The Golden Gate City is full of beautiful sights and sounds. Find time to explore our unique and hilly host city while you’re in town for the 79th Scientific Sessions.
If you’re into mysteries, hop on the ferry (Alcatraz Cruises LLC) to see Alcatraz Island. Learn about the people of Alcatraz, including the inmates of the notorious federal penitentiary and the American Indian inmates of the U.S. Army. Visit the museum collections, tide pools,. and bird colonies while you’re there. Access the ferry terminal near the intersection of Bay Street and Pier 33. Tickets run around $40 for an adult.
There’s not a more iconic symbol of San Francisco than the Golden Gate Bridge, with its orange hues suspended across San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. There are many ways to enjoy this breathtaking suspension bridge, whether you hike, bike, walk, or take a guided tour. While you’re there, don’t miss the Wave Organ, a wave-activated sculpture on the shoreline that plays the melodies of the Bay. And don’t forget to capture the perfect #goldengatebridge Instagram selfie with the hashtag #ADA2019.
Take a walk in Golden Gate Park, the city’s unofficial oasis. Fill your senses with lush greens, beautiful architecture, and activities in this 1,017-acre public space. Make time to visit the Japanese Tea Garden, considered the oldest public Japanese garden in the U.S. While you’re there, sip tea while relaxing among the gorgeous flowers and fresh smells.
Head to Fisherman’s Wharf on San Francisco’s northern waterfront (from Ghirardelli Square to Pier 35) for a dose of maritime history, crisp air, and delicious seafood. You’ll find clam chowder at every turn, a colony of sea lions, and local fishermen. Take a photo with the giant crab wheel and grab souvenirs for those back home.
For you Full House fans, now’s your chance to see the Tanner family home, located on 1709 Broderick St. The home was recently listed for sale.
This neighborhood is full of bohemian history, colorfully preserved Victorian houses—including the Grateful Dead House—eclectic shops, and vintage boutiques that keep the Summer of Love vibe alive in 2019.
Walk inside a beautiful cathedral of redwoods at Muir Woods National Monument, which is about a one-hour drive from downtown. Go for a hike or take a guided tour with a ranger. Visitors need a shuttle or parking reservation.
This gorgeous, Greek-style palace, with columns and a rotunda, is one of San Francisco’s must-see structures in the northern skyline. It was built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, a World’s Fair-style event. Now it’s used for weddings and big events.
Twin Peaks, which some claim has the best views in the city, is a remote residential neighborhood named for two grass hills that sit almost 1,000 feet above the city. The hills provide 360-degree views of the city’s famous landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and downtown skyscrapers.
Want to see the whole city by bus? Try one of these double-decker, hop-on, hop-off buses.
City Sightseeing — Prices vary, but the most popular option is a single-day tour for $59.
Big Bus — You’ll pay $49.50 for a Classic Ticket if you purchase in advance.
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