San Francisco is one of the most visited cities in the world. Every traveler who visits San Francisco falls in love with this vibrant and happy city. A variety of things can be done during your stay in this majestic city. Some of them cannot be missed at any cost. The top highlights of the city to enjoy and cherish are:
Iconic Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco is best known for its iconic Golden Gate Bridge. It is like a shiny sapphire whose beauty has different appeals from different angles. Experience the majestic view from afar on a sailboat in the San Francisco Bay against the backdrop of glistening water or bike across the 1.7 mile bridge. One can enjoy the exquisiteness of silent fog entering the orange and red cables from Vista Point or see the mesmerizing aerial view in a helicopter ride.
Historic Alcatraz Island
Alcatraz Island stands proud in the San Francisco Bay with a famous history to narrate. Popularly known as “The Rock”, the island was once the prison which held notorious criminals like Al Capone. The failed attempts of many prisoners have been witnessed by “The Rock”.
The scenic ride on the ferry to Alcatraz Island is worth every penny one pays to purchase the ticket. It also includes an audio guide narrated by prisoners and ex-guards of Alcatraz. Explore the tranquil beauty of the island on your own in the daytime or take the guided tour with a park ranger.
Family Destination: Fisherman’s Wharf
To experience San Francisco as a whole, Fisherman’s Wharf is the place to visit. It is a family destination to eat, enjoy and be entertained. The famous attractions to visit are Pier 39 Shopping Center, Musée Mécanique, Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum and the sea lions lively show on the Marina’s Western docks.
Spectacular View From the Coit Tower
View the inspiring bird’s eye view from atop the 210 foot Coit Tower. The tower was built at the bequest of the wealthy socialite Lillie Hitchcock Coit, who loved to chase fires. The tower is a tribute to firefighters and the design resembles the nozzle of a fire hose. Vibrant fresco murals and paintings adorn the walls of the tower and depict the scenes from the era of the 1930’s.
Hop on the Trolleys
The classic cable cars of San Francisco City are famous for their hop on-hop off tours. The experience of traveling on the cable cars is one of a kind. Going up and down the famous movie depicted hills of the city gives the ride a rollercoaster feeling. Visitors should buy a day pass for the cable cars and explore the different neighborhoods of the city; like Russian Hill neighborhood, Lombard Street and Market Street.
Nature at its Best
The famous Yosemite National Park, Muir Woods, Napa Valley, and the Monterey and Carmel scenic drives are all within a short distance from San Francisco. So if you are planning to visit