5 of the Best Neighborhoods to Explore in San Francisco

San Francisco is home to many fascinating attractions. And it is teeming with neighborhoods that are worth your time exploring. If you are thinking of visiting the city or wish to see more of the places you may have previously missed, here are some of the best neighborhoods that should be on your list.

Chinatown
Chinatown
The Chinatown in San Francisco is the largest outside of Asia and the oldest in North America. It is a popular attraction in its own right with plenty of things to see and do not to mention the delicious cuisines you can enjoy on your visit. Top attractions include the Chinese-style architecture, the shops, and the annual Chinese New Year Grand Parade among others.

Fisherman’s Wharf
Fisherman’s Wharf
This place has everything for everyone making it a go-to spot for both locals and tourists. There is no dearth of attractions and activities to enjoy like the 7D Experience, Aquarium of the Bay, Hornblower Classic Cable Cars, Madame Tussauds San Francisco, National Liberty Ship Memorial, PIER 39, Red and White Fleet – San Francisco Cruises, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Sea Lion Center, and The San Francisco Dungeon.

North Beach
North Beach
North Beach was hailed as one of the Top 10 Great Neighborhoods in 2007. The heart of Little Italy can be found in this part of San Francisco. And its close proximity to other top attractions like Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 to its north and Chinatown to the south makes it a great destination for tourists who want to see more of the best places to visit in the city. Some of the neighborhood’s top attractions include the Beat Generation Museum, Cable Car Museum, City Lights Bookstore, Coit Tower, Lombard Street, and Washington Square Park.

Russian Hill
Russian Hill
Russian Hill is located near North Beach. It is home to charming cafes and restaurants, a mini French quarter, Alice Marble Park, Ina Coolbrith Park, Macondray Lane, and Lombard Street.

SoMa
Yerba Buena Gardens
The South of Market is an area teeming with diverse things to see – from warehouses to high-end condominium buildings. The district is home to the Embarcadero and Potrero Hill. Among SoMa’s top sights are the Alice Street Community Gardens, AT&T Park, California Historical Society, Cartoon Art Museum, Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Folsom Street Fair, the drawbridges (Fourth Street Bridge and Francis “Lefty” O’Doul Bridge), Museum of the African Diaspora, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, South Park, and the Yerba Buena Gardens.

8 of the Most Popular Attractions in San Francisco

San Francisco is a vibrant city with a population that makes it the fourth most populous in California. It is a melting pot of cultures and its diversity adds to its unique charm that draws tourists from around the world. The weather, fantastic scenery, food, public transportation, and the places well-suited for walking are just some of the top reasons to make a visit. Here are eight of the most popular attractions not to miss when in the city.

Alcatraz Island
Alcatraz Island
Points of interest: Alcatraz is a former federal penitentiary that housed famous inmates like Al Capone, George “Machine Gun” Kelly, and Robert “The Birdman” Stroud. Top attractions include the various videos and exhibits, the cellhouse, the Guardhouse, Officer’s Club, and the natural scenery among others.

California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences
Points of interest: California Academy of Sciences houses an Aquarium, Planetarium, and Natural History Museum. Among the things not to miss are the African Hall, Earthquake Exhibit, Morrison Planetarium, Rainforests of the World, Steinhart Aquarium, and The Living Roof.

de Young Museum
de Young Museum
Points of interest: The de Young Museum is one of the attractions at the Golden Gate Park and houses a collection of over 20,000 artworks from around the world. Its Observation Level provides a stunning view of the city and the Pacific Ocean. Some of the best artworks worth seeing include the Anti-Mass by Cornelia Parker, the exhibition of Hawaiian featherwork, Hovor II by El Anatsui, Lettre sur les Aveugles II by Frank Stella, The Blue Veil by Edmund Charles Tarbell, and more.

Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge
Points of interest: This iconic landmark is a world-renowned attraction that spans 1.7 miles. It is one of the most visited and photographed places in San Francisco.

Golden Gate Park
Japanese Tea Garden Golden Gate Park
Points of interest: Golden Gate Park spans 1,017 acres and is home to plenty of attractions like the California Academy of Sciences, Conservatory of Flowers, the de Young Museum, Japanese Tea Garden, Strawberry Hill, Strybing Arboretum, the aquarium, and the windmills and tulips.

Lombard Street
Lombard Street
Points of interest: The gardens and scenery at what is touted to be the most crooked street in the world.

PIER 39
PIER 39
Points of interest: PIER 39 offers scenic views, the sight of numerous sea lions, and a wide array of delicious food to choose from. It is a great place to dine, shop, or simply enjoy the scenery.

SFMOMA
SFMOMA
Points of interest: SFMOMA is a modern and contemporary art museum that boasts of more than 30,000 works. Some of the must-see sights in the museum include the living wall, the outdoor terrace at the seventh floor, Richard Serra’s Sequence, and the Snøhetta new staircase among others.