Top 10 Most Dangerous Hikes in America

Are you the type of person who likes to add adrenaline rush to their hiking adventures? If so, this list of Top 10 Most Dangerous Hikes in America is for you. Needless to say, embarking on any of these hikes requires more physical strength and balls of brass. If you like keeping your limbs intact and your joints in place, you may wish to opt for hikes that are not on the Top 10 Most Dangerous Hikes in America list. If you do look for the ultimate adventure and fear no danger, then at least make sure you either have a hiking buddy or a solid survival plan should things go south.

10th Most Dangerous Hike in America: Huckleberry Mountain, Montana

Get yourself ready for an 18 1/2 mile hike in Glacier National Park. This area is known for its delicious huckleberries and Grizzly Bears! There is approximately one bear within a one-mile radius of every backcountry campsite. Bring your bear spray and make loud voices, just to make sure that all those bears know you are there, and to stay away from you. Huckleberry Mountain is not a trip for beginners as the terrain is rough and steep. Be sure to bring plenty of food and water, as well as insect repellent.

10th Most Dangerous Hike in America: Huckleberry Mountain, Montana, Photo: silentsnake09, Flickr
10th Most Dangerous Hike in America: Huckleberry Mountain, Montana, Photo: silentsnake09, Flickr

9th Most Dangerous Hike in America: Half Dome, California

Located in Yosemite National Park, Half Dome is precisely that – a granite dome that looks like it was cut in half. Half Dome’s crest rises more than 4,737 feet above the valley’s floor and reaches an elevation of 8,836 feet. It is a 14 mile round trip hike so unless you are a marathon runner, you should train before attempting this feat. It consists of extremely steep slopes that are so challenging even highly experienced hikers recommend using the cables to climb the mountain. Bring plenty of water, gloves and a hiking stick. Out of the 4 million visitors this mountain sees every year, a very small percentage make it all the way to the top.

9th Most Dangerous Hike in America: Half Dome, California, Photo: Direct Cutter, Wikipedia
9th Most Dangerous Hike in America: Half Dome, California, Photo: Direct Cutter, Wikipedia

8th Most Dangerous Hike in America: Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee-North Carolina

Diversity is the best way to describe this destination. Glaciers, mountains, weather and wildlife; the variety is endless. The park rises more than 5,000 feet for over 36 miles and has elevations ranging from 875 to 6,643 feet. The Great Smokey Mountains – also referred to as “The Smokies” – experiences a high level of precipitation of about 50 – 80 inches and around 40 – 50 inches of snow every year. Between this high level of precipitation and high winds, there are possibilities of major flooding and landslides. If you can hike through these conditions, you will be accompanied by a vast array of flora, fauna and wildlife that’s definitely worth seeing.

8th Most Dangerous Hike in America: Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee-North Carolina, Photo: Aviator31, Wikipedia
8th Most Dangerous Hike in America: Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee-North Carolina, Photo: Aviator31, Wikipedia

7th Most Dangerous Hike in America: Buckskin Gulch, Utah

If you can imagine an amazing 13 mile sculpture garden, so deeply enriched into the earth that you can barely see the sky… well, that is just the beginning. Be prepared to wade through cold, stagnant pools of water or mud that range from ankle to neck deep, flash floods, cold temperatures (as the sun does not reach you very well) and quicksand. This is an adventure not meant for the weak willed. Storms that are located more than 50 miles away can send 100 foot waterfalls into the canyons, engulfing you in the waves of pressure. The overall hike stretches for a good 20 miles and would generally take 3-4 days. There is a $5.00 admittance fee per person, per day. It is highly recommended to bring at least 6 feet of rope and an extra pair of clothes. If there is even the slightest threat of rain, it is recommended to interrupt your trip as many life losses in Buckskin Gulch have been attributed to this factor.

