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Filter through over 6,000 attractions and restaurants with these picks for the top 10 things to do in San Francisco.

In a city with over 4,000 restaurants and more than 2,600 tours and activities on TripAdvisor it’s easy to become overwhelmed when trying to plan things to do in San Francisco.

We try to assist with trip planning by creating helpful guides on everything from exploring San Francisco with toddlers to finding the best hotels in Fisherman’s Wharf.

Whether you’re traveling with kids, friends or celebrating a honeymoon, here are our picks for the best 10 things to see in San Francisco.

Keep reading to find restaurants with the best views, unique to SF attractions and places to hike in our guide to the top 10 things to do in San Francisco.

1) Ride the California Cable Car to the top of Nob Hill for dinner in San Francisco

Take the cable car less traveled for one of top 10 things to do in San Francisco.

Most guidebooks will tell you catch the Powell-Hyde Cable Car to see Lombard Street, the infamous Crooked Street.

What the guidebooks don’t tell you is that on the weekends and holidays, the line to catch the Powell-Hyde Cable Car can be just as long as some rides at Disneyland.

Instead, take the road less traveled.

Not too far from the Ferry Building is the intersection of California and Drumm. This is where you’ll find the cable car turnaround for the California Line.

Or, you can catch the California Line from the much quieter end of the line near Polk St, shown in the video below.


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The California Line *will not* take you to Lombard Street, or Fisherman’s Wharf or even to the popular Union Square shopping district. But it will take you up the steep incline of California Street — past the red paper lanterns hanging in Chinatown — to the very top of Nob Hill.

From the peak of Nob Hill, the views looking south are spectacular because of just how high up you are.

The view gets even better if you head to the upper level of the Mark Hopkins Hotel. Top of the Mark sits on the top floor of the hotel with floor-to-ceiling windows, the highest place in San Francisco to get a drink.

Plan your reservation for about an hour before sunset to snag a seat at one of the windows for one of the best places to watch the sunset in San Francisco.

2) Enjoy a dinner cruise on the San Francisco Bay

One of the best ways to really take in the grandeur of San Francisco is by viewing the city skyline from the waters of the San Francisco Bay. We’re big fans of the Hornblower’s Dinner Cruise on their majestic ship, The California Hornblower.

This San Francisco dinner cruise departs from their conveniently located pier next to the Ferry Building and sails over to the Golden Gate Bridge and circles around for photos.

Afterwards the California Hornblower makes its way over to McCovey Cove in the water behind AT&T Park where the Giants baseball team play. This cove is often pictured during home games because you’ll find eager locals waiting in boats for fly balls to land in Bay!

If you’re lucky, your cruise will coincide with a game so you can see this unique San Francisco sight! Making this one of the most fun things to do in the Bay Area.