Experience the unique tapestry of cultures, arts, and ideas that make San Francisco a truly diverse and vibrant city.
Join us for self-guided tours of San Francisco on Wednesday, October 4, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. We'll provide maps and recommendations to help you explore all the must-see destinations.
San Francisco Neighborhoods
Each of San Francisco’s major neighborhoods has its own distinct culture and charm—from shopping around Union Square to dim sum in Chinatown.
Golden Gate Bridge
Once called "the bridge that couldn't be built," the Golden Gate Bridge is one the seven wonders of the modern world. This magnificent bridge, perhaps San Francisco's most famous landmark, opened in 1937 after a four-year struggle against relentless winds, fog, rocks, and treacherous tides. Spanning 1.7 miles from San Francisco to the Marin Headlands, the bridge’s sidewalks are open during the day to pedestrians, including wheelchair users and bicyclists.
Often called the “most crooked” street in the world, this scenic road on Russian Hill features tight turns, fragrant gardens, and beautiful views. Take a spectacular photo at the bottom of Lombard Street looking up or enjoy the breathtaking view from the top, looking out onto the San Francisco Bay, the Bay Bridge, and Coit Tower.
Alcatraz was the site of the first lighthouse in the Western United States but became a federal penitentiary from 1934 to 1963, housing famous convicts such as Al Capone and George "Machine Gun" Kelly. Now, this once infamous prison island is part of the Bay Area’s 80,000-acre Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Located one-and-a-half miles from Fisherman's Wharf, Alcatraz is one of the city's most popular attractions. A visit to the island includes a tour of the cell house where visitors can see where the prisoners lived.