7th Most Dangerous Hike in America: Buckskin Gulch, Utah, Photo: rscottjones, Flickr
7th Most Dangerous Hike in America: Buckskin Gulch, Utah, Photo: rscottjones, Flickr

6th Most Dangerous Hike in America: Kalalau Trail, Hawaii

Running along the north shore of Kauai, this 11 mile hike is very strenuous and even an experienced, very fit hiker might take a full day or two to complete the adventure. There is a fee for camping at the Kalalau Trail and you cannot stay more than two consecutive nights in Hanakoa Valley, so make sure you are fit and ready before taking on this trail as your time is limited!

6th Most Dangerous Hike in America: Kalalau Trail, Hawaii, Photo: ohhector, Flickr
6th Most Dangerous Hike in America: Kalalau Trail, Hawaii, Photo: ohhector, Flickr

5th Most Dangerous Hike in America: Mount Rainier, Washington

Mount Rainier is an active, composite volcano (aka stratovolcano). It reaches an elevation of 14,411 feet and is located in its own national park – the Mount Rainier National Park. It is currently the most glaciated peak of the lower 48 states and also has 2 volcanic craters at its summit. Each crater is over 1000 feet and are known for having formed the world’s largest volcanic glacier cave. Currently about 3 deaths per year are recorded due to falling rocks and ice, avalanches and in extreme weather conditions – hypothermia.

5th Most Dangerous Hike in America: Mount Rainier, Washington, Photo: papalars, Flickr
5th Most Dangerous Hike in America: Mount Rainier, Washington, Photo: papalars, Flickr

4th Most Dangerous Hike in America: Mount Washington, New Hampshire

With a whopping 6,288 ft of elevation, Mount Washington is the highest point in northeastern United States. In 1996 it made a world record for having one of the strongest wind gusts recorded on the earth’s surface, clocking in at 231 mi/hr. Mount Washington is known for its erratic weather, as it receives a large amount of precipitation, which is not usual in such a cold environment. The winds of Mount Washington are generally more forceful than those of a hurricane and are usually present for 110/365 days of the year. There’s one good news, though – the volcano’s last eruption was recorded over 150 years ago!

4th Most Dangerous Hike in America: Mount Washington, New Hampshire, Photo: BenFrantzDale, Wikipedia
4th Most Dangerous Hike in America: Mount Washington, New Hampshire, Photo: BenFrantzDale, Wikipedia

3th Most Dangerous Hike in America: Pikes Peak, Colorado

Pikes Peak is the easternmost point of the Rockies and is also home to the well known tale of Big Foot. Despite its high elevation of 14,115 ft, Pikes Peak attracts 150,000 visitors who attempt the 13 mile trek on foot a year. Campground facilities are available throughout the trail so it is possible to spread the hike over several days and enjoy the beautiful landscape. If you’d rather avoid a long hike on foot but would still like to experience the adventure, know that it is possible to take this trip by bike. When you reach the peak, the conditions are that of a typically alpine environment. The air is thin and only consists of about 60% of the amount of oxygen you would have at sea level. Temperatures rarely reach above 40F, even in the summer, and you can get snow any time of the year. As well, thunderstorms are very common and you should always be prepared for the hail and gusts of wind that can reach well over 100 mi/hr. Despite this however, a few popular annual events take place here; Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Pikes Peak Marathon and Ascent foot races.

3th Most Dangerous Hike in America: Pikes Peak, Colorado, Photo: Ryan Thomas, Flickr
3th Most Dangerous Hike in America: Pikes Peak, Colorado, Photo: Ryan Thomas, Flickr

2nd Most Dangerous Hike in America: Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon, Arizona

If you don’t get dehydrated – sudden rain storms, flash flooding, extreme heat, wild life encounters and rockfalls are only a few hazards of the Bright Angel Trail. It is a tough and long trail to hike however the plus side to it is that it is a corridor trail, which means that it not only receives ongoing maintenance, but there are park also rangers paroling the area relentlessly. The descend form trail’s highest elevation of 6,860 feet down to 2,480 feet is 8.1 miles long and is very strenuous. Water is limited and a lot of cases of overexertion occur. This is definitely not a trail for beginners and is open year round for those who are daring enough to take on this trip!

