Famous for its laidback vibe, San Francisco is one of the most interesting cities in the United States. Curious to find out more about this unique cruise destination? We’ve created an interactive map to show you around! Highlighting some of the city’s top attractions and restaurants, this map provides a comprehensive guide and includes handy streetcar and cable car lines. Simply hover over each icon to find out more.
What to eat
San Francisco is most well-known for its fusion food and seafood. However, there are a few classic local dishes you should definitely save some room for during your cruise to San Francisco. The first is a traditional clam chowder bread bowl. Though technically an East Coast invention, San Francisco has given clam chowder a unique twist by serving it in a sourdough bread bowl. It’s arguably the city’s most popular dish and is a must-try when visiting the area.
Cioppino, an Italian-American dish, is perfect for warming up on a cool San Francisco day. A fish stew traditionally made with Dungeness crab, clams, shrimp, scallops, squid, mussels, tomatoes and wine, cioppino is one of the most interesting dishes to come from the City by the Bay.
Where to eat
The historic Fisherman’s Wharf is home to the world-famous Pier 39, Ghiradelli Square, Anchorage Square, the National Maritime Museum, the iconic Hyde Street Pier as well as spectacular views over the water towards Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge. Seafood lovers can get their fish fix here with plenty of stalls and restaurants serving crab, clam chowder bread bowls and much, much more.
Despite being a major tourist attraction, Fisherman’s Wharf still has plenty of charm. It is a hive of activity with new restaurants and San Francisco institutions standing side by side. You’ll see the city’s fishing fleet and, if you’re keen to learn about the history of the area, the National Maritime Museum will tell you everything you need to know. Don’t forget to visit Ghiradelli Square to visit the world-famous shop, Ghiradelli Chocolate.
What to do
Golden Gate Bridge
Towering 746 feet above the ocean, the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the world’s greatest feats of engineering. Crossing the water to connect the city of San Francisco to Marin County, the structure was the longest and tallest suspension bridge in the world at the time of opening in 1937. Today, visitors can catch a glimpse of the bridge from Fisherman’s Wharf and even follow the coast to see it close up or walk across it.
History buffs won’t want to miss out on visiting the grand Haas-Lilienthal House. Built in 1886 by Jewish immigrants, this stunning Victorian home miraculously survived the 1906 earthquake and fire and remains intact. Now a site of national, cultural and architectural significance, the Haas-Lilienthal House offers public tours to visitors.
One of San Francisco’s most unusual attractions is Lombard Street. Its eight hairpin turns make life difficult for drivers but create an entertaining spectacle for passers-by. The famous one-block section is claimed by many to be ‘the crookedest street in the world.’ Lombard Street can be found in the Russian Hill neighbourhood and welcomes around two million visitors per year.
If you’re set on exploring the city on foot or via tram, Nob Hill is a worthwhile stop. Once home to the mansions of railroad barons, the area is still upmarket, with fine dining restaurants, ornate architecture and the Gothic-style Grace Cathedral. Stop by to do some window shopping and visit the Cable Car Museum which houses antique cars and gives you a unique insight into the city’s trams and cable car systems.
Painted Ladies are buildings from the Victorian and Edwardian eras that have been repainted in three or more colours to enhance their architectural features. One of the most spectacular examples of this form is a cluster of homes located in San Francisco. Around 48,000 houses were built here in this architectural style from 1849 to 1915, many of which were painted in beautiful pastel colours.