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San Francisco has so much to offer. From cool unique museums like the SFMOMA and the DeYoung, to historical landmarks like the Cable Cars to awesome food and drink choices like clam chowder or a cappuccino or visit one or all of the many famous landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz.
There’s so much to do here in San Francisco and if you’re visiting San Francisco for the first time then this Top 20 list of things to do in San Francisco will be very handy to you. Just print it out and take with you and when you are in your hotel just ask your concierge to tell you where each one is located and you can plan it out. They even will give you a nice handy map of the city and perhaps even plot it all out on the map so it will be very easy to get to each place.
1 – Museum Of Modern Art in Soma
2 – Chinese Fortune Cookie Factory in Chinatown
3 – DeYoung Museum in Golden Gate Park
4 – Carnelian Room for cocktails in Financial District for some of the BEST views of the city
5 – Cappuccino at Cafe Trieste in North Beach
6 – Cable Car Museum in Nob Hill
7 – Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge
8 – Ride a Cable Car
9 – Belden Place
10 – Ride the F Line Street Car To Fisherman’s Wharf/Pier 39
11 – Ride or Walk Down Lombard Street
12 – Enjoy The Farmers Market At The Ferry Building
13 – Have Clam Chowder at Fisherman’s Wharf
14 – Take The Ferry To Alcatraz
15 – Ferry Ride To Tiburon/Suasalito
16 – Take A Relaxing Tour Of The Japanese Tea Gardens
17 – View the Painted Ladies from Alamo Square
18 – Take a stroll at the Palace of Fine Arts grounds
19 – Enjoy a classic film at the Castro Theatre
20 – Catch a view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay + Skyline from Marin Headlands
So if you are a local most likely you know this list of Top 20 Things To Do In San Francisco but if you don’t then it’s worth it for you to discover these as places and things to do as well. You never know when you are going to have a visitor come and you’ll need to impress them with some cool things they can’t get at home.
Go there and take a camera with you I’m sure you will enjoy all of these places. Here’s a handful of photos that I’ve shot that should demonstrate the list of things to do somewhat.
Please visit my San Francisco Top Ten Lists as well … I’m sure there is something that interests you there. Like for a Top Ten Happy Hours places list or Top Ten Films Set In San Francisco list. You’ll love the lists for sure.
If you have missed the link to our Bike The Golden Gate Podcast you can get it here below. Download and listen and plot out your Bike The Golden Gate adventure. This is fun for visitors and locals. You can certainly stretch it out to a whole day but remember to not miss the ferry boat back from Suasalito or do it in half a day where it’s more about the exercise and the workout of the bike ride – your call. The fun part is that you get to ride a bike across the Golden Gate Bridge. How many people can say that they have done that?
Riding across the Golden Gate Bridge is such an exhilarating experience that I think everyone should do it.
Along the way you will see all the historic street cars that run here in San Francisco, you can stop at the Ferry Building, Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf, Musee Mecanique, Ghiradelli Square, Aquatic Park, Fort Mason, Crissy Field, St. Francis Yacht Club, the Wave Organ, the Presidio, Palace Of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Point, Marin Headlands and on down to Suasalito. Ferry back to San Francisco and along the way you’ll see Alcatraz, Angel Island.
These are very popular spots so bring your camera along with you and enjoy the ride.
The San Francisco Cable Cars are an important part of San Francisco history. They are also a very popular tourist attraction. They are also the worlds last manually-operated cable car system and it’s currently run by Muni that runs the buses, street cars and the light rail.
The history of the San Francisco cable car goes way back to 1873 to the Clay Street Hill Railroad which was the very first successful cable-operated street railway. The San Francisco cable cars were running very successfully until April 18 1906 when the the great earthquake destroyed the power houses and car barns of most of the cable cars.
Today there are three lines running:
The Powell-Hyde line
The Powell-Mason line
The California Street line
I shot the below pictures on California and Grant Street. This is the California Street line that starts near the Embarcadero right by the Hyatt Regency and goes up the hill to Nob Hill near the Fairmont Hotel and Mark Hopkins Hotel then downhill passing Polk Street and stopping right at Van Ness and California.
The California Street line is my favorite but it’s the least popular line and the least crowded. if you’re visiting San Francisco and you have a limited time and would really love to do a ride on the cable car I would suggest taking the California line right down by the Hyatt Regency. There most likely be not too much of a wait and you can take it and get right off at California and Grant or you can take it up a little further and get off in Nob Hill near the Fairmont Hotel and Grace Cathedral. It’s a fun ride and there are lots of photo opps along the way.
I was trying to come up with a really good list of the best hotels here in San Francisco for folks that are thinking of visiting San Francisco. And for folks that have never visited here. So I put in some time to think about this as there are a lot of hotels here and I came up with the list below.
I wanted to make sure to include several historic hotels on the list and I also wanted to include some that are just really popular and some that are known for their architecture so I have this list below of the Top Ten Hotels In San Francisco that I put together for SFPhotorama.com. For those of you that already live here what do you think? Am I missing anything?
It is always advisable to call these hotels to make sure you get the best deals. Usually you can work deals with them and get the best rates. I love getting hotel specials! Don’t you?
1. Westin St Francis Hotel – 335 Powell Street
2. The Fairmont San Francisco – 950 Mason Street
3. The Intercontinental Mark Hopkins – 999 California Street
4. Hyatt Regency – 5 Embarcadero Center
5. Palace Hotel – 2 Montgomery Street
6. W Hotel – 181 Third Street
7. The Clift – 495 Geary Street
8. St Regis – 125 3rd Street
9. Four Seasons – 757 Market Street
10. Ritz Carlton – 600 Stockton Street at California
Hey everyone here’s our first ever FREE podcast on San Francisco Photos (SFPhotorama.com) site. It’s called Bike The Bay in half a day.
Download it here for free. Link below. We will have more podcasts in the coming weeks so stay tuned. If you’d like to be kept up to date please register to receive our newsletters and every time we have a podcast we’ll send a reminder to everyone.
Basically this podcast will have you see a lot of the San Francisco sites and popular tourist attractions on a bike. So bring your camera and take lots of pictures. You can do it fast or slow. It’s all up to you.
Along the way you will see street cars, the Ferry Building, Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf, Musee Mecanique, Ghiradelli Square, Aquatic Park, Fort Mason, Crissy Field, St. Francis Yacht Club, the Wave Organ, the Presidio, Palace Of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Point, Marin Headlands and on down to Suasalito. Ferry back to San Francisco and along the way you’ll see Alcatraz, Angel Island.
It’s fun and I’ve done it 8 times so go out and do it and let me know what you think.
Remember it’s 25 megabytes so it might take a little time to download. Also you can right click the link to the podcast above and it will download right to your desktop or just click on it and it will load in your web window.