Your San Francisco
For first timers, music lovers and budget travelers.
Unique recommendations curated by Where and fit to match personal travel styles.
It’s worth the climb up the Filbert Street Steps to Telegraph Hill. At the top, admire panoramic views of the bay and the European-style tumble of buildings on the surrounding hills. Enter Coit Tower to admire the Depression- era murals on the first floor. Buy tickets early to visit Alcatraz, the beautifully isolated site of a former maximumsecurity federal prison that is now one of the city's most popular visitor attractions. Only accessible by ferry, the island offers striking city views, and the 45-minute cellhouse audio tour is compelling. Don’t leave without taking a ride up and down the city's remarkable hills on a cable car, San Francisco's most fascinating form of transportation.
Located in Hayes Valley, the stunning SF
Jazz Center is the first venue in the country built specifically for jazz, and it’s the premier destination for the genre in the city. The
Greek Theatre in Berkeley is the Bay Area's best outdoor venue— it was modeled after the ancient Greek theater of Epidaurus and has fantastic views of the Bay Bridge and San Francisco skyline. The world- renowned
San Francisco Symphony led by the beloved Michael Tilson Thomas performs at Hayes Valley’s Davies Symphony Hall, which has served as a cultural landmark since 1911. Some of the most famous conductors and composers in classical music have performed here.
On a Budget
The Sea Lion Center is a free educational destination right above the marine mammals’ famous Pier 39 hangout offering tours and an exhibit space. Also free, the Presidio
Officers’ Club is a cultural center in a former military post turned national park that opened in 2014 inside the oldest building in the city. It’s home to a multimedia West Coast history gallery and hosts craft activities for kids, special exhibits and music performances. The Civil War- era brick Fort Point has a magnificent setting at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge and doesn’t require an admission fee. It guarded the bridge entrance for almost half a century until its original cannons were removed. Visitors can explore its brick casemates, grand arches and spiral stairs.