#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”.
#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.
#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.
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.
Head to the neighbourhoods for a drink and a dance.
#06 Paramount Theatre
The Paramount merits a visit for its eclectic decoration, employing stained glass, mosaic and sculpture.
Nowhere is San Francisco’s Mexican heritage more evident than in the taquerias of the Mission District.
#08 Wine country
Napa and Sonoma valleys are filled with superlative vineyards and stunning landscapes.
#09 Musée Mécanique
Relive your misspent youth with this bizarre but entertaining collection of classic arcade games and slot machines.
#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.
This laid-back East Bay town gives you the opportunity to stroll through the leafy campus, browse the bookstores and idle in cafés.
#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.
Chinatown bustles with dim sum restaurants, traditional herbal stores and steamy teahouses.
Take a boat ride out to “The Rock” and tour the famous maximum-security prison, where Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly did time.
#15 Legion of Honor
This celebrated museum holds an impressive collection, notable for its Rodin sculptures.
#16 The Ferry Building
This foodie paradise sells gourmet produce and offers superb views over the Bay.
#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.
#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.