San Francisco's Chinatown is famous for being the oldest Chinatown within North America and the largest one outside of Asia. Whether you choose to simply walk down the streets of Chinatown or get a bite to eat at one of the authentic Chinese restaurants, this area is worth a visit. While there, be sure to visit the Bank of Canton, which was restored in 1960 and the Sing Chong Building, which was among the first to be rebuilt following the 1906 earthquake. You can also go shopping at various herbal shops or visit the beautifully decorated Bank of America building.
San Francisco streets are known for being incredible steep, but Lombard Street takes this a step further as the most crooked street within the city. Driving along the street will show you what it truly means for a road to zig-zag, and along the way you will see some of the most expensive and gorgeous homes in San Francisco. The street is crooked as a safety measure to combat its steepness and it is the perfect spot for scenic photos.
The Exploratorium is a science museum, human perception, and art museum that encourages visitors to ask questions and explore their curiosity. It is great for all ages and features specific programs and events for children as well as adults. You will find the museum at Pier 15, where there are hundreds of different exhibits, both inside and outside. Just some of the galleries include Living Systems, Tinkering, and Human Phenomena.
The California Academy of Science is a large building with numerous exhibits and smaller areas, such as the Morrison Planetarium, Kimball Natural History Museum, Steinhart Aquarium, and Osher Rainforest. The aquarium alone houses almost 40,000 live animals or you can spend some time at one of the hands-on exhibits, such as the Discovery Tidepool, Naturalist Center, or Early Explorers Cove, the last of which is perfect for children. There are even special night events for adults, complete with cocktails.
Twin Peaks is commonly considered the best attraction in San Francisco for those looking to get the perfect view of the city. The area measures 922 feet tall and most visitors will focus on getting views from the north peak, which gives you the entire Bay Area with 180-degree views. In addition to the view, there is also a 64-acre park with grassland, coastal scrub, strong winds, native plants, and the endangered Mission Blue Butterfly.