jessica j. said, "...1. Reserve/buy your ticket to Alcatraz at least 2 weeks in advance or else you might not have a chance to check it out. 2. Don't rent a car unless you want to travel outside of San Francisco. - Finding parking..." See More
Valerie A. said, "...Unfortunately, Alcatraz is booked months and months in advance! I would advise not renting a car, San Francisco is a walkable city. There's also BART, cabs, and Uber options :) I'm from the Bay Area and visited SF plenty of times..." See More
Emi D. said, "...1. You definitely need Alcatraz tickets in advance! If they are sold out, you can get them as part of a city package.2. Don't get a car if you'll be in the city -- use the bus, a trolley pass, or..." See More
Abbie A. said, "...because they have a lot of public transportation that's easy to us there. I would look into getting a reservation for Alcatraz- it's an amazing visit if you can fit it in! I would definitely walk around the streets on..." See More
Angela L. said, "...Yes you need reservations for Alcatraz, but it isn't booked months in advance only a few days or maybe a week or two depending on the time of year. I went last Friday and didn't get tickets until Tuesday of..." See More
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Ed H. said, "...of the other standard tourist activities aside from checking out the Golden Gate Bridge are Fisherman's Wharf and seeing sea lions, Alcatraz, riding one of the cable cars, and checking out the Ferry Building. Maybe Chinatown as well, though I'm..." See More
mariella u. said, "...be a tad bit of a hassle during rush hours. Lots of food options too in places like San Mateo! Try Alcatraz Night tours, book early as its slots fill out fast. SF is known for nature sceneries as well, try..." See More
Dani D. said, "...Golden Gate Heights Mosaic Stairway tiled step project which is a quick but awesome picture. I really liked the tour of Alcatraz; reserve ahead of time and it is only a couple of hours at that. They give you headphones..." See More
Clément R. said, "...be able to walk everywhere. But transportation is quite easy in the city, especially with a combo BART/Muni and Uber/Lyft ! Alcatraz is definitely a must see. you'll get an awesome tour, plus amazing view of the bay and the city...." See More
Caroline B. said, "...a flat on Lombard Street, so it was in North Beach District. Really safe and nice area, with a beautiful view! Alcatraz was definitely one of my favorite places to go on the trip. If you go, I suggest doing the..." See More
Konrad W. said, "...arrive and depart here as well. Three honorable mentions are the Golden Gate Park, the Painted Ladies in Alamo Square and Alcatraz. More importantly, the food and wine are incredible throughout the city. If you want a self-guided walking tour..." See More
Bailey K. said, "...this street! It gives you a good quick-view of the city. In the wharf, you can see the seals, Pier 39, Alcatraz, and the Golden Gate Bridge! This spot just has a great view of the water and great choices..." See More
Spencer S. said, "...in San Francisco for a couple years and that was my favorite touristy thing to do, especially the night tour of Alcatraz. It's a really unique experience and the tour is just incredibly interesting if you're into history...." See More
3 mentions in Top things to see in San Francisco & San Jose?
Michael M. said, "...bridge. Then, from the other side (Marin area ). You can relax and hangout the Vista Point view of the City, Alcatraz, Angel Island , San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge, etc.). Head down to Sausalito for a lunch or..." See More
David D. said, "...In San Francisco, the usual is Alcatraz (need to reserve ahead of time), the piers along the Embarcadero Center (Pier 39 being the most known - kind of tourist trap though), Golden Gate Park is beautiful and the golden gate bridge..." See More
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Cleon K. said, "...a bunch of hairpin turns, and is very interesting to look at or drive down.Coit Tower: Amazing 360-degree-views of the city. Alcatraz: The famous prison. Worth a visit.Sausalito: You can get there by a car or tourist bus. It's a..." See More
Miklos P. said, "...to see the views or go to Sausalito for example. Avoid time-consuming sightseeing activities like taking a boat across to visit Alcatraz it will take up an entire day. Maximize your time and plan to see things that are close to..." See More
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Peter R. said, "...drive up to Twin Peaks. Check it out during day or night, always awesome. Sausalito if you love arts and crafts Alcatraz best is to reserve up front as early as possible Treasure Island (San Francisco) great views of the city..." See More
Fritzi L. said, "...good deal. Within the city, I highly recommend you visit the Cliff House for its tiimeless views, walk Ocean Beach, tour Alcatraz, visit Ferry Building Marketplace, take a Bay Cruise, enjoy the Haight-Ashbury, the Mission District, and do some food..." See More
mary t. said, "...is wonderful to explore with lots of options, the tulips may still be in bloom in March and they are beautiful. Alcatraz is a fun trip and pretty interesting. What type of activities are you looking for?..." See More
3 mentions in Is Alcatraz worth visiting over a 3 day weekend?
