5/5 - Excellent
Verified travelerJan 9, 2020
Very funky cool city - our whole family enjoyed it! Cycling the golden gate and Alcatraz were fabulous
San Francisco is a diverse city that celebrates cultural diversity at every turn.
Today’s San Francisco is one of the world’s leading technology powerhouses and a hub for start-up companies. It’s a total contrast to its reputation as the heart of the counter-culture movement back in the Sixties, but the laid-back liberal vibe from back then still remains. Casual wear has long since replaced the tailored suits and smart ties of the city’s Financial District.
The Golden Gate Bridge springs to mind as one of San Francisco’s most famous monuments and is not to be missed. Walk along this feat of engineering for breath-taking views or hire a bike and cycle the sidewalks toll-free, at any time of day.
The undulating hills and cable cars that criss-cross the city are synonymous with San Francisco. A cable car is an ideal way to see some of the main sights like Fisherman’s Wharf, perfect for souvenirs, Chinatown, the largest outside of Asia, North Beach, formerly a Bohemian part of the city and Union Square with its excellent shopping.
The attractions here are as diverse as the weather. Stroll the Embarcadero, along the eastern sea front where you can dine accompanied by views over the bay or pick up some fresh produce from the farmers’ market. Wander through the 400-hectare Golden Gate Park. Jump on a ferry to the seaside village of Sausalito. Wherever you go, take some warm clothing with you as it gets cold out on the water, even on the sunniest days.
For a change of pace, head to Pier 33 and jump on a ferry to the notorious Alcatraz prison. Book two to three days ahead if you can, as tours tend to get booked up early. The Cell House Audio Tour gives an interesting insight into what life was like on the island known as “the Rock”, with recordings from former inmates and wardens.
The weather in San Francisco can change from one hour to the next and between one neighbourhood and another. For the best chance of catching some sun, visit the city between September and November. During the winter, you’ll experience wind and rain, but it’s also good for deals on accommodation. The city gets crowded in the summer, especially during festivals such as the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade in late June.
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Fashion puts its best foot forward in one of America’s largest shopping plazas.
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Taste some of the city’s freshest sea food and catch some fabulous views in this waterfront neighbourhood dating back to the time of the gold rush.
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Better known as Little Italy, this neighborhood was once a hotspot for counterculture and features an array of bars, jazz clubs, galleries and cafés.
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Examine architecturally significant buildings, visit the Cable Car Museum and enjoy magnificent views of greater San Francisco in this affluent district.
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Visit the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre and marvel at views of the Golden Gate Bridge at this popular waterfront neighborhood.
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From baseball games to top-notch art exhibits, find endless entertainment in one of San Francisco’s fastest-growing neighborhoods.
Reviewed on 11 Jan. 2020
Reviewed on 13 Jan. 2020
One of the most iconic bridges in the world, walk the 2.7-kilometre marvel of engineering for the best views over the bay and the ocean beyond, fog permitting.
This waterfront location has a mix of thrilling rides and lively street entertainment, but watching the sea lions hanging out in the bay wins the day!
Take a trip to “The Rock”, home to the infamous and abandoned island prison, and discover how it earned its reputation as a bleak and unforgiving place.
Explore San Francisco with a birds eye view of the city by the bay. Cross the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Learn about the city from our entertaining live tour guides as they provide you with rich history and insider tips. Become a Local Expert on a Big Bus Tour.
Spend a day soaking up the natural splendor and breathtaking beauty of Yosemite National Park on this full-day excursion from San Francisco. Trek to a grove of giant sequoias, marvel at features like El Capitan, and enjoy free time to explore the park's outdoor wonders and historic lodges on your own.
For over a decade Extranomical Tours has been creating amazing memories on our Redwoods and Wine Country Escape tour from San Francisco. This award-winning tour combines two of California’s best experiences: Coast Redwoods in Muir Woods and California’s Wine Country! It’s the only Woods & Wine tour to include all wine tasting fees and a gourmet lunch upgrade.
Verified travelerDec 21, 2019
We were close to the Fort and Fishermen's Wharf.
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