Essentials Near Pier 30/32

Pier 30/32 is located on the East side of San Francisco in the SoMa (South of Market) neighborhood. The pier is near the Bay Bridge, Embarcadero, downtown and AT&T Park. Pier 80 is located somewhat further south, but in the

Must-Sees in SF

Top Must-See Spots Golden Gate Bridge Alcatraz Island Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 Cable Cars Lombard Street (the Crooked Street) Coit Tower

Outdoor Activities

The San Francisco Bay Area boasts some of the most beautiful hiking trails and activity spots in America.  Here are just a few ideas: In San Francisco: The Marina Green The Presidio Fort Funston Golden Gate Park Outside of San

A neighborhood overview

San Francisco is made up of almost 30 different districts and neighborhoods, each with its own unique and distinct culture. All are interesting, but some are more risky to visit than others. Please be vigilant no matter which neighborhood you

San Francisco’s Neighborhoods

  • Avenues


    The Avenues is a popular nickname for the western edge of San Francisco. It consists of Golden Gate Park, and the two neighborhoods on either side: the Richmond Distrct, to the north, and the Sunset District, to the South. ToRead More »
  • Castro-Noe Valley

    Castro-Noe Valley

    The Castro has been transformed in the past 35 years and recognized by many as the gay mecca of the world. Filled with bookstores, clothing outlets, video stores and bars (and practically anything else you can think of) that caterRead More »
  • Chinatown-North Beach

    Chinatown-North Beach

    Chinatown and North Beach in San Francisco combines two adjoining neighbors, both of whom are among the city’s most popular immigrant neighborhoods. Chinatown is the oldest and largest Chinese community outside of Asia. More than just a tourist destination, itRead More »
  • Civic Center-Tenderloin

    Civic Center-Tenderloin

    Civic Center is the primary center of government within the city and cultural center with many fine museums, theaters, opera houses, and symphony halls located here. The Tenderloin is one of San Francisco’s lowest income neighborhoods. It has a richRead More »
  • Fisherman’s Wharf

    Fisherman’s Wharf

    Fisherman’s Wharf is San Francisco’s most popular destination among travelers. It’s historic waterfront was the hub of the city’s fishing fleet and is still famous for having some of the best seafood restaurants in the city. Today, it’s also renownedRead More »
  • Haight-Ashbury District

    Haight-Ashbury District

    The Haight is made up of two neighborhoods: Haight-Fillmore, usually called the Lower Haight, and Haight-Ashbury, also known as the Upper Haight. The Upper Haight is more of a tourist destination and has more identified with its hippy roots. ToRead More »
  • Marina District

    Marina District

    The Presidio, Fort Mason and several upscale neighborhoods including Pacific Heights, Cow Hollow, and the Marina District make up this area. To See Golden Gate Bridge, US 101 (from Park-Presidio or Lombard St entrance). Fort Mason, a U.S. Military coastalRead More »
  • Mission-Bernal Heights

    Mission-Bernal Heights

    Composed of the historic Mission and Bernal Heights neighborhoods, this area is noted for its ethnic diversity — in particular its large Hispanic community. Though the district is slowly gentrifying, many urban artisans and immigrants still make their home here,Read More »
  • Nob Hill-Russian Hill

    Nob Hill-Russian Hill

    Nob Hill is an affluent neighborhood dating back to the gold rush, today renowned for its lavish hotels, charming shops and restaurants, views of the city, and the cable car lines which pass through the neighborhood. Just to the northRead More »
  • SOMA (South of Market)

    SOMA (South of Market)

    Once home to warehouses and dilapidated Victorian houses, SoMa saw an artistic and club culture revival in the 1980s. It is now one of San Francisco’s most dynamic neighborhoods. To See Metreon, 135 4th Street (between Minna St and HowardRead More »
  • Twin Peaks-Lake Shore

    Twin Peaks-Lake Shore

    This area includes the Twin Peaks neighborhoods, West Portal, and Miraloma Park before stretching west to SFSU and Lake Merced. To See Fort Funston San Francisco Zoo, on Sloat Boulevard at 47th Avenue. To Do Hike around Lake Merced. PlayRead More »
  • Union Square-Financial District

    Union Square-Financial District

    Union Square is one of the largest shopping areas in the U.S. and is home to some of the nation’s finest department stores, malls and specialty stores. The Financial District is among the top financial centers in the United StatesRead More »
  • Western Addition

    Western Addition

    A mostly residential area of San Francisco, stretching west from downtown’s Civic Center includes Japan Town, the Fillmore and Hayes Valley. To See Japantown. Peace Plaza and shopping mall. Painted Ladies, Alamo Square Park, between Steiner, Scott, Fulton and HayesRead More »