1. Golden Gate view @ Battery Spencer
Battery spencer is the best place to view the golden gate. Many time I went to the golden gate bridge and viewed it only from Vista point at one end of the bridge, but this is the best spot to view the golden gate be it sun rise or sun set.
Notes: Time needed-2hours Approx. You have to walk little bit. Finding parking might be tough on weekends
2. Palace of Fine Arts
Palace of fine Arts is a nice park with spectacular view of the Palace. If you want to spend nice time with your loved one this is the best place. Many Bollywood movies shots were taken here (Movie: Varanam Ayiram). This is also a wedding / engagement spot.
Notes: Time Needed- Depends on activity. Just taking photos – 1hrs. You could bring lunch and spend like 2-3hrs easily.
3. Cruise at Pier39
There are different kinds of cruise you can take at Pier 39
1. Golden gate cruise
2. Alcatraz cruise
3. Golden gate night cruise with Wine & Dine.
I personally liked Golden gate cruise & night cruise. Alcatraz was bit boring for me, again it’s my personal liking.
4. Pier 39
Pier 39 is nice place for three things… 1. shopping, 2. Dining 3. Booking Cruise and 4. Road side Guitar & different Performance.
You will find many Shops here to buy Clothes, Sovereigns, Gifts, Candy/Chocolates and even wines. There are few road site shops as well, where you might be able negotiate prices.
There are many restaurants to taste variety of food from Crab & Other seafood, SFO best clam chowder, different soups. This is the best place to taste the local restaurant of SFO. If you some extra bucks you could enter high end restaurants like Forbes Island, where you will get specular view of the sea.
5. Lombard Street
Lombard street is well known since it’s the crooked street in the world. It’s just a 2min drive from the top to bottom, but the queue for driving thru this street is typically 45mins to 1hr on weekend. Nothing exciting here, except the way the street was built.
Exploratorium is a science exhibition with over 200+ exhibits in display. It’s the best place to play with science. It fun for all ages, kids will love it. This place is a one day activity if you want to explore most of the exhibits.
7. Japanese Tea Garden
It’s a garden / park in Japanese style – if you like to spend some time in nice park in SFO this is good place.
8. California Academy of Science
California Academy of science is a museum / science exhibition / planetarium / aquarium. This is also a one day activity if you want to explore it completely. Good destination if you have kids.