We spent 7 days exploring the best the city has to offer and down below are the top attractions in San Francisco not too miss, plus tips on how to save money on these attractions. 

Golden Gate Bridge

The striking vermillion orange golden gate is a symbol of, not just San Francisco, but California and perhaps even the USA. This 4,200 foot suspension bridge was completed in 1937 after four years of construction. The east side offer stunning views of the city and boats in the bay.

Alcatraz Island

Sitting quietly overlooking the city skyline in the San Francisco bay lies a small island with a boatload of stories to spill onto the shores. Tales of the most dangerous criminals who walked the dank, dark corridors of its bare halls pining for a life of freedom they chose to give away.

Cable Car

It is one of the only moving National Historic Landmarks in the USA and created in 1873 by Andrew Smith Hallidie after watching many horses being whipped while they struggled on the wet cobblestones to pull a horsecar up Jackson Street. 

Alamo Square – Painted Ladie

The Painted Ladies has to be one of the most iconic places to visit in San Francisco and one of the must-see San Francisco tourist attractions. Arriving at Alamo Square to hundreds of people sunning on the grass and staring at the Painted Ladies was one of the most bizarre things I’ve ever seen.

Lombard Street – Drive or Walk Down

A must do in San Francisco is Lombard Street located in the Nob Hill District. This famous street in San Francisco has been touted as the most “crookedest street in the world. However, there is a street that is actually more crooked than Lombard Street.

Sea Lions at Pier 39

Lazing around on the wooden docks are the world-famous residents of Pier 39, and another of the top things to see in San Francisco. These adorable barking animals are ready for the many clicking tourist cameras. Some may even wrestle or splash about for you.