San Francisco is one of most popular vacation destinations in the world. After one visit, it’s easy to see why. With its breathtaking vistas, historic cable cars, lush urban parks, eclectic and energetic neighborhoods, and of course, the Golden Gate Bridge, you won’t have to look hard to find things to do in San Francisco. “The Paris of the West” has long been renowned for its fine architecture, cool summers, thick fog, and steep rolling hills. Each neighborhood offers a little something of its own. The city serves as the ideal getaway for anyone with an eye for aesthetics. Here are some of the best things to do in San Francisco:
Golden Gate Park -
This urban park is truly treasure to behold. The park yields an endless supply of natural beauty, including Mallard Lake and Rainbow Falls, as well as miles of pathways for walking and biking.
De Young Museum -
The de Young Museum reopened in 2005 in Golden Gate Park and now offers a huge collection of American and foreign collections. Its dramatic architecture includes a 144-foot observation deck, which allows visitors to see much of the park’s 1,000-plus acres of natural and manmade sites.
Beautiful, majestic, menacing-these are just a few of the words often used to describe “the Rock” on Alcatraz Island. For thirty years, it operated as a federal penitentiary, housing some of the country’s most infamous criminals, including Al Capone and George “Machine Gun” Kelly. Today, visitors can tour the prison’s famous cellblock, as well as the gardens once maintained by well-behaved prisoners.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) features a collection of over 26,000 works showcasing the talents of both the famous and the unknown. Known for its classic collections, innovative exhibitions, and special public programs, SFMOMA captures the imaginations of its visitors. The building’s famous soaring turret now serves as the focal point of the South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood.