San Francisco is one of the most iconic cities in California and the US as a whole. It’s a hub of commerce, finance and culture. In recent decades, it has become renowned for its association with Silicon Valley, which is home to the world’s biggest tech companies – Facebook, Apple and Netflix, to name a few. There is plenty to discover in the city, and we’ve complied them into a list of our 3 top things to do in San Francisco. We even threw in a little surprise: a relaxing zen garden with amazing views.
If you want to start – or end – your San Francisco visit, you must drop by this blissful private zen garden overlooking lush, tropical greenery and a Koi fish pond. It’s a perfect spot to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy some peace and quiet. Whether you want to kick back and read a book in a hammock, meditate, or do some group yoga, the serene garden will transport you to a different world. The Koi fish in the pond gives the location an extra Asian touch. Finding a relaxing and exotic place to enjoy an exclusive moment is hard to come by, especially in a city like San Francisco where busyness is a real issue.
In addition to our very own Viewnary attraction, we added our 3 top things to do in San Francisco: the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and Fisherman’s Wharf.
Golden Gate Bridge
This has to be the most iconic thing to see in San Francisco. In fact, the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most iconic bridges worldwide, along with the Sydney Harbor Bridge. Our tip: drive, walk, or cycle across the bridge during the golden hour for some amazing views of the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
The notorious Alcatraz Island is another must-see. It was once a military prison that subsequently got shut down in March of 1963. Deemed impossible to escape, the prison gained a reputation for housing hardened criminals. Alcatraz Island tours and tickets are also available but beware of how busy it can get!
Fisherman’s Wharf is one of San Francisco’s most touristy areas. Take a few hours to walk along waterfront, which has beautiful views of San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. Many souvenir shops and boutiques line the streets, as well as stalls selling the locally popular sourdough bread bowls and crabs.
Keep in mind that all three of these hotspots are crowded and touristy, especially during peak season. The best way to escape that? Our Viewnary zen garden retreat with unique tropical views over San Francisco.