2nd Most Dangerous Hike in America: Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon, Arizona, Photo: Notary137, Wikipedia
2nd Most Dangerous Hike in America: Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon, Arizona, Photo: Notary137, Wikipedia

The Most Dangerous Hike in America: Horseshoe Canyon, Utah

Formerly known as Barrier Canyon, Horseshoe Canyon is a 6 – 7 hour, 7 1/2 mile round trip hike in the heart of the desert. It is well known for its beautiful collection of Barrier Canyon Style (BCS) rock art that includes both pictographs and petroglyphs. The famous Great Gallery, largest of several Horseshoe Canyon sites, is 200 feet long and 15 feet high. Scientists are still struggling to come up with an interpretation of these paintings, however, they have them dated from about 2,000 years old to as far as 8,000 years. In 1971, the Canyonlands National Park was formed in an attempt to protect and preserve these pieces of art. Though it takes a lot of stamina and perseverance to see these breathtaking formations, it is definitely worth it!

The Most Dangerous Hike in America: Horseshoe Canyon, Utah, Photo: Surfsupusa, Wikipedia
The Most Dangerous Hike in America: Horseshoe Canyon, Utah, Photo: Surfsupusa, Wikipedia

BONUS: The Maze, Utah

The Maze is a jungle of redrock full of canyons that lead to dead ends. Once you dare to step foot inside The Maze, you best make sure you have superior sense of orientation and great map reading skills – if you also want to make it out of there at some point. Great deal of hiking experience is required to take on this hike and luckily most visitors to the Canyonlands National Park are distracted by the inaccessibility and remoteness of the area and stay away from it. As a result, neighboring Island in the Sky district of the same National Park gets more than 264,000 visitors a year, whereas The Maze only sees 2,000. There are no marked trails in The Maze making it easy for an inexperienced hiker to get lost, however you would find no random skeletons of desperately lost hikers lying in the desert. So far only the most experienced trekkers dared to enter The Maze and many explore it by driving around in a Jeep so the area remains without recorded fatalities. It is still one of the most dangerous hikes in the United States of America and unless you want to be the first skeleton in The Maze, make sure you gain enough experience hiking less dangerous trails first.

The Most Dangerous Hike in the United States of America: The Maze, Utah, Photo: indigoprime, Flickr
The Most Dangerous Hike in the United States of America: The Maze, Utah, Photo: indigoprime, Flickr

Alaska Cruise Deals End in 2010 as Cruise Lines Cut Back

Alaska is one of those travel destinations that everyone wants to visit in their lifetime. You know what – now is the best time to take an Alaska Cruise. I don’t think there’s ever been a better time for Alaska Cruise since cruise line companies started sailing to these parts of the world. Prices for a 7 day cruise on a luxury ship dropped to just a little bit over $300 per person, including high season (July and August). But historically lowest prices on Alaska Cruises are not the only reason for a perfect last minute adventure. As it turns out, all major cruise line companies announced this year that they are cutting back or completely discontinuing their Alaska schedules as of 2010.

Holland America Cruise Ship SS Zaandam Sailing in Sitka, Alaska. Photo: controltheweb, Flickr
Holland America Cruise Ship SS Zaandam Sailing in Sitka, Alaska. Photo: controltheweb, Flickr

Five Major Cruise Lines Cut Back Alaska Cruises

Following cruise ship operators have announced this year that they will cut back on Alaska schedules in 2010:

  • Carnival Cruise Lines
  • Princess Cruises
  • Holland America
  • Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
  • Norwegian Cruise Lines

Global economic slow down forced cruise line operators to lower their prices significantly, but after state of Alaska announced that they will be changing Cruise Liners a $50 per-passenger fee, the decisions to discontinue Alaska cruises were made and ships that sail in Alaskan waters will be redirected to serve in more profitable European waters come 2010.

Vancouver Facing $38-million Loss

Because many Alaska cruises start their itineraries from Vancouver, the largest city in Canadian British Columbia is facing a 9% drop in number of tourists visiting the city, which will result in $38-million in lost tourism revenue per year.

