tourist in san francisco

[Reference:  List of things to do in San Francisco - from my friend Andy]

By Car:
There is a 49 Mile Scenic Route that takes you around San Francisco (and marked by small signs, but first print it out in case you miss the signs). This route takes you through or near several of San Francisco’s cool spots - be sure to stop and take pictures! - including:
1) Presidio & Golden Gate Bridge
a) Stop and walk to the middle of it from SF side
b) Optionally drive across the Bridge to the Marin Headlands for a fantastic view of the Bridge and San Francisco
2) Top of Twin Peaks - A birds eye view of the center of the city. You may want to return at night - clear nights are particularly beautiful.
3) Golden Gate Park - Golden Gate Park is larger than New York’s Central Park, and is home to several attractions. To name a few:
a) The de Young Museum
b) California Academy of Sciences
c) Golden Gate Park Aquarium
d) The Conservatory of Flowers
e) Buffalo (Yes, there are live buffalo in the middle of SF)
f) Strawberry Hill in the middle of Stow Lake - waterfall, bridges, paddle boats
4) Haight/Ashbury District - ground zero for the San Francisco flower power “hippy” movement in the 60s, it still retains a shadow of its bohemian culture today.
5) Presidio & Sea Cliff - Wave at Robin Williams and Danielle Steel as you wind your way through this beautiful part of San Francisco
6) Cliff House & Sutro Baths & Sutro Heights - The Cliff House overlooks Ocean Beach to the south and Sutro Baths to the north. Adolf Sutro built the Baths in the late 19th century as a giant public indoor swimming pool. He built his home just up the hill on Sutro Heights. Both home and baths are gone, but the remains are still neat. The Cliff House still remains. Definitely worth stopping at on the 49 Mile route.

By foot or cable car:
The 49 Mile Scenic Route will also take you through some neighborhoods that you’ll want to take a closer look via foot or cable car.
4) Union Square - the ceremonial heart of San Francisco, and our big shopping district. San Francisco brands such as Gap, Levi, Banana Republic, and Old Navy have their flagship stores here.
5) China Town - the oldest Chinatown in North America. Walk north from Union Square to the Dragon Gate entrance at Grant and Bush street
6) North Beach - a neighboring neighborhood to China Town, North Beach is San Francisco’s Little Italy
7) Fisherman’s Wharf & Pier 39 - the most touristy spot in all of San Francisco. Be sure to have some clam chowder in a bread bowl
The quintessential San Francisco thing to do is to ride the Cable Car through the above-mentioned neighborhoods.

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