San Francisco is not only the leading financial and cultural center in Northern California, but it is also home to a number of fascinating attractions such as the Golden Gate Bridge, the Cable car Museum and Alcatraz among others.
The fascinating Alcatraz Island
Approximately 1.5 miles offshore from San Francisco sits the amazing Alcatraz Island. The Island which is dubbed as “the Rock” was developed with facilities for a military prison, military fortification and a lighthouse as well as a federal prison between the years of 1933 and 1963.
A cruise through the beautiful waters brings you this amazing Island where you can visit the attractions within. Some of the attractions on the island include the Parade grounds, the ruins of the Warden’s house and Officers club, the Water Tower, Building 64, the Recreation Yard, Model Industries Building and the main cell house… among others.
Besides the legendary prisons and military outfit, the island presents visitors with astonishing beauties in terms of the wonderful plant and animal life. You will find some rare flowers and plants on this island which was once dubbed as the “Evil Island” by the Native Americans. In addition, there are roosting and nesting sea birds and wonderful marine life. It is also a place of significance for the Aboriginals since they occupied the area after the prison closed in 1969 and is of significance to their American Indian rights movement.
Delve into the history of Wellington’s iconic cables cars with a visit to the Cable Car Museum
A visit to the Cable Car Museum will leave you with immense knowledge in the history of cable cars. The museum is home to a fascinating collection of historical cable cars, mechanical displays and photographs of Cable cars. You will get to learn about the inventor, the builders and the technologies used.
Located in Washington-Mason powerhouse and car barn on Nob Hill, the cable car museum lies within the original winding house and is home to two of the original grip cars in addition to the winding machinery that was once used in the hauling of the cars through a series of tunnels up the steep incline. There is a subterranean walkway that offers visitors a view of the moving cable. With its prime location on the hill, visitors are able to enjoy wonderful views that surround it.
Explore the wonder that is the Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge which connects San Francisco to California is one of the most famous and beautiful bridges in the world. The bridge stands majestically on the shimmering waters with its intricate designs of tremendous 746-foot tall towers, a signature international orange color, sweeping main cables and an amazing Art Deco style. The Bridge straddles the Golden Gate strait with a mile-wide and three mile long channel between the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Visitors are able to take the 1.2 mile long walk on the bridge, cycle or ride on it.