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Top 6 Sightseeing Adventures in San Francisco

By: Hotel Nikko San Francisco / 23 Aug 2022
Top 6 Sightseeing Adventures in San Francisco
Known for its lively neighborhoods, rich culture and diversity, and fresh locally caught seafood, San Francisco is a melting pot of new discoveries. From parks and greenspaces that span acres to museums, art galleries, and wineries, there's plenty to make you fall in love with the City by the Bay.
With beautiful weather for sightseeing, walking tours, outdoor shopping and dining, bay cruises and beach days, summer makes for the perfect time to take it all in. Browse our top six must-see sightseeing adventures and explore what makes the Bay Area a travel hotspot.

Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39

With its seafood restaurants, shops, and iconic sea lions, Fisherman's Wharf is synonymous with the City by the Bay. Located steps away from the wharf, Pier 39 is famous for its clam chowder in bread bowls. The multilevel complex is known for its shopping, dining, street performers, bay cruises, scenic views, and playful sea lions that line the pier. Enjoy water views and soak up the bay breeze.

Bike Across the Golden Gate Bridge

One of the most awe-inspiring landmarks in San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge is even more incredible when seen up close. Rent a bike or stroll across the bridge, which connects the city's northernmost point to Marin County. On weekends and evenings, the west side bike path is open for bike traffic, while the east side path is open for pedestrians daily. At the base of the bridge, you can check out historic Fort Point and the free Civil War Museum.

Ride a San Francisco Cable Car

Nothing is more emblematic of San Francisco than the city's iconic cable cars, which have made their mark as a mainstay of the city's culture. Experience a ride for yourself and traverse the hills of San Francisco the same way residents did in decades past. Representing the early development that made the city notable, the experience of riding a cable car is a must. Hop on at Union Square right across from Hotel Nikko and explore the city's local sights.

Tour San Francisco's Chinatown

Filled with diverse shops, authentic eateries, and lively restaurants, Chinatown is alive with unique experiences to be had at every turn. Embark on a 2.5-hour walking tour of this vibrant neighborhood, just blocks from our hotel. Start at the Dragon's Gate, the entry point of Chinatown, and browse its beautiful shops, temples, and markets. Discover more about the Full Moon Festival and the area's culinary history. Don't forget to try a moon cake from the celebrated Garden Bakery. The House of Dim Sum is another must-try, offering up the best dim sum in the city.

Alcatraz Island Night Tour

Home to some of the country's most notorious criminals, Alcatraz remains one of the world's most famous prisons, and tours of the island are extremely popular. But if you're looking for something truly unique, the night tour is the way to go. This fantastic experience includes a boat tour around the island, known as "Doing Time: The Alcatraz Cellhouse Tour." Enjoy a beautiful sunset over the Bay and stunning views of San Francisco. Tip: pack a jacket for night sightseeing as things get chilly.

Play at Ocean Beach and Golden Gate Park

Spanning hundreds of acres, Golden Gate Park is one of the largest city parks in the country, with endless open space for hiking, biking, walking, or enjoying a picnic with friends or family. Located on the western edge of the park, Ocean Beach is a great spot for soaking up the sun and dipping your toes in the sand. The park is also home to the San Fransico Botanical Garden, with its lush plant life. If you're traveling with your pup, there's a great dog park and training area within the park.

Hotel Nikko - An Urban Oasis Near Union Square

Hotel Nikko San Francisco is a luxury boutique hotel with Japanese inspired ambiance, accommodations, and cuisine. Our Union Square hotel is home to Restaurant ANZU, serving modern Japanese food and the freshest sushi and sashimi in the neighborhood.
Hotel Nikko is within walking distance of Union Square and Chinatown, and minutes from North Beach and Fisherman's Wharf. Relax in Zen-inspired rooms and suites or take a dip in our glass-enclosed indoor pool. Start your adventure in San Francisco and browse our hotel specials.

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