Best photo ops.
San Francisco is a year-round destination with plenty to do outdoors. Bundle up and walk the 1.7-mile span of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Catch a glimpse of migrating gray whales from December through April. Alcatraz Island is popular with history and movie buffs, and audio tours can serve as great guides for viewing landmarks.
Shop in the Union Square area for gifts ranging from luxurious to kitschy. On the Embarcadero, the Ferry Building houses more than 50 unique stores and restaurants.
Fans of Victorian architecture take delight in the city’s 14,000 historic homes. These colorful groups of rowhouses dot the Pacific Heights, Lower Haight and the Haight-Ashbury neighborhoods. The Six Sisters, a grouping of Victorian homes near Alamo Square, is well-known for appearing in the sitcom "Full House."
Day in the park.
Explore Golden Gate Park's renowned de Young Museum and the Academy of Sciences, one of the world's "greenest" museums with its own multi-level living rain forest. The Botanical Garden's 7500 kinds of flora is the largest on the West Coast. Don't miss the herd of American bison near Spreckels Lake.
A foodie's paradise.
With so many choices in the city limits, dinners in San Francisco range from Italian to Burmese. Right now, Dungeness crab is the talk of the town. Savor it steamed, with butter, at Fishermen’s Wharf eateries; or, try it stir-fried in Chinatown. SF Restaurant Week (Jan. 21-30) touts top restaurants with discounted prix-fixe menus.