What You Must See in San Francisco

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There are few cities in the world that are more beautiful or interesting than San Francisco. It’s a quirky and original place, full of interesting people, great food, and incredible tourist attractions. Although it can be an expensive place to visit, there are hotel suites near San Francisco Airport that are eminently affordable and will provide you with a great base during your visit. Here are a few tips on places you must visit if you take a trip to San Fran…

The Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is probably the most famous landmark in San Francisco, and indeed it’s definitely one of the most iconic sights in the whole of the United States. It stretches between San Francisco Bay and Marin County, and was opened in 1937. The structure of the bridge is made mainly from steel and it stretches for 1.7 miles, with six lanes of traffic. Despite the traffic, walking from one end of the bridge to the other is one of the must-dos when you visit the city. The Welcome Center is open every day from 9am to 6pm if you’re interested in finding out all about the history of the bridge, and there are also free walking tours twice a week. Although San Francisco is often foggy and cloudy, the view from the bridge is spectacular.

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Fisherman’s Wharf

If you love fresh seafood then you must visit Fisherman’s Wharf, where you can eat crab and fresh fish wherever you desire, from water-front stalls or expensive restaurants. You can also watch the sea lions playing on the docks in the Marina before walking to the San Francisco Dungeons or Madame Tussaud’s.

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Alcatraz

Alcatraz is probably the most famous former prison in the world. Located on an island in the middle of San Francisco Bay, it was once home to some of the most notorious criminals in history, including Al Capone, George ‘Machine Gun’ Kelly, and Robert Franklin Stroud, otherwise known as ‘The Birdman of Alcatraz’. Although the prison was closed in the 1960s, it’s still cloaked in mystique and intrigue, and you can take in a recorded cell-house tour that will explain the history of the place to you as you explore the buildings and grounds.

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The Haight-Ashbury District

Haight-Ashbury is one of the best known districts in San Francisco. It has a rich history and is still full of vibrancy today even as it harkens back to its roots as the birthplace of the hippie movement in the 1960s. It’s visually beautiful, full of creativity and brightly painted buildings and Victorian houses, and there are also plenty of great stores where you can shop for quirky souvenirs and gifts. It became known in 1967 during the ‘Summer of Love’ when people travelled there from all across the States, and musical legends including Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead lived in the district. These days you can take in some history, you can try out some of the great restaurants, or you could also hike to the top of Buena Vista Park, which has unrivalled views of the city and the Bay.

San Francisco is one of the most interesting and beautiful cities in the world – it must be seen to be believed.

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Adam J. Cheshier
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