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Essential San Francisco

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    Official partner of the National Park Service and the only way to get to Alcatraz Island
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Protecting the Sea Lions at Fisherman’s Wharf

Visitors come to San Francisco for its Victorian architecture, diverse history, delicious cuisine, and to see the engineering marvel that is the Golden Gate Bridge. But did you know you

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5 Fun Places to Eat in San Francisco

The shared meal is a quintessential human experience. And as a University of Oxford study revealed, “the more often people eat with others, the more likely they are to feel

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Top Things to Do in San Francisco

A visit to San Francisco will have you falling in love with the city by the Bay, so much so that you could easily leave your heart there, as the

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Where to Find the Best Chinese Food near Fisherman’s Wharf (Hint: Not Chinatown)

As America’s oldest Chinatown and one of the country’s largest , San Francisco’s historic neighborhood is one of the city’s best foodie districts, home to famous restaurants, such as Chong Qing

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5 Fun Facts About Alcatraz Island (You Probably Didn’t Know)

Developed in the mid-1800s as a military base equipped with the West Coast’s first lighthouse, Alcatraz Island was eventually converted into the now-infamous Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary in 1934. After the

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Anglin Brothers Escape from Alcatraz Prison

If you were to gather a group of National Park Rangers who work on Alcatraz and ask them to write down the most common questions they receive, you could probably

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ANGEL ISLAND: San Francisco Bay’s Other Island

Angel Island is your best bet if you’re looking for an island escape in the Bay Area. This little-known gem is located in San Francisco Bay, just a short distance

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The Best Places to See the Sunset in San Francisco (when there’s no fog)

One of the greatest treats the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer is panoramic views of some spectacular sunsets. An easy way to catch Mother Nature’s nightly show is

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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

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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

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!