San Francisco has been one of the most visited cities in the United States for decades, enjoying high numbers of domestic and international tourists who eat, stay and play in San Francisco. This is due to its unique nature, beauty, culture, energy, and numerous other reasons. Just make sure you dress warmly as the City by the Bay is generally chilly, including (especially?) during the summer months.
Once there, you will want to take advantage of its tasty eateries, comfortable accommodations, and fascinating attractions. Look at the lists we compiled below as you plan your time here, or you can visit this link for more recommendations.
Where to Eat
Financial District, between Clay & Sacramento Street, Cross Street is Kearny & Montgomery St.
662 Commercial Street, San Francisco, CA 94111
Although the number of quality restaurants in San Francisco is high, one that you should consider is City View Restaurant. It offers traditional oriental dishes with its dim sum being especially popular amongst diners. It also receives rave reviews for its dumplings, shumai, wantons, and Peking duck.
1348 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109, United States
Fish and chips may not be the first type of food that comes to mind when you think of San Francisco, but, thanks to this place, it should be. Here, you can get tasty British-style fish and chips with the perfect amount of vinegar. The place has an authentic, hole-in-the-wall look and feels, giving it a sense of authenticity. You can eat here, but most get their food to go.
515 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, United States
San Francisco is one of the best cities for Mexican food, and this is an eatery where you can get authentic versions of it. It has been located in the Mission District since 1972 and creates your food in front of you in an environment that is somehow both cozy and energetic. Its ingredients are fine and fresh, and many who have tasted what it has to offer have reported that it is amongst the best food they have had.
Where to Stay
562 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102, United States
This popular option is in a central location and offers excellent comfort when relaxing in your room. Many previous guests have complemented elements such as its beds, towels, and customer service and how original its character and ambiance are. This hotel also features a coffee shop and lounge.
1750 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123, United States
If you are looking for a more affordable option for your accommodations that also offers a great location for you to head to after your busy day, this is one to consider. It is situated on Lombard Street, just a 15-minute walk from the part of it that is famous for being known as the crookedest street in the world and the Powell-Hyde cable car. The Presidio and Fisherman's Wharf are also walkable from here. Its amenities include a mini-fridge, microwave and satellite television.
335 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102, United States
This hotel is perhaps best known for its elevators, which are glass-enclosed and provide spectacular views as you make your way up to your room. They used to be open to the public, but now you must have a reservation in order to utilize them, which is one of the best reasons for getting a room here. In addition, its location is spectacular, across the street from Union Square, in the heart of downtown.
Where to Play
San Francisco, CA 94133, United States
Alcatraz is defined by most as a must-do attraction when visiting San Francisco, but this is not without reason. This place, which has been featured in numerous movies, including Escape from Alcatraz (playing on DIRECTV STREAM), was a federal prison housing many of the country's most notorious criminals from 1934-63 with stories of escape attempts becoming legendary. A visit here helps you feel and learn what it was like then as well as enjoy a unique view of San Francisco from this island in the bay.
San Francisco, CA, United States
This 1,017-acre park has much to offer visitors. Of course, its greenery is one while its 3 miles impressively stretch all the way from the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood to the Pacific Ocean. It also features lesser-known attractions such as bison and windmills, both of which are near the ocean. Live music and comedy performances are regularly held here, including the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival.
24 Willie Mays Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94107
The home of the San Francisco Giants is a must-see attraction for baseball fans, and it is also an enjoyable experience even if baseball is not your thing. That is because its beauty is unmatched with it coming right up against the bay; in fact, home run balls often land in it. Most of the seats offer a gorgeous view of the water while going to the concourse behind them provides you with an impressive vantage point of downtown.
San Francisco has so much to offer; no list will ever be comprehensive. However, the eateries, accommodations, and activities mentioned above are ones to consider. Regardless of what you decide to do, make sure also to allow time to simply explore the city and everything that it has to offer.