With its easy-going attitude, historic buildings and locations, and stunning climate, the city is easily one of the many “must visit” locations in America. This article takes a look at a few of the attractions which make the city so popular, to give you an idea of what you’ll want to see when you next visit.
The Golden Gate Bridge
We start with one of San Francisco’s most iconic structures, the impressive Golden Gate Bridge. It may not be the biggest example of a suspension bridge, nor the oldest or most modern, but it is still one of the most easily recognisable bridges in the world.
The bridge can be enjoyed on foot, with the walking tours available from the America holiday tours in the area, Twin Peaks is where you will want to head for some breathtaking views out over San Francisco. The location is often referred to as a “photographer's delight”, offering panoramic views over the bay, and is particularly popular at the hours of sunrise and sunset.
If you’re staying in the city, it’s just a short 20-minute drive to the top. We wouldn’t recommend walking the distance though, unless you’re particularly fit, as it’s quite a hike!
San Francisco’s China Town has always been a popular tourist destination, as one of the largest areas of its kind outside of Asia, and makes for a great day out for anyone visiting the city. This densely packed corner of San Francisco has retained its strong ethnic identity and provides a fascinating glimpse of China, outside of China.
China Town is home to over 300 restaurants and easily as many shops, making it a great location in which to while away the hours. Its density, however, means that the easiest way to get the most of the area is through a guided tour. San Francisco City Guides is a fantastic free choice, leading you around all the most popular places and providing you with a real taste of the region.
The California Academy of Sciences
We finish with something a little more educational - the stunning California Academy of Sciences. This describes itself as the world’s “only aquarium-planetarium-rainforest-living museum” and certainly work’s hard to live up to such a prestigious billing.
The popular attraction is home to a bewildering array of animals and scientific exhibits, with educational displays providing fascinating insights into the natural world. If you’re really looking to treat yourself, the Academy also offers a range of VIP tours, which come with a variety of benefits, including express entry into most of the attractions.
This is obviously just a taster of all the fascinating city of San Francisco has to offer; there really is so much more to discover.
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