Traveler’s Tips for San Francisco

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If you’ve found yourself in San Francisco and have no idea where to start, take a breath. On Air Parking has got your back with our top traveler’s tips of things to do, things to see, and things to eat. The best part? It’s all bite-sized, so you don’t have to feel as overwhelmed.

Things to Do & See

This list is short, sweet, and simple—but no less exciting. Here are a few things to do in San Francisco.

Tour Alcatraz

This suggestion may not make it onto every traveler’s list, but it’s certainly off-kilter. Alcatraz, the site of the first lighthouse in the western side of the United States, became a federal prison in 1934 and continued operations until 1963. During its time, it housed famous convicts such as Al Capone and George “Machine Gun” Kelly. Now, it’s part of the 80,000 acre Golden Gate National Recreation Area. You can purchase tickets to visit online, and the online price listed now is $160.

Madame Tussauds San Francisco

Madame Tussauds San Francisco is the world’s greatest wax museum, including several zones—Music, Leaders & Entrepreneurs, Sports, Spirit of San Francisco, Film, and A-List. General admission tickets can get purchased online, and you can even combine your ticket with a Ripley’s Believe It or Not. ticket. General admission to the wax museum is $26.99 per adult, and $21.99 per child online.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not

Right on the back of the world’s greatest wax museum is Ripley’s Believe It or Not, located in San Francisco. Here, you can Admire Odd Art, which is an exhibit housing hundreds of rare, unusual artifacts along with unique interactive activities. You can also Enter the Jungle, which lets you learn about the origins of Ripley’s iconic artifact, the shrunken head. You can also Lose Yourself by playing your way through the Vortex Tunnel, or you can just explore the hands-on interactives. Tickets to visit can be purchased online, and you can get a two-way combo—which covers Ripley’s and Ripley’s Mirror Maze—$29.99 for children and adults alike.

Places to Eat

Now that we’ve covered things to do and things to see, we can talk about eating with your eyes at a variety of San Francisco’s hottest places.

Pier 39

No restaurant recommendation list would be complete without shouting out Pier 39. Main menu items include amazing starters like garlic fries, fried calamari, wild Mexican shrimp & Pacific cod ceviche, and sweet and sour calamari. They have incredible clam chowder, fresh salads, and mesquite-grilled seafood such as their salmon, blackened Pacific rock cod, and trout. 

Brenda’s French Soul Food

If you’re looking for something more cozy and laidback, you can always count on Brenda’s French Soul Food to hit the spot with its French, Creole, and Southern cuisine. Brunch menu items are a fantastic way to start your day with options like beignets, butter pecan French toast, eggs benedict, and even a andouille sausage and cheddar omelet. Lunch and dinner are a great way to break up the adventures, with options like broiled oysters, hushpuppies, red beans and rice, or fried chicken.

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