Only in San Francisco, you will find cable cars and crooked streets. Only in San Francisco you will find distinctive neighborhoods with charming personalities; a historical bridge and an incredible bay. Only this California destination holds so much magic in its streets. So get ready to explore, discover and simply have lots of fun. Visiting San Francisco is a never-ending adventure.
The appeal of this city rests on its numerous things to do and places to visit; which cater to everyone in the planet. If you are visiting with a special someone, romantic San Francisco offers a great restaurant selection with incredible menus and views beyond words. Kids will love a visit to the Exploratorium with its more than 600 science, nature, art and technology exhibits; or taking a Fire Engine Tour were festive guides will pass out fire hats, jackets and scarves to make the experience as real as possible; and families will simply enjoy touring around this beautiful place. One thing is certain; you will never get bored while in San Francisco!
San Francisco Transportation: The Fun Way to Get Around!
Transportation is one of those things that make San Francisco so unique. Unlike many other cities in the world, where getting around is always a hassle, exploring San Francisco on public transportation is actually very exciting. You can start by booking a first-class limo to take you from the airport to your San Francisco vacation rental. Limousines here are very popular and affordable; and for a rate similar to that of a taxicab you will get top quality service that will make you feel just like a celebrity.
When it is time to get to know the city a good idea is to take San Francisco’s famous cable car; an activity that both adults and kids will enjoy. San Francisco’s cable car system is the world’s last permanently operational and manually operated cable car system and it is also an icon of the city.
If you want to do some around the bay sightseeing the best option is a ferry. There are many ferry tours that take visitors along the city’s waterfront, past the Pier 39 sea lions, under the Golden Gate Bridge, by Sausalito, past Angel Island and around Alcatraz among many other places. Tour times are usually an hour although times may vary.
Regardless of the transportation method you choose to use, getting around San Francisco will always be an exciting adventure.
San Francisco Attractions: The Ones You Can’t Miss
When it comes to things to do San Francisco offers a wide range of alternatives and sometimes it is hard to choose what to do and where to start Considering that must people visit San Francisco with limited time, here is a list of those attractions that you simply can’t miss!
Fisherman’s Warf, Ghirardelli Square and Pier 39
No visit to San Francisco would be complete without visiting this area. These half a dozen blocks along the waterfront constitute San Francisco’s stereotype and are the most popular attractions in the city.
The Fisherman’s Warf, once home to a fleet of over 400 boats, is the perfect place to eat sidewalk seafood and get souvenirs of all kinds. Around the Fisherman’s Warf you will find such attractions as the Wax Museum and Ripley’s Believe it or Not.
The Pier 39 is another great option to get souvenirs. Visitors love this place due to its numerous souvenir shops and restaurants. There is also a marina next door where you can enjoy the view of the Sea Lions if they are home.
Home to a retail outlet and sweet shop of the famous Ghirardelli chocolates, the Ghirardelli square, another icon of the city, is ideal for dinning and shopping. If you are lucky you may also witness special events such as the Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival which is held in September.
Other Area Points of Interest
Cable Car Turnarround
The Golden Gate Bridge
A marvel of engineering, the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most visited attractions of the city. The best way to really appreciate it is by walking on it. At mid-span you will be 220 feet above the water’s surface and all ships will look like little toys. There are also a number of guided tours available, but most of the times they only allow a few minutes to get out at the south vista point.
Chinatown: A Unique Opportunity
San Francisco’s Chinatown is one of the most famous Chinatowns of the world. It is the largest Chinese community in the west-coast and the second largest in the United States after New York. It is the perfect opportunity to learn about Chinese culture and eat some delicious Chinese food.
Union Square, Lombard Street and Coit Tower
Three of the other must see attractions of San Francisco are the Union Square, one of the city’s three original parks; the Lombard street the famous crookedest street of San Francisco and the Coit tower; which offers panoramic views of the city from the top of Telegraph Hill. Certainly symbols of the city that no tourist should leave unseen.
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