15 Secrets & Things to do in San Francisco, USA
Explore the Best of San Francisco: Uncover 15 Unique Attractions including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and Fisherman's Wharf. Indulge in Must-Try Foods and Vibrant Activities for an Unforgettable Stopover in the City by the Bay.
- Why: Most tech-savvy city in the USA
- When: Summer & fall
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San Francisco, a city that feels like a world apart from the East Coast, is a treasure trove of unique experiences in the United States. To capture its essence and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views, start your journey at Hawk Hill, located north of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.
1. Musee Mecanique
An antique penny arcade with many classics from the 1930s until 1980s
2. Lobster Bisque
This heavenly soup in San Francisco at the Eagle Cafe should not be missed
3. Mirror Maze
Go on a mental roller coaster trip at the Mirror Maze located on Pier 39 second level
4. Hawk Hill
Arguably the best view of San Francisco
5. Battery Godfrey
Part of the Presidio of San Francisco with an excellent view of Baker beach
6. Eatsa Restaurant
Fully automated restaurant in downtown San Francisco without staff
7. Dutch Windmill
Located on the western tip of Golden Gate park
8. Painted Ladies
The most iconic spot of San Francisco at Alamo Square
9. Mission Dolores Park
Epic outdoor park where you can socialize with the locals
10. Patricias Green
Location of the wooden Burning Man temple
11. Palace of Fine Arts
Built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition
12. Yoda Fountain
Located at the Lucasfilm studio, a dream come true for every Star Wars fan
13. Fishermans Wharf
Rent a bike and cycle along this incredible waterfront area
14. Lombard Street
Go down the crookedest street in the world by bike!
15. Coit Tower
Not easy to get to but the view makes up for it
My adventure in San Francisco included a nostalgic bike ride along Fisherman's Wharf with an old friend from my Tokyo days, Serge. We reminisced over dinner at the Eagle Cafe, savoring the city's renowned Lobster Bisque – a gastronomic delight!
A visit to San Francisco wouldn't be complete without seeing the Painted Ladies at Alamo Square Park, famously featured in the opening of the "Full House" TV series. It's a picturesque spot that captures the charm of the city.
For the Star Wars enthusiasts, don't miss the quirky Yoda Fountain next to the Lucasfilm studios. It's a hidden gem that brings a smile to every fan's face.
Biking is my recommended way to explore San Francisco. It's a bit of a challenge with the city's famous steep streets, but the effort pays off, especially when you descend the world's most crooked street, Lombard Street.
In the heart of the city, Patricia's Green Park houses a wooden Burning Man temple, adorned with heartfelt messages, declarations of love, and autographs. It's a unique testament to the city's vibrant and diverse culture.
At the westernmost point of Golden Gate Park, I stumbled upon a delightful surprise – a Dutch windmill surrounded by a sea of tulips, creating a little piece of the Netherlands in San Francisco.
The city's unpredictable weather can be tricky for outdoor photography, so having a backup plan for indoor activities is wise. For those days, I recommend the Musee Mecanique, the intriguing Mirror Maze, Fisherman Wharf's bustling fish market, and the immersive experiences at Alcatraz and the Exploratorium. If time allows, venture into Silicon Valley and immerse yourself in San Francisco's lively nightlife.
In conclusion, San Francisco offers a blend of scenic beauty, cultural landmarks, and unique experiences, making it a must-visit destination on your travel list.