It may measure less than 50 square miles and have a population that doesn’t even crack a million, but San Francisco justly ranks as one of the greatest cities in the world. Famous for grand-dame Victorians, cable cars, a dynamic waterfront, and a soaring golden bridge, this city truly has it all. With trend-defining cuisine ranging from Michelin-starred dining to outrageous food trucks; world-renowned symphony, ballet, theater, and opera; plus almost boundless outdoor adventures, San Francisco justifiably stands out as one of the ultimate must-visit cities on any traveler’s wish list.
The hardest part may be deciding where to go first. (Well, that and packing for the city’s famously unpredictable weather.) The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks; you can walk or bike across the span to the Marin Headlands. Or stay on the San Francisco side and stroll over to the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts, the Presidio, or Lands End, a rugged, windswept playground where you can watch for whales and check out the ruins of the Sutro Baths.
Fisherman’s Wharf beckons with its seafaring vibe and amazing seafood restaurants; look out across the water and you’ll see another fascinating destination not to be missed, Alcatraz Island. The bustling plazas of Union Square and Ghirardelli Square offer shopping and more great dining options. The city’s patchwork of distinct neighborhoods—the Mission District, Chinatown, North Beach, Haight-Ashbury, Nob Hill, and so many more—offer endless diversions both day and night.
Despite its famously steep hills, San Francisco is remarkably easy to get around. Clanging cable cars are beloved icons and a convenient way to travel between the waterfront and Union Square. Historic streetcars run along the Embarcadero with stops for Fisherman’s Wharf, the Ferry Building Marketplace, and Oracle Park, home of the Major League’s Giants baseball team. For an easy, affordable ride, look for one of hundreds of bike-share stations and hop on a Bay Wheels bike (or e-bike) and go.
The underground BART metro system travels within and beyond San Francisco, with routes south to San Francisco International Airport and east to Berkeley, Oakland, Pleasanton, and other communities. And San Francisco’s local MUNI buses travel citywide.
Insider tips: If you plan to visit several of the attractions it can cover, consider getting a CityPASS; it includes prepaid admission to the California Academy of Sciences; a Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise Adventure; a choice between the Aquarium of the Bay or the Walt Disney Family Museum, and a choice between The Exploratorium or the San Francisco Zoo and Gardens.
Another economical option is the San Francisco C3 ticket, which is good for admission into three attractions. Choose from the CityPASS options above, plus SFMoMA, Bay City Bike, and Parkwide Bike Rentals, and the de Young Museum + Legion of Honor.
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Airports In San Francisco
The following airports are operated by the federal government and are not open to the public. These airports have Class D airspace.
Moffett Federal Airfield (KNUQ) in Mountain View and Sunnyvale, Santa Clara County
Travis Air Force Base (KSUU) in Fairfield, Solano County
General aviation airports
Reid–Hillview Airport, view from east
The following general aviation airports have enough traffic to have an air traffic control tower. These airports have Class D airspace.
Buchanan Field Airport (KCCR) in Concord, Contra Costa County
Hayward Executive Airport (KHWD) in Hayward, Alameda County
Livermore Municipal Airport (KLVK) in Livermore, Alameda County
Napa County Airport (KAPC) in Napa, Napa County
Palo Alto Airport (KPAO) in Palo Alto, Santa Clara County
Reid–Hillview Airport (KRHV) in San Jose, Santa Clara County
San Carlos Airport (KSQL) in San Carlos, San Mateo County
San Martin Airport, view from northeast
The following airports do not have control towers, but are listed by their owners as open to the public. Pilots announce runway and airspace usage via radio contact. These airports have Class E airspace for those with an FAA-published instrument approach procedure, or Class G airspace otherwise.
Angwin–Parrett Field (2O3) in Angwin, Napa County
Byron Airport (C83) in Byron, Contra Costa County
Cloverdale Municipal Airport (O60) in Cloverdale, Sonoma County
Gnoss Field (KDVO) in Novato, Marin County
Half Moon Bay Airport (KHAF) in Half Moon Bay, San Mateo County
Healdsburg Municipal Airport (KHES) in Healdsburg, Sonoma County
Hollister Municipal Airport (KCVH) in Hollister, San Benito County
Nut Tree Airport (KVCB) in Vacaville, Solano County
Petaluma Municipal Airport (O69) in Petaluma, Sonoma County
Rio Vista Municipal Airport (O88) in Rio Vista, Solano County
Sonoma Skypark (0Q9) in Sonoma, Sonoma County
Sonoma Valley Airport (0Q3) in Sonoma, Sonoma County
San Martin Airport (E16) in San Martin, Santa Clara County
Watsonville Municipal Airport (KWVI) in Watsonville, Santa Cruz County