San Francisco Sightseeing & Attractions
Make sure you see the highlights of San Francisco while you are in town! The city offers many different sightseeing destinations, activities and experiences. Below is information about various tour companies and attractions. Please note: meeting attendees that wish to participate in these activities must do so independently.
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|Golden Gate Bridge
Voted America's top city in numerous surveys, colorful and cosmopolitan San Francisco invariably charms visitors. Its 1.7-mile long Golden Gate Bridge -- one of America's top ten construction marvels -- is a must see. This graceful span is an unforgettable icon to drive, walk or cycle across.
Golden Gate Park
Within thousands-plus acres of Golden Gate Park are gardens, lakes, bridal and walking paths, Strybing Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, and the tranquil Japanese Tea Garden, originally part of the 1894 World's Fair Exhibit. Tea drinkers overlook a waterfall and pond framed by fragrant wisteria.
Red and White Ferry
Travel to Sausalito from Fisherman's Wharf on a half hour ferry ride. The panoramic view of the San Francisco Bay is spectacular, and Sausalito's sunny, inviting outdoor cafes and small shops overlooking the city are utterly charming.
California Academy of Sciences
There's really nothing else like the California Academy of Sciences. Combining innovative architecture and exciting exhibitions, the Academy is home to Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium, the Kimball Natural History Museum, and a four-story rainforest under one green roof.
Do some time on "The Rock," a short ferry ride on the Blue and Gold Fleet deposits you on Alcatraz Island, and the self-guide brochure directs you from the former penitentiary's dock to its cellhouse. Evening tours, led by park guides, are also available on this island-of-no-escape in the San Francisco Bay (Ferry departs Pier 41).
Photo courtesy of Alcatraz
Moving historic landmarks, the Cable Cars of San Francisco operate seven days a week along century-old routes. For a unique tour of the city, take the California Street line, which runs from the Financial District, through Chinatown, and over Nob Hill. The Powell-Mason and Powell-Hyde lines both terminate near Fisherman's Wharf. Board in San Francisco wherever you see a brown and white stop sign.
Photo courtesy of Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is a twenty-first centry learning laboratory, an eye-opening, always-changing, playful place to explore and tinker. For more than forty years, we've built creative, thought-provoking exhibits, tools, programs, and experiences that ignite curiosity, encourage exploration, and lead to profound learning. Dive in and discover what we're all about.
The city's most popular destination, Fisherman's Wharf, overlooks San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. The historic waterfront still serves as a working fishing pier, so expect fresh seafood at area restaurants. Nearby San Francisco attractions Pier 39, The Cannery, and Ghirardelli Square are touristy, but prove irresistible to many visitors.
Picture-postcard-worthy views include Alamo Square, where San Francisco's circa-1900 Victorian homes are juxtaposed against the towering backdrop of downtown's skyscrapers (Webster, Broderick, Oak, and Golden Gate streets), and Lombard Street, the world's crookedest street, its vertiginous path winds past ornate houses and descends steeply (between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets).
Aquarium of the Bay
Aquarium of the Bay partners with The Bay Institute to protect, restore and inspire the conservation of San Francisco Bay and its watershed, from the Sierra to the sea. Our passion and our work are locally-focused, but have a broad impact that touches upon every major challenge facing our global environment. We achieve our mission by focusing on water, beginning at the heart—the very depths—of San Francisco Bay. Our facility boasts 300 feet of crystal clear acrylic tunnels holding 700,000 gallons of carefully maintained bay water that sustains approximately 20,000 animals, from octopuses to eight-foot native, sevengill sharks. Visitors are also treated to mesmerizing walls of jellies and a chance to touch bat rays, skates and “splash zone" animals.
San Francisco CityPass
Save 43% on four famous attractions plus unlimited cable car rides! Attractions include: California Academy of Sciences, Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise Adventure, your choice of Aquarium of the Bay or Monterey Bay Aquarium, and your choice of Exploratrium or de Young + Legion of Honor Fine Arts Museum.