Top 11 Things to do and Attractions in San Francisco USA

There are countless things to do and attractions in San Francisco USA really and this post merely touches the surface. Nonetheless, if you’re heading to San Francisco, we hope this list of things to do and attractions in San Francisco can kick start your visit and give you an idea of what you might like to do there!

Things to do in San Francisco USA

1. Endless Dining Options!

There are so many dining options in San Francisco and we’re gonna introduce some of the yummilicious stuff that we had during our visit!

 Pizza Bianca Con Arugula E Prosciutto - Fresh mozzarella, fontina cheeses, prosciutto, arugula, shaved parmesan and white truffle oil
Pizza Bianca Con Arugula E Prosciutto – Fresh mozzarella, fontina cheeses, prosciutto, arugula, shaved parmesan and white truffle oil (Umbria Italian Restaurant)

 Rice noodle roll with BBQ pork with yummy soy sauce
Rice noodle roll with BBQ pork with yummy soy sauce (Great Eastern Restaurant Chinatown)

 Dungeness Crab roasted in garlic and olive oil
Dungeness Crab roasted in garlic and olive oil (Fisherman’s Grotto Restaurant)

 Clam Chowder in a sour dough bread bowl
Clam Chowder in a sour dough bread bowl (Fisherman’s Wharf)

 Linguini with meatballs at Fior d'Italia - Possibly the best pasta ever eaten! (17USD)
Linguini with meatballs at Fior d’Italia (San Remo Hotel) – Possibly the best pasta ever eaten! (17USD)

 Cannoli (Very expensive at $4.5USD!)
Cannoli (Very expensive at $4.5USD!)

2. Steep Slopes of San Francisco

 Cars are advised to park perpendicular to the slope - Haight Park San Francisco
Cars are advised to park perpendicular to the slope – Haight Park San Francisco

San Francisco is built upon steep slopes and as a result, many picturesque views can be derived at the top or bottom of these slopes. Do enjoy these views as one of the things to do in San Francisco!

San Francisco Attractions

3. San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf

San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf is surely one of the main tourist attractions. You can learn about the history, see the various attractions and of course savour the freshest sea food! This section will cover some of the things and attractions at San Franciso’s Fisherman’s Wharf!

 Fisherman's Grotto @ Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco - Where we had our lunch
Fisherman’s Grotto @ Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco – First restaurant to be opened at the wharf

 Sea Lions of Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco
Sea Lions of Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco – Arrived by themselves and decided to stay!

Boudin Bakery & Cafe - Famous for its sourdough bread (since 1849)
Boudin Bakery & Cafe – Famous for its sourdough bread (since 1849)

4. Historic Cable Cars of San Francisco

The Cable Car is one of the most iconic attractions in San Francisco. Invented by Andrew Smith Hallidie to overcome the steep slopes of San Francisco, it was one of the main modes of transport in the early part of the 20th century.

 About an hours wait for the cable car (6USD one way) at the edge of San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf
About an hours wait for the cable car (6USD one way) at the edge of San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf

5. Historic F Line

 Historic F Line San Francisco
Historic F Line San Francisco

6. The Crookedest Street in San Francisco – Lombard Street

To overcome this steep slope at Lombard Street, a series of winds and curvatures were designed on this street making it the crookedest street in San Francisco, attracting many visitors, tourists and locals alike, daily!

 View from the top of Lombard Street - The Crookedest Street in San Francisco
View from the top of Lombard Street – The Crookedest Street in San Francisco

 Coit Tower and Bay Bridge San Francisco
Other views from Lombard Street – Coit Tower and Bay Bridge San Francisco

 Alcatraz Federal Prison seen at the top of Lombard Street - Crookedest Street in San Francisco
Other views from Lombard Street – Alcatraz Federal Prison seen at the top of Lombard Street – Crookedest Street in San Francisco

7. Golden Gate Bridge

One of the main reasons why we decided to make another trip to USA (West Coast this time round) is because of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. But we did something better this time, we drove through it and this is the video of that drive!


Driving through Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco!

8. Chinatown

The Chinatown of San Francisco is not only the oldest Chinatown in America, it also offers many picturesque locations, souvenir options and of course great tasting Chinese fare.

 Chinatown San Francisco attraction
Chinatown San Francisco

9. Ferry Building – The Embarcadero

The clock tower atop the Ferry Building is surely one of the picturesque location in San Francisco. On Saturdays, there is also the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market where you can find many local farmers set up tents to sell their produce. Do try the peaches there, they’re REALLY SWEET!!

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Ferry Building San Francisco

10. Golden Gate Park

There are many attractions at Golden Gate Park where visitors and locals will head to over the weekends…

 Golden Gate Park San FranciscoGolden Gate Park San Francisco

 Japanese Tea Garden San Francisco
Japanese Tea Garden

 Fountain at Music Concourse
Fountain at Music Concourse

11. Haight Ashbury

Haight Ashbury is known for its hippie culture and it is evident from this picture below. The atmosphere is really lively and there are many trendy little shops here. Had great tasting sandwiches at the Panini Cafe as well!

 Haight Ashbury San Francisco
Haight Ashbury San Francisco

Ice Mocha (4USD), Bagel with cheese and avocado(4USD) and the Italian Panini(7.5USD) @ Panini Cafe!Ice Mocha (4USD), Bagel with cheese and avocado(4USD) and the Italian Panini(7.5USD) @ Panini Cafe!

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Things to do and Attractions in San Francisco
Things to do and Attractions in San Francisco

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