Vacation in San Francisco, California

Friday, September 23, 2011

San Francisco is a hilly and charismatic city surrounded by spectacular views of the bays. San Francisco is unique in that it has a Big city feel to it, yet it’s geographically tiny, being only 49 square miles. The city offers an array of attractions and amenities. The following are some highlights of this famous city.

No visit to San Francisco is complete without visiting the Golden Gate Bridge. This popular bridge is the most photogenic landmark, with its spectacular views. This stunning 1.7 mile bridge surrounded by water is accessible by foot, car and bike. Approximately 9 million people visit this structural phenomenon each year. If touring the bridge via car or motorcycle, make sure to have cheap motorcycle insurance or car insurance.

Alcatraz is the infamous former prison located in the San Francisco Bay. Some famous inmates included Robert Stroud “the Birdman of Alcatraz”, Al Capone and George “Machine Gun” Kelly. The prison was shut down in the 1960’s. There wasn’t a prisoner that ever made a successful escape, though many tried. Tours are available where visitors can get a look into prison life on Alcatraz.

Fisherman’s Wharf is a charming and popular attraction featuring seafood restaurants, street vendors, shops and spectacular ocean views. Stop by Ghirardelli Square for a taste of their mouth watering chocolate or sample shrimp and crab cocktails from the seafood vendors along the Wharf.

If you are a serious shopper, make a stop to Union Square. This popular shopping venue offers 2.6 miles of exclusive designer boutiques. Union Square also offers a wide variety of dining options, art, and musical entertainment.

San Francisco is home to a myriad of cultural activities. Visit the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, de Young Museum and the Asian Art Museum. Visitors looking for their musical tastes to be sated will find the San Francisco Symphony, Ballet and Opera.

Looking for a taste of European life, take a visit to North Beach. North Beach, also known as little Italy, holds many amazing Italian restaurants. It’s also historically known for the Church of Saints Peter and Paul, and Colt Tower. Explore the inside of Colt Tower and view the floor to ceiling murals depicting life in early San Francisco.

Chinatown is another popular attraction in San Francisco. This is a bustling area where tourists can learn about Asia’s culture and history. Chinatown is best traveled on foot among the many shops, food markets, restaurants museums and temples.

Take a spectacular tour of the city by Cable cars. Cable cars have been in use since the 19th century. This moving historical landmark is a great way to take in the sights, sounds and smells of this spectacular city.

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