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By Viator, November 2014

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San Francisco is a city of neighborhoods, full of steep hills and overflowing with well-known attractions. It’s impossible to see all of it on your first visit, but you’ll have a great time trying. There’s nothing more San Francisco than the Golden Gate Bridge, equally loved by visitors and locals alike. Whether you decide to cross the bridge on foot, on bike, or at all during your first visit is entirely up to you, but you must see it.

The Ferry Building fell into disuse around the time when the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge opened and well in the 1950s. After the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989, revitalization efforts began and lead to the currently incarnation of the Ferry Building — one filled with local food producers, retailers, restaurants and a popular Farmers Market.

A unique part of San Francisco’s skyline, it stands atop Telegraph Hill. Built in 1933 with money donated by eccentric heiress named Lillie Hitchcock Coit to beautify the city she loved. Take public transportation to the top, or brave the Filbert steps and climb it yourself. Keep an eye out for the flock of bright green and red wild parrots known to live on Telegraph Hill.

One of the most famous prisons in the United States is located in the middle of San Francisco Bay. It has housed some very well-known criminals, including Al Capone. Plan ahead to visit Alcatraz because tickets are required in advance.

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Alcatraz and San Francisco City Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1571 Reviews

Combine a San Francisco City Tour and guided visit to Alcatraz for the ultimate introduction to San Francisco! You'll enjoy the beauty and attractions of ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.00

Alcatraz at Night and San Francisco City Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

Experience some of San Francisco’s main attractions all in one day on this combination tour of city sights and Alcatraz at night. See the Golden Gate Bridge, ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: Varies

From USD $120.00

Skip the Line: California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket

4.5 star rating: Recommended 374 Reviews

Skip the line as you visit the California Academy of Sciences - the only place on the planet with an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum and a ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: Flexible

From USD $29.95

Exploratorium General Admission

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Dive into a realm of hands-on curiosity, discovery and play at San Francisco’s all-new Exploratorium, now located on Pier 15 between the Ferry Building and ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: Flexible

From USD $29.00

Aquarium of the Bay General Admission

Visit Aquarium of the Bay for an interactive introduction to the fish and other marine life that live in San Francisco Bay and its surrounding Pacific waters. ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: Varies

From USD $21.95

Madame Tussauds San Francisco

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Madame Tussauds at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf isn't your typical old wax museum. Sidle up to Elton John on the piano or strike a pose next to Marilyn ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $22.00

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