Located in the heart of Northern California, San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It’s a melting pot of cultures that has something to offer for everyone. San Francisco isn’t just famous for its five-star restaurants. Here are the top five places to visit the next time you’re planning a trip to the Golden Gate city.
The infamous Alcatraz is a prison over 30-years old and located on the San Francisco Bay. It’s one of the most popular tourist attractions in Northern California. It was once home to inmates Al Capone, George “Machine Gun” Kelly, James “Whitey” Bulger, and Mickey Cohen. Visitors can take a guided tour of the prison and listen to actual recordings of former inmates speak about their daily routine and what it’s like living in the prison.
You can’t visit San Francisco without strolling along Fisherman’s Wharf. You can see real fisherman unloading their catch of the day while experiencing stunning views of the city. Head over to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum to see the likenesses of Bay Area legends Steph Curry, Robin Williams, and Jerry Garcia. Grab some sweets at Ghirardelli Square, and make your way over to Pier 39 for sea lion watching, unique shopping, and to dine on the freshest seafood in California.
California Academy of Sciences
Situated in Golden Gate Park, The California Academy of Sciences is a state-of-the-art museum, planetarium, rainforest, and aquarium all-in-one. Expect to explore this magical place for at least two to four hours. In the four-story rainforest, you’ll interact with free-flying birds and butterflies. On the ground level, you’ll gawk at exotic plants, snakes, and frogs. At the Earthquake Exhibit, you’ll experience what it’s like to be in the middle of an earthquake in the earthquake simulator. Every Thursday night they host NightLife, where a variety of food options and cocktails are available for ticket holders.
What was once a military post is now a sought-after wedding venue and national park. The over 5 million tourists and residents each year frequent the Presidio for its magnificent architecture and spectacular trails. From the entrance, you’re guaranteed to snap excellent photos of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. The Presidio is home to the Walt Disney Family Museum where you can view fascinating exhibits centered on the life of Walt Disney. The Presidio is a great place to escape with nature and has an outdoor picnic, take a walking tour, or go for a relaxing hike.
San Francisco Zoo and Gardens
The San Francisco Zoo and Gardens houses over 250 different species spanned throughout 100 acres of blissful gardens. The zoo is open 365 days a year and features over 1,000 rescued animals and endangered species. It’s also a special place to hold a corporate event, birthday party, or wedding. The San Francisco Zoo and Gardens is dedicated to inspiring others to respect wildlife and its habitat through educational programs, events, and amusing interactive exhibits and rides everyone will love.