San Francisco

A beautiful city of icons that includes the gleaming Golden Gate Bridge, an infamous Island, clanking cable cars, and roller-coaster streets. San Francisco is a unique blend of youthful exuberance and old world sophistication. The city boasts a dazzling array of world-class museums, restaurants and neighborhoods with their own distinct personality. There are more reasons than ever to leave your heart in San Francisco.

For First Time Visitors

• Golden Gate Bridge
• Cable Car to Fisherman’s Wharf/Pier 39
• Alcatraz
• Golden Gate Park
• Irish Coffee at Buena Vista Cafe

For Repeat Visitors

• Bike to Sausalito/return by Ferry
• California Academy of Sciences
• Angel Island 
• Beach Blanket Babylon
• Neighborhoods: Castro and Soma
• Muir Woods
• Napa Valley Day Trip


Start your day off with a good breakfast. We want you to be energized and ready for an exciting day of discovery and exploration! If this is your first visit to San Francisco we recommend you get a lay-of-the-land by embarking on one of the hop-on hop-off sightseeing tours. 

Union Square, Chinatown and the famous Painted Ladies on Alamo Square are only a few of the landmarks on the itinerary. How about lunch inNorth Beach(Little Italy)followed by coffee and “dolci” in of the street cafés that always offer a free serving of people-watching.  Stroll around the Fisherman’s Wharf area with its many attractions, such as Pier 39, Aquarium of the Bayand the Wax Museum. Get up close and personal with the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island on a bay cruise. In the evening, may we suggest a pre-dinner cocktail at Harry Denton’s Starlight Room, accompanied by dazzling views of the city, and followed by dinner at one of the many restaurants in the Union Square area? If making a choice is too daunting a task stroll over to the restaurant row in Belden Alley, where you can “visit” and savor France, Italy and Spain or walk a few short blocks to the largest Chinatown in America.


San Francisco invites you to walk like no other city. The area south of Market Street – SOMA –is one of the city’s most vibrant areas, with sleek nightclubs, fashionable restaurants and a host of cultural and historical institutions. Walk down to the city’s waterfront, the Embarcadero, and make sure to stop by the Ferry Building, an indoor/outdoor market dedicated to the culinary arts. 

In the city where California cuisine was born, the Ferry Building is a veritable food heaven showcasing the best Bay Area products. Culinary enthusiasts shop here for the finest artisan ingredients, and diners flock here to savor a meal at one of the chic or casual eateries. On Saturdays and Tuesdays, crowds gather for the popular farmers’ market. From here the historic F-Line streetcars along Market Street will take you to the Castro. Known as the “gay capital of the world,” the Castro boasts a village-like atmosphere complete with pedestrian-friendly streets, Victorian homes and an array of trendy stores and outdoor cafés for the “see and scene” crowd. The upper stretch of Market Street coils around the lower reaches of Twin Peaks. From here you will enjoy sweeping vistas of the city and the Bay Area. While in San Francisco allocate some time for shopping. Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barney’s New York, Prada, Gucci are just a few names that come to mind. The Westfield San Francisco Centre is home to Nordstrom and the West Coast flagship Bloomingdale’s, more than 170 exclusive boutiques and specialty stores, plus an extensive collection of restaurants and eateries.


One of the most exciting and diverse arts and culture scenes in the world, San Francisco has a dazzling array of museums for you to enjoy. One of the newest additions to the cultural landscape is the Contemporary Jewish Museum, in downtown San Francisco. 

Just across the street is Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco’s premier contemporary art center presenting films, performance and visual art. Within 4 blocks you can also visit the Museum of the African Diaspora, the California Historical Society and the Cartoon Art museum. Our newest and greenest attraction is the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. While in the park you can also visit the stunning de Young museum and stroll to the Japanese Tea Gardens. Travel through 6,000 years of history, trek across seven major regions, and sample the cultures of numerous countries by experiencing the Asian Art museum in the Civic Center area. Walk across the plaza to take a free tour of our beautiful beaux-arts City Hall. During the evening savor our internationally renowned Symphony, Ballet or Opera. Alternatively you can also enjoy a Broadway show or the world’s longest running musical revue, Beach Blanket Babylon.

Consider CityPass as your perfect companion to experience the Arts and Neighborhoods of San Francisco, as it not only includes admission to six of the city’s top attractions but also unlimited usage of streetcars, cable cars and city buses.