Top 7 Things to Do In San Francisco, California

By Rameen Hassan | 29, Oct, 2020
Top 7 Things to Do In San Francisco, California

Small but mighty: San Francisco is a city with a never-ending amount of fun! It may be tiny, only stretching across seven miles, but every square inch of this city sits on a fault line that has some secret delight of its own.

In short, there is plenty to see, taste, and explore here.

If you are looking to travel to San Francisco in the most halal way possible, you have come to the right place. Although San Francisco hotels with halal food and mosques are hard to come by, we have included an all-rounded selection to ensure that you have nothing to worry about while you indulge in the top attractions of San Francisco.

Read on to find out about some of the best things to do in San Francisco.


1. Cross the Epitome of Beauty, the Golden Gate Bridge

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No trip to San Francisco is complete without a visit to the mighty Golden Gate Bridge! It is known to be one of the most popular spots in San Francisco for a reason. Once called “The Bridge That Couldn’t Be Built,” today, this iconic mile-long marvel of engineering is considered one of the modern wonders of the world.

Dip your toes in the bay’s clear waters, take a sunset cruise, or explore the Golden Gate residential area — there’s more than one way to enjoy your trip to the San Francisco bridge. When you have worked up an appetite, there are tons of great halal food stores nearby; from mouthwatering Indian cuisine at Kinara’s to fresh burritos at Halal carts, you just can’t go wrong with San Francisco restaurants.

Amidst all this fun, don’t forget to offer your daily prayers. Although there is no Mosque within walking distance of the bridge, the city center of San Francisco is full of beautiful Mosques. Visit Masjid Al-Tawheed, which is roughly 6 miles from the bridge and takes around 15 minutes of travel by car transport.


2. Press Your Face to the Glass at The Aquarium of the Bay

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Situated on the Waterfront of the city, discover The Aquarium of the Bay, the city’s largest aquarium. Get up close and personal with some of the resident marine life ranging from vibrantly orange Garibaldi, mesmerizing moon jellies, and even adorable river otters, all under 700,000 gallons of clear water!

Outside the premises, you will find hard-to-resist halal Middle Eastern eats at Arabian Nights and scrumptious burgers at Ziggys. Moreover, be sure to drop by the Islamic Society of San Francisco at Darussalam Mosque nearby.


3. Hit the City Center and Wander the Streets Full of Rich Architecture

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Start strolling the streets by making your way through the ever-green Victorian and Edwardian houses in San Francisco. If you are someone that appreciates Architecture, the Painted Ladies will be a spectacle to sightsee.

Next, go to Lombard Street, which is one of the city’s marvelous wonders. Lined perfectly with unending greenery, vibrant hydrangeas, and red bricks, this street is an unforgettable picture-perfect moment to add to your list of things to do in San Francisco.

Later, head down to the Waterfront at the Fisherman’s Wharf, the most upbeat part of the city center, full of fantastic halal food, music, and art. Choose between endless gourmet restaurants and outdoor stands, both of which sell freshly caught seafood.


4. Enjoy A Moment of Solitude and Serenity Amongst the Redwoods

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Leave the press of central San Francisco to spend a moment of quiet and tranquility amongst the renowned redwoods at The Muir Woods National Monument. Being one of San Francisco’s hidden treasures, this ancient forest stretches across 240 acres of beautiful land, which is both sanctuary and laboratory, protected federally since 1908.

The closest Mosque to the woods is the Islamic Center of Mill Valley. Moreover, the award-winning San Francisco restaurant Achilles has some great halal Mediterranean food for when you feel hungry from all the peace-finding activities for the day.


5. Explore the Diverse Cultural Heritage at the Museum of Modern Arts

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San Francisco’s cultural heritage is one of the richest and most diverse of any U.S city!

If you are happy to explore one of the best contemporary art pieces in California, grab some tickets to discover the San Francisco Museum of Modern Arts or MOMA’s vast collection of paintings, sculptures, photography, architecture, design, and media arts. You should visit this top spot as soon as you have gotten comfortable in your San Francisco hotel because tickets are notoriously hard to come by.

In the near vicinity, you will find Biet Rima for Arabic comfort food and Masjid Al Sabeel to offer your Salath timely.


6. Stop and Smell the Roses at The San Francisco Botanical Garden

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The largest of its kind on the West Coast, the San Francisco Botanical Garden is home to more than 7500 exotic varieties of flora from all around the world! A riot of colors like something out of a children’s picture book — this is one of San Francisco’s most beautiful marvels.


7. Don’t Leave Without the Best Thing to Do In San Francisco – Riding the Cable Cars

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Your trip to the city wouldn’t be complete if you didn’t hop on the cable cars to travel from one end of the city to the other. One-way tickets start as low as USD6, so don’t forget to include this fun ride to your list of things to do in San Francisco.

Half silicon-valley of the West Coast and half a child’s picture book dream of a city, there is surely no place to travel to like San Francisco. Add this diverse city to your list of places to visit in 2020 and walk through unending rich architecture, lush-green exotic gardens, and lively markets.

For more destination ideas, check out our travel blog to find locations of halal restaurants and mosques near you.

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