After several trips to San Francisco I’ve gained a sense of the city and have accumulated some favorite spots. Often friends ask me what deserves their attention and what experiences make the trip worth taking. Here is a list of what I tell them, which are my personal favorites.
Looking for places to photograph in SF? Check out my list of San Francisco photo spots.
Table of contents
Places to Eat in San Francisco
Places to Drink in San Francisco
Hiking, Sightseeing and Photography in San Francisco
Land’s End Trail to Sutro Baths (Sunset) – This trail takes about an hour to walk, but it’s completely worth it. I started out where the houses meet the park on Lincoln Highway and with every step you can see beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance.
Slacker Hill (Sunrise) – You’ll have to get here early, but the view is worth it. The fog coming in with the morning sun is breathtaking. After you park near the summit you’ll have to walk about a mile uphill to the peak.
Golden Gate Overlook – Perfect for snapping a photo of the ironic Golden Gate Bridge. I love this spot since it’s open all night and you can get a photo of the traffic coming in and out of San Francisco.
Alcatraz (Tickets Required) – Alcatraz’s immersive audio tour and the boat trip is worth the price of admission. Plus it’s hard to beat the fantastic views of the city from Alcatraz.
Yosemite (If you have a Car/Time) – This is by far the best park I’ve ever been to. The unique mountains and waterfalls covering this entire place is worth the trip.
Know of an awesome spot I’m missing out on? let me know in the comments!