Alaska Bound Cruise Ship Leaving Vancouver, Photo: Patrick Doheny, Flickr
Alaska Bound Cruise Ship Leaving Vancouver, Photo: Patrick Doheny, Flickr

Now Is the Time for Cheap Last Minute Alaska Cruise

Cruise vacation prices are at a long term low right now. That makes for a perfect opportunity to take a cruise vacation. And since there may be fewer ships serving Alaska in 2010, the competition won’t be as tough and cruise line operators will be able to give their prices a bump, if you hesitate, you will miss out on an opportunity to cruise to Alaska for cheap. Look at sample prices as of this very moment:

Name of the ship: Celebrity Millennium
Operator: Celebrity Cruises
Cruise duration: 7 days
Itinerary: Vancouver, Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Icy Strait Point, Hubbard Glacier, Seward
Prices from: 439.00 CAD per person, plus tax

Name of the ship: Norwegian Sun
Operator: Norwegian Cruise Line NCL
Cruise duration: 7 days
Itinerary: Vancouver, Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and back
Prices from: $399 US per person, plus tax

Name of the ship: Carnival Spirit
Operator: Carnival Cruises
Cruise duration: 7 days
Itinerary: Anchorage (Whittier), Cruise Prince William Sound, Cruise College Fjord, Sitka, Juneau, Cruise Lynn Canal, Skagway, Ketchikan, Cruise Inside Passage, Vancouver
Prices from: $309 US per person, plus tax

Sample prices are based on double occupancy in an interior stateroom.

Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska as Seen from Holland America Westerdam Cruise Ship, Photo: dbaron, Flickr
Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska as Seen from Holland America Westerdam Cruise Ship, Photo: dbaron, Flickr

Go book your Alaska cruise now for July or August. Those are the best month to sail to Alaska and prices are right. It doesn’t get any cheaper than that. If you compared 2009 prices with same cruises in 2008, you’d see four digit numbers. This is the best time to go on a cruise and seeing how cruise line operators are cutting back on Alaska itineraries, there is no reason to hesitate.

Furthermore – Alaska cruise is better in summer than the Caribbean one. Summer if a hurricane season in the tropics so you’d be taking chances with your cruise, plus if you are to go to Alaska, you wouldn’t want to do it in the middle of winter when it gets so cold you won’t be able to hold a camera in your hands. Timing is perfect; the price is the best it’s been in years. Take Alaska cruise, I’m sure you won’t regret it. You can laugh at your co-worker who decides to wait later, after prices sky rocket back up to their normal level.

Price Canyon Ranch, Arizona

Located in the foothills of the Chiricahua Mountains deep in the middle of unpopulated part of Arizona is Price Canyon Ranch. It is a secret hideaway that offers perfect escape from hassled life of a big city. Price Canyon Ranch is so desolate, you can take your mind away from all troubles of the world and enjoy beautiful scenery of the Chiricahua unbothered.

Price Canyon Ranch, Arizona, Photo provided by Price Canyon
Price Canyon Ranch, Arizona, Photo provided by Price Canyon

A True Cowboy Ranch

Price Canyon Ranch is an actual ranch, not a tourist resort. It’s got the real feel of an unspoiled western life with nothing to distract you from it. The town of Tucson, Arizona, which is the largest big city and closest airport is almost three hours away. The town of Douglas is the nearest town and is about 45 minutes from the ranch. Gasoline is available there.

What all that would mean to you is that as a guest to the Price Canyon Ranch you can throw yourself out on the porch in the evening after a whole day of horse riding and enjoy your cigar in complete silence, with nothing but distant howl of a lonely coyote. No busy traffic, no noisy drunk punks screaming at each other just outside your window, no police sirens, no irritating garbage truck beeps as they’re backing in to pick up the trash. In Price Canyon Ranch, you’re safely away from it all. You’ll be entirely embalmed by the soothing sounds of nature.

