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Golden Gate National Recreation Area
San Francisco, CA 94123

 (415) 705-1042

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"Although San Francisco is generally not a city for kids, Alcatraz is one of the coolest attractions in town for all ages."  See More

"But here are my favorites: Ghiradelli Square Book well in advance for a tour of Alcatraz Cable Car Museum Drive down the crooked Lombard Street Fisherman's Wharf Golden Gate Bridge Have a meal at Cliff House Land's End for amazing views (this is where Cliff House is) Fort Point National Historic Site(It's a fort at the base of the golden gate bridge!"  See More

"In SF, the De Young Museum is a great museum and Alcatraz is a fascinating attraction."  See More

"In San Fran, the kids would love Alcatraz."  See More

"But here are my favorites: Ghiradelli Square Alcatraz Cable Car Lombard Street Fisherman's Wharf Golden Gate Bridge Cliff House - See the Painted Ladies for a classic San Francisco photo opp - If you like Ballet."  See More

"If you want to see Alcatraz be sure to buy your tickets in advance."  See More

"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 the world" and that would be a busy but good very basic introduction to San Francisco and could be done in one very busy day."  See More

"As for things like Alcatraz, Chinatown San Francisco, and the Golden Gate Bridge, you will easily be able to visit them in a day trip from UC Berkeley using public transportation."  See More

"If you can get on the night tour of Alcatraz."  See More

"There you can catch a cruise to see Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge."  See More

"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 which is a must (from Conzelman Rd the view of the bridge + city is amazing)."  See More

"Visit Palace of Fine Arts at night Take a $15 boat ride under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz ."  See More

"Golden Gate Bridge California Academy of Sciences Alcatraz"  See More

"You can relax and hangout the Vista Point view of the City, Alcatraz, Angel Island , San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge, etc."  See More

"Three honorable mentions are the Golden Gate Park, the Painted Ladies in Alamo Square and Alcatraz."  See More

"Take the Alcatraz tour and/or a tour of Angel Island State Park."  See More

"If you have enough time to get tickets, go to Alcatraz."  See More

"Yes, Alcatraz is amazing, but it books up months in advance in the summer, so look into it as soon as possible to reserve the ferry over there."  See More

"And it's fun to ride the Duck Boats or tour Alcatraz."  See More

"Take a walk across the Golden Gate Bridge (dress warmly); if you do the motorcycle thing, go to Point Reyes; hike on Angel Island; Alcatraz is almost a must."  See More

"I will answer the part between Los Angeles and San Francisco. On the way up the coast from my perspective here are the places worth stopping / possibly staying. Santa Barbara - People love it, but I haven't quite figured out why. The town is sub-par, not so charming and lots of homeless people. The beach is detached from the town. I think that people like it if they are staying in homes or ranches on the hillside. There are also vineyards but I haven't visited them. I would say unless you are spending time at a resort such as Bacara Resort & Spa or Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara doesn't need a night...perhaps just a pit stop. Solvang - Small town in wine country that is 100% Danish. It feels like a charming european town. Hand full of mediocre inns. The one nicer hotel I am aware of is HOTEL CORQUE Los Olivos - Haven't been but people love it. Small quaint town in wine country. This is smaller than Solvang and more charming, but I haven't personally been there. Pismo Beach - This is probably what Santa Monica was like 50 years ago. It is an untouched California beach town that probably feels exactly like it did 30 years ago. Its not very crowded, has a beautiful stretch of beach but is also slightly run-down with older motels. Its possible that when we visited we missed the newer side. In either case this was a fun beach for our dog to run around because there weren't many people at all. We just stopped here for dinner and some beach time but didn't sleep here. San Simeon - This is pretty empty but gorgeous stretch of coastline with a few older hotels that aren't very nice but do the job. The big attraction here is Hearst Castle but we didn't have time to visit it. They are not dog friendly. Sam Simeon was used as a pit-stop for a night, but it was purely just for a place to sleep. Cambria - One of the scariest places I've been. It is 100% a ghost town....meaning actual ghosts *live here. It felt like it was straight out of an RL Stine or Stephen King book. Bizarre place. Big Sur - This is AMAZINGLY beautiful mountainous coastline. Tons of places to pull over and take pictures and a a handful of hikes along the way. Must stop at McWay Falls for photos. A cool place to stop for food and a nice walk is Ragged Point. There is also a hotel here that seems to be a perfect place to stay given its gorgeous plot of land. It feels like a highway rest-stop/biker stop with live music and lots of biker people. Moving up the coast a great place to have lunch is Ventana Inn (."  See More

"Alcatraz has a very cool audio tour where you can hear all the famous criminals talking and telling you stories about the prison."  See More

"Great view of the bay and Alcatraz and you can walk down the pier afterwards."  See More

"Keep away from Pier 39, wave hello to Alcatraz from the shore, and don't -- please don't -- wait in line to ride a crowded cable car."  See More

"Crissy Field: Great views of the bridge and Alcatraz!"  See More

"Crissy Field is a great spot not only for sweeping views of the 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."  See More

"Alcatraz Visiting Alcatraz Island gives you a great opportunity to snap the bridge - either from the island or during the ferry ride."  See More

"Alcatraz is fun to see in my opinion - especially if you want to do touristy things."  See More

