- Head to Pier 39
Almost every reason you decided to visit San Francisco is defined by Pier 39. Whether you want to catch a boat ride to Alcatraz or cycle the Golden Gate bridge, there are endless activities located at the north edge of the city. Be sure to visit the lazing sea lions, followed by a beer at Fisherman’s Wharf.
- Boat ride to Alcatraz
Spare 2 to 3 hours of the day to explore the world’s most famous prison that closed in 1963. Tours start at Pier 33 where you’ll board onto a boat taking you to Alcatraz island, where once inside the building you are free to explore areas that 336 prisoners once lived. Don’t miss the boat back to the mainland!
- Cycle the Golden Gate Bridge
The grand structure that is captured in Hollywood movies inspires millions of people to travel across the 1.7 mile (2.7km) bridge each year. With the bucket list in mind, it’s easy to forget about the other 4.3 miles (6.9km) that you encounter on the way from the pier. Be prepared for the occasional steep hill and if that wasn’t breat-taking enough, the view from the bridge certainly will be. Bike rental starts at $8 per hour.
- Ride on a cable cart
After a 12 mile bike ride you’ll be happy to know that the world’s last manually operated cable cart system is in place to take you wherever you want across the city. Single rides for adults are $2.25.Top tip: Make sure you have the correct change when boarding.
- Appreciate the beauty of Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
Located between Pier 39 and the Golden Gate, there is no reason for you to miss out on the beautiful architecture of the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre. It may not be the reason why people visit San Francisco, but it is one of the top 5 must-sees while there. Its secluded location avoids tourists and is perfect for a stroll around the lake.More attractions in the video below: