Fisherman's Wharf / North Beach

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Most visitors to San Francisco spend at least some time in Fisherman's Wharf during their stay. Three-quarters of them do, in fact. But while many might only swing by for a few hours, there's plenty of good old-fashioned fun to be had if you spend a few nights here, too. For a start, you get to ride the historic F-line streetcars into San Francisco every day.  This colorful fleet of immaculately restored streetcars is no gimmick, either: services operate daily from 4.30am to 1.30am and take passengers all the way from Fisherman's Wharf to The Castro via the Financial District and Downtown.

The neighborhood itself is justifiably famous for its excellent seafood, which is just about as fresh as fresh gets. From juicy crab and steamed mussels to hearty bowls of creamy clam chowder, the seafood is as good here as anywhere else in the city. You'll find some of the best restaurants – seafood or otherwise – at North Beach, while the energy of the street performers and amusements at Pier 39 is positively infectious. From Fisherman's Wharf, you can see, and catch a ferry to, Alcatraz Island and explore its notorious prison. Less colorful than the rest of the neighborhood, of course, but hugely interesting nonetheless.

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