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Dining:

Regardless of your dining preference, we’ve got a LOT of options for you. In fact, San Francisco has more restaurants per capita than any major city in North America, with 1 restaurant for every 250 residents. For more information and to look over the San Francisco NABC Restaurant Guide, please click here.

Alcatraz

Alcatraz and history go hand in hand. Once home to some of America's most notorious criminals, the federal penitentiary that operated here from 1934 to 1963 brought a dark mystique to the Rock. The presence of infamous inmates like Al "Scarface" Capone, and the "Birdman" Robert Stroud helped to establish the island's notoriety. To this day, Alcatraz is best known as one of the world's most legendary prisons.

Many people, though, are unaware of the wealth of other stories to be learned on the island. Alcatraz is now home to rare flowers and plants, marine wildlife, and thousands of roosting and nesting sea birds. Civil War-era buildings dotting the island give insight into the 19th century when the island served as both a harbor defense fort and a military prison. You can also see visible reminders of the American Indian Occupation that started in 1969 after the prison closed, highlighting an important milestone in the American Indian rights movement. For more information, please click here.

Ride a Cable Car

Iconic, fun and uniquely San Francisco, the cable cars are often called San Francisco's moving landmark. San Francisco cable cars are not a means of transportation but a destination, one of the things one has to "see" if they go to the City by the Bay. A cable car ride can be a bit of a thrill as they clatter up and down the hills, bells ringing. They also provide transportation to many of the city’s most popular areas. inside. For more information, please click here.

The Exploratorium

The Exploratorium isn’t just a museum; it’s an ongoing exploration of science, art, and human perception—a vast collection of online interactives, web features, activities, programs, and events that feed your curiosity. For more information, please click here.

Fisherman's Wharf

Once home to a fleet of over 400 boats, nowadays Fisherman's Wharf supplies only a tiny fraction of the fish served in San Francisco restaurants, but a few vintage Monterey Hull fishing boats and modern diesel boats still work from here, and if you get up early enough, you can watch fishermen bringing in their catch.

Often tourist-packed, today's Fisherman's Wharf is home to sidewalk seafood vendors, souvenir shops and other attractions. For more information, please click here.

Ghirardelli Square

Don't leave San Francisco without a stroll through this legendary square at Fisherman's Wharf , which is named after San Francisco's original chocolate-maker. There is a bakery and several restaurants featuring seafood, Chinese, Indian and California cuisine. And, of course, there's the Ghirardelli Ice Cream Shop where you can savor the deliciousness of the old-fashioned Ghirardelli sundae or buy some sweet goodies to bring back. For more information, please click here.

Golden Gate Bridge

An engineering masterpiece, this bridge, built in 1937, towers with sturdy grace over the Golden Gate. Stretching over 4200 feet (1280 meters), it is every bit as awesome an accomplishment in suspension-bridge engineering today as it was over half a century ago. Pedestrians and bike riders can access the east entrance for a jaunt on one of the world's most famous corridors. For photos, or to view the bridge in its entirety, try the spectacular lookout points located at the southeast and northeast ends. Don't miss the historic Roundhouse, a gift shop and visitors center, which boasts a fine selection of souvenirs, and an informative exhibit about the bridge's construction and history. For more information, please click here.

Lombard Street

The portion of Lombard Street that everyone knows from the postcards is a section that has been dubbed “the crookedest street in the world”. This refers to the windy switchbacks of road that grace the block between Hyde and Jones. The curvy nature of the one-way drive along with the steep slope of these blocks makes for a fun ride that’s also a visual treat. In total you’ll count eight tight turns in the one block portion of street here.

Pier 39

This San Francisco landmark features some of Fisherman's Wharf's best shopping and attractions. Ride the carousel, people-watch, or take in the view of the bay. There are more than 25 one-of-a-kind gift stores that carry automobile, Hollywood, and rock 'n' roll memorabilia, as well as flags of the world, Russian dolls, collectible knives, hammocks, kites, and more. But that's not all. You will find over 30 more stores, including the famous Na Hoku to shop for clothing, jewelry and toys. It is a great place to pick up high-end San Francisco souvenirs. A favorite sight for locals and visitors of all ages, PIER 39’s sea lions are among the most notable attractions in San Francisco. For more information, please click here.