Mention San Francisco to anyone, and the image of a bright-orange bridge suspended in mid-morning haze immediately springs to his or her mind. You really can’t leave the city without having visited its most famous landmarks, so be sure to read through the list below so you’re not missing out.

Golden Gate Bridge

Perhaps the most famous bridge in the world, the art deco Golden Gate Bridge is instantly recognizable from its stunning vermilion hue. When it was completed, it broke the world records for the tallest and longest suspension bridge. Although it currently does not hold either title, it remains just as iconic as ever.

Fisherman’s Wharf

Hugging the city’s northern waterfront, Fisherman’s Wharf is a must-see for visitors to San Francisco. Check out Pier 39 in particular for its shopping center, merry-go-round, and—most distinctive of all—colony of sea lions. When you’re hungry, grab lunch at one of the many super-fresh seafood restaurants in the neighborhood. Don’t leave without trying Boudin’s clam chowder.

Alcatraz Island

Once home to the most notorious federal prison in the country, Alcatraz Island was made famous thanks to its infamous inhabitant, gangster Al Capone. Today, the island is operated by the National Park Service and has become a popular tourist site. You can reach it by taking a 15-minute ferry ride from the mainland, but make sure you book in advance to secure your spot.

Cable Cars

Though not a standalone landmark, per se, the cable cars of San Francisco are too iconic to be left off this list. For just $7, you can experience a valuable piece of history: the cable car system began operations in 1873! Take a nice ride from Downtown to Fisherman’s Wharf for great scenery along the way.