Things to Do in San Francisco

11 Fun Things to Do in San Francisco on Your Vacation

Alcatraz Island Tour

Alcatraz Tour San Francisco

Visit Sausalito

Sausalito San Francisco

Pier 39 Sea Lions

Pier 39 San Francisco, California with Sealions

Japanese Tea Garden

Japanese Tea Garden San Francisco, California

Painted Ladies

Painted Ladies Japanese Tea Garden San Francisco, California

Scenic 49 Mile Drive

49 Mile Scenic Drive San Francisco

Coit Tower Walk

Coit Tower San Francisco

Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf Painted Ladies Japanese Tea Garden San Francisco, California

Ferry Building Marketplace

Hog Island Oyster Co. dinner in San Francisco

Visit Tiburon

View of Tiburon near San Francisco

Yosemite Day Trip

Yosemite day trip from San Francisco
Things to Do in San Francisco
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Things to Do in San Francisco


  • Thanks for the terrific list! I've been in San Francisco many times, but didn't know about some of these, including the Scenic 49 Mile Drive! Alcatraz is on my list for next trip as well.

  • I've visited many of these beautiful suggestions, but have never heard of Tiburon, and feel I'd love it. Thanks for a great reason to go back to San Fran.

  • Great list! Love San Francisco. I've typically been visiting for work so I haven't been able to see many of these sites. On my next trip, I will have to be sure to see more of the sights. Love to do a tour of Alcatraz or go to Yosemite.

    • It’s great to see some points of interest on this list other than the bridge! Can’t wait to go see them all for myself.

  • Been once to San Francisco and we did a few of the things on this list, but not all. Just need to go back, would love to see the Painted Ladies and do the 49 mile drive.

  • San Francisco seems like such a wonderful city. I'm a bit sad I couldn't make it there when I was in California in 2019. Hoping to go there soon tho :)

  • I was in San Francisco a few years ago. I spent an enjoyable few days walking the hills with camera in hand. I visited Alcatraz and found the audio tour one of the best I have experienced.

  • Such a great list for one of my favorite cities! The Painted Ladies are my fave. Thanks for sharing :)

  • The Japanese garden looks so exotic.

  • Your blog makes me want to visit San Francisco even more. There are so many incredible things to do :) I would love to go to the Japanese garden.

  • I was just in San Fran but only had time to see a few of these things! Loved the painted ladies and the fisherman’s pier. Can’t wait to go back to see the rest!

  • Always fun to revisit places that hold great memories for my family. My girls weren't too sure about the Alcatraz visit when they were younger, but they ended up having a great time.

  • I love all of the spots you shared here. I'd love to visit Sausalito and check out that beautiful Japanese Tea Garden! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Squeeee so many Sea Lions! I had no idea there were so many right at the wharfs within the city! That would be soooo cool to visit! And then, I guess once you're there you have to eat some of that fab looking seafood. ;)

  • This is perfect as I’m heading to San Francisco at the end of the month. While I’ve been there several times, you have a few recommendations I’d like to try like the day trip to Yosemite.

  • San Francisco is on my bucket list. I'd love to visit Alcatraz and ride a cable car. Thanks for the inspiration of other things to do.

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