BRENNAN & GRACY

Attractions

Here are our 10 sites for you all to check out while your visiting the beautiful San Francisco.

Alcatraz Cruises

Alcatraz Cruises

415-981-ROCK (7625)

Pier 33, Alcatraz Landing

San Francisco, CA 94111

Alcatraz Cruises is the National Park Service Concessioner serving visitors to Alcatraz Island. Open seven days a week, with several daily departures, Alcatraz is a place to experience for locals and visitors alike.

The island's rich history means there is always something new to discover. See the first lighthouse on the West Coast and learn about Alcatraz as a Civil War fort. The award-winning audio tour of the cellhouse offers stories of former guards and inmates from the federal penitentiary. Find out about the 19-month occupation of Alcatraz by Indians of all tribes. Explore the natural side of the Rock with beautiful gardens, bird colonies, and breathtaking views. Few destinations captivate visitors as much as Alcatraz Island does.

The Alcatraz day tour ticket includes a roundtrip ferry to the island and the cellhouse audio tour with actual interviews of former guards and inmates of the federal prison. The audio tour is available in ten languages - English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Japanese, Mandarin, and Korean.

The Night Tour is a unique program limited to just a few hundred visitors per evening. Tickets include roundtrip ferry, a live narration as the boat cruises around the north side of the island before docking, a ranger-guided tour from the dock to the cellhouse, the cellhouse audio tour, and a variety of special presentations only offered at night.

Alcatraz Island is truly an inescapable experience.

PIER 39

PIER 39

415-705-5500

2 Beach Street

San Francisco, CA 94133

From amazing views and a sea of sea lions to two levels of dining, entertainment, shopping and attractions, a visit to San Francisco starts at Pier 39.

The Presidio and the Golden Gate Bridge

The Presidio and the Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco, CA 94901

The bridge is an engineering marvel and one of the most beautiful — if it's not too windy and foggy — walks in the country.

Cable Cars

Cable Cars

Powell/Hyde and Powell/Mason

San Francsico, CA

You need to ride a world famous San Francisco cable car but you want to get the most bang for your five-buck (one way) ride. Don't just passively sit there or you'll feel ripped off when the short (about twenty minutes) ride ends. You need some insider information. Position is everything when stepping into the cable car fray.

Lombard Street

Lombard Street

San Francisco, CA

Lombard's crooked street is a postcard-perfect image that represents San Francisco around the world. But what exactly is this attraction and what does it have to offer the San Francisco visitor?

Lombard Street in San Francisco is one of America's crookedest streets. The steep, hilly street was created with sharp curves to switchback down the one-way hill past beautiful Victorian mansions. If not for the byzantine curves, easing out this treacherous slope, people could be killed rolling down. For an idea of how steep this street really is, go two blocks up, to Filbert Street and peer down over the ridge. Lombard is even steeper.

Some of San Francisco’s most expensive real estate sits on Lombard Street. This Russian Hill neighborhood possesses stately mansions even with the endless array of tourists pouring down the street every day. In the spring and through the entire summer, Lombard Street is alive with color, as the many beautiful flowers are in bloom.

Ferry Building

Ferry Building

One Ferry Building

San Francisco, CA 94111

The one good thing to come out of the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989 was the revitalization of San Francisco's waterfront. The earthquake damaged an elevated highway that cut off the waterfront from the rest of the city; the highway was torn down, opening up the area and transforming old warehouses and docks into yuppie commercial real estate. Case in point: the Ferry Building, which was originally opened in 1898, then renovated and reopened in 2003.

Coit Tower

Coit Tower

415-362-0808

1 Telegraph Hill Boulevard

San Francisco, CA 94133

Every great city needs its proud civic phallus — the Empire State Building, the Washington Monument, the Eiffel Tower. At best, they're scenic lookouts; at worst, boring tourist-trap monstrosities. I'll leave it to the architectural critics to appraise the aesthetic merits of Coit Tower, which some say resembles a fire hose nozzle. It gives good views of the city, though, perched as it is atop historic Telegraph Hill (home to sea captains in the days of the Golden Bough) in North Beach.

Haight-Ashbury

Haight-Ashbury

415-831-1200

1855 Haight Street

San Francisco, CA 94117

The birthplace of America's counter-culture, the Haight was Ground Zero during the summer of 1967, a.k.a. The Summer of Love, baby. Hippies used to live here, but at some point the Jefferson Airplane moved out, and affluent yuppies moved in, buying up all the colorful Victorian homes throughout Haight-Ashbury and replacing its head shops with high-end boutiques, chic restaurants and hip cafés. My favorite spot in the Haight is Amoeba Music, which is in a former bowling alley and boasts one of the biggest collections of CDs (new and used) in the world.

AT&T Park

AT&T Park

415-972-1800

24 Willie Mays Plaza

San Francisco, CA 94107

Sure, most cities are proud of their ballparks, but, come on, I think it's a pretty well established fact that none is finer than AT&T Park. Home of the San Francisco Giants, World Series Champions!!!

San Francisco Botanical Garden Society at Strybing Arboretum

San Francisco Botanical Garden Society at Strybing Arboretum

415-661-1316

Golden Gate Park Ninth Avenue at Lincoln Way

San Francisco, CA 94122

There is always something new at San Francisco's Botanical Garden. Stroll through New Zealand, the Mediterranean or Central American rain forests. The garden is a beautiful, calm oasis. M-F 8am-4:30pm, Sa-Su and holidays 10am-5pm. Tours M-F 1:30pm, Sa-Su 10:30am and 1:30pm, departing from Bookstore; W, F, Su 2pm, departing from North Gate. Admission is $7; special group tours available with advance reservations.