Here are my choices for the best that San Francisco has to offer the tourist. Check out the photo album which will follow.
1. Golden Gate Bridge. This icon which frames the entrance to San Francisco Bay can be seen from a great distance but get up-close to really appreciate its engineering and dramatic location.
2. Alcatraz, an island in the Bay which housed the USA’s most infamous prison. Tour boats leave from Pier 41.
3. Sausalito, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. This artist colony offers an interesting contrast to the big city. There are also great views of the city and its bay from Vista Point.
4. Ride a Cable Car. Most popular is the Market Street Line (the F Line) which originates near the waterfront.
5. Muir Woods. Actually within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, this tranquil stand of redwoods, the world’s tallest trees, offers peace and quiet along its walking trails, just north of the city.
6. Lombard Street. Known as the "crookedest street in the world," the best way to experience this attraction is to drive the short distance.
7. Coit Tower, at the top of Telegraph Hill. Climb the tower for incredible views of the Bay, its islands, and the Golden Gate Bridge.
8. Chinatown, slightly northwest of the main Pier area. One of the largest and most exciting "chinatowns" outside of China, there are great shopping and dining opportunities here.
9. Fisherman’s Wharf, at Taylor and Jefferson Streets. This area is always crowded with tourists, enjoying the many activities and the shopping.
10. Cliff House, within Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Stroll along the rocky shoreline, view the sea lions on Seal Rocks, and watch a glorious sunset here.
Other sights considered:
Palace of Fine Arts
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
Mission San Francisco de Asis