Picturesque places to visit in San Francisco
Picturesque Places to visit in San Francisco
Located at the tip of peninsula between Pacific coast and San Francisco Bay, San Francisco is a favorite city for everyone and best place to visit in USA. With collage of beautiful views and colorful neighborhoods, the city attracts globetrotters and boasts world-class cuisine, jaw-dropping sights, plenty of nightlife venues and cozy cafes. It is surrounded by steep rolling hills on three sides by water and is renowned for its Victorian architecture, summer fogs, beautiful vistas and cable cars. The city is full of parks, history, beaches, museums, neighborhoods and famous bridge. If you are planning to visit this city, here’s list of places to add your bucket list:
Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay is one of America’s most infamous prisons. The prison operated for thirty years closing in 1963 and was reopen as tourist attraction in 1973. The prison housed society’s biggest offenders, including Birdman and Al Capone. Visitors can take ferry over to the island and tour the site. In 30 years, it has received total of 1,576 convicts and there were no more than 250 at one time. It has 450 cells measuring about 10 x 4 feet.
You may have visited Chinatown in other cities, but San Francisco’s Chinatown is just as a star. It is both oldest town of its kind in North America and largest Chinatown outside of Asia. It was destroyed in 1906 earthquake and was rebuilt in Chinese style. With its theaters, temples, workshops, stores, small businesses, souvenir shops, antique shops, traditional pharmacies and teahouses, it is one of the important sites of the city. If you are planning to visit the city during Chinese holiday or event, you can expect to see Chinese New Year celebrations and more.
- Cable Cars
Introduced in 1873, Cable Cars are used by locals as well as tourists. More than nine million visitors ride these cars each year, which helps them to explore the city in historic fashion. The Powell-Hyde and Powell Mason are most scenic routes. These cars will take visitors to major attractions such as Ghirardelli Square, Fisherman’s Wharf, Lombard Street, Nob Hill and Ferry Building. As compared to other forms of transportation, these cars are bit expensive at $7 for one way ride, so it is better to purchase one-day pass for $21.
- Fisherman’s Wharf
One of city’s most popular tourist areas, Fisherman’s Wharf is so tourist-laden that travelers may prefer quieter attractions nearby. This old section was once known as Little Italy of San Francisco. The area is known for its restaurants, shops and its setting around waterfront. It is perfect place to stroll around and get a taste for the city. Visitors can also choose to take sightseeing cruise for amazing views of city. It also houses myriad of family-friendly attractions and activities, including Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, Madame Tussauds wax museum, the San Francisco Dungeon and the Aquarium of the Bay.
- Golden Gate Park
Home to gardens and museums, Golden Gate Park is stunning green space located in the heart of San Francisco. The park has so much to explore, it could take an entire day to explore all it has to offer. Fabulous picnic spaces, walking trails, cycling paths, sports courts, playgrounds, museums, gardens and more can be found within its borders. The park has 5,000 different kinds of plants, several lakes, dozens of species of trees, buffalo paddock and bridle paths. The main attractions here are California Academy of Sciences Museum, de Young Museum, Japanese Tea Garden and San Francisco Botanical Garden.
- Golden Gate Bridge
With orange arches amidst rocky seascape, Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most enduring symbols and popular tourist attraction. It is one of the most photographed sites in the city peaking through low lying clouds. There are many spots to capture snap of this majestic bridge such as Golden Gate Bridge Vista Point. The bridge connects San Francisco with Marin County and other districts and was designated as greatest man-made sight in US. Opened in 1937, it took four years to build this bridge and at time of completion, it was world’s longest suspension bridge.
- Legion of Honor
Legion of Honor is an impressive Neoclassical Beaux-Arts building and is part of Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. It is located in Lincoln Park which has amazing green space and wonderful place to walk. It was the gift of Alma de Bretteville Spreckels who was philanthropist, socialite and patron of arts. It has superb collection of sculpture, European decorative arts, paintings and antiquities from Mediterranean. The museum displays collection from more than 6,000 years of ancient and European art.