If there was a complete list of things to do in San Francisco, the list would likely be several pages long. Visiting San Francisco and its attractions are among the most popular things to do in the Bay Area and include some very well-known landmarks. From Fisherman’s Wharf to Alcatraz, there are few destinations in the nation, or in the world that are as diverse and as exciting. This is one of the most vibrant and beautiful cities in the world.
Fisherman’s Wharf is a must-see but it is also one of the most touristy areas of the city. It has a carnival-like atmosphere which makes it very appealing to children. Aside from very well-known spots such as Pier 39, the area is crowded with street performers who represent some of the most talented individuals one is likely to see anywhere. From dancers to musicians to impromptu drama troupes, there is enough here to keep anyone busy for an entire day or several days. Don't miss the Tree Man or the metallic figures.
For a more cultural experience, visit the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. Asian immigrants, particularly from China, were vital to the founding and growth of this city. Like many immigrants to this area, they came seeking fame and fortune and often times found great hardship. That story is told on the walls of this museum and is absolutely a must-see when you visit San Francisco.
There are few places with more hardship for its residents than Alcatraz in San Francisco. In fact, prisoners here braved the frigid waters and sharks of the bay to escape! Visiting this intimidating structure will definitely leave a lasting impression on you. Some of the most famous criminals in history served time here, including Al Capone, the man synonymous with Depression Era crime and the black market liquor of the Prohibition Era of the 20th Century.