Best Places to Take Out-of-Town Guests

It might seem obvious, but it's always nice to have a list of things to do when people come to visit. Plus, some of the best rediscoveries of the city happen when you are showing guests around. Heck, these places are worth a visit even if you don't have a "tourist" with you as an excuse!

Updated: March 31, 2010

Best "Tourist" Places for Locals!


Buena Vista Cafe

2765 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Everyone has to go here at least once for an Irish coffee!


Top of the Mark

One Nob Hill, 999 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108

Some people may say it's cheesy and you can't argue that it's not over-priced, but everyone loves the view!


In & Out Burger

333 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94133

OK, so there's an In-N-Out Burger in almost every suburb of the city, but the real experience is eating at the location at the Wharf!


California Academy of Sciences

55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118

Tickets are expensive and there are always crowds, but the amazing Planeterium show and world-class aquariums are worth it. If you want to avoid the day crowds, check out the Thursday night happy hour events.


Ferry Building Marketplace

1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111

Go on a sunny day to enjoy the Farmer's market and the views. On off-market days explore the inside shops for gourmet groceries and great dining options.