There is enough to experience and explore in San Francisco to fill a hundred itineraries, but most visitors want to see the more famous sites right away. So ride the cable cars. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge. Explore on foot or by car, bicycle, tour bus or fire engine tour. Travel under the bridge on a bay cruise or soar over it by helicopter or seaplane. Visit the famous Fisherman’s Wharf. Enjoy street performers, fresh seafood and unique shops. Take the Boudin Museum & Bakery Tour to see the creation of loaf after loaf of San Francisco’s famous sourdough French bread. Take in the fresh sea air as you watch fishermen come and go. Visit the sea lion colony on the west side of Pier 39, home of the Blue & Gold Fleet and Aquarium by the Bay. Alcatraz, the former federal prison, once housed some of the most notorious criminals; today, it’s a national park, reachable via ferry.
Visit Chinatown, where you'll be amazed by 24 blocks of hustle and bustle - most of it taking place along Grant Avenue, the oldest street in San Francisco. This city within a city is best explored on foot; exotic shops, renowned restaurants, food markets, temples and small museums comprise its boundaries. Visitors can buy ancient potions from herb shops, relax and enjoy a "dim sum" lunch or witness the making of fortune cookies.
For a more “local” scene, walk one block over to Stockton St. to visit Union Square, known for fantastic shopping. The remodeled square pays tribute to its distinctive history and captures the unique flavor and beauty of San Francisco.