Oracle Park#16 in Best Things To Do in San Francisco
The San Francisco Giants have been calling this stadium home since 2000, playing host to multiple World Series games. Oracle Park is regarded as one of the most scenic baseball parks in the United States for its picturesque placement along the San Francisco Bay. The majority of attendees are afforded prime views of the glittering water from their seats all the while being able to enjoy one of America's greatest pastimes.
Although baseball season runs from April to October, the stadium holds tours year-round (except on game days), providing a behind-the-scenes look at the field, dugout, the press box, luxury suites and more. Make sure to catch a glimpse of the World Series trophies and rings, which are on display on the Promenade Level behind home plate.
And if you're in town the same time the Giants are, visitors strongly recommend attending a game. Travelers say the energy at the park is incredible, largely thanks to the team's dedicated fan base. And make sure to come to the park on an empty stomach. Attendees laud the vast amount of dining options and superb food quality, often citing Gilroy garlic fries and Sheboygan bratwursts as favorites. If you can't score a ticket to the game, you can still get a piece of the action with the help of The Portwalk. The Portwalk is a pedestrian path that runs along the waterfront that allows spectators to peep a game at field level for up to three innings or longer for free (depending on the crowd size that day). Visitors to strongly suggest bringing a jacket – regardless of the time of year – and taking public transportation instead of driving, as parking is limited.
Oracle Park is located in SoMa (South of Market) and is easily accessible by BART train (Powell Street or Montgomery Street stops), Muni metro or bus. Tours are offered daily at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. rain or shine except on game days and holidays. Tickets cost $22 for adults and $12 for kids 12 and younger; tours last about an hour-and-a-half. Game times and their ticket prices vary, so check the MLB website to plan ahead of your visit.
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#1 Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge's vaulting, orange arches amidst the rocky seascape of the San Francisco Bay have made it one of the West Coast's most enduring symbols and the city's most popular tourist attraction. The bridge's name, "Golden Gate," actually refers to the body of water it spans (the Golden Gate Strait that connects the Pacific Ocean with the San Francisco Bay), and was built to make travel between San Francisco and Marin County an easier feat.
There are plenty of great spots to capture a snap of the majestic bridge. But if you want a truly postcard-worthy shot, head to the Golden Gate Bridge Vista Point, situated high on a hill overlooking San Francisco. If you have extra time, make sure to explore the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The actual span of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area encompasses multiple places in San Mateo (south of San Francisco), San Francisco and Marin Counties (Alcatraz and Muir Woods included), but notable parts of this recreation area can be found just a stroll away from the Golden Gate. From the bridge, travelers will find some scenic, bayside trails, some of which lead to secluded beaches, including Kirby Cove and Black Sands Beach. If you really want a trek, journey to the Point Bonita Lighthouse for sweeping views of the bay, found at the very tip of the Golden Gate Strait.
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