"Alcatraz, Haight-Ashbury, Ferry Building"  See More

"It's a small part of the city with good places to eat (Le Marais Bistro and Bakery, Isa Restaurant, A16, Mamacita) and within walking distance of many iconic sites, like Palace of Fine Arts, Presidio and Yoda Fountain, as well as Crissy Field - which provides great views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz."  See More

"Check out the views of Alcatraz & Angel Island enroute."  See More

"You do have to purchase ferry ticket to go to Alcatraz."  See More

"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!"  See More

"There are a number of historic ships docked there as well fantastic views of Alcatraz in the distance."  See More

"Alcatraz requires advance reservations."  See More

"Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Angel Island, etc."  See More

"You get a gorgeous view of the bay, Alcatraz, and the Golden Gate Bridge."  See More

"The fun part is there is a cocktail party on the boat every night with commuters, you get a great tour of the bay, see Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge from the water, and the return trip faces SF at sunset when the city lights sparkle (unless it's really foggy)."  See More

"It will give you awesome views of the Bay, Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz."  See More

"You definitely need Alcatraz tickets in advance!"  See More

"Avoid time-consuming sightseeing activities like taking a boat across to visit Alcatraz it will take up an entire day."  See More

"Reserve/buy your ticket to Alcatraz at least 2 weeks in advance or else you might not have a chance to check it out."  See More

"I would look into getting a reservation for Alcatraz- it's an amazing visit if you can fit it in!"  See More

"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."  See More

"Unfortunately, Alcatraz is booked months and months in advance!"  See More

"In the wharf, you can see the seals, Pier 39, Alcatraz, and the Golden Gate Bridge!"  See More

"I lived in San Francisco for a couple years and that was my favorite touristy thing to do, especially the night tour of Alcatraz."  See More

"If you're wanting a little more intimate and unique take on Alcatraz, consider doing the night tour."  See More

"I had the same thought before I went to Alcatraz , and I ended up having a great time!"  See More

"But do venture there just one day to catch the ferry to Alcatraz because it is a great tour."  See More

"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 Francisco Chinatown North Beach Lands End Exploratorium Ferry Building Marketplace Golden Gate Bridge Sausalito Mission District"  See More

"For SF, you could do a lot of it in like 3-4 days, like Golden Gate Park, Golden Gate Bridge, Ferry Building Marketplace, Coit Tower, Alcatraz, and eat all of the food, and then get out of the city and do something like a bike ride + wine tasting in Napa, wine tasting and breweries in Sonoma (like Bear Republic Brewing Co), hiking Mount Tamalpais, etc."  See More

"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 research for some outstanding local cuisine."  See More

"Alcatraz is a fun trip and pretty interesting."  See More

"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 by day and night and you dont have to pay the toll if you just go to treasure island and return back to the city."  See More

"Never been to San Francisco, but I recommend Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Pier 39 as these are very popular in that area."  See More

"Catch the ferry back from Sausalito to Fisherman's Wharf, by way of Alcatraz (you don't stop there, but you can see it from the ferry)."  See More

"I must agree wholeheartedly with others who have chosen the Eiffel Tower, Venice, the Accademia di belle arti where Michelangelo's breathtaking David stands, and AlcatrazIsland."  See More

"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

"Get tix IN ADVANCE for Alcatraz or you won't get them -- consider going at night!"  See More

"It may sound touristy but the Alcatraz cruise and tour is well worth it."  See More

"The hour tour will take you around Alcatraz and under the Golden Gate Bridge - a super cool experience for locals and visitors!"  See More

"Another suggestion was Alcatraz, but the tours were sold out so if interested, reserved in advance."  See More

"You have to do Alcatraz , that was the highlight of our trip!"  See More

"You go right by Alcatraz on the ferry!"  See More

"Alcatraz tour at night is way better than the ones in the day and you get a beautiful view of the City."  See More

"Alcatraz of course, not romantic per se (although you ride a ferry over), but you MUST reserve your tickets in advance because they sell out quickly"  See More

"I really liked the tour of Alcatraz; reserve ahead of time and it is only a couple of hours at that."  See More

"Alcatraz was definitely one of my favorite places to go on the trip."  See More

"SFers love coffee shops, so try one of the Blue Bottle Coffee locations, Philz Coffee, Sightglass Coffee, Ritual Coffee Roasters or one of the other top shops Golden Gate Park is a large park and nice as well Walk around the Presidio, a scenic, large historic area Check out Haight-Ashbury if you're looking for the 60's hippy vibe, probably the closest thing to the hippy culture left in SF For a nice coastal drive and some surfing, you can check out Pacifica or Ocean Beach Some 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."  See More

"Try Alcatraz Night tours, book early as its slots fill out fast."  See More

"Alcatraz has night tours that are awesome."  See More

"There's California's Great America for an amusement park, Raging Waters not too far away, and also the unique adventure of Alcatraz."  See More

"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 in Gilroy Premium Outlets and tracy, all superstores If you have time, visit any of the Trader Joes stores."  See More

"Alcatraz: You can take a ferry over to this old prison island."  See More

"Fisherman's Wharf, Ghirardelli Square Shopping Center, Alcatraz are all fun places to spend time in SF and relatively low cost."  See More

"You'll cruise by Alcatraz and you can walk around shop/eat in Sausalito."  See More

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