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.

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