Alcatraz Island $
Pier 33 on The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94111
Accessed by ferry boat, Alcatraz Island offers visitors a chance
to explore the famous penitentiary and Civil War–era buildings,
as well as the opportunity to see some of the Island’s wildlife and
natural beauty. Multiple tour options exist, including night tours
and options to stop at nearby Angel Island. Be aware that the tours
vary in price and availability, depending on the time of year, so
The National Park Service recommends that you visit the website
Waterfront between Van Ness Avenue and Kearny
Street San Francisco, CA 94133
This popular tourist attraction is a great place to stroll the waterfront and sample some of the famous seafood, such as clam chowder served in a sourdough bread bowl or fresh Dungeness crab.
The area also offers the Aquarium of the Bay, Ghirardelli Square,
and Pier 39—complete with a sea lion colony.
Geary and Stockton Streets
San Francisco, CA 94102
Union Square is San Francisco’s premier shopping district, and
it is popular with locals and tourists alike. The area also contains
several theaters, where you can watch shows such as Beach Blanket Babylon, the longest running musical revue in the country.
Union Square is also a great place to catch San Francisco’s iconic
cable cars; two different trolley lines serve the Square.
Presidio of San Francisco
Gibson Road (South Parking Lot)
San Francisco, CA 94129
Located in the western section of the historic Presidio of San
Francisco National Park, Baker Beach comprises a mile-long
stretch of sand with great views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Although the large waves and strong undertow make it unsafe for
swimming, the beach offers picnicking areas, hiking trails, and the
Battery Chamberlin Museum and its artillery demonstrations. On
nice days expect crowds, along with the occasional nude sunbather at the far ends of the beach.
Golden Gate Park
Between Fulton Street and Lincoln Way
San Francisco, CA 94133
San Francisco’s version of Central Park, Golden Gate is located in
the heart of the city and contains more than 1,000 acres. In addition to providing a pleasant sanctuary free from the noise and
crowds of the city, it also houses numerous other attractions including: the de Young Museum, Japanese Tea Gardens, Academy
of Sciences, and Conservatory of Flowers. With its close proximity
to Haight-Ashbury, it can also provide an ideal location for resting
your feet after walking around in Upper Haight.
$— Entrance fee required