(Takes 15 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Marin Vista House)
The S.F. "Must See" list
All attractions listed are 20 minutes or less from the Marin Vista House!
Golden Gate Bridge (part of Golden Gate National Park System):
- The Golden Gate Bridge was completed during the year 1937, and has become an internationally recognized symbol of San Francisco and California. However, the bridges popularity has a lot to do with the beauty of its location and the color of the bridge. Connecting San Francisco and Marin County, the Golden Gate Bridge is a sight that tourists and locals never get tired of seeing. The Golden Gate Recreation Area covers both sides of this magnificent bridge and offers people activities such as the discovery museum, historical military sights, and natural beauty that is recognized worldwide. This is a must do and see!
Golden Gate Park:
- The famous "San Francisco Treat" trolly cars is a fun experience and a great way to feel San Francisco's pulse. Marvel at San Francisco's steep hills, glorious sights, and unique culinary flavor of it's inner-city towns. A must do!
- This famous prison sits in the middle of the San Francisco bay. Get locked up. Enjoy magnificent views and a fun ferry ride. Explore and learn the islands history and famous personalities that were there.
- This is a great place to stop and picnic or just take a break from your bike ride over the Golden Gate. From this location enjoy views of the city, the bay, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. in every direction, something beautiful. People out and about, take to this place. Historical buildings and artifacts are here as well. A great beach at the east end of Crissy Field.
Pier 39 / Fisherman’s Wharf / Ghiradelli Square:
- Very much a tourist destination, but worth it! Fun filled streets include wax museums, great dining, Views to die for! Don’t miss Pier 39 where the Seals have taken over the docks to the dismay of the boat owners- the tourist and animal lovers of the bay area have declared these docks for the seals! It is a magnificent opportunity to see Seal community lifestyle upfront. Definitely a must see for tourists and locals alike!
- This is downtowns San Francisco Shopping Mecca. Top stores exhist here such as Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue, etc... all the big guys and some powerful small boutiques! Great dining.
- This street is one known as the most "Crooked street in the world". Cars line up to drive down its curves while people snap pictures from below. This street is steep and only one block section long. It is important to note that the Powell-Hyde cable car/Trolly line stops at the top of this block on its way to fishermans wharf.
- San Francisco has the largest population of Chinese people, outside of China. Explore China Towns authentic Chinese food and culture which is now a part of San Francisco.
- Popular to locals and tourists alike, North Beach is often reffered to as "Little Italy". Come to this part of town and mingle. Enjoy great Italian fare. Complete with checkered tablecloths , come experience the Italian delicatessen “scene”.
- North Beach Note: It's hitoric popularity in history with the "Beat generation"; Literary "Greats" such as Kerouac and Ginsberg read and hung out here. But, don't worry, North Beach isn't just poems and pasta, but much more. Enjoy great nightclubs and bars in North beach. In the daytime, boutique shopping on upper Grant can’t be beat (no pun intended).
- Great City shopping and dining. This is wehre the big stores are located in a downtown city atmosphere. Union Square includes big name stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's, and Nordstroms! Importantly, it is the beginning of the line to catch the San Francisco Trolley car that can take you all over, including Pier39!
- Fantastic 360 degree views of the city and bay area. Historic murals decorate the inside, depicting San Francisco in the 30’s.This tower is located and built atop Telegraph Hill in 1933.
- Famous for its role as a center of the 1960s hippie movement; Modern counterculture happend here. Come for the history, cute Victorians, and of course, excentric Boutiques!
Ocean Beach/Sea Cliff House:
- Visit a large stretch of beach and perhaps dine at the famous Sea Cliff house. The views out to the Pacific are amazing. Ocean Beach is located at the end of the Golden Gate Park, beach side. Stroll the long stretch of sand after a fulfilling day at the park with friends or family.
Historic Victorian Home Viewing:
- The "Painted Ladies" row in San Francisco gives you a glimpse of the bygone era- the Victorian era. Visitors who would want to learn more about its rich history, the Victorian lifestyle, and architecture can join the regular Victorian Walking Tour every Sunday at 2:00pm (check www.sfcityguides.org for more information about this tour).
SF Museums: (many more exist that are not listed)
Festivals & Events in San Francisco:
San Francisco's Outside Lands Art & Music Festival:
San Francisco' Golden Gate Park: