Few cities around the world feature such a striking balance of the past and the present like San Francisco does. The beautiful city in northern California flaunts a magnificent skyline overlooking the San Francisco Bay. A selection of impressive palaces, buildings and museums offer the visitors a peek into the city’s glorious cultural heritage. Here’s our pick of some spectacular attractions in San Francisco.
The Golden Gate Bridge
Think of San Francisco and probably the first image that comes to mind is that of the Golden Gate Bridge. Completed in 1937, it was once the longest suspension bridge in the world. It connects San Francisco with Marin County, and is considered one of the greatest man-made architectural sites on the planet. The bridge’s red-orange colour was strategically chosen to make it visible through the thick fog that often shrouds the city.
Take a stroll around this waterfront area to explore scenic vistas as well as the interesting cultural heritage of San Francisco. Stretching all the way from Ghirardelli Square to the end of Aquatic Park, it is dotted with many historical buildings, museums, souvenir shops and also has a port. Plenty of shops, restaurants and bars make Fisherman’s Wharf a popular hangout spot for locals and tourists alike.
It was believed that no one could escape from this former prison which was built to keep the most notorious criminals in the USA. Today, the island is a popular historical site and is open for tourists. Guided tours are available for those who want to know the detailed history of the place.
Palace of Fine Art
Do plan a visit to this gorgeous monument to admire its architectural grandeur and to spend some pleasant time by a beautiful classical European-style lagoon within a picturesque park. The highlight of the palace is a Roman rotunda with curved colonnades. There is also a theatre that hosts many shows, and cultural events.
With a massive height of 260 metres, it is the tallest building in San Francisco. The architectural design of this pyramid-shaped skyscraper is quite impressive. Completed in 1972, the building is located in the heart of the Financial District.