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The 17 Best San Francisco Tourist Attractions

February 4, 2016 by Mill Rose Inn

Cable Cars: One of the best San Francisco tourist attractionsThe picturesque and culturally progressive Northern California city of San Francisco has long been a coveted destination for world travelers. Whether you’re seeking outdoor adventure, the frontier of contemporary food and fashion trends or some of the United State’s most interesting historical sites, the San Francisco tourist attractions are endless. Between its rolling hills that tend to get quite steep in areas, its famous beaches, bridges and ethnic neighborhoods, this great city is the perfect day trip from the quiet town of Half Moon Bay, which is just a quick drive from the big city.

17 of the Most Visited San Francisco Tourist Attractions

  1. San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf – Admittedly one of the most touristy neighborhoods in the whole city, it is still worth a visit. A walk on the waterfront or a basket of fish and chips are definitely in order when visiting this old Port City.
  2. The Golden Gate Bridge – One of the world’s most famous landmarks, this big red suspension bridge is one of the best walks or bike rides in town. Rent some wheels, take a drive, or make the trek across this famous channel and get a closer look at Marin County.
  3. Alcatraz Island – Once home to some of the country’s most famous and heinous convicts, this ferry ride and tour are nothing short of amazing. If you’re a swimmer, be sure to look out for the annual races to Alcatraz.
  4. Golden Gate Park – Home to all kinds of San Francisco tourist attractions, the Park is one of the best places to explore. With gardens, grazing buffalo, and the famous DeYoung Museum of Fine Arts, don’t miss the chance to spend a day here.
  5. San Francisco Cable Cars – These famous cable cars used to be the city’s only mode of public transportation, and were crucial to shuttling residents and visitors alike up and down the city’s big hills. Now used mostly for sightseeing, they have not lost their wonder.
  6. Blue Bottle Coffee – This world famous coffee roastery has shops all over the city, including Mint Plaza and the Ferry Building. If you want to experience the freshest coffee of your life, get Blue Bottle!
  7. China Town – Unlike China towns in other cities, San Francisco’s is still very much authentic, promising busy narrow streets and delicious food.
  8. The Presidio – This historical base has one of the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge in the city and is great for a walk!
  9. Tartine Bread – If you want a taste of the best San Francisco sourdough, Tartine is definitely the spot for you.
  10. AT&T Park – Part of the long lost tradition of classic inner city ballparks and the home of the San Francisco Giants, it’s well worth going to a baseball game if it’s the season.
  11. Twin Peaks: San Francisco – For a panoramic view of San Francisco head up to city’s own mountaintop for a walk or ride.
  12. The Ferry Building – Wrapping the list up with yet another tourist attractions, the Ferry Building is home not only to the terminal where you can catch a ride to the East Bay or Sausalito, it’s also a great place to grab a bite to eat if you are exploring downtown.
  13. Japanese Tea Garden: San Francisco – Located inside of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, CA, you will find the oldest public Japanese garden in the country. This is the perfect event if you’re already in the area and looking for fun things to do in San Francisco this weekend or even things to do in San Francisco today!
  14. Ripley’s Believe It or Not: San Francisco – This is one of the best things to do in San Francisco with kids. A visit to Ripley’s Believe It or Not will be fun for the whole family!
  15. Crissy Field: San Francisco – This former U.S. Army airfield now welcomes guests from all over as it is a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. If you’re looking for some great free things to do in San Francisco, this is perfect for you!
  16. San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park – This park includes a fleet of historic vessels including the Balclutha. Located right near Fisherman’s Wharf, this is the perfect stop while you’re in the area.
  17. Yerba Buena Gardens San Francisco – Enjoy a full two blocks of public park access located in downtown San Francisco at Yerba Buena Gardens. This park is open most hours of the day and is the perfect place to have a pinic or relax during your San Francisco adventures.

San Francisco is an easy trip from Half Moon Bay, where you’ll enjoy the perfect contrast to city life, a coastal Northern California town where the surf is big, and the town small. Be sure to plan for a trip up the coast to check out these things to do near San Francisco while visiting Half Moon Bay. If you’re considering planning a trip to the area soon, check out things to do in Half Moon Bay, CA, and make sure to request our free Half Moon Bay Vacation Guide. We look forward to booking your stay.

Half Moon Bay to San Francisco is a Quick Jaunt

December 9, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

half moon bay to san francisco

Downtown San Francisco / Photo by Adam via Flickr

If you’re staying here at the Mill Rose Inn to experience some of that sweet California coast life we highly recommend that you make the quick trip from Half Moon Bay to San Francisco for a day of exploring this historic and beautiful city. This is among the favorite day trips that our guests take in the Bay Area and is sure to be a great cultural experience for any of our guests. If you’re coming to the city for business you may even consider staying down the coast a little ways with us to get some time away from the busy city after a long day of work.

The Drive

Just 25 miles away, this 40 minute drive from Half Moon Bay to San Francisco is one of the most beautiful coastal rides in the whole Unites States. You can follow the famed coastal highway, Route 1, all the way to Ocean Beach, or hop on I-280 for easy access to downtown San Francisco. This winding road along the coast cliffs is breathtaking, and will bring you meandering past famous spots like Pillar Point Harbor and Rockaway Beach. As you approach the city and drive through more urban areas like Daily City you will find them just as pleasing to the eyes. The city’s rolling hills dotted with colorful family homes will strike you as almost European. The city itself will give you a thrill to drive through as you tackle the steep hills and busy roads. The drive alone is an event!

San Francisco

Once you get to the city the options are endless – quite literally. You won’t possibly be able to fit everything into one day, but don’t let that keep you from making the quick jaunt from Half Moon Bay to San Francisco. Our guests have many favorite San Francisco spots – far too many to list here – but here’s a rundown of places worth getting to.

  1. Ocean Beach – Head out to city’s only surf spot to experience a different kind of beach. The Ocean Beach pathway is a great place to take a walk or a bike ride, and is a scene all its own.
  2. Golden Gate Park – This famous spot at the center of San Francisco makes for a gorgeous stroll, and is a place you could easily end up spending the whole day. The park is not only full on beautiful gardens, but also has places like the California Academy of Science and the De Young Museum.
  3. The Presidio – This is another great place to drive or walk around. Located at the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula, the Presidio served as an army post for three nations, and is covered in beautiful restored barrack buildings. The Golden Gate Bridge to Marin County leaves the Peninsula from this beautiful landmark.

The trip from Half Moon Bay to San Francisco is worth every minute of the beautiful drive, and there are an overwhelming number of things to see in this international city. Its beauty is breathtaking, and its culture rich. We would love to give you directions and recommendations as you plan you trip from the Mill Rose Inn to the big city.