One of the most beautiful cities in the United States.
Located in the hills off the coast of ocean city to San Francisco with the iconic Golden Gate bridge is one of the most beautiful cities in the United States of America. The city has a rich history, beautiful beaches, parks, museums and plenty of entertainment. Among some of the most famous landmarks San Francisco is a historic Alcatraz island and fisherman’s Wharf. In the center of town is Golden gate Park — a huge green area where you can walk for hours. Chinatown San Francisco is one of the largest in North America, and the historic carriages of the funicular stop at most of the major landmarks of the city. In this collection you can find the places that you should definitely include in your tour while traveling in San Francisco.
The Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate bridge — the symbol of California in San Francisco and the most photographed place in the city. Bright bridge looks harmonious on the background of blue water and hanging above it of clouds. At night the whole structure is illuminated by flood lights and looks particularly striking.
the Golden gate bridge
Linking San Francisco with Marin County and other areas in the North, the Golden Gate bridge was recognized as one of the most beautiful views in the United States. Open on may 28, 1937, the bridge was built for four years and at the time of completion was the longest suspension bridge in the world. If you want to visit the Golden Gate bridge — Hwy 101 road and SR 1 with aisles on both sides of the bridge are open to pedestrians and cyclists. For a great view of the bridge and good photos there are a variety of points of view. From the San Francisco area Nob hill, known for its elegant old mansions. On the opposite side of the bridge in Marin County is a national recreation Area Golden gate — another great place. In addition, during the tour to Alcatraz offers a special view from the side of the island.
The historic and infamous prison Alcatraz, located on the eponymous island in the Bay of San Francisco and is one of the most famous prisons of America. It functioned for nearly thirty years, closing in 1963 and re-opened as the sights of San Francisco in 1973. The most famous criminals of America were prisoners of Alcatraz, including al Capone and Bergman. You can take a ferry to the island and tour the prison under a unique audio guide, written by former prisoners and prison guards. It’s not just a boring list of facts and interesting tour with lots of details.
During its 30-year existence, the prison received a total of 1,576 criminals. Despite the presence of 450 cameras, there have never been more than 250 prisoners, and the number of guards and personnel at times exceeded the number of criminals. Although most people come here for the history of the former prison, Alcatraz island also attracts many nesting sea birds. One of the simplest and most economical ways to explore Alcatraz and most of the other landmarks San Francisco is a special combined Tour of the city. It covers Chinatown, fisherman’s Wharf, the Golden Gate bridge and several other interesting places. The tour is best booked in advance because Alcatraz is in high demand.
One of the most popular tourist areas of San Francisco — Fisherman’s Wharf. If this is the first visit of the city and you only have a day or two to see the sights — fisherman’s Wharf is the perfect place to start the journey. This historical area known for its shops, restaurants and a lovely atmosphere overlooking the water. It’s an interesting place to walk where you can feel the rhythm of San Francisco. Here you can also take a guided cruise and other attractions of San Francisco.
Among the most interesting places Fisherman’s Wharf, the wax Museum Madame Tussauds and Ghirardelli Square. The restored 19th and 20th century ships are at berth at the Pier Hyde Street, part of the National Park of the Maritime history of San Francisco. The USS Pampanito is also a national historic landmark, as a submarine during the Second World war. Pier 39 attracts tourists more than 130 stores and unique restaurants with the freshest seafood. There is a splendid view of the city.
Cable Car San Francisco
The cars of the funicular was commissioned in 1873 to help locals overcome the many hills on which the city was founded. Today the few remaining funicular carriages offer visitors a great way to explore the historic sights of San Francisco. From 1964 this unusual transport system has been declared a historical monument of the city. The Powell Mason and Powell-Hyde are the most scenic routes of the cable car. Funicular carriages will take you to the main landmarks of the city including fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, ferry station, Nob hill and the winding street of Lombard Street. If you are planning more trips and going to explore the city of San Francisco in a few days, you should think about buying a travel ticket for all public transport.
Golden Gate Park
Golden gate Park — a stunning green area in the heart of San Francisco, which is often called the “lungs” of the city. Before the Foundation of the Park in 1871 this was an area of arid dunes. But today it is home to a massive network of Hiking trails, Cycling paths, more than 5,000 species of plants, several lakes, museums and even a paddock with buffaloes. Among the main attractions of Golden Gate Park stands out the De young Museum and the California Museum of the Academy of Sciences with the Aquarium Steinhart, Japanese tea garden and Botanical garden San Francisco. Golden gate Park is one of those places where you can easily spend a few hours or several days. The best way to explore the Park by bike, which can be rented. As an alternative, you can organize a trip on a segway with a local guide.
