There are many fantastic things to do in San Francisco, a city with a thriving cultural scene. The Northern Californian city is sure to have something for everyone, whether it’s visiting a club in the boisterous Mission District, browsing vinyl in the hippy Haight-post-Beat Ashbury’s wonderland, or simply unwinding by the sea at the peaceful Ocean Beach. After dusk, a variety of traditional and contemporary things to do at night give you a new perspective on the city.
There are several attractions that first-time tourists eager to experience famous landmarks can cross off their bucket list. There are cheap flights available. In San Francisco, one day can be spent jogging across the Golden Gate Bridge, riding a trolley to Fisherman’s Wharf, touring Al Capone’s prison, and exploring the vibrant alleys of Chinatown. San Francisco will always be a desirable destination for vacations due to its transformation from a hippie haven in the 1970s to the multicultural and LGBT-friendly city it is today.
In the Sierra Nevada mountains of California sits Yosemite National Park. It is renowned for its enormous, old sequoia trees as well as Tunnel View, the famous scene of the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome in addition to the towering Bridalveil Fall. Shops, eateries, lodging, the Yosemite Museum, and the Ansel Adams Gallery, which features prints of the renowned photographer’s black-and-white landscapes of the region, are all located in Yosemite Village.
On California’s Monterey Peninsula, a small seaside town called Carmel-by-the-Sea may be found. It is well-known for its fairytale homes and galleries in the village-like core as well as the museums and library of the old Carmel Mission. With a scuba entry point, the Scenic Bluff Path connects bird-rich Carmel River State Beach with surf hotspot Carmel Beach. The Point Lobos State Natural Reserve’s sea life and whaling museum are located to the south.
On the east side of San Francisco Bay in Northern California, there is a city called Berkeley. The University of California, Berkeley, which was the origin of the Free Speech Movement in the 1960s, is located there. Known as the Campanile, the 1914 Sather Tower offers views of the bay and the university. Major concerts are presented at the outdoor Hearst Greek Theatre. Cafes, shops, and music stores are grouped along and close to Telegraph Avenue, south of the university.
North of San Francisco, in California, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area includes the Muir Woods National Monument. For its soaring old-growth redwood trees, it is renowned. To get to Cathedral Grove and Bohemian Grove as well as along Redwood Creek, trails wind through the forest. In the nearby Mount Tamalpais State Park, the Ben Johnson and Dipsea trails ascend a hillside for views of the Pacific Ocean, Mount Tamalpais, and the treetops.
At the southern end of Crystal Springs Reservoir, on the eastern slope of the Santa Cruz Mountains, near Woodside, California—about 25 miles south of San Francisco—is Filoli, also known as the Bourn-Roth Estate, a country home nestled amid 16 acres of formal gardens and surrounded by a 654-acre estate.