See and Do in San Francisco

Alcatraz island is a major San Francisco attractionKnown for its steep hills, carefully climbing cable cars and the Golden Gate Bridge, there is a wealth of sightseeing opportunities and famous attractions in San Francisco for expats to explore once the stress of relocation has settled.

Visit Golden Gate Park and admire the views from the bay to bridge; enjoy a seafood lunch at Fisherman’s Wharf; catch the cable car to Chinatown to poke around in the shops or pick up dinner; or take a trip to Alcatraz to catch a glimpse into the city’s history from a slightly different perspective.

Recommended sightseeing in San Francisco


Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is by far the most famous symbol of San Francisco. There is nothing quite like seeing this iconic rust-coloured bridge for the very first time; though a fondness for the outline of the stately structure on the horizon never fades easy.


Commonly known as ‘the Rock’, this alleged escape-proof island prison once held the likes of Al ‘Scarface’ Capone and George ‘Machine Gun’ Kelly. Expats can explore the prison on guided tours and learn about the island’s history.

Golden Gate Park

One of the most picturesque open spaces in the city, Golden Gate Park has plenty of features that will keep residents coming back for more. Beautiful lakes, numerous sporting facilities, and fascinating museums dot the greenway, making the parkland a fantastic destination for families, picnic goers, or just a break from the helter skelter of the day-to-day grind.

Aquarium of the Bay

Featuring more than 20,000 aquatic animals, from seven gill and leopard sharks to skates and starfish, the Aquarium of the Bay hosts nearly 600,000 visitors each year. This maritime destination is a wonderful way to see what lies off the shores of San Francisco.

Alamo Square

Alamo Square is the iconic row of houses, opposite a park, that featured in the famous television series of the 1980s ‘Full House’. The homes are quintessentially San Franciscan, and the park is fantastic place to walk the dogs, to take the kids to the playground, or to have a tennis match.


Known locally as the museum of science, the Exploratorium is a fun and quirky excursion that just about everyone will love, including the kids. The ‘please touch’ exhibits are created by visual and performing artists as well as scientists and educators and bring more than 500,000 people through the doors each year.

Lombard Street

Lombard Street is the most crooked street in the world and features eight hairpin turns. Originally designed in 1922 to make the massive 72-degree slope of the hill manageable for residents, Lombard Street has become one of San Francisco’s quirkier attractions.


San Francisco has the oldest Chinatown in the United States. Even today, the area draws more tourists annually than the Golden Gate Bridge. Expats will love coming here to pick up fresh fish and vegetables as well as perusing the herbal shops and enjoying a meal in one of the many eateries.

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