10 Places in San Fransisco You Need To Visit

By Lauren - April 25, 2021

I had the chance to visit San Fransisco again for a few days! I've been before but it was a whirlwind trip and we only stayed a few hours last time so I was excited to go again for a more extended period of time!

Here's my highlights and my favorite things I saw this trip (and last!) 

1. China Town 

Be sure to grab some authentic Chinese food while you're here. Some of the best I've ever had! There's also some fun photo ops here as well. 






2. The Painted Ladies

If you love taking Instagram photos this is a fun spot and also very popular on the 'gram! It's a hilly, grassy area in a park where you can see some beautiful colorful houses. Parking is free along the street next to the houses. 



3. PIER 39/Fisherman's Wharf

This is another huge touristy spot but it's fun to walk around! There's 2 floors of an outdoor shopping mall along the boardwalk. You can also see Alcatraz as well from a distance if it's not too foggy outside! 


View of Alcatraz Island 


Sea Lions! 


4. Lombard St. 

Another huge tourist attraction that boasts itself as the "most crooked street in the world" is Lombard St., which has 8 hairpin turns in the span of one block. This was fun to drive down at least once! We lucked out with no traffic or line to do this early on a week day. 

5. Pacific Overlook 

If you drive all the way to the top of the Lincoln Blvd. in the Presidio district, stunning views will greet you when you park! This view is one of my favorites in San Fransisco!

6.  Golden Gate Bridge 

Can you really say you visited San Fransisco without driving across this iconic landmark or seeing it at least once? 

7. Kirby Cove Hike

This hike has stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge and even has beach access at the end! The hike is a steep 2 mile in and out trail but if you can do it it's definitely worth the steep trek. There's also some fun side trails here with abandoned military bunkers if you're into urban exploration! 

Stunning views of the bridge from Kirby Cove


8. The Castro Neighborhood

This was one of the first LGBTQ friendly neighborhoods in the US! It's worth walking around to see some of the fun shops! There's even a rainbow pride crosswalk here which is awesome! 

9. Haight-Ashbury District

This colorful neighborhood is where the hippie movement started in the 60's and is also fun to walk around!

10. Berkley Campus 

The University of California Berkley has a stunning campus that's fun to walk around and is in the downtown area of Berkley which is not far outside of downtown San Francisco! There's a museum that's also open to the public in the science building on campus that has large displays of dinosaur bones. After you finish walking here be sure to wander around downtown Berkeley which is within walking distance of the campus to grab some good food or a sweet treat. There were many good restaurants in this area! 

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