10 Must See & Do in San Francisco Bay Area

San Francisco is one of the densest cities in the US, and this is for several reasons. One of these reasons is that it offers something to everyone, there is so much to see and experience in the San Francisco bay area, it only depends on what are your desires and where your feet will take you.

We are listing here 10 must see and experience things in San Francisco. The first five will probably be familiar since they are strongly connected to the city.

1. The Golden Gate Bridge

One of the most known city’s icons is the Golden Gate Bridge.

Walk/cycle/drive on the bridge, or watch it from many different places in the city and its surroundings such as – Fort Point national historic site, Baker Beach, Crissy Field, one of Lands’ End trail viewpoints, or Marshall’s Beach.

2. Alcatraz Island

A few miles north of the city, the Alcatraz Island is located on San Francisco Bay.

It is mostly known for the famous prison on it. Operated between the years 1934–1963 for men only, some of its prisoners were extremely dangerous and infamous. Never was a female who was a prisoner there, nor worked there.

Also, on the island is the oldest lighthouse on the west coast and a nice view of the Golden Gate bridge and the city.

3. Cable Cars

One of the city’s landmarks, unique to San Francisco and also a fun and easy way to get around (especially up the hills).

There are three cable car lines – two start at Powell and Market and continue to the Fisherman’s Wharf area; one starts at California and Market and continues to Van Ness Ave.

If you desire to learn more about cable car history and contribution to the city, visit the Cable Car Museum.

4. Stroll the City’s Neighborhoods

Choose from the colorful Castro, the historic Mission, Chinatown, or downtown San Francisco.

5. Art

Enjoy conventional, free spirit and eclectic art scene.
Click here for the full list.

6. Take a break at the beach, even in nude if you like

North and west sides of the city offer sandy beaches on the ocean and the bay.
The beach with the most beautiful view, but not safe for swimming, is Baker Beach, another beautiful beach is Crissy Field.

7. Shopping!

This list is long but we will here are some options – Valencia St at The Castro, Union Square in Downtown, Haight St at Haight-Ashbury and if you are looking for closed malls there is Westfield San Francisco Centre.

8. Public Parks

Stroll, hike, or bike in one of the city’s large public parks – Golden Gate Park,The Presidio, Crissy field, or just rest, chill out or attend an event in one of the small parks and squares in the city – Mission Dolores Park, Alamo Square, the Yerba Buena Gardens.

9. 16th Avenue Tiled Steps

16th Avenue Tiled Steps is a local initiative by women created a beautiful art piece on the stairs in one of the steep streets in San Francisco.
Another reason to arrive there is to enjoy the view of the city from the top.

10. Women’s Heritage

Make your own women heritage theme scavenger hunt using WWP list to visit female presence in the city.
Although there are more than 50% females in the city, their commemoration in the public space is not even 1%.
Use WWP list to pay a visit to the few women that are commemorated.

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