San Francisco has many neighborhoods to visit all of which offer a different experience but three of our favourite neighborhoods include Fisherman’s Wharf, Union Square and Chinatown. Fisherman’s Wharf is based out on the San Francisco bay and it is the perfect place for an afternoon stroll. There are loads of restaurants, shops and excursion offices located here so you will have loads to explore while in this area of the city. While visiting Fisherman’s Wharf, be sure to visit Pier 39 where hundreds of Sea Lions come to hang out everyday! Many of the Alcatraz cruises also depart from Fisherman’s Wharf. Union Square is the central point of San Francisco and the base for many Irish tourists staying in the city. The Union Square area is a mecca of shopping, restaurants and more and it is perfect for those looking for the bustling city feel. It’s a great base to see all that San Francisco has to offer. San Francisco’s Chinatown is the largest and oldest in the USA and is a must while in the city.Sample the local food, explore the many stores or just have a wander around.
Alcatraz Prison is a must while in San Francisco. There are many Alcatraz tours to choose from which give you the opportunity to experience the prison and it’s history. The eerie Alcatraz is located in San Francisco Bay and tours to it run from Fishermans Wharf. Learn about what happened in Alcatraz on a tour and take in the amazing views as you make your way out to Alcatraz Island. We highly recommend pre-booking your Alcatraz tour tickets before you travel as it can book out months in advance.
The Golden Gate Bridge really is the ultimate San Francisco landmark! Spanning a whooping 1.7 miles over San Francisco Bay, crossing the Golden Gate Bridge is a must do while visiting the city. You can take bus tours across the bridge or you can walk it but our favourite way to cross the bridge is to cycle it! Once you reach Sausalito on the other side, grab some lunch and enjoy this quaint little village before catching one of the frequent ferries back to San Fran. Don’t forget your camera!
While you are in San Francisco, why not explore by using the popular San Francisco Cable Car network! These famous street cars go to many popular areas of the city and they offer a fun way to get around.
Throughout the city you will also find loads of museums, parks and tours and trips out to nearby destinations such as Yosemite National Park, Muir Woods, Napa Valley and more. With all of these amazing excursions on offer in San Fran, one things for sure, you will need to come back for a second visit to fit everything in!