San Francisco has a personality as big and bold as the Golden Gate Bridge, but that personality changes neighborhood to neighborhood. Consider the tea rooms and mah jong parlors of Chinatown, the lingering hippie chic of Haight-Ashbury, and the boisterous family fun of Ghirardelli Square.
The city is famous for it’s restaurants and some of the best chef’s in the country are lucky enough to call this home.With so much to do in this amazing city let us take a look at the best things to do in San Francisco.
1. Go Across The Golden Gate Bridge
Between San Francisco Bay and Marin County is the world famous Golden Gate Bridge. The bridge has been declared one of the modern wonders of the world. It was opened in 1937 and at that time it was the longest suspension bridge ever created.
Made from steel and with a total length of 1.7 miles it is the most photographed bridge anywhere is the world. There are six lanes of traffic on the bridge carrying millions of passengers every year. Before the bridge was built people used to have to get a ferry between the two places, the ferry company was called Golden State Ferry Company and at one point it was the largest ferry company on the planet.
2. Head Down To The Waterfront At Fisherman’s Wharf
San Francisco’s most famous waterfront community is at Fisherman’s Wharf. Here you can experience some fantastic food and enjoy some of the best dining the world has to offer.
There are outdoor stands selling fresh Dungeness crab or various gourmet restaurants selling the freshest of fish from that days catch.
From here you can also arrange to go on many different tours of the area including Segway, walking, boat and many more.
3. Relax At Golden Gate Park
Each year 13 million visitors visit Golden Gate Park and explore one of San Francisco’s most amazing places. This picturesque space spans 1,017 acres and has many places to explore and relax. You can discover the lakes, picnic areas, monuments, playgrounds and gardens.
Throughout the calendar there are a plethora of events and activities that take place in the park. You can even hold your own wedding or special event in the beautiful gardens and take photographs with the stunning scenery as a back drop.
4. Could You Escape From Alcatraz Island?
1.5 miles off the shore of San Francisco is Alcatraz Island, This tiny island was developed as a military fortification, a military prison as well as a federal prison. The most famous being the federal prison. This was between 1933 and 1963.
The thinking behind the federal prison was that the prisoners who caused continual trouble at other prisons would be locked up here. Many infamous prisoners have stayed here including Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud. The island now is a tourist attraction and many people flock here each year to explore the depths of the prison.
5. Spend Time At Union Square
Union Square is the most visited neighborhood in San Francisco. Here you will find a large collection of high end retail outlets, fancy hotels, cafes, art galleries and a very active nightlife.
The area has many live events to attend and there is always something happening to keep you entertained. To really get an experience of partying with the locals this is a must stop on any tour of the city.
San Francisco is also home to one of the most dynamic food scenes, from humble Mission District burrito joints to Michelin-starred dining rooms. When your legs get tired from exploring, hitch a ride on a cable car and take in those hilltop views.
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