A great way to pack in several attractions for a reduced cost during your trip to San Francisco is to buy a CityPASS. This gives you entry to the California Academy of Sciences, a Blue and Gold Fleet bay cruise, the Aquarium of the Bay or the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and the Exploratorium or the Legion of Honor and the de Young Museum. Alternatively, the Go San Francisco Card also provides access to a wide variety of attractions, including sightseeing and Bay tours, museums and even the Conservatory of Flowers. With the City PASS you can also enjoy unlimited transportation on trolley buses, streetcars, and cable cars.
One of the most iconic symbols of San Francisco is the Golden Gate Bridge, which can be particularly photogenic in the early morning Bay mist. The Golden Gate Park is home to many of the city's attractions, but one particular attraction worth checking out is the incredibly beautiful Oriental Gardens, which are especially glorious in the spring. The San Francisco Bay is also home to Alcatraz Island, a former maximum security prison that is now open for tours.
Other popular tourist attractions include Fisherman’s Wharf, which is home to several museums and shopping areas and is right near popular Ghiradelli Square. Lombard Street, commonly found in movies, is another must-see as it is often referred to as the “world’s crookedest street.”
San Francisco is also popular for its popular counterculture history. No neighbourhood was more at the centre of this movement than Haight-Ashbury. Still popular among visitors and locals alike, stop by the area where you will find boutiques, record stores, and more.