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Top 10 Things to Do in the San Francisco Bay Area

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The City by the Bay has so much to offer, with an assortment of places to see and things to do, it’s sure to provide something you and your family will enjoy. From foodies to art lovers, history buffs to nature lovers, San Francisco is a metropolis for tourists.   

Of course the first thing most people think of is the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, which is a must-see and fun to drive across. Across the bridge you will find the picturesque seaside town of Sausalito (Things to Do in Sausalito) where you can have lunch, stroll along the water and view the houseboats lining the shore. You’ll find everything from tourist shops/gift shops to high-end boutiques, specialty food stores and art galleries. Just 8 miles north of Sausalito you can marvel at the redwoods at Muir Woods National Monument. This attraction is a must-see for anyone looking to get up close and personal with some of California’s most famous topography and nature, not to mention a nice break from the bustle of the big city.

You can take the ferry over to the infamous Alcatraz Island and tour the now closed maximum-security federal prison and then later spend some time at the touristy Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf and make a stop by Boudin at the Wharf to eat or just browse through the bakery and take in the wonderful aroma of fresh baked sourdough. For dessert or an afternoon pick me up, Ghirardelli Square is close by and does not disappoint. The square is home to shops, galleries, restaurants and, of course, the Original Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop.

Next, jump on a cable car for a ride up the steep San Francisco streets, they will stop and point out the crooked Lombard Street. Victorian mansions line the street, while beautiful flowers and landscaped shrubbery fill the space between its eight switchbacks. While the road runs from east to west for the length of the city, the portion between Hyde and Leavenworth streets is the section worth exploring, so you may want to do that on foot.  Union Square is situated a couple blocks north of Market Street and southwest of the city’s Financial District, Union Square sits at the heart of downtown San Francisco’s hustle and bustle. There is an abundance of amenities, from dining options to shopping as well as hotels. The final stop is Coit Tower, rising from the peak of Telegraph Hill, you can enjoy the 360-degree view from the 210-foot-tall tower. The tower was completed in 1933 and resides on the list of San Francisco Designated Landmarks and the National Register of Historic Places.

San Francisco has many parks, gardens, and museums to visit as well and plenty of shopping, sporting events, concerts and world-class iconic dining.

If you feel inspired to visit San Francisco, call us today at 877-FLY-ECKO and we will be happy to arrange a custom sightseeing experience of San Francisco and our surrounding areas that you and your family will remember for a lifetime. You might also consider booking one of our exclusive California Wine Tours as Napa and Sonoma are both just a short drive away from San Francisco.