San Francisco is often called 'Everybody’s Favorite City', a title earned by its scenic beauty, cultural attractions, diverse communities, and world-class cuisine. Views of the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay are often laced with fog, creating a romantic mood in this most European of American cities.
Away from the bright lights and bridges of San Francisco, there is a lot to see and do including visiting the world-famous Napa Valley wine region, the natural beauty of Lake Tahoe, the home of high-tech Silicon Valley, rugged mountain hiking trails in Yosemite National Park and much more.
San Francisco International Airport is serviced by 13 domestic and 32 international airline carriers.
One of the nicest things about visiting San Francisco is that, although the city is 'big' in terms of attractions and amenities, it is geographically small – only 49 square miles. Consequently, it is very easy to see and do a great many things in a short period of time. But at the same time, it is also easy to spend weeks in San Francisco and still not experience everything the city has to offer!
Here is a suggested list of the top places and sights not to miss in San Francisco, according to the San Francisco Travel:
Walk Over the Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge, the most famous bridge in the world, manages to impress even the most experienced travelers with its stunning 1.7 mile span. Approximately 120,000 automobiles drive across it every day. A pedestrian walkway also allows the crossing on foot, and bikes are allowed on the western side. The Golden Gate Bridge is said to be one of the most photographed things on Earth.
Ride a Cable Car
Cable cars have been transporting people around San Francisco since the late 19th century. The cars run on tracks and are moved by an underground cable on three routes. Their familiar bells can be heard ringing from blocks away. Tickets may be purchased at the cable car turnarounds at the ends of each route. Each one-way ride will provide spectacular views of the city’s celebrated hills as well as exhilarating transportation.
Visit the Rock
Alcatraz, the notorious former prison, is located on an island of the same name in the middle of San Francisco Bay. Some of the United States’ most notorious criminals were incarcerated there. Though several tried, no inmate ever made a successful escape from 'The Rock.' The prison was closed in the 1960’s and stories about Alcatraz are legendary. A visit to Alcatraz today is fascinating. Recorded cell-house tours are available, allowing visitors to learn about the prison as they explore the buildings and grounds.
Want to know more.... Visit the San Francisco Travel site for many more ideas on what not to miss in this amazing city!