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Wedding Rehearsal Dinner on the Water

A wedding rehearsal dinner is almost as important as your wedding day. During your rehearsal, you’ll be practicing the events for your wedding, ensuring your special day occurs without any

The Best Hikes Near San Francisco Bay

From Muir Woods National Monument to Point Reyes National Seashore, the rolling hills of Northern California’s San Francisco Bay Area are chock-full of gorgeous hiking trails and pristine nature. We’ve

Catch Three of San Francisco’s Top Experiences in One Bundle

San Francisco is known all over the world for so many things. The City by the Bay is famous for the Golden Gate Bridge, the cable cars, the Bay Area,

5 Fun Facts About the Golden Gate Bridge (You Probably Didn’t Know)

Stretching 1.7 miles across the Golden Gate Strait, connecting the San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean, the Golden Gate Bridge is an instantly recognizable icon that dominates the San

San Francisco Fireworks

Independence Day, otherwise known as the 4th of July, is one of the biggest events in the United States every year. It is one of the most popular days to

Best Golden Gate Viewpoint Options

The Golden Gate Bridge is intrinsic to San Francisco’s history. It spans the Golden Gate, a strait that connects the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay. The incredible Golden

When (and Why) did Alcatraz Close?

The Alcatraz prison closed its doors on March 21, 1963. The prison had been open for twenty-nine years before shutting down. However, you can still visit Alcatraz Island for tours.

Chinatown in San Francisco is Filled with History and Exciting Things to Do

While San Francisco is a vibrant, exciting city, its very own Chinatown is “the oldest Chinatown in North America.” It’s also the largest one outside of Asia, a place that

Wildlife in San Francisco and Where to See It

Check Out All the Wildlife that San Francisco Has to Offer  When you think of San Francisco, you may think of a unique and exciting city that twinkles against the

Photography Tips and Exploring the Visual Treasures of Alcatraz Island

Photography Tips and Exploring the Visual Treasures of Alcatraz Island           By Michael Esslinger, Alcatraz Historian, and Author I’ve been writing and researching the history of

Frequently Asked Questions

Top things to do in San Francisco?

From water tours to land tours, there are so many fun activities to do in San Francisco, California! One great way to see the city is from the water on a tour boat. For example, some boats offer sightseeing tours, with visits to the famed Alcatraz prison. There are also romantic dinner cruises and party boats if you’re looking for a more festive evening. If you’d rather stay on land, there are plenty of options for tours as well.

What do I need to know before visiting San Francisco?

San Francisco is a beautiful city with plenty to see and do. There are also many great areas within the city itself. This includes:

  • Financial district: The financial district of San Francisco is home to many of the city’s tallest buildings. This includes the Transamerica Pyramid, which is the tallest building in the city
  • Chinatown: One of the most popular tourist attractions in San Francisco, Chinatown is home to a wonderful community full of amazing things to do. There are many great shops and restaurants to explore here.
  • Fisherman’s Wharf: This is a must-see for any visitors to San Francisco. Fisherman’s Wharf is home to many seafood restaurants as well as other attractions such as Pier 39.
  • Alcatraz Island: Located in the middle of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz Island was once home to a federal prison. Today, it is a popular tourist destination with many interesting things to see and do.

When planning your trip to San Francisco, be sure to keep these great places in mind!