Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California
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Cruise to San Francisco, California

California's City by the Bay is a melting pot of cultures and natural beauty waiting to be explored. Stroll Fisherman's Wharf and see the sea lions gathered to soak up the sun at Pier 39. Cruise to San Francisco and take the ferry out to Alcatraz to learn about the history of one of the nation's most infamous prisons — the ride offers some of the best views of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Or explore one of San Francisco's unique neighborhoods: Head to the Mission and fuel up on house-roasted pour-over coffee as you peruse the hip bookstores and record shops. Or check out the impressive Palace of Fine Arts, surrounded by waters frequented by ducks, geese and swans.
National Language English
Currency Accepted U.S. Dollar (USD)

Things To Do in San Francisco

View of Golden Gate bridge from Marin Headlands

Wander the Marin Headlands

View of Golden Gate bridge from Marin Headlands

View of Golden Gate bridge from Marin Headlands

Wander the Marin Headlands

Cross the Golden Gate Bridge to the Marin Headlands for the best views of the famed bridge. Park a bit up the road and wander down the path for different perspectives. End up at Battery Spencer Park and snap a photo of the landmark that looks good on any day.

Castro District Rainbow Crosswalk intersection in San Francisco, California

Mission Possible

Castro District Rainbow Crosswalk intersection in San Francisco, California

Castro District Rainbow Crosswalk intersection in San Francisco, California

Mission Possible

From Castro Street to Clarion Alley, the streets are full of color in the Mission. Spend a few hours walking around this quirky neighborhood, and discover brightly painted murals and creative street art. Stumble into one of the local shops near Castro Theater for an afternoon espresso.

Aerial view of the prison island of Alcatraz in San Francisco, California
Aerial view of the prison island of Alcatraz in San Francisco, California

Afternoon at Alcatraz

Board the ferry to Alcatraz from Fisherman's Wharf and walk the cell blocks that were once home to America's most notorious criminals, including Al Capone. Spend a few hours experiencing the Rock's mystique by visiting the Cell House and gardens, and hear firsthand experiences of time spent at the infamous prison.

Sour Dough Bread Soup with cheese, famous in San Francisco, California
Sour Dough Bread Soup with cheese, famous in San Francisco, California

Local Cuisine

San Francisco has a lot of delicious food — but you've got to grab something in a sourdough bread bowl. Fill it with clam chowder or chili, and wash it down with a frosty Anchor Steam, one of the first American craft brews after Prohibition. If you've still got room left, head to the Mission: Feast on carne asada burritos, or try the cult classic bread or sticky buns at Tartine bakery.

Turquoise jewelry in Union Square, San Francisco, California
Turquoise jewelry in Union Square, San Francisco, California

Shopping

Shop till you drop in Union Square. Home to massive department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's, Bloomingdale's and more — it's the shopaholic's dream location. Jump onboard a San Francisco cruise and head to Fisherman's Wharf to pick up a souvenir from one of the many gift shops in the tourist district.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 Wear your walking shoes: San Francisco is full of hills, so comfort is key.
2 Make sure you have cash or a One-Day Passport before boarding the Cable Cars. Conductors will not accept credit card.

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