San Francisco USA
San Francisco is a beautiful city, set along the water, with rolling hills and a unique mix of architecture.
When a person thinks of San Francisco, a giant International Orange-colored bridge, a park spanning more than 1,000 acres or a city where contemporary art and culture collide often come to mind. While these mainstays never lose their luster, the reasons to visit San Francisco are even more numerous.
San Francisco is not a tourist town in the same way that, say, Las Vegas or Key West are tourist towns. But there are so many cool things to do in San Francisco, it has become one of the nation’s top destinations for travelers. From the barking seals and seafood at Fisherman’s Wharf to the cafes and bistros in North Beach to the gardens and museums of Golden Gate Park, San Francisco attractions have become brand-names recognized the world over. Our online San Francisco guide includes tours for those so inclined, as well as lots of information about the restaurants, hotels and nightlife that make a trip to the City by the Bay unforgettable.
Top 10 Most Popular Attractions in San Francisco
1. The Golden Gate Bridge
It is no longer the longest suspension bridge in the world, the Golden Gate Bridge is a California icon gracing San Francisco Bay. It is certainly still the most famous and likely the most photographed site in the city, with the orange structure backed by blue water, or in many cases, peaking through low lying cloud. The Bridge has an interesting history and adds a unique charm to San Francisco.
Once called “the bridge that couldn’t be built,” today it is one the seven wonders of the modern world.
The Golden Gate Suspension Bridge connects San Francisco with Marin County and other districts further north. At one time, it was designated the greatest man-made sight in the United States by the U.S. Travel Service. Opened on May 28th, 1937, the bridge took four years to build and at the time of its completion it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. The bridge, flood-lit in the evening, is approximately 2 miles long and the bridge’s sidewalks are open during the day to pedestrians including wheelchair users and bicyclists.
2. Golden Gate Park
One of the largest urban parks in the world – bigger than New York City’s Central Park, Golden Gate Park is a fabulous green space 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. Concerts and numerous festivals are held here to add its charm to this vast natural wonders.
Before development began in 1871 this was an area of arid dunes. Nowadays visitors to the park enjoy a grand network of walking trails and cycling paths, more than 5,000 different kinds of plants and dozens of species of trees, several lakes, bridle-paths, and a buffalo paddock. Golden Gate Park is one of those places that can just as easily take up a couple of hours as a couple of days. Bike rentals are available, and this can be a good way to explore the park, rather than trying to do everything on foot.
Among the ever-evolving attracted located in the park are the California Academy of Sciences, the de Young Museum, the San Francisco Botanical Gardens, the Conservatory of Flowers and the Koret Children’s Quarter.
3. Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39
One of San Francisco’s most popular tourist areas is Fisherman’s Wharf. This old section, once the Little Italy of San Francisco, is also World famous for its fried fish, clam chowder, the famous San Francisco sourdough and fabulous bay views. This international tourist hotspot also hosts Musee Mechanique, home to more than 300 antique mechanical items and games that still work. Get a roll of quarters and go nuts with Laffing Sal, fortune tellers, mechanical monkey bands, foosball, and 1980’s arcade games. Nearby sights include historic ships, Ghirardelli Square, Pier 39, and Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum.
For something a little more relaxing there are also cruises that will take visitors on tours of the area, including sunset and evening cruises with spectacular views of the city.
Pier 39, located in this general area, is home to over 130 stores and many unique places to eat. There is always something going on here and a variety of entertainment options. In addition there are great views from the pier looking back onto the city.
This is usually the first place visitors head if they are new to the city. It’s a fun place to stroll around and get a flavor for the city. For those with only a day or two to spend in San Francisco, Fisherman’s Wharf is a good place to start.
4. Cable Cars
Cable Cars were introduced in 1873 to help locals contend with the many hills the city is built on. Today, the few remaining cable cars offer tourists a great way to explore the city in historic fashion.
The cable car may be the ultimate San Francisco icon. Featured in nearly every film set in San Francisco, these pieces of moving history have been running up and down the steep hills of the city since 1873. Today, three routes remain to take tourists and commuters alike back and forth from the waterfront and downtown.
Since 1964 these tram-like vehicles have had the unique distinction of being the only public transport system to be declared a historic monument. The Powell-Mason and Powell-Hyde are the most scenic routes. The cable cars will also get you to the major attractions such as Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square the Ferry Building, Nob Hill, and Lombard Street. If you are planning on more than a couple rides or are going to be sightseeing for a few days you should consider buying a pass.
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