San Francisco Visitor Information
Fisherman's Wharf :
The world famous wharf includes a colorful variety or shops, San Francisco restaurants and markets. This includes, The Cannery, Ghirardelli Square, The Anchorage and Pier 39. Fisherman’s Wharf isn’t just a tourist attraction, it is still a working wharf. "Fish Alley" sells thousands of tons of salmon, sole, sea bass, shrimp, squid and other deep-sea delicacies. From mid-November through June, the seafood lovers line up for the best of the crab season catch. Set against the scenic San Francisco Bay and berthed at Hyde Street Pier, near the Maritime National Historical Park and Museum is a fleet of quite interesting historical ships.
One of the most popular parts of Fisherman’s Wharf is Pier 39. In fact, it is California's second-most popular attraction. Pier 39 provides hours of enjoyment with more then 100 unique stores, delicious restaurants and fun-filled attractions, such as the Underwater World aquarium. Maybe it is the 2 tiered carousel, the street performers or the sunning sea lions, but Pier 39 provides a lasting memory of San Francisco’s unique character, charm and beauty. It is also home to a 350-berth marina, a waterfront park and the Blue & Gold Fleet.
When many think of California beaches, they often think of the palm tree lined, sunny beaches in Southern California. However, San Francisco has many beautiful and certainly less crowded beaches then its Southern California neighbors. On the westernmost edge of the city is Ocean Beach. Visitors can expect to see long stretches of uncrowded beach, shore birds, sea lions, the stunning Pacific Ocean set against a world famous skyline.
Golden Gate Bridge:
The world famous Golden Gate Bridge connects the city of San Francisco with its Marin County. Visitors can do more then admire the bridge from afar. Pedestrians and bicyclists are actually allowed to cross the bridge on designated pathways. Those who brave the heights and the long distance across are rewarded with sweeping views of the City, Alcatraz and the Marin Headlands. The bridge toll for vehicles is $5 collected when entering San Francisco.
Golden Gate Park:
This gorgeous park is the west coast’s answer to New York’s Central Park. The park has 1,000-acres of open space, attractions, botanical gardens and museums. For example, the Stybing Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, house over 6,000 plant species, including the mighty California redwoods. Also of interest are the Japanese Tea Garden, the Asian Art Museum, a children's playground, MH de Young Memorial Museum, Morrison Planetarium and laserium, the California Academy of Sciences and its aquarium. If you want to have fun in the outdoors, try the park’s tennis courts, stables, baseball diamonds, polo grounds, croquet and lawn-bowling greens, archery field, golf course or fly-fishing pool.
San Francisco Zoo:
A world class zoo in a world class city. The zoo does an excellent job of opening new habitats and exhibits. Try the popular Koala Crossing, Gorilla World, and the Primate Discovery Center. Youngsters can feed, pet and play with barnyard animals in the The zoo also has a special Children's Zoo that allows kids to interact with animals. They can pet, feed and play with some of the more common barnyard animals.
This world famous part of San Francisco isn’t an attraction rather is a shopping experience. The well manicured Union Square park is surrounded by top notch boutiques, famous department stores, historic hotels, well heeled shoppers and tourists alike. Union Square is San Francisco's cradle of shopping and retail style. Visitors will appreciate its character whether they are shopping or not.
Cable Car Ride:
This icon of San Francisco is a must do for any visitor. Not only are they an inexpensive way to participate in a uniquely San Francisco experience, but cable cars do a great job of transporting people throughout the city. Cable cars operate along three routes: The Powell-Hyde line begins at Powell and Market streets, terminating at Victorian Park near the Maritime Museum and Aquatic Park; the Powell-Mason line also begins at Powell and Market, but ends at Bay and Taylor near Fisherman's Wharf; the California Street line runs from California and Market streets to Van Ness Avenue.
Long after the hardened criminals have gone, Alcatraz remains in the middle of San Francisco Bay as a reminder to its former life as a federal penitentiary. After it was closed as a working federal penitentiary in 1963, Alcatraz was reopened in 1973 as a unit of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. On-island activities include self-guided trail walks, audio-cassette tours narrated by former inmates and guards through the main cell block and ranger-led tours of the island. Advance reservations for this popular attraction, accessible only by ferry from Fisherman's Wharf, are strongly urged. Call 415-705-5555.
The best view in San Francisco isn’t from the city, it is of the city from the San Francisco Bay. San Francisco bay cruises give visitors the opportunity to enjoy the impressive Golden Gate Bridge up close, see historic Alcatraz island from all sides, take in serene Sausalito, and marvel at the beautiful San Francisco skyline. Several bay cruises can be arranged and depart from Fisherman’s Wharf.
Hop on a San Francisco cable car or take a short walk from your San Francisco vacation rental and enjoy the city for all that is has to offer. Use any one of our spectacular vacation rentals in San Francisco for your home base when exploring the city.