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Welcome to San Francisco!

Just 15 minutes away by car, or a 25 minutes ride on the BART, lays the beautiful city of San Francisco. As the San Francisco Lonely Planet guide states “the city is about the size of California’s thumb and packs in under a million people even in high tourist season, yet there really is something here for everyone”.

Here you’ll find some of the highlights of this beautiful and sunny city.


Alcatraz [web]

The very well known maximum-security penitentiary. Also called “The Rock”, here you’ll get the chills with the stories of Al ‘Scarface’ Capone, George ‘Machine Gun’ Kelley and others.


The Ferry Building [web]

The once grand port, the Ferry Building now is home to a variety of local gourmet shops where you can find the specialties of all continents. 


Ghirardelli Square [map]

For the chocolate lovers this is the place to be! Ghirardelli is now the largest chocolate company in the US, and transformed its old factory into this beautiful mall, where you can find the dreaming Ghirardelli ice cream parlor.


Fisherman’s Wharf [web]

Many years ago this was home to Italian fishermen who fished in ther Genoese feluccas. Now the Fisherman’s Wharf Area is one of the top San Francisco tourist destinations. Around the pier you can find the Ripley’s Believe it or not Museum, The Rainforest Café, The Musée Mechanique, The Boudin Restaurant, the SS Jeremiah O’Brian and USS Pampanito (both reliques from World War II) and much more!


Pier 39 [web]

Great place for the whole family, Pier 39 has a variety of restaurants and souvenir shops for you to enjoy. Don’t miss the lovely sealions that rest under the sun and the nice view of Alcatraz.


Union Square

If you like fine shopping, this is the place to be! Union Square has the most fancy stores like Louis Vuitton, Prada, Cartier, and a whole bunch more. After windowshopping (or shopping if you’re lucky), you can enjoy a coffee in the square, or delight yourself with a dessert from the Cheesecake Factory up in last floor of Macy’s.


San Francisco Cable Cars [web]

You haven’t been in San Francisco if you haven’t taken a ride in a cable car. In the corner of Powell and Market Streets you’ll find the cable car turnaround and experience it just as the local you are now!


Chinatown [web]

Chinatown was created within a year of the 1849 Gold Rush, and has survived there ever since. It is now the most densely populated area in the US outside Manhattan and the biggest Chinatown area outside of Asia. Dragon’s Gate marks the entrance to this neighborhood, where you’ll find Chinese stores, temples and more, including the famous Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company in Ross Alley.


Lombard Street

Who would say a street would be a landmark? Just go to the 1000 block of Lombard located in the Russian Hill area and see it for yourself. The zigzags and switchbacks will speak for themselves.


Palace of Fine Arts [web]

Located in The Presidio area, this Greco-Roman ruin is a memento that San Franciscans decided to keep from the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. It is a perfect place for pictures, which you’ll confirm when you see the brides who usually come to be photographed.


Mission Dolores [web]

Mission Dolores is the oldest building in the city. It was founded in 1776 as the Misión de San Francisco de Asis, where the Ohlone Indians, Mexicans and European settlers shared their lives, although not in the best of friendships.


You can find more information on museums and natural areas in San Francisco in our Arts&Science and Nature sections.