Taking a Holiday in San Francisco

San Francisco is one of the most visited cities in the USA. This beautiful city built beside the ocean, known for its majestic rolling hills and the famous Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco is one of the jewels of Northern California. San Francisco is a city of history, art, fun parks, beaches, museums, and many other entertainment options.

Some of the most notable attractions which you should definitely visit when you’re in San Francisco are listed below to help you plan your day-trip –

 

1 Golden Gate Bridge

 

The Golden Gate Bridge is an iconic California structure gracing the San Francisco Bay. It is also the highest photographed site in San Francisco, with its orange body backed by blue water, or in a lot of spots, peaking through a low lying cloud. At night, the flood-lit structure looks like an epitome of human industrial evolution.

The bridge connects San Francisco with Marin County and other districts further north, and it was once titled the greatest man-made sight in the United States by the U.S. Travel Service. It opened on May 28th, 1937, after four years of building, and by then it was the world’s longest suspension bridge, measuring over two miles long.

If you want a good view of the bridge, or if you are interested in photographing the bridge, there are a lot of amazing viewpoints. From the San Francisco side, Nob Hill, an area known for its posh old mansions, offers some beautiful views of the bridge.

 

 

2 Alcatraz Island

The iconic and infamous Alcatraz penitentiary, located on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay, has been one of America’s most notorious prisons. It was in operation for almost thirty years, closing in 1963 and then re-opening as a tourist attraction in 1973. A lot of America’s most well-known criminals were held here, like Al Capone and the “Birdman,” who later formed the basis for the fictional movie The Birdman of Alcatraz.

3 Fisherman’s Wharf

Fisherman’s Wharf has an important place in San Fransisco’s history. If you’re in San Francisco for the first time and you only have a day or two, Fisherman’s Wharf is a definitely a good starting point. Formerly known as the Little Italy of San Francisco, this area is famous for its aesthetic shops, restaurants, and beautiful landscape along the waterfront. One walk through its streets and you’ll get a taste for the city. Hop on the sightseeing cruise for spectacular views of the city, or organize a fishing charter.

 

Some of the most visited spots in the area are the famous Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and the Ghirardelli Square. There are some amazing Restored 19th- and 20th-century ships lining the waterfront at the Hyde Street Pier, what has now become the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park. The USS Pampanito, an American historic landmark, is a strong surviving WWII submarine and now a part of the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park.