Sitting by the Camp Fire at Price Canyon Ranch, Photo provided by Price Canyon
Sitting by the Camp Fire at Price Canyon Ranch, Photo provided by Price Canyon

Price Canyon Ranch Guest Rooms

Ten guest rooms of the Price Canyon Ranch are nicely decorated to resemble western style of life. They are cozy and elegant without being needlessly poshy. Which is a good thing. After all, as mentioned above, Price Canyon Ranch is an actual ranch, not a tourist resort. If you’re looking for spa treatment, yoga classes and Hawaiian themed parties by a large sparkling pool and skimpy dressed girls serving martinis, this would not be the place (Price Canyon Ranch does have an outdoor pool available for their guests, though so you can throw yourself in nice fresh water after a whole day of horse riding).

Price Canyon Ranch Guest Room, Photo provided by Price Canyon
Price Canyon Ranch Guest Room, Photo provided by Price Canyon

Price Canyon Ranch Lounge

The old barn next to the main building has been remodeled into a hang out lounge. It’s got nice stone fireplace and large bookshelf with western books. Comfortable leather couches make for a very relaxed seating. But the best part is the cooking of chef Fred Tullis. Being an artist (painter), Fred’s culinary art is, well… an art. The meals are generous, extremely delicious and true country like.

There is a TV and a telephone in the lodge – for those who absolutely need to keep up with what’s going on. Wi-Fi is also available for a guest who can’t afford to get out of touch.

Horse Riding at Price Canyon

Horse riding is what people of Price Canyon do as part of their every day life. As true westerners, they hop on a horse when managing cattle, when checking the fence, or just for that freeing feeling of riding in an unspoiled countryside.

As a visitor to the Price Canyon Ranch you should definitely go for a ride take it to the Ancient Apache caves. They are located deep in the canyons of the Chiricahua and are truly enchanting to visit.

Price Canyon Ranch, Cattle is Moved Through Arizona Grassland, Photo provided by Price Canyon
Price Canyon Ranch, Cattle is Moved Through Arizona Grassland, Photo provided by Price Canyon

Price Canyon Ranch Contact Information

To book your stay at the Price Canyon Ranch, use numbers below:

Toll free phone: 800-727-0065
Main phone line: 520-558-2383
Fax: 520-731-9453

Or you can visit them on line on their website PriceCanyon.com

An adventure and a peaceful stay at the Price Canyon Ranch could be a great opportunity for you to recharge your body and mind. It is an absolutely amazing spot even if you’re a single traveler. Take your mind away from that busy lifestyle and scary television and enjoy the best of the Mother Nature. It’s enlightening, enriching and affordable.

Jerome Arizona Grand Hotel – America’s Most Haunted

Jerome, Arizona Grand Hotel is said to be the spookiest, most hunted hotel in all of America. And judging by local stories, the reputation of being America’s largest ghost town is well deserved.

Town of Jerome

Jerome is an old mining town in Arizona. Last of its working mines closed back in 1953. By then Jerome had changed from boomtown to hippie hang-out to its current artists’ colony and historic destination – with a reputation for supernatural happenings.

It has long had a reputation for being America’s most haunted town. It comes as no surprise that Jerome fills up with tourists of all sorts at around Halloween and the legends surrounding it make it a perfect Halloween vacation destination. Next time you want to be close to the ghosts on Halloween, you know what to do. Just head over to Arizona and look up the town of Jerome.

Jerome, Arizona - America's Most Haunted Town
Jerome, Arizona - America's Most Haunted Town, Photo: SLV Native, Flickr

Grand Hotel

In the early 1990’s, the building now serving as The Grand Hotel was a hospital serving gold and copper miners. The hospital closed when the last mine in Jerome closed and the building was abandoned. Nobody wanted to touch it because of its reputation of a building that’s haunted by the ghosts of people who died in the hospital.

That was true until 1997, which is when the Jerome hospital was purchased and restored as a hotel. Today, The Grand Hotel is said to be the most haunted hotel in the town of Jerome, Arizona.

