The San Francisco 49-Mile Scenic Drive Experience is a 6-hour showcase of many of San Francisco’s most famous attractions and historic landmarks. Established on September 14, 1938 as a promotion for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, it features views of the then-newly-built Golden Gate Bridge (opened May 1937) and the Bay Bridge (opened November 1936), terminating at the fairgrounds on Treasure Island.
While most of this itinerary’s sites can be viewed from your vehicle, comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended for those vantage points inaccessible by car.
A waterfront promenade and gateway to the Financial District and SOMA (“South of Market”) neighborhoods.
Historic terminal for trans-bay travel.
California Street Cable Cars
Ride the moving historic landmarks up the steep hills of the Financial District.
Convention and conference center surrounded by museums.
Cable Cars at Powell
The turnaround for Cable Cars in the heart of the shopping district.
World-famous colorful Victorian homes.
San Francisco’s most popular shopping district.
One of many steep hills in San Francisco.
Experience one of the world’s largest Chinatown districts.
A San Francisco skyscraper unusually shaped like a pyramid.
Historic tower with amazing 360 degree views of San Francisco.
Very steep steps along Telegraph Hill.
Lombard Crooked Street
The crooked street that can be driven on.
Historic prison island and a top attraction in San Francisco.
Sea Lions on Pier 39
Sea Lions mingle near Pier 39, noisy and curious.
A great view of Alcatraz.
Former chocolate factory now housing great shopping and an upscale hotel.
A museum to explore San Francisco’s maritime history.
Golden Gate Bridge
Visit the iconic Golden Gate Bridge links San Francisco to Marin County.
A former US Army post with great architecture and cultural attractions.
Palace of Fine Arts
A breathtaking photo spot.
Gate to The Presidio
Scenic entry point to the Presidio Park.
Old Post Hospital
Historic former military hospital.
San Francisco National Cemetery
A US National Cemetery, one of only 3 allowed within the city.
A former US Army airfield, remodeled into a recreational oasis.
Fort Point National Historic Site
A former army station once tasked to protect the city from hostile warships.
A popular beach.
Rocky and windswept shoreline with many hiking trails.
Lincoln Park Golf Club
A golf course located right within San Francisco City.
Always a chilly location with gorgeous views and breaking waves.
Market Street/Twin Peaks
View the length of Market Street from this hilltop location.
The home of the San Francisco Giants baseball club.
Popular bridge connecting San Francisco and Oakland.
Former Naval base now used for housing and to connect the Bay Bridge Sections.
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