Are You Ready for a Real San Franciscan Treat?

Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco

S an Francisco may not be as big of a city as New York or Los Angeles, but it’s certainly a tourist destination that travelers flock to in huge numbers each year. There’s a lot to see when you’re in San Francisco, so try to spend at least three or four days in the city if you have time. If you can only spare a few days, there are some spots and events you absolutely must see and be a part of:

Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco

Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco

Fisherman’s Wharf

Fisherman’s Wharf is one of the biggest tourist attractions in all of San Francisco, and even if you’re only in town for a day, it should be on your list of places to visit. At Fisherman’s Wharf, you’ll find a variety of restaurants and tours that explain the importance of the historical place. There’s also a museum at the end of the pier, and the Fisherman’s Wharf hosts a variety of events and festivals for families throughout the year.

Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island is a well-known tourist destination, but it’s certainly not a typical one. Alcatraz used to be a fully-functional prison, and day and night tours of the facilities are available. While the tour is open to families with children of all ages, touring the facilities of a prison of an abandoned prison may not be quite right for very young children.


San Francisco’s Chinatown is one of the largest in the world, and you could easily spend a good part of a full day in Chinatown. Packed with incredible restaurants and shops, Chinatown is a tourist destination that’s as good for families as it is for couples. Chinatown is also home to some of San Francisco’s trendiest bars and clubs, making it a hotspot for young couples and tourists looking to let loose in the bay area.

Professional Sports

If you’re a professional sports fan, San Francisco’s got your covered. Home to the San Francisco 49’ers NFL team and the San Francisco Giants MLB team, it’s very likely that there will be a game to catch while you’re in town. NBA fans should consider taking a short trip to Oakland to check out a Golden State Warriors game if they’re in town during the NBA season.


San Francisco is home to many small theatres that put on wonderful live performances throughout the year. In 2013, The Book of Mormon San Francisco tickets are really hot. While tickets for the Parker/Stone performance can be hard to come by, the show is getting rave reviews. If you book in advance, you can guarantee a good seat. The show isn’t suitable for children though, so it’s really best reserved for an adult’s night out.


San Francisco hosts many festivals year round. In the summer months, the Waterfront Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival, Shakespeare Festival and the Folsom Street Fair offer a little something for people of all types. In the fall and winter months, the Festival of Lights, San Francisco Crab Festival and the Great Dickens Christmas Fair are popular attractions.

Need Some Down Time?

There’s a ton to see and do in San Francisco, but if you need a little down time, areas like the Mission District, Nob Hill and Union square are packed with movie theatres, retail stores and relaxing venues like day spas. Nob Hill and Union Square are also great places to pick up any clothing or items you might need during your trip.

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