Popularized by the big gold rush of 1849, the City of San Francisco began to attract tourists and never looked back. The city is a sprawling metropolis filled with culture, attractions, entertainment, and some of the best fine dining in the world. Set upon a background of a beautiful bay, turn of the 20th century architecture, modern skyscrapers, and spectacular bridges, this city has it all and is the perfect travel getaway with some of the best accommodations around. The city’s excellent transit systems make it easy to get around without renting a car. This system will get you from the airport to downtown as well as many other outlying towns and cities around the San Francisco Bay Area. Visit VoyageMonkey.com Travel for the best hotel accommodations, flights and car rentals.
Some of its popular attractions include the Golden Gate Bridge which spans from San Francisco to Marin and the lovely town of Sausalito, with its fine waterfront restaurants and shops. It’s best to walk out to the center of the span of the bridge to really appreciate all its glory. Along the San Francisco waterfront you’ll find the famous Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39. Here you’ll discover some of the best seafood restaurants in the world and plenty of shopping & entertainment. The streets here are lined with street performers entertaining the crowds. The large number of wild Sea Lions sunning themselves on the platforms at Pier 39 are a popular attraction for all ages. You can watch them play with each other as they bark at the crowds. We recommend walking from the Wharf along the Embarcadero waterfront all the way to the AT&T Ballpark (Home of the San Francisco Giants). This will take you past the historic Ferry Building and underneath the San Francisco Bay Bridge. The walk takes about a half hour each way. There is also a trolley.
Most visitors to this City will take the Ferry to the small island of Alcatraz. This historic prison on “The
Rock” once housed Al Capone and other gangsters of the era. The tours of Alcatraz are very informative and the island offers excellent views of the city skyline. They neighboring Angel Island is excellent for hiking, biking and picnics. Other attractions that are popular include Golden Gate Park, the San Francisco Zoo, the Palace of Fine Arts, the Exploratorium, the Academy of Science, and the curviest street in the world, Lombard Street. No trip to San Francisco is complete without visiting Union Square, the heart of the City’s shopping district. Here you can shop all day visiting high-end shops, boutiques, and galleries. From here you can walk to China Town and think you are in China. Union Square is a great place to get on one of San Francisco’s famous cable cars to get you to other destinations around the city. We can’t mention all the great attractions because there are so many.
Venturing out San Francisco will give you that much more to see around this beautiful area. Just half hour north will but you in the Napa Valley wine country (you’ll need a rental car or tour for this). Minutes across the bay you can visit the town of Berkeley or the City of Oakland (you can get there on the transit system). One hour south by train your can visit San Jose. Driving down the Scenic highway 1 along the coast from San Francisco to the surfer town of Santa Cruz will provide you with some of the best coastal scenery California has to offer. Once in Santa Cruz you can visit the Beach Boardwalk amusement park with its roller coasters and fun rides.
San Francisco has some excellent hotels for your accommodations. A good central point location is the Westin St. Francis located at Union Square. If you wish to stay along the Embarcadero Water Front, the Hyatt Regency is a great choice with its large atrium interior and easy access to transportation. If you want to stay near Fisherman’s Wharf we recommend either the Argonaut Hotel or the Sheraton. Other hotels we recommend include the St. Regis, Le Meridian, the Mandarin Oriental, and the Four Seasons.
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