The best things to do in San Francisco include the coastal city's most popular sights. The most unique attractions owe to the Bay Area's geographical diversity. For instance, cruising down the hilly streets of San Francisco is a delight. Steep roads follow the contours of ancient dunes. This sharp topography became the foundation of the city. Meanwhile, its skyscraper-dotted skyline serves as a panoramic backdrop. You can take in the wonderful urban scenery from aboard San Francisco’s cable car system. As one of the city's icons, the manually operated cars are the last of its kind in the world.  

    The city’s most famous icon, however, is the Golden Gate Bridge. This magnificent deep-orange structure is an engineering marvel. It stretches for 1.7 miles over the strait of the same name. In fact, no trip to San Francisco would be complete without visiting the landmark. You can capture it in all its glory from a viewpoint. Otherwise, you can visit museums and art galleries in the city center. Or, head to Fisherman’s Wharf on the northern waterfront. Next to the wharf is the expansive San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Then there's Pier 39, a scenic spot from where you can cruise to notorious Alcatraz Island.  

    On the cultural side, San Francisco is a melting pot. Hints of strong Spanish-American roots linger around the city. For instance, you can find Latino-influenced restaurants alongside quirky shops in the historic Mission District. Furthermore, there are cool enclaves such as Little Italy to explore. One of the oldest Chinatowns in the United States calls San Francisco home. Then there's the vibrant Japanese community in the Western Addition. Additionally, the ultra-trendy Haight-Ashbury neighborhood and the posh enclave of Pacific Heights are also worth seeing.

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