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One of the nicest things about visiting San Francisco is that, although the city is “big” in terms of attractions and amenities, it is geographically small – only 49 square miles. Consequently, it is very easy to see and do a great many things in a short period of time. It is also easy to spend weeks in San Francisco and still not experience everything the city has to offer.
The Golden Gate Bridge ----- the most famous bridge in the world, manages to impress even the most experienced travelers with its stunning 1.7-mile span. Approximately 120,000 automobiles drive across it every day. A pedestrian walkway also allows the crossing on foot, and bikes are allowed on the western side. The Golden Gate Bridge is said to be one of the most photographed things on Earth.
Cable Cars ----- Cable cars have been transporting people around San Francisco since the late 19th century. The cars run on tracks and are moved by an underground cable on three routes. Their familiar bells can be heard ringing from blocks away. Each one-way ride will provide spectacular views of the city’s celebrated hills as well as exhilarating transportation.
Alcatraz -----the notorious former prison, is located on an island of the same name in the middle of San Francisco Bay. Some of the United States’ most notorious criminals were incarcerated there. Though several tried, no inmate ever made a successful escape from “The Rock.” The prison was closed in the 1960’s and stories about Alcatraz are legendary. A visit to Alcatraz today is fascinating. Recorded cell-house tours are available, allowing visitors to learn about the prison as they explore the buildings and grounds. To reach the island, take an Alcatraz Cruises ferry from Pier 43.
Fisherman's Wharf is also home to Pier 39, a festive waterfront marketplace that is one of the city’s most popular attractions. A community of California sea lions has taken up residence on the floats to the west of the pier and visitors line the nearby railing to watch their antics. From there it’s a short walk to the Wax Museum, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and the famous crab vendors selling walk-away crab and shrimp cocktails.
North Beach the city’s Italian quarter, isn’t a beach at all. It’s a neighborhood of romantic European-style sidewalk cafes, restaurants and shops centered near Washington Square along Columbus and Grant avenues. The beautiful Church of Saints Peter and Paul is a beloved landmark. Coit Tower atop Telegraph Hill offers a splendid vantage point for photos of the bridges and the Bay. Inside the tower, floor-to-ceiling murals painted in the 1930s depict scenes of early San Francisco.
Union Square ----- The attraction for serious shoppers, the hub of San Francisco's downtown retail district features elegant stores and richly appointed shops that cater to every taste and do it with style. It's Fifth Avenue, Rodeo Drive, State Street and local success stories all in one.
Mission District -----Named for Mission Dolores founded in 1776, San Francisco’s oldest neighborhood has some of its hottest new restaurants and galleries.
Castro/Upper Market ----- Sweeping views and grand Victorians, pride of place and person coalesce in an area embracing the “gay capital of the world” also known for village-like shopping enclaves.
Golden Gate Park -----One of the largest urban parks in the world, Golden Gate Park stretches for three miles on the western edge of San Francisco.
There’s not a single “Keep Off the Grass” sign and its 1,017 acres are a tonic for mind and body. Two major museums, splendid gardens and facilities for more than 20 sports confirm that this is a playground in every sense of the word.
Completely restored in 2003, the Conservatory of Flowers was erected in 1879 and is the oldest surviving wood and glass greenhouse in the U.S. From Borneo to Bolivia, the 1,750 species of plants at the Conservatory represent tropical flora from more than 50 countries.
One of the most beautiful public gardens in the U.S., San Francisco Botanical Gardens covers 55 acres and features more than 7,000 kinds of plants including outstanding geographical collections and unique specialty gardens as well as the most extensive botanical reference library in the U.S. Docent-led walks of the 17 extraordinary gardens are offered daily.
The new California Academy of Sciences combines inventive architecture and eye opening exhibits to inspire visitors to explore and protect the natural world. A museum for the 21st century, the Academy includes an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum and scientific research facilities under one roof — a living one at that.
San Francisco Travel Guides
San Francisco Travel Guide
San Francisco, one of the major cities of California,
USA is just one of the cities that make up the San
Francisco Bay Area. Specifically,
it is the centerpiece of the Bay Area. Being one of the top visited cities
in the whole world. There are many things to discover in this beautiful
city where spectacular views, outstanding culinary choices, fog during summer
and a great cultural diversity can be found. The total population is only about
815,000 but it is actually a center of a metropolitan area with over 7.1 million
With its mild climate,
abundance of accommodations such as condos and apartments as
well as vacation
homes that make you feel at so home even when you’re actually away
from home and the availability of international airports such as the San Francisco
International Airport, the major airport in the city and is known to be one
of the largest airports in the world, travelling to San Francisco is easy
and hassle free. In addition, English is the main language spoken in the
area, though Spanish is also common.
An interesting fact is
that many movies have been shot in San Francisco. The reasons behind this
is that the city is close to Hollywood plus the filmmaking industry in the
Bay Area is very popular and in demand. Some of the best films shot in
San Francisco include Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, La Mission, Dirty Harry
and many other highly popular ones.
You can get passes and
enjoy great discounts for a tour to some of the most interesting tourist
attractions in the city. The San Francisco City Pass for example is only
as affordable as $84 for adults and $59 for young children (as of 2013).
This pass gives you admission to sites like the California Academy of Sciences,
The Aquarium of the Bay also known as the Monterey Bay Aquarium and more.
The City Pass is valid for a period of 9 consecutive days where the tourist
is only allowed one visit to each of the tour spots included in the pass.
Another pass here is the
San Francisco Card which, as of 2013, is for $50 for 1 day pass, $80 for
2 days, $85 if its 3 days, then there’s $115 for 5 days and then
lastly $136 for a 7 day pass. This card will allow you to experience tours
for free such as the Wine Country Tour, or the San Francisco Sightseeing
Tour, tour on the Conservatory of Flowers, museum tours, and many more. Another
type of pass available in the city is the Wharf Pass. It costs $58 for adults
and $38 for children. This pass is good for 2 days and allows you to enjoy
a tour in San Francisco, Bay Cruise and 3-6 tourist attraction choices.
Of course, don't miss
seeing the most recognizable landmark in the city, the Golden Gate Bridge,
spanning the Golden Gate. This is considered one of the famous bridges
in the world and is included in the 7 Wonders of the Modern World. Being
one of the major roads going in and out of the city, it is one of the
first things you will see when you drive to San Francisco from the north. Mountain
View California and San
Jose California are some of the nearby vacation regions of the city.
There are many beautiful
parks, museums and other tourists attractions found in San Francisco which
are all part of the reason why the city is known worldwide as
a top tourist destination. There are many things to do, sights to see, places
to discover in the city and a trip here will make for a memorable one either
alone, with a partner, with a family or with a group. Just be sure to book
a nice San
Francisco vacation rental by Owner Direct to make sure your vacation
will be enjoyable and comfortable for you and your colleagues. Make sure
to bring your camera and take lots of photos to make your vacation memorable
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