For more information on any of these attractions and activities, visit www.sanfrancisco.travel
The entrance to Chinatown at Grant Avenue and Bush Street is called the "Dragon's Gate." Inside are 24 blocks of hustle and bustle, most of it taking place along Grant Avenue, the oldest street in San Francisco. This city within a city is best explored on foot; exotic shops, renowned restaurants, food markets, temples and small museums comprise its boundaries. For more information visit www.sanfranciscochinatown.com
Union Square, shopping and museums
The landmark park is the heart of the city and is known for fantastic shopping. Sporting new granite plazas, a new terraced stage on Post Street, light sculptures designed by artist R.M. Fischer, a café, the TIX half-price ticket center, and four grand entrance corner plazas bordered by the park's signature palms, the remodeled square pays tribute to the Square's distinctive history and captures the unique flavor and beauty of San Francisco. For more information visit www.unionsquareshop.com
- San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art - See the iconic works of Warhol or Rauschenberg or the latest exhibitions in the architecturally stunning South of Market structure. For more information visit www.sfmoma.org
Golden Gate Park
Golden Gate Park includes the following sights: MH de Young Museum , California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco Botanical Garden, Japanese Tea Garden, Garden of Shakespeare's Flowers, Conservatory of Flowers and Stow Lake.
- California Academy of Sciences - The California Academy of Sciences, home to an aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum, is a groundbreaking research and educational institution. The interactive natural history museum boasts a collection of over 18 million scientific specimens, including plants animals, fossils and artifacts. For more information visit www.calacademy.org.
Tour the city by Cable Car
There are three lines for this famous transportation system, Powell-Hyde, Powell-Mason and the California Street Line. For more information visit the San Francisco Municipal Railway website at www.sfmta.com.
Find out about the city's hippie history with the Haight Ashbury Flower Power Walking Tour (www.haightashburytour.com), follow the Barbary Coast Trail (www.barbarycoasttrail.org) or view the murals in the Mission on the Precita Eyes Mural Arts (www.precitaeyes.org/tours.html). The architecturally inclined can view the Painted Ladies on the Victorian Home Walk (www.victorianwalk.com), or gain access to hard-to-find rooftop gardens and some of San Francisco's most famous buildings on the San Francisco Architecture Walking Tour (www.architecturesf.com). The home of the San Francisco Giants (http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com), AT&T Park, is also very fan friendly with tours offered of the dugout, the visitors' clubhouse and field. For Open Top Bus Tours visit www.city-sightseeing.us. Click here for a more tour options including helicopter, bus and walking.