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Best places to go in San Francisco

By: Lindsay O'Boyle , Staff Writer

With holiday break right around the corner, relaxing at home seems like a good way to spend the time, but if that gets too boring, head up to San Francisco for a day and explore some of the city’s lesser-known attractions. Hashtag #sfeleight on Instagram for the chance for your adventures in San Francisco to be featured on the Eleight Instagram page. Enjoy exploring these top ten hidden treasures in the heart of the Bay Area!

 

 

  • Alcatraz Island – Home to a former maximum security prison which imprisoned notorious criminals like Al Capone, it is now a popular tourist attraction. Headset-guided walking tours offer a rich history of the island as well as spectacular views of the city. Boats typically leave every half hour, and it is recommended to purchase tickets in advance as it is a popular attraction.
  • Cliff house and Sutro Baths – Explore the ruins of the Sutro Baths with its numerous hiking trails and beach access. Afterwards visit the Cliff House boasting beautiful ocean views which can be seen through the Camera Obscura, a 360-degree-view camera.
  • Japanese Tea Garden – Enjoy the lush scenery as you sip a cup of traditional Japanese tea in the Tea House. It’s open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. during the winter.
  • Wax Museum at Fishermans Wharf – Fool your friends and take pictures with your favorite celebrities… in wax form. Discounts are available when tickets are purchased online.
  • Kirby Cove – Take a break from the city and drive across the Golden Gate into Sausalito. Walk along the beach with an incredible view of the city and take a turn on the rope swing that makes you look like you’re soaring over the bridge.
  • Painted Ladies and Alamo Square Park – Picnic in the park while looking at the view of the beautiful Victorian-style houses known as the Painted Ladies. Want to take a walk down memory lane? Just a few minutes away by car is the iconic house from the popular 90’s TV show “Full House” at 1709 Broderick Street. It may seem a little unfamiliar at first due to its new paint job but this classic house is a must-see.
  • The Walt Disney Family Museum – Discover the amazing life of one of the most famous icons in film history. The museum details Disney’s life from his ancestors up until his death and legacy.
  • Mount Davidson – Hike up the highest point in San Francisco and stumble upon the massive 103 foot cross commemorating California’s pioneers at the peak.
  • Billy Goat Hill Park – View the city from a new angle while swinging over San Francisco.
  • Ocean Beach – Plan a picnic, play in the water, or take a stroll down the 3.5-mile stretch of beach.