Top of the Mark
Upon arrival to this flamboyant city, you must see it from bird's eye view. Nob Hill is an upscale neighborhood near the financial district and Union Square that boasts home of the Grace Cathedral. The Top of the Mark is the top floor of the Mark Hopkins hotel that has full floor windows and views extending down to South San Francisco, North to Golden Gate Bridge, and a San Franciscan skyline like no other. Don't miss dinner at the local Nob Hill Café, and perhaps you will run into the famous socialites who happen to be two little old ladies called the Brown twins!
Golden Gate Bridge:
Another must see site is the suspension bridge connecting San Francisco with Marin County. As fog sweeps across this grand orange spectacle, you will see Alcatraz to your right; beaches and crags stretching up the coast on your left. Marin Headlands allows you to watch yachts on the bay and discover the extreme micro-climates in the Bay Area. Be sure to bring a jacket!
This is a must for all visitors and residents alike. Do the night tour for more dramatic effects on this island of bygone mysticism and criminal fear. Catching the sunset from the ferry will give you a dusk view of the city from the water.
Wander the vendors at Fisherman's Wharf while listening to the famous sea lions barking in the background. Have a crab meal on Pier 39 and listen to local musicians strum for money as they entertain passers by.
When you're done with seafood and trinkets, hop on the cable car and head for Union Square for some shopping. The hairy corners and heavy brakes will provide a different perspective of San Francisco. Stop into the cable car museum for a full historical break-down and visuals of our city's special mode of transportation.