San Francisco is one of the USA’s most popular destinations for travellers and this reputation is well deserved as the city is packed with attractions. I had the chance to spend 5 nights in SF last summer and a few of its attractions really stood out to me.
- Golden Gate Bridge
I can’t think of a better way to experience the iconic Golden Gate Bridge than by bicycle. There are bike rental shops all over the city – I rented mine from Blazing Saddles. The round trip over the bridge toward Sausalito was very manageable, even for someone like me who barely cycles. From the charming (if a little touristy) Sausalito you can catch a ferry back to the Fisherman’s Wharf area.
2. The Japanese Gardens at Golden Gate Park
The serene Japanese Tea Garden was one of my favourite places in the city. The Japanese-style plants, architecture and water features are amazing and you can even buy Japan-themed gifts and drink Japanese tea in the tea house.
3. Alcatraz Island
Unfortunately, I had an eye infection on the day I visited Alactraz Island so my photography left a lot to be desired. However, I still highly recommend visiting the Island as the audio tour was very engaging and experiencing the prison first-hand is the best way to explore it’s history. My main piece of advice for visiting Alactraz is to BOOK EARLY as tickets can sell out weeks in advance. Boat tickets can be purchased through the Alcatraz Cruises website.
4. Palace of Fine Arts
I visited the Palace of Fine Arts on a quiet weekday morning and was so glad I did as it was so calm, peaceful and beautiful. The monument is so much bigger and more impressive in real life than it appears in photos and the reflective pool adds to the spectacle, giving you the chance to get great pictures.
These are just a few of San Francisco’s abundance of attractions! Let me know your favourite things to do in SF, I’m already dying to go back!