Whether you're passionate about great food and wine, appreciate gold rush history, or crave world-class museum experiences, San Francisco is sure to have something for you. Here's what you need to know to soak up the culture in the city by the bay.
Visit an Art Museum
As a city steeped in culture, San Francisco has several museums well worth a visit. Standouts include the recently renovated San Francisco Museum of Modern Art—which offers free public tours and fantastic city views—as well as the Legion of Honor and de Young museums. To avoid lines at these popular attractions, book tickets in advance, and opt for a gallery tour if you want to learn the history behind the art.
Uncover the City's Storied Past
San Francisco is a city with a rich history, from the gold rush to the gay rights movement. To learn about the city's past, book a historical walking tour in your favorite neighborhood. Don't miss an LGBTQ history tour in the Castro and an architecture walking tour of Nob Hill, where the rich rubbed elbows at the turn of the century.
Taste California's Famous Wine
Whether you head into wine country to tour the vineyards or stick around San Francisco for a scenic wine-tasting cruise, do not miss the chance to indulge in Northern California's fantastic wines. Plan to book your tasting excursion early, since tours to Napa and Sonoma valleys tend to fill up. That way, you can secure your seat, and not worry about the drive.
Take a Cooking Class
If you're inspired by the creative buzz in the air, take the opportunity to create something all your own with a San Francisco cooking class. With the city’s diverse cultures and cultivated cuisine, you can certainly find something that suits your tastes. Try a baking class or bartending workshop, and be sure to book in advance, since classes may have limited schedules.
Explore Pier 39
San Francisco's favorite family-friendly attraction, Pier 39 offers countless activities, dining options, and performances. Don't miss the hand-painted carousel, daily shows from street performers, and the Aquarium of the Bay. The best way to experience Pier 39 is with an advance pass. You get into all the attractions and typically have access to great inclusions such as hop-on-hop-off-bus tours.