- A - Alcatraz Island
The historic setting of the infamous prison, this island is located in San Francisco's Bay and now serves as a tour destination. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1986. "The Rock" is not the only attraction on Alcatraz Island as it is also home to a seabird colony, amazing views and unique rock pools.
- B - Cable Cars
San Francisco offers a unique attraction in the form of the city's trademark cable cars. In a city that is covered with sharp inclines the cable cars offer a different form of transport to get around the city. The cable cars are listed as a national historic landmark.
- C - Coit Tower
Perched atop Telegraph Hill, this famous San Francisco structure was built in 1933. The Coit Tower is over 200 feet tall and the inside of the building is decorated with distinctive murals. Beautiful views of San Francisco can be seen from the observation deck at the top of the building.
- D - Exploratorium
Founded in 1969, San Francisco's Exploratorium showcases science through an interactive approach. It is a very popular San Francisco attraction welcoming over ½ million visitors a year. The comprehensive website offers webcasts, virtual exhibitions and an online store.
- E - Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
In a city as diverse as San Francisco it is no surprise that the Farmers Market in the city offers a culinary delight with a myriad of meat, cheese, vegetables and fruit. It is also home to tempting cafes and an antique store.
- F - Golden Gate Park
Attracting over ten million visitors annually, Golden Gate Park is an extremely popular area in San Francisco. This sprawling park of over 1000 acres offers many attractions including a Japanese tea garden, the botanical gardens and the conservatory of flowers.
- G - Haight Street
This bohemian area is the location for antique stores, chic boutiques and quirky record stores. It is perhaps the most eclectic shopping district in San Francisco evoking San Francisco's Hippie era of years gone by.
- H - Lombard Street
Famed for its twists and turns this San Francisco street has earned the distinction as "The world's crookedest street". The street has a steep incline negotiated via switchback curves and is also known for its flourish with colour thanks to some bright buildings and beautiful flowers.
- I - Pier 39
Pier 39 is a major San Francisco tourist area. It offers amazing views, shops, restaurants and entertainment rides. It is also home to an aquarium and a departure point for cruises.
- J - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
This museum first opened in 1935 and has since undergone some major renovation, particularly in 1995 when it moved location. The museum is home to collections by Jackson Pollock and Paul Klee amongst many more and regularly features special exhibitions.
- K - Stonestown Galleria
This popular mall is home to a movie theatre, cafes and stores. All the major mall chains are featured here including Guess, J.Crew and Victoria's Secret. There is a large Borders Bookstore located here alongside a Macy's.
- L - The Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco's famous Golden Gate Bridge is known the world over. This was the longest bridge of its type in the world upon completion in 1937. The bridge spans close to 3kms and over 40 million cars travel on it annually.
- M - Transamerica Pyramid
San Francisco is a city rich with unique structures but this building is perhaps the most unique. The Pyramid was finished in 1972 and has a height in excess of 850 feet. The 9/11 attacks have resulted in the observation deck closing to the general public, however the official website offers a virtual tour.
- N - Union Square
Some of San Francisco's more upscale stores are in Union Square nestled amongst popular well-known names and department stores. Chic luxurious stores include Armani, Gucci and Prada. Department stores include Macy's and Bloomindales.
- O - Westfield San Francisco Center
Boasting a cinema, 400 stores and many diverse eateries, this is one of San Francisco's favoured shopping malls. Expect to find a myriad of chain-mall stores such as Banana Republic, Adidas and Benetton alongside some designer stores such as Hugo Boss.