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What to do in San Francisco

As preparations continue for the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, a roundup of some of the best things to do in San Francisco, Califonia.

travel Updated: May 23, 2012 15:24 IST
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As preparations continue for the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, a roundup of some of the best things to do in San Francisco, Califonia.

Ride the tram

San Francisco's historic pulley-pulled trams are a unique tourist attraction and a surprisingly functional form of day-to-day transport, with a uniquely retro twist.

See the Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge can be viewed from all angles really - but a walking tour across it or a boat trip underneath have got to be among the best ways. Look out for the new digital walking tours offered by the Round House tourism office.

See Alcatraz

It's one of the world's most famous - or notorious - prisons, but it's now open for fascinating tours, including the cells where criminals such as Al Capone were kept under the watchful eyes of the wardens.

Wine Collective

For those that don't have the time to explore the surrounding Wine Country, the Wine Collective is an ideal solution -- it's focused on providing the best samples of boutique wineries in the area.

Gay Pride

If you're visiting next month, the Pride Festival should be in full swing, transforming the city's streets into a mass of colors and costumes unrivalled the world over. At all other times, the city's legendary gay scene is best sampled through the countless drag shows and clubs.

Soak up the culture

San Francisco is a sophisticated place, especially when it comes to art and music. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art ranks among the best in the world, displaying work by Jeff Koons and Marcel Duchamp, among others.

Eat

This city has over 4,500 restaurants in a relatively small space, earning it a reputation as one of America's culinary capitals.

Explore Chinatown

Chinatown in San Francisco is the largest outside of Asia, so it's easy to spend a day pottering around the alleys and food stores that make up this colorful district. If you get peckish, dive into one of 300 restaurants which line the streets.

Catch a game


The San Francisco Giants play in a downtown stadium and the baseball experience is one that shouldn't be missed for anyone keen to experience a quintessential piece of American culture. Nearby Oakland Athletics is the other option, a short ride on the BART public transport system.