#01 Painted Ladies

Sooner or later, all visitors to San Francisco come to Alamo Square to view the six colourful Victorians known as the “Painted Ladies”.

#01 Painted Ladies

#02 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

The dazzling modern exterior of SFMoMA is as much of a draw as its renowned collection of abstract Expressionist and California School art.

Museum of Modern Art, Downtown San Francisco© Videowokart/Shutterstock

#03 Año Nuevo State Reserve

No matter what time of year, you’ll see clusters of elephant seals lounging on the beach, but to see hundreds of them at once stop by during the December to March mating season.

#03 Año Nuevo State Reserve

#04 Baseball

From the upper seats at AT&T Park you can enjoy a fine view of the Bay in between innings when the Giants have a home game. With fun, fact-filled tours of the ground and even a play area for children, there’s something here for everyone.

#04 Baseball

#05 Nightlife

Head to the neighbourhoods for a drink and a dance.

#05 Nightlife

#06 Paramount Theatre

The Paramount merits a visit for its eclectic decoration, employing stained glass, mosaic and sculpture.

#06 Paramount Theatre

#07 Taquerias

Nowhere is San Francisco’s Mexican heritage more evident than in the taquerias of the Mission District.

#07 Taquerias

#08 Wine country

Napa and Sonoma valleys are filled with superlative vineyards and stunning landscapes.

#08 Wine country

#09 Musée Mécanique

Relive your misspent youth with this bizarre but entertaining collection of classic arcade games and slot machines.

#09 Musée Mécanique

#10 Coit Tower

The Depression-era frescoes inside Coit Tower are fascinating, and the views of the city and bay from the top are some of the best around.

#10 Coit Tower

#11 Berkeley

This laid-back East Bay town gives you the opportunity to stroll through the leafy campus, browse the bookstores and idle in cafés.

#11 Berkeley

#12 Cable cars

Famous for good reason, these glorious old trams provide irresistible photo opportunities, as well as a leisurely way of climbing Downtown’s steepest hills.

#12 Cable cars

#13 Chinatown

Chinatown bustles with dim sum restaurants, traditional herbal stores and steamy teahouses.

#13 Chinatown

#14 Alcatraz

Take a boat ride out to “The Rock” and tour the famous maximum-security prison, where Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly did time.

#14 Alcatraz

#15 Legion of Honor

This celebrated museum holds an impressive collection, notable for its Rodin sculptures.

#15 Legion of Honor

#16 The Ferry Building

This foodie paradise sells gourmet produce and offers superb views over the Bay.

#16 The Ferry Building

#17 Golden Gate Park

It’s easy to spend hours unwinding in the green expanses of Golden Gate Park, whose Japanese Tea Garden is one of its main attractions.

#17 Golden Gate Park

#18 Gay Pride

If you're here in late June, be sure to check out the exuberant Gay Pride parade, which takes over the Castro district.

#18 Gay Pride

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