San Francisco is one of the biggest tourist destinations in the world. Over the course of 241 years, waves of immigrants have influenced the port city, resulting in an area overflowing with stunning architecture, world-class food, and a worldwide vibe contained in just 46.87 square miles (121.39 square kilometers).
Part of what makes San Francisco so beautiful is the juxtaposition of architecture from different eras. You will see Greek Revival-style, Stick-style, Mediterranean Revival-style, and Art Deco-style buildings standing proud against the most modern, cutting-edge structures under construction nearby.
Each neighborhood is so distinctly different from each other—with so much to offer—that you will want to make sure to venture out and see as much as you can. Luckily, the city is so compact that you will be able to see a lot, even in a day.
San Francisco has some of the most recognizable landmarks in the world. Some of the those on the National Register of Historic Places include Coit Tower, Alcatraz, Golden Gate Park, the Haas-Lilienthal House, and the Lotta Crabtree Fountain.
In North Beach, you can follow in the footsteps of prolific beat poets such as Allen Ginsburg and Neal Cassady by visiting locales such as City Lights Books, The Beat Museum, and cozy saloons, including Vesuvio Cafe. If you’re looking for a way to combine sightseeing and a healthy dose of exercise, then a walk across the Golden Gate Bridge is a great activity. If you would rather relax and people-watch, then grab some lunch and head out to Dolores Park for a picnic next to one of the oldest structures in San Francisco, Mission Dolores.
The combination of nature and city life make SF a perfect destination for travel. Golden Gate Park is just one place to unwind and marvel at the natural surroundings. If you’re looking to relive some local history, head over to The Haight, which is in the middle of its 50-year anniversary of The Summer of Love.
Ultimately, San Francisco is so diverse that there will be something for everybody who visits. The only problem is deciding where to start.