Jerome Arizona Grand Hotel – America’s Most Haunted Hotel, Photo: Kingdafy, Flickr
Jerome Arizona Grand Hotel – America’s Most Haunted Hotel, Photo: Kingdafy, Flickr

The Death Rooms

Jerome’s Grand Hotel has several death rooms. Patients who were severely wounded or so sick they were likely to die overnight were moved to one of the Death Rooms and left to die there. Guests who stayed in one of The Death Rooms report hearing sounds of deathly groaning as if coming from someone struggling for breath.

Finding toiletries moved around in the bathroom seems to be a rather common occurrence at the Grand Hotel, but it’s even more common to have dreams involving a nurse with a clipboard writing notes at your bed. I always wanted to have a dream like that. I’d have so many questions to ask the nurse…

Jerome, Arizona Horror Stories

One of the hospital workers was decapitated by machinery and his ghost haunts the original grille-fronted elevator that is still functioning and is in use by hotel guests on daily basis.

Hospital’s maintenance guy has hanged himself in the basement and now his ghosts turned building underground area into his kingdom.

A copper miner known as Headless Charlie was trapped underground during a dynamite blast gone bad and is believed to be roaming the old mine tunnels.

Jerome, Arizona Copper Camp, Photo: SLV Native, Flickr
Jerome, Arizona Copper Camp, Photo: SLV Native, Flickr

The Halloween Capital of Arizona

The Grand Hotel is not the only haunted hotel in Jerome, Arizona. The entire town is a popular destination for the ghost hunters and super terrestrial fans. The closer it gets to Halloween, the busier it gets in Jerome. The Spook Hall, local community center holds big Halloween parties on Halloween and Jerome expands in size by several thousand towards the end of October.

Grand Hotel located on a ghostly hill in Jerome, Arizona
Grand Hotel located on a ghostly hill in Jerome, Arizona

According to one of the locals, Jerome, Arizona is named after Winston Churchill’s grandfather and father of Jenny Jerome. If you’re a fan of band Tool, you should know that Maynard, the singer chose Jerome as his home town and lives there. The proximity of Jerome to Arizona’s Grand Canyon and location right above the Verde Valley (Jerome is also the most vertical city in America) with legendary Route 66 passing close by offer countless opportunities to enjoy the area even if haunted towns are not at the top of your interests list.

San Francisco Bay Area – Ten Must See Attractions

The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the most traveled to destinations on the west coast of the United States. It is home to many historical landmarks, fine restaurants, tourist attractions, and resort hotels. There are so many attractions in the area that few travelers will ever run out of things to do, regardless of how long their stay is. There is a reason that millions of people visit SF Bay Area year after year, and it truly must be something to see since so many of them come back to visit again.

Here is a look at ten must-see attractions in the San Francisco Bay Area:

Alcatraz

#1 San Francisco Bay Area Must See Attraction

San Francisco Bay Area Attraction - Alcatraz
San Francisco Bay Area Attraction - Alcatraz, Photo: Sharons_Web, Flickr

Touring the most infamous prison in the history of the United States is a great way for anyone, but especially a history buff, to be entertained and learn something at the very same time. Visiting this prison on an island also allows the traveler to enjoy a boat ride into San Francisco Bay itself.

Golden Gate Bridge

#2 San Francisco Bay Area Must See Attraction

San Francisco Bay Area Attraction - Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco Bay Area Attraction - Golden Gate Bridge, Photo: David Watson, Flickr

The iconic landmark of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge is a definite must-see for anyone, especially first time visitors to the Bay Area. The best way to enjoy the bridge is to park at one of the parking areas located on either side of the structure and then walk across the bridge. This also allows for the visitor to see the bridge as up close and personal as is possible.

Fisherman’s Wharf

#3 San Francisco Bay Area Must See Attraction

San Francisco Bay Area Attraction - Fisherman's Wharf
San Francisco Bay Area Attraction - Fisherman's Wharf, Photo: Thomas Hawk, Flickr

Easily the most popular tourist attraction in all of San Francisco, Fisherman’s Wharf covers the northern waterfront area of the city. It is home to Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, Wax Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf, Forbes Island, the Cannery Shopping Center, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, and much much more.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area & Point Reyes National Seashore

#4 San Francisco Bay Area Must See Attraction

San Francisco Bay Area Attraction - Point Reyes National Seashore
San Francisco Bay Area Attraction - Point Reyes National Seashore, Photo: Ric e Ette, Flickr

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is one of the most visited areas under the control of the United States National Park Service. As one of the largest urban parks in the entire world, it offers something for everyone and provides enough space for everyone to enjoy themselves. The Point Reyes National Seashore is a great place for hikers and whale watchers to spend their day, as well as anyone else who would like to just explore the shoreline.

