The San Francisco Guide: Ultimate Tourist Spots

The San Francisco Guide: Ultimate Tourist Spots


Happy Wednesday! I have lived in downtown San Francisco for ten years but I realized I have never done a Travel Guide on San Francisco. There is a lot to cover in San Francisco so this may be a multi-guide series! This travel guide will focus on the best tourist spots to hit in San Francisco. These all include iconic landmarks, viewpoints and unique building that define the San Francisco skyline. San Francisco is great for a weekend visit - so make sure to bookmark this guide for your next trip!


San Franciso is famous for its steep hills and iconic landmarks. If you are planning a trip to San Francisco do not miss these top tourist destinations:

  • GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE: Golden Gate Bridge is the most iconic landmark in San Francisco. It has 7 different viewing stations to take in this historic bridge. My personal favorite is to view the bridge from the Marin Headlands looking back into San Francisco.
    • ADDRESS: Fort Point, Long Ave & Marine Dr, San Francisco, CA 94129


  • CITY HALL: City Hall is not to be missed. Its located in the heart of the Civic Center across from the Opera House. It has a massive dome that can be seen from Alamo Square. Fun Fact: Marylin Monroe and Joe DiMaggio got married at this City Hall!
    • Address: 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl, San Francisco, CA 94102


  • PAINTED LADIES: The Painted Ladies in Alamo Square - or better known as the Full House Houses in the opening credits is a local favorite. Its a great area to hangout on the grass and take in views of downtown.
    • Address: Steiner St & Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94117
  • SENTINEL BUILDING: The Sentinel Building, also known as Columbus Tower. This is a beautiful Flatiron building right on the border of North Beach. Its a well known San Francisco landmark building.
    • Address: 916 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94133


  • PALACE OF FINE ARTS: Palace of Fine Arts is one of my favorite locations to go on a sunny day. This is a beautiful piece of architecture in the Marina district. This landmark was originally created for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition.
    • Address: 3301 Lyon St, San Francisco, CA 94123


  • ALCATRAZ ISLAND: This island was previously a Federal Penitentiary and closed in 1963. You can book both day and night tours to the island. These tours always sell out - make sure to book in advance so there are tickets available.
    • Address: San Francisco, CA 94133
  • FERRY TERMINAL:  The Ferry Terminal is a fun landmark to visit that has a taste of some of the best shops and services of San Francisco. It has a whole marketplace with different shops and services to try. The SF Ferry terminal is also known for their Farmers Markets which are hosted Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
    • Address: One Ferry Building #50, San Francisco, CA 94111


  • TRANSAMERICA BUILDING: The TransAmerica building was the tallest building in San Francisco, until the Salesforce tower was built - now its the 2nd tallest. This building is seen from all viewpoints across San Francisco and really defines the skyline of the city. They have a visitors center and gift shop - but this is an office building.
    • Address: 600 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94111


  • FISHERMANS WHARF:  Pier 39 down by Fishermans Wharf is the perfect way to spend the afternoon. You can see the sea lions playing and window shop along all the stores. They also have an In-N-Out down there! This area is always quite packed!
    • Address: Beach St & The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94133


What do you think of my list? Did I miss anything key??

Any request for my next San Francisco Guide? Things To Do? Restaurants? Spas?

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  1. May 16, 2018 / 9:50 am

    I have never been to San Francisco but I heard it’s so gorgeous there. I would love to go there someday! Beautiful photos you have❤️

  2. May 16, 2018 / 11:07 am

    This is so awesome! I’ve never been but I have always wanted to go! Definitely bookmarking this page for when I plan a trip! Great post!

  3. May 16, 2018 / 7:21 pm

    We love San Francisco – it is one of our favourite places to travel. We have yet to visit the Transamerica Building so thank you for recommending. Will be sure to check it out next time we are there!

  4. Josie
    May 16, 2018 / 7:43 pm

    This is a great guide! I LOOVE visiting the painted ladies but I’m also a huge full house fan lol

  5. May 16, 2018 / 7:45 pm

    San Fran is one of my favorite cities! I haven’t been to some of these spots but they all look like so much fun!

  6. May 16, 2018 / 8:10 pm

    Can one go to all these spots in a day? On foot or public transportation? Looking forward to reading you future posts/guides.

  7. May 16, 2018 / 8:23 pm

    I have never been to san fran but I would LOVE to go!

  8. May 16, 2018 / 10:34 pm

    What a great list. My little one would love the Fisherman’s Wharf! Thanks for the tips.

  9. May 16, 2018 / 11:57 pm

    I grew up near San Francisco, but it’s so fun to see how other visitors see our city ! Thanks for sharing

  10. May 17, 2018 / 1:00 am

    Ooh, such a great post!! Makes me want to take a trip out asap!

    cute & little

  11. May 17, 2018 / 4:24 am

    I’ve never been to San Francisco but this guide would be incredibly helpful! I would love to visit one day and see all of these beautiful sights!

  12. Sharon Wu
    May 17, 2018 / 7:23 am

    i was born in san francisco and i have to say, you really nailed these insta-worthy spots! the golden gate bridge is always a classic 🙂

  13. May 17, 2018 / 10:36 am

    I’m going to San Francisco in July – I’ll definitely check these places out! It seems like such a fabulous city!

  14. May 21, 2018 / 6:06 am

    San Fran is an awesome city!! Love this travel guide!

  15. May 21, 2018 / 10:00 am

    This photos make me want to plan a trip to San Francisco! Such a beautiful city

  16. May 21, 2018 / 3:39 pm

    I haven’t been to San Fran in quite some years. but I am definitely thinking about making a trip back sometime soon! I love this guide and will need to check this out when I go back!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

  17. May 22, 2018 / 5:39 pm

    I have never been but have always wanted to go! This guide is perfect and definitely something to refer to if I travel there!

    Iris Elle

  18. May 23, 2018 / 10:34 pm

    I need to save this for next time I visit my brother in law. I’ve been to SF a few times but there are some spots in your list that I have not been to.

  19. Michelle
    May 24, 2018 / 8:44 pm

    Great list for a first visit to the city. We’ve done most of these!

  20. May 24, 2018 / 11:04 pm

    I have only been to San Francisco for a night—would love to go back to visit the city for a bit longer and check out all of the sights!

  21. May 31, 2018 / 8:34 am

    Even having lived/worked in San Francisco, I still love the Ferry Building, such a great place to wander or grab a bite (El Porteño empanadas are a must!)

    Birdie Shoots

  22. May 31, 2018 / 11:34 am

    i adore San Francisco – so much to see!

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