Attractions in San Francisco
San Francisco is a very popular tourist city with a variety of attractions
and sights. Here are historical attractions, beautiful buildings and exciting
museums about each other.
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One of San Francisco's most important symbols is the majestic Golden Gate
Bridge of 1937, the world's second largest suspension bridge. The bridge
connects San Francisco with Marin County, and is 2.7 miles long. You can walk
across the bridge, but only on the eastern sidewalk. The best place to admire
the bridge is from Fort Point, a fortress from 1861 that, with its 150 guns,
would defend the bay against invaders. This is open on weekends from 1000 to
In Golden Gate Park you will find Japanese Tea Garden.
In no time you can get rid of stress and the hustle and bustle of other
tourists. A walk in a Japanese garden is a balm for the soul. This is the
largest of its kind in the entire United States and was built after the 1894
World Exhibition. Free admission. Japanese Tea Garden closes 1645 in winter and
1800 in summer.
Ripleys Believe It Or Not Museum
San Francisco has a number of popular museums and most are located on or near
Fisherman's Wharf. At the city's branch of Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum at
175 Jefferson Street, you will find a large collection of bizarre,
incredible, or weird objects from around the world that will surely make you
gasp in disbelief. Admission costs in excess of $ 20 for adults. Opportunities
for discounts for children and family packages etc. Open from 1000 to 2200 every
day, on weekends until midnight.
A rather unique museum is the Musee Mechanique, located on Pier 45.
Here you will find a collection of old slots, from antique pinball games and 70s
computer games such as Space Invaders and Asteroids, to old clay boxes and peep
shows although the black and white images of French chambermaids in the
underwear probably do not shock many. Open daily from 1000 to 1900.
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is very popular and is
located at 900 Beach Street at Polk. Here you will find old steamboats
and sailboats from the 19th century, Chinese dunks, old charts and navigation
equipment. Open daily from 0930 to 1900, during the winter months to 1700, free
admission. If you want to board the historic ships at Hyde Street Pier, it costs
The Winchester House
One of California's (or the world's) strangest and most exciting building is
The Winchester House, which was built over a 40 year period at the turn of the
last century. It is located at 525 South Winchester Boulevard in
San Jose, a few miles from San Francisco. This is a 160 bedroom Victorian
manor house specially built with lots of hidden doors and mysterious stairs that
The house will be haunted by ghosts and has an exciting weapons museum. Open
0900 to 1900, Entrance money depends on activity, and costs from $ 22 to $ 46 at
the time of writing. It is desirable that you book your ticket the day in
advance. Check details on the website of The Winchester House. Child under 9
years no access.
Among San Francisco's biggest tourist magnets we find the legendary prison
island of Alcatraz, also known as The Rock. Alcatraz was a high-security prison
from 1934 to 1963, and has had many celebrity prisoners, including gangster Al
Capone. No one ever managed to escape from here.
Alcatraz is free to visit, but the ferry leaving Pier 33 every half hour from
0900 costs from $ 35 for adults. Discounts for children. The ticket includes a
return ticket and guiding. Children under 18 must attend with guardians.
Alcatraz tour should be booked well in advance in high season. You can also get
more extensive guided tours.
Chinatown in San Francisco
Chinatown in San Francisco is one of the largest in the United States, and
this district is an attraction in itself. The beautifully decorated and heavy
Dragon Gate on Bush and Grant Street is the gateway to many quarters that could
just as easily have been located in Beijing. Here it is teeming with Chinese
restaurants and shops selling silk, jade and souvenirs. All street and shop
signs are in Chinese.
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society Museum
San Francisco has for many years been known as a liberal city, and a
gathering point for gays, hippies and bohemians. Nowhere is this more visible
than in the Castro district, where you will find the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender Historical Society Museum at 657 Mission Street. Here you
can learn about the history and culture of this very colorful community within
the community. Open Tuesday to Saturday 1300 to 1700.
Palace of Fine Arts
Between the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf you will find a 1900s
building that seems so very out of place. But that's what makes it so
fascinating. The building mimics an ancient Roman temple building and could just
as easily have stood in Rome. Palace fo Fine Arts looks very staid after a
thorough renovation in the 1950s. The address is 3601 Lyon Street.
Tourist in San Francisco
If you are going to spend a few days in San Francisco and intend to bring
most of the sights and attractions with you, consider investing in a tourist
This gives you free access to many attractions, museums and a cruise, and is
available in several price ranges depending on duration. Check City Pass or Go
San Francisco for details.
You can join one of the double-decker sightseeing buses that will take you
around the city with guide comments. These stop at all the major sights, where
you can jump off wherever you want and continue whenever you want, within 48
hours. The price is NOK 140 for adults and 110 for children up to 11 years. The
tour starts at Fisherman's Wharf.
Although downtown San Francisco doesn't look big on the map, don't forget
that there are many very steep slopes. Walking around the city can be a lot more
strenuous than you might expect.