San Francisco Cable Cars

#5 San Francisco Bay Area Must See Attraction

San Francisco Bay Area Attraction - Cable Cars
San Francisco Bay Area Attraction - Cable Cars, Photo: 4PIZON, Flickr

A once in a lifetime experience awaits visitors to San Francisco when they hop aboard one of the vintage San Francisco cable cars. These cars are both a historic part of the city as well as the last permanently operated manually controlled cable car system in the world. No visit to the Bay Area is complete without a ride aboard one of San Francisco’s cable cars.

Professional Sports

#6 San Francisco Bay Area Must See Attraction

San Francisco Bay Area Attractions - 49ers Stadium
San Francisco Bay Area Attractions - 49ers Stadium, Photo: Latino Heeeeeat!, Flickr

The San Francisco Bay Area is home to a great professional sports watching opportunity. There are pro football teams (San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders), pro baseball teams (San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s), a pro basketball team (Golden State Warriors), and many minor league and semi-professional sports organizations as well.

Oakland Zoo

#7 San Francisco Bay Area Must See Attraction

San Francisco Bay Area Attractions - Oakland Zoo
San Francisco Bay Area Attractions - Oakland Zoo, Photo: Brave Heart, Flickr

One of the nicer urban zoos on the west coast, the Oakland Zoo is home to many different animals all housed in their natural habitat. There is also a nice little amusement park nearby that caters to children of all ages.

Chinatown

#8 San Francisco Bay Area Must See Attraction

San Francisco Bay Area Attraction - Chinatown
San Francisco Bay Area Attraction - Chinatown, Photo: Thomas Hawk, Flickr

The largest of all of the Chinatowns in North America, San Francisco’s Chinatown is home to more than 100,000 people and one of the more popular places in the city for people to visit. The area features many parks, restaurants, and shopping areas. Experience why more people visit San Francisco’s Chinatown than visit the world famous Golden Gate Bridge every year.

USS Potomac

#9 San Francisco Bay Area Must See Attraction

San Francisco Bay Area Attraction - USS Potomac
San Francisco Bay Area Attraction - USS Potomac, Photo: Chris J. Wood, Wikipedia

A rare opportunity to view and experience a piece of true history awaits the lucky visitor to the USS Potomac which is now a National Historic Landmark and anchored in San Francisco Bay at Oakland’s waterfront. The USS Potomac was the presidential yacht for President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It is one of only three remaining presidential yachts in existence and is not only available for tours but also takes occasional water bound trips into the bay itself.

Coyote Point Park And Museum

#10 San Francisco Bay Area Must See Attraction

San Francisco Bay Area Attraction - Coyote Point Park and Museum
San Francisco Bay Area Attraction - Coyote Point Park and Museum, Photo: Kglavin, Wikipedia

Located near San Mateo, Coyote Point Park contains great recreational opportunities for anyone interested in hiking, biking, or picnicking. The park is also home to the Coyote Point Museum for Environmental Education as well as the Coyote Point Marina. The museum details the local history of the area and also houses many actual animals native to California in displays that recreate their natural habitat.

The San Francisco Bay Area does indeed have something for everyone who would ever visit the area. It doesn’t matter if a traveler is interested in art galleries and museums, pro sporting events, water recreational opportunities, or more urban attractions and the possibility of shopping, the San Francisco Bay Area has something to satisfy every taste. From its historical significance to its modern day amenities, a visit to the Bay Area is a sure way to experience many things that one could not experience anywhere else. Very few people could visit the Bay Area and leave disappointed. It definitely deserves its ranking as one of the most popular destinations on the west coast.