Robert S. said, "... Alcatraz is awesome. If you go, look up "Ranger Craig." Craig Glassner is a ranger on the island and he knows EVERYTHING about this very interesting national park. Here he is on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rangercraig While you're in the area of the..." See More
Andy H. said, "...I had the same thought before I went to Alcatraz, and I ended up having a great time! The audio tour is definitely the way to go. The tour was very informative and really gave me an idea of what..." See More
Mel V. said, "... Alcatraz is worth the visit! Be sure to take the audio tour. I really like to go in the late afternoon so I can be there when it begins to get dark. Get your reservation online well in advance. Bring a..." See More
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Dee B. said, "...Cable Car. Then concentrate on Fisherman's Wharf/Pier 39 areas for entertainment. If you have enough time to get tickets, go to Alcatraz. If she's at all interested, the Exploratorium at Pier 15. You can get lost for hours in there...." See More
Tiffany W. said, "...bridge. She loves walking across the Golden Gate Bridge too and exploring the bunkers and hiking along the Marin Headlands. Yes, Alcatraz is amazing, but it books up months in advance in the summer, so look into it as soon as..." See More
3 mentions in Scenic place to watch boats in SF?
Patrick R. said, "...the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. There are a number of historic ships docked there as well fantastic views of Alcatraz in the distance. Then head west and walk over to the Marina District where lots of current day boats..." See More
Marc T. said, "...deck and watching all of the boating activity, but you will also pass all of the SF Bay icons...Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Angel Island, etc. An additional twist is to schedule return from Tiburon during sunset. What can go wrong,..." See More
Valerie A. said, "...Hey Kate! I love heading over to Fort Mason. You get a gorgeous view of the bay, Alcatraz, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Tip: when you get to Fort Mason, the best spot to watch the boats is at the..." See More
2 mentions in Best area for photos of the Golden Gate?
Krista G. said, "...Field Favorited by locals, this strip of land along the water gives you great views of the Bay, GGB, and Alcatraz. Alcatraz Visiting Alcatraz Island gives you a great opportunity to snap the bridge - either from the island or during..." See More
Renate F. said, "...Golden Gate Bridge (use the widest angle lens you've got) but for a great walk or run and awesome views of Alcatraz Island, too. And, on your walk toward the bridge, there's a Warming Hut Cafe where you can stop for..." See More
Renate F. said, "...San Francisco? There are a few fun things to do that are iconic such as viewing the Golden Gate Bridge, visiting Alcatraz, taking in Fisherman's Wharf, perhaps riding a Cable Car, and driving down Lombard Street "the crookedest street in..." See More
Cara H. said, "...recommend flying especially as there is no reason to have cars in either city. Use Uber! If you want to see Alcatraz be sure to buy your tickets in advance. We tried to get tickets a couple of days in advance..." See More
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Maria R. said, "...it, but some people suggested riding a bike through the bridge and then taking the Ferry back . Another suggestion was Alcatraz, but the tours were sold out so if interested, reserved in advance. I hear it is a great..." See More
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Renate F. said, "...wholeheartedly with others who have chosen the Eiffel Tower, Venice, the Accademia di belle arti where Michelangelo's breathtaking David stands, and Alcatraz Island. Another place teeming with tourists but well-worth the visit is Amsterdam - Dam Square, the main city square..." See More
Adam M. said, "... Alcatraz Now whenever I see the iconic SF skyline and the island on films and TV I can remember the experience of crossing the bay and exploring this amazing national park...." See More
2 mentions in Alcatraz- do you have to purchase tickets in advance?
