs, and restaurants the nightlife is the best time in San Francisco. All of the available places will provide you best service even in late hours.

  • If you are looking for high rated bar and clubs Smuggler's Cove, Monarch, Stookey's Club Moderne, Cat Club, Press Club, Make-Out Room, and Audio Nightclub are some.
  • Shotwell's, The Pub, Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery, Kezar Pub, The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, Johnny Foley's Irish House, and The Dark House Inn are the best pub in town.
  • For relaxing jazz music the Club Deluxe, Sheba Piano Lounge, Mr. Tipple's Recording Studio, Boom Boom Boom, Bix, and Black Cat are among the best.
  • And yes talking about the Karaoke Bars in San Francisco there is The Mint Karaoke Lounge, Pandora Karaoke & Bar, YamaSho, Encore Karaoke Lounge, Slate, and others.

14. Transportation

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One of the main things we are concerned visiting a new place is the transportation. But when you are in San Francisco there are many places which provide you this facility. If you want all by your own there is also the availability of railways and public vehicles for you.  

  • For taxies and shuttle service there are many offices like Silicon Valley Airport Shuttle & Taxi Service, Nationwide Limousine San Francisco, CityWide Taxi, and OnCabs San Francisco that give you the comfortable travel.
  • You can also find many stations for railways like Metro Van Ness Station, Market Street Railway, Market St & Guerrero St, Metro Civic Center Station/Downtown and many more.
  • Ferries service is also available in San Francisco by Golden Gate Ferry Terminal, Ferry Building Marketplace, San Francisco Bay Ferry, Sausalito, Angel Island-Tiburon Ferry and some more.

15. Outdoor Activities

San Francisco is also the city of adventure, you will have a thrilling time while having outdoor activities. There are many tours you can take, hiking to go, ski and zip lines and many more.

  • Some of the best places for hiking in San Francisco are Muir Woods, Lands End, Marin Headlands, The Presidio, Angel Island, Bernal Heights Summit, and many more.
  • Kirkwood, Heavenly, Sierra, Mt. Rose, Alpine Meadows, Northstar, and Squaw Valley are the place for ski near to San Francisco.
  • Best zip lines in San Francisco are Castro, Alamo Square, Bernal Heights, Anza Vista, Chinatown, Bay View-Hunters Point, and Ashbury Heights.
  • For wonderful balloon tour, there are places like Napa Valley Drifters, Balloons Above the Valley, Napa Valley Balloons, Inc, Big Bus Tours SF and others.
  • For more there are The Sutro Baths, Alameda Beach, Cornerstone Sonoma, Muri Woods National Monuments, Pescadero Beach, Montara State Beach are shorter rod trip from San Francisco.

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16. Zoo and Aquariums

The zoo is also one of the best places to have a quality time. It becomes more fun when you are with your children on your trip. San Francisco gives you best zoo experience.

  • San Francisco Zoo with nearly 1,000 animals is a wonderful place. There are many amusements like special exhibitions, kids' zoo, steam train and many more.

17. Spa and Wellness

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I believe you will never get tired of San Francisco. If you are a bit tired of roaming around you can have a good spa time to have a relaxing moment. Going to spas in San Francisco you will never regret it.

  • For wonderful spa experience visit Bliss Spa, The I Spa San Francisco, Burke Williams, Kabuki Springs & Spa, International Orange San Francisco, The Spa at Loews Regency San Francisco.
  • Health Clubs and Gym in San Francisco that you can find are Planet Fitness, Equinox Sports Club San Francisco, Sunset Gym, Pacific Heights Health Club, FITNESS SF Fillmore, and many more.
  • If you think yoga is a better option there are yoga centers like The Pad Studios, Yoga Garden San Francisco, Laughing Lotus Yoga Center, Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, Yoga to the People, etc.

18. Culture and Festivals

San Francisco organizes many lively and vivacious cultural tours. Different festivals in the city are celebrated in a whole new level. So if you are willing to go to San Francisco, "don't you dare them"?

  • Yearly music festivals in San Francisco are Noise Pop Festival, Treasure Island Music Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, How Weird Street Faire, Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass.
  • Other annual festivals that you can enjoy are Union Street Festival, North Beach Festival, Summer Solstice, Haight Ashbury Street Fair, Stern Grove Festival, Annual World Naked Bike Ride and many more.

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19. Performing Arts and Photography

San Francisco also brings amazement with several performing arts. If you want to get closer to arts you can explore different first-class theater. Other than that you can be an artist with your photography skills in San Francisco.

  • For best theater experience you can find Marina Theatre, Presidio Theatre, AMC DINE-IN Kabuki 8, The Castro Theatre, Marina Theatre, Clay Theater and so on.
  • Some of the place for best photographs in San Francisco are Dolores Park, AT&T Park, The Golden Gate Bridge, Union Square, The DeYoung Museum and others.
  • If you are an art lover these art galleries are must visit, SAMOMA Artists Gallery, CULT Aimee Friberg Exhibitions, City Art Cooperative Gallery, San Francisco Art Exchange, and San Francisco Women Artists Gallery.

20. Dating and Honeymoon

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Among many other places, San Francisco is one of the best for you and your love to have a quality time. Several places are specially structured for couples where they will have a space of their own.

  • For your romantic date, you can take your lover to Off the Grid, Reed & Greenough, Del Popolo, The Interval, Chambers SF, Nob Hill Café and many more.
  • If you are planning to propose you love probably the best place will be Baker Beach, Point Lobos, Coit Tower, Fort Funston, Sunset Cruise, Golden Gate Bridge, and others.
  • For cute and romantic valentine dinner the places are Seven Hills, Kokkari Estiatorio, Restaurant Gary Danko, Jeanne d'Arc, Cliff House and others.

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