See and Do in San Francisco

Known for its steep hills, gently ascending cable cars and, of course, the iconic 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. Here are some of the best things to see and do in San Francisco.

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 in person for the very first time.


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 fascinating 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, picnickers, or just a break from the day-to-day grind.

Aquarium of the Bay

Featuring more than 20,000 aquatic animals, from soupfins and leopard sharks to skates and starfish, the Aquarium of the Bay is a fascinating way to spend an afternoon. 


The Exploratorium is a fun and quirky science museum that kids and adults alike are sure to enjoy. The ‘please touch’ exhibits explore domains such as human behaviour, the senses, living systems and tinkering.

Lombard Street

By some measures, Lombard Street is the most crooked street in the world, featuring eight hairpin turns. Originally designed in 1922 to make the 27-degree slope of the hill manageable for residents, Lombard Street has become one of San Francisco’s quirkier attractions.


San Francisco has one of the oldest Chinatowns in the United States. Even today, the area draws more tourists a year than even the famous Golden Gate Bridge. This is a great place to pick up fresh fish and vegetables and spend some time perusing the herbal shops and enjoying a meal in one of the many eateries.

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