15 Top Tourist Attractions in San Francisco 

1. Ferry Building Marketplace

As San Francisco is such a ‘foodie’ city, no visit can be complete without stopping by the lively Ferry Building Marketplace on the Embarcadero. 

2. Angel Island State Park

On the half-hour boat ride you can enjoy divine views over the bay, and hiking, biking or rollerblading around the island. 

3. Exploratorium

Also located alongside the Embarcadero is the Exploratorium, which offers a fun and fascinating look at how the world works.  

4. Presidio

Another massive military base that was turned into a scenic park is the Presidio which occupies the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula. 

5. Musee Mecanique

One of the most unique and unusual tourist attractions on the iconic Fisherman’s Wharf is the Musee Mecanique.  

6. Japanese Tea Garden

The gorgeous Japanese Tea Garden can be found within Golden Gate Park. Lovingly landscaped, its grounds are home to pretty ponds, a traditional tea house, and a towering pagoda.

7. de Young Museum

Also located in Golden Gate Park is the marvelous de Young Museum with an incredible collection of artworks from all around the world.  

8. Legion of Honor Museum

Nestled in the northwest of the peninsula is the magnificent Legion of Honor Museum, which lies amidst the nature of Lincoln Park. 

9. San Francisco Botanical Garden

Lying alongside both the Japanese Tea Garden and de Young Museum is the San Francisco Botanical Garden.  


The superb San Francisco Museum of Modern Art occupies a striking modern building, not far from Union Square. 

11. Walt Disney Family Museum

Yet another of the Presidio’s many enticing attractions is the delightful Walt Disney Family Museum that delves into the life and legacy of the famous filmmaker.  

12. Palace of Fine Art

The last of these buildings is the spectacular Palace of Fine Arts.

13. Chinatown

Outside of New York, no American city has a larger and more vibrant Chinatown than San Francisco. 

14. Transamerica Pyramid

At 853 feet tall, the Transamerica Pyramid is the second tallest building in San Francisco behind onto the Salesforce Tower.

15. Golden Gate Bridge

Stretching across the Golden Strait, the majestic bridge, at 1.7 miles long, is a captivating sight. 

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