Krista G. said, "...Hi Michele, Alcatraz is a super popular attraction in SF, and what you've heard is true - it's impossible to get tickets day of, and still difficult to get them days in advance! I highlight suggest buying tickets a month before..." See More
Martha C. said, "...You do have to purchase ferry ticket to go to Alcatraz. There's a ticket booth to purchase ticket on site, however, it's not guarantee that it would be available. Yes, the best thing is to purchase ahead of time so..." See More
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Mimi W. said, "...avoid the crowds. Avoid Fisherman's Wharf at all costs. But do venture there just one day to catch the ferry to Alcatraz because it is a great tour. Grab pizza Arinell Pizza Inc. Venture over to Chestnut St in the marina..." See More
Elliott L. said, "...need a car. I would suggest renting a bike and then using public transportation. The Main things (in no particular order): Alcatraz Fisherman's Wharf Conservatory of Flowers California Academy of Sciences De Young Museum San Francisco Museum of Modern Art San..." See More
2 mentions in 3 Weeks Excursions in State Of California
christina l. said, "...it. There's California's Great America for an amusement park, Raging Waters not too far away, and also the unique adventure of Alcatraz. Or the calmer and more literary Jack London State Historic Park . If it lines up with Gilroy's..." See More
Shrirang J. said, "...Francisco city (2 days) Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum Coit Tower San Francisco Chinatown Ghirardelli Square Shopping Center Pier 39 Alcatraz Golden Gate Park Lombard Street There are no end to the list of places for shopping - Factory outlets..." See More
2 mentions in Best activities for kids
Chris K. said, "...the California Academy of Sciences if they're into fish and reptiles. Pier 39 has the aquarium, but I think it's overrated. Alcatraz? What kids wouldn't like prison tours?..." See More
Debby C. said, "...fun for kids. You can also walk along The Embarcadero to Fisherman's Wharf, which is very touristy, but fun for kids. Alcatraz has night tours that are awesome. Google it and book tickets online ahead of time though. They sell out...." See More
2 mentions in What to do for a day and a half in San Francisco?
Krista G. said, "...Arts, Presidio and Yoda Fountain, as well as Crissy Field - which provides great views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz .North Beach is very close to the Marina and will give you easy access to Ghiradelli Square, Pier 39,..." See More
Gregor C. said, "...from there to Sausalito & return. Much cheaper and more fun than the commercial "Bay Cruises". Check out the views of Alcatraz& Angel Island enroute. Upon landing, you can walk along the frontage road in beautiful Sausalito (West Coast's French..." See More
2 mentions in Looking for 2-3 cheap, and fun activities in the SF area
Krista G. said, "...find these tiny boats next to Joe's Crab Shack Fishermans Wharf by Pier 39. The hour tour will take you around Alcatraz and under the Golden Gate Bridge - a super cool experience for locals and visitors! Hope this helps and..." See More
Eric K. said, "...It may sound touristy but the Alcatraz cruise and tour is well worth it. Also a short hike at the Lands End trail gives great views. The De Young Museum is a great place to visit as well...." See More
2 mentions in What I can't miss in San Francisco in 4 days?
Phil L. said, "...the L Taravel Street car out to the beach, zoo. If you have time you might take the boat out to Alcatraz, it is run by the National Park Service and you can relive the day of the bad guys..." See More
Krista G. said, "...some can't-miss faves: Visit Palace of Fine Arts at nightTake a $15 boat ride under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz. You can find these individually owned boats right across from Joe's Crab Shack Fishermans Wharf Get burritos at..." See More
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