39. San Francisco  USA    | Total Sights: 50+ | Nickname: Frisco

 

 

 

 

by Basil D Soufi / CC BY-SA 3.0

A. Strengths and Weaknesses of San Francisco

San Francisco with around 870,000 inhabitants is well known for its liberal community, hilly terrain, scenic parks, Victorian architecture, postcard-perfect views, and great ethnic and cultural diversity.

The most recognizable landmark in San Francisco is of course the 2.7 km long Golden Gate suspension Bridge, which opened in 1937.

 The city enjoys a scenic location stretching across the narrow strait of the Golden Gate above the swirling union of the Pacific Ocean and scores solid to high in almost all categories. 

In addition, the climate is more than appealing.

 Apart from the Golden Gate Bridge, the sights are not that impressive and San Francisco does not offer many pedestrian zones and is very expensive.

Criteria 

Sights 

Location

 Pedestrian Zones

Affordability

Safety 

Cleanliness

Shopping

Climate

People

Nightlife 

Transport

Size

Total Score

Score

6.30/10

8.75/10 [10th]

5/10

2.75/10

6/10

6.5/10

6.5/10

8.25/10

6/10

6.75/10

6/10

5.5/10 [0.870 mio.]

181.90

B. Best Things to Do in in San Francisco (Detailed List with Photos and Information)

These sights and attractions contribute to a sights score of 6.30/10.

Golden Gate Bridge  8
This elegant Art Deco suspension bridge is one of the most iconic landmarks in the world and the definite symbol of San Francisco.

Completed in 1937 as an engineering marvel and spanning 2.7 km (1.7 miles) the vivid orange Golden Gate Bridge connects San Francisco to Marin County. While walking or driving on the Golden Gate Bridge offers spectacular views, the majestic landmark itself is best seen from Fort Point in the Presidio and Vista Point in Sausalito.

Bridge

by Rich Niewiroski Jr / CC BY-SA 2.5

Alcatraz  6
Sitting on a small, rocky island 1.25 miles (2.01 km) offshore from San Francisco, Alcatraz used to be a federal maximum-security prison for notorious criminals like Al Capone from 1934 until 1963.

Today visitors can reach the island in 15 minutes by ferry ride from Pier 33.

Island  (with former prison) Prebooking advised 

by Frank Schulenburg / CC BY-SA 4.0

Golden Gate Park  6
Park   (4.1 km2 [1,017 acres], created 1870s))

by Hispalois / CC BY-SA 3.0  

Presidio 6
Park with fort 

by Guillaume Paumier / CC BY-SA 3.0

Coit Tower  6
Historic Tower  (total height 64 m, observation deck 64 m, completed 1933 [with elevator])

by Kyle Harmon/ CC BY-SA 2.0

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)  6
Museum  (completed 1995, architect Mario Botta; most famous painting: "Woman with a Hat" by Henri Matisse [1905])

by Caroline Culler/ CC BY-SA 3.0

by Henri Matisse / Public Domain

Lombard Street  5
Street

by Supercarwaar / CC BY-SA 4.0

Asian Art Museum  5
Museum  (Highlight of the collection: Ritual Vessel in the Shape of a Rhinoceros, [1100s–1050 BCE])

by Mountain / Public Domain

Palace of Fine Arts  5
Monumental structure  

 

by King of Hearts / CC BY-SA 4.0

Fisherman’s Wharf  5
City District

by Almondox / CC BY-SA 3.0

Scoring and Icons Legend (Click here for detailed information)

10 = top-10 sight in the world
9 = world-class  
8 = outstanding
7 = excellent 
6 = impressive
5 = interesting
4 = decent
3 = mediocre
2 = bad
1 = abysmal

= World Heritage Site
= Excursion

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C. Other Notable Sights and Attractions in San Francisco

-Lands End (park and viewpoint)  5

-California Academy of Sciences (museum)  5

-Chinatown (city district)  5

-California Palace of the Legion of Honor (museum)  5

-De Young Museum (museum)  5

-Twin Peaks (viewpoint)  5

-AT&T Park (stadium)  5

-Baker Beach (beach and viewpoint)  5

-Cable Cars  5

-City Hall  5

-Aquarium of the Bay (109 m tunnel, 2,600,000 l total, 6,000 m2)  4

-Grace Cathedral  4

-Transamerica Pyramid (total height 260 m, no observation deck, completed 1972)  4

D. Best Day Trips and Excursions from San Francisco

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (World Heritage Site since 1984, 265 km from San Francisco)  6

E. Top 10 List of the Best Things to Do in San Francisco (including close-by excursions)

Golden Gate Bridge  8
Alcatraz (island with prison)  6
Golden Gate Park  6
 Presidio (park)  6
Coit Tower 6
 Museum of Modern Art  6
 Lombard Street  5
 Asian Art Museum  5
Palace of Fine Arts  5
Fisherman’s Wharf  5



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