- 1. Golden Gate Bridge
- 2. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
- 3. Cable Cars
- 4. Alcatraz
- 5. The Castro
- 6. Fisherman's Wharf
- 7. Chinatown
- 8. Lombard Street
- 9. Grace Cathedral
- 10. Mission Dolores
Probably the world’s most famous bridge, the Golden Gate is also one of the most photographed monuments on the planet. You may see it from different parts of the city, but make sure you get a close-up view -- you may even cross it, using the pedestrian walkway.
Tours: Golden Gate Tours
Official Website: www.goldengatebridge.org
Locate it on the map: Golden Gate Bridge
The first modern art museum on the American West Coast was founded in 1935 and expanded in 2016. It is currently one of the world’s largest modern and contemporary art museums, focusing on painting, sculpture, photography, design and architecture. Highlights include works by Andy Warhol, Frida Khalo, Marcel Duchamp and Jackson Pollock, among other major American and international artists.
Official Website: www.sfmoma.org
Going up and down the city’s hills since the late 1800s, these charming vehicles are now mostly used by tourists, who enjoy the views along the way.
This notorious prison, isolated on an island in the middle of San Francisco Bay, can now be visited. It was a place no one could escape from, and since its closing in the 1960s, many stories have been told about the criminals incarcerated in it. Tours include visits to the cells and the different parts of the grounds.
Tours: Alcatraz Tours
Locate it on the map: Alcatraz
San Francisco is celebrated for its diversity and as the home of a vibrant LGBT community. The Castro is one of the world’s biggest “gayborhoods,” where famous activist Harvey Milk lived and fought for gay rights. Rainbow flags still fly all over the neighborhood, and it remains a lively place to shop, eat and socialize.
Tours: Historical Castro Tour
Locate it on the map: The Castro
This neighborhood and marketplace is now mostly a tourist trap, but thanks to its waterfront location, it's a popular and attractive destination that you shouldn’t miss. It has shops, seafood restaurants, an aquarium, and amusement rides.
Official Website: www.fishermanswharf.org
Locate it on the map: Fisherman's Wharf
Crossing “Dragon Gate” at Grant Avenue and Bush Street is like suddenly stepping into China. This 24-hour neighborhood is home to temples, exotic shops, restaurants and food markets, making it a great place to wander around in at any time of the day.
Tours: Chinatown Tours
Locate it on the map: Chinatown
This steep street is unlike any other, anywhere. It has become famous for being “the crookedest street in the world” and is now a major tourist attraction.
Tours: Lombard Street Tours
Locate it on the map: Lombard Street
Completed in 1964 in neo-gothic style, this cathedral is known for its murals, its stained glass windows, and its chapel dedicated to the people impacted by AIDS, created by pop artist Keith Haring.
Locate it on the map: Grace Cathedral
San Francisco’s oldest monument is found in the city’s oldest neighborhood. Built by the original Spanish settlers in 1776 to evangelize the natives, it’s a small building now dwarfed by a large basilica standing next to it. In the surroundings is a number of murals that no fan of street art should miss, and several popular restaurants and art galleries.
Official Website: www.missiondolores.org