Day 1 San Francisco Attractions and Tourist
If you have arrived in San Francisco straight from Europe, it is unlikely
that due to the time difference, you will wake up fresh and crisp early in the
morning, or in the middle of the night. Since most American hotels have some
meals included in the room rate, your first entry in today's program will
probably be to find a diner where you can have a hearty breakfast. Then head to
Pier 33 at Fisherman's Wharf, and if you're unsure of the road, check out the
easiest way to get there.
At Hornblower Alcatraz Landing, you'll find the boat that takes you out to
the infamous Alcatraz Prison, located on a small island in the bay off San
Francisco. Ideally, you have booked tickets well in advance on the homepage,
because in high season you risk having to wait for hours before there is
something available. Often it is sold out several days in advance.
Alcatraz started its history in 1854 as the first lighthouse on the American
west coast. During the American Civil War, there was a harbor fortress before
the military began using it as a prison. Alcatraz was a state high-security
prison from 1934 to 1963, and has had many celibate prisoners, including
gangster Al Capone. No one ever managed to escape from Alcatraz.
During the visit, you will receive a 45-minute audio presentation featuring
prison officers and former prisoners who have actually worked and served at
Alcatraz. Expect to spend a few hours out on the island, which also has a
bustling bird life.
Once you're back on Pier 33, you can easily spend the rest of the afternoon
at Fisherman's Wharf, where it is teeming with both tourists and tourist offers.
Also, don't miss the sea lions that lie and sunbathe on Pier 39. At Fisherman's
Wharf are several other attractions that most will enjoy visiting. For example,
the Aquarium of the Bay, where you can get in close contact with sharks,
seahorses and rays. Walk through hundreds of meters of transparent tunnels
mending the sea life around you.
At the city's branch of Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum at 175 Jefferson
Street, you will find a large collection of bizarre, incredible and weird
objects from around the world, which will surely make you gasp in disbelief.
A slightly more unique museum is the Musee Mechanique, located on pier 45.
Here you will find a collection of old slots, from antique pinball games and 70s
computer games such as Space Invaders and Asteroids, to old lyric boxes and peep
shows, but the once so vague black and white images of French chambermaids in
the underwear probably no longer shock anyone. Open daily from 1000 to 1900.
Chinatown in San Francisco
You have a huge selection of restaurants to choose from for dinner tonight.
Since you're in the city with the largest Chinatown in the United States, why
not try a Chinese restaurant that also has very good prices? The Great Eastern
at 649 Jackson Street in Chinatown is frequented as much by the city's Chinese
population as by tourists, which must be considered a stamp of quality. The
specialty is Cantonese seafood, and the main course prices are around 60-70
Day 2 in San Francisco Attractions and Tourist
After a visit to your nearest breakfast diner, we start the day at San
Francisco's perhaps foremost landmark, the huge Golden Gate Bridge that connects
San Francisco with Marin County in the north. From Fort Point, a fortress from
1861 that, with its 150 guns, was to defend the bay against invaders, you have
excellent views of the bridge. If you feel like a spectacular walk, you can walk
across the bridge, but only on the eastern sidewalk. The bridge is 2.7
kilometers long, and on the other hand you should find the camera and shoot San
Francisco with the Golden Gate. You can hardly get a more archetypal San
Trip with Cable Cars!
Take the bus back to Fisherman's Wharf, and the cable car stopped in Bay
Street. Here you can hop on San Francisco's famous and historic cable cars,
which is an attraction in itself. From the terminus you can, for example, take a
walk on foot to the colorful district of The Castro, which for decades has
become internationally known as the hometown capital. Here, multicolored flags
are waving outside most houses and bars, and a heterosexual man can easily feel
aloof and outside here.
Castro's centerpiece is 18th Street and Castro Street,
where it is teeming with specialty shops, bars, galleries and bookstores, and
you will certainly find a nice cafe to have lunch here.
Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco
From The Castro you can continue on foot west until you reach the
Haight-Ashbury district. During Summer Of Love in 1967, this was the place to
be, and artists like Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead lived here. There are
still a lot of incense scented stores selling batik shirts, Ganesh figures and
hookahs, but you no longer need flowers in your hair to thrive here.
For example, visit Buena Vista Park, which really lives up to its name with a
glorious view of San Francisco's low-lying neighborhoods.
Shopping at Union Square
Take the bus from The Haights down to downtown and get off at Market Street
and 4th Street. You are now just off Union Square, where you can shop whatever
your heart desires. Every self-respecting chain of stores has a larger branch on
or near Union Square, so your credit card can really get there!
After a trip back to the hotel to unload shopping bags, it's time to think
about dinner. The historic John's Grill restaurant at 63 Ellis is one of the
city's oldest and celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2008. The place is best
known for its steaks, but also because some of the action in the Maltese Falcon
is added here. Here you can meet celebrity guests and hear live jazz music.