Northern California’s financial and cultural heart, San Francisco impresses with its contagious energy, incredible beauty and rich diversity.
Here are some of the finest places to visit in San Francisco:
Golden Gate Bridge
One of the modern wonders of the world, Golden Gate Bridge is the most famous attraction of the city. This 4,200 feet art deco suspension bridge sees more than 10 million visitors every year! You can enjoy a walk or ride a bike on the sidewalks of the bridge during daylight hours. Both sides of the bridge have vista points, offering you sweeping views of the area. There’s also a virtual bridge walk if you cannot visit the bridge in person.
Situated 1.5 miles off the shore of San Francisco, Alcatraz Island offers a close look at the first lighthouse built on the West Coast as well as the infamous federal penitentiary which housed famous convicts such as Al Capone. Along with the historical wealth, the island has terrific natural resources in form of gardens, tide pools and bird colonies.
Golden Gate Park
One of San Francisco’s most visited tourist spots, Golden Gate Park, carved out from, unbelievably, a vast expanse of sand dunes, is a verdant paradise that draws the attention of bikers, hikers, art lovers and music fans. There’re gardens, lakes, playgrounds, trails, picnic groves and monuments here. Plus, tourists can also explore an array of cultural venues and can attend events taking place all throughout the year. Be it families or groups, this is an ideal retreat for all to sit back and relax or enjoy a range of activities.
San Francisco has the oldest and among the largest Chinatown in North America and it remains a hot tourist destination. Explore its streets and alleys which are packed with a number of souvenir shops, and food joints, which of course are the highlight here. The authentic Chinese fare served here is a treat to the taste buds; do try out the vegan shrimp and the dimsum!
Another of city’s busy tourist attraction, Fisherman’s Wharf is home to the most famous waterfront community of San Francisco. You can grab a souvenir to take back home or can try delicious crab and clam chowder in sourdough bread bowls served at stands at every corner. Besides, there are many gourmet restaurants presenting a unique dining experience and serving finely cooked fresh fish.