You may have been to Chinatowns in other cities, but the Chinese quarter of San Francisco is a completely different experience. It is the largest Chinatown outside Asia and the oldest Chinatown in North America. Almost completely destroyed during the earthquake of 1906, Chinatown was rebuilt in the traditional style, and has become even more attractive than before the devastating disaster. With its numerous temples, theatres, traders, stalls, antique and souvenir shops, tea rooms and traditional pharmacies, Chinatown has become one of the main attractions of San Francisco. If you find yourself in San Francisco during an important Chinese holiday or event, you can attend a massive celebration with a carnival and fireworks. The celebration of the Chinese New year are considered the best in North America. The main street in Chinatown is completely designed for tourists is Grant Avenue from the Chinatown Gates.
California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences in Golden gate Park is an architectural marvel and multi-faceted Museum. This modern green building is especially distinguished Living Roof covered with native plants and even the hilly terrain, fully corresponding to the natural environment. Rooftop solar panels supply the building with electricity, and walls made of glass, maximum natural light flowing.
Inside, there are incredible natural history Museum, planetarium, aquarium, rainforest and much more. The Steinhart aquarium includes approximately 38,000 inhabitants and a coral reef at a depth of 8 meters. Tropical forest with all kinds of animals and amphibians is another terrific place. You can descend in a glass Elevator to the deepest depths and pass through the transparent acrylic tunnel, watching fish at the top. In the natural history Museum Kimball demonstrates the skeletons of t Rex and blue whale, along with many interesting exhibitions.
Museum of Art de young
At Golden gate Park is another popular attraction in San Francisco — the De young Museum. This art Museum is one of the largest public art institutions in San Francisco. Its exhibitions cover a variety of periods and territories. Although the De young Museum the predominant subject of art in North America, there are also many exhibits of Egypt, Greece, Rome and the Middle East. Also well represented British art and folk art from Africa, America, and the Pacific Islands.
The Museum Of Modern Art
After an extensive renovation in the spring of 2016, the newly opened Museum of modern art San Francisco. After the reconstruction the Museum has 170,000 square feet of exhibition space nearly three times its previous area. Now the Museum has 10 floors, and the large first floor open to the public free of charge. In addition to new interiors, the Museum also acquired thousands of new exhibits. In addition to the Museum’s permanent collection, it also hosts a number of temporary exhibitions and other events.
These two unique and uninhabited hill with a height of about three hundred meters actually are not the highest of the 43 hills of San Francisco, and the record belongs to mount Davidson, which is 10 meters higher. But the twin Peaks reveal the most beautiful views of the city and the Bay. Besides, there are constantly tours of the routes North and South peaks. Twin Peaks — the only non-built-up hills in San Francisco, which remain in its original state. The Spaniards nicknamed them “Los pechos de la Chola” or the Breasts of the Indian maiden. Even on warm days it is dominated by a strong cool breezes from the Pacific ocean, therefore recommended to bring warm clothes.
Asian art Museum
Asian Art Museum — without doubt one of the most important museums in San Francisco. The Museum was opened in 1966 on the basis of the art collection of Avery Brandage. Brendag created a private collection and in 1959 invited the city of San Francisco to bridge the gap between East and West. The building was constructed, the new Museum, and after the death of the patron in 1975, the Museum received the rest of his collection in the form of heritage.
Asian art Museum is a popular attraction in San Francisco with an extensive collection of sculptures, paintings, bronzes, ceramics, jade carvings, and architectural fragments from Japan, Korea, China, India, Iran and other Asian cultures. The works cover the period more than 6,000 years. The Museum plans a significant expansion with the creation of a new pavilion.
The Exploratorium is an extremely popular Science Museum with interesting exhibitions for children and adults. A huge variety of exhibitions and interactive attractions covers many different areas for learning and entertainment. The Exploratorium is a great delight for children thanks to the many experiments in which they can participate. But even if you are traveling without children, you should definitely visit this place. The Exploratorium is located at Pier 15 and is waiting for guests throughout the year.
The Palace Of Fine Arts
The Palace of fine arts in San Francisco — the last remaining building of Panama-Pacific exhibition of 1915. Included in the national Register of Historic Places, this classic building is picturesquely situated on the lagoon, being specularly reflected on the calm surface of the water. The Palace was rebuilt and today holds art exhibitions and events. The theatre of the Palace of fine arts seat about 1,000 visitors. This is one of those attractions of San Francisco that are definitely worth a visit.
National recreation area Golden Gate
National recreation area Golden Gate is not to be confused with Golden gate Park, which is discussed above. The area covers 600 square miles in the County of Marin and is home to a myriad of attractions, as well as the perfect place to enjoy nature and relax. Routes Hiking and Biking trails, campsites, picnic area and beautiful beach area is only a small part of the wonders of the recreation area Golden gate. A number of beaches offers spectacular views of the Golden Gate bridge, and the Park is home to historic Fort Baker, a former American army post in the early 20th century.
Baseball stadium and home arena of team San Francisco Giants, AT&T Park is a popular attraction in San Francisco. Even if you cannot attend the game, you can always go on a tour of the nooks and crannies of the stadium. During the tour you will be able to learn about historical events and explore the architecture. Tours take place every day, so check the calendar in advance online.
Ghirardelli Square is a popular area with shops, galleries and restaurants in restored industrial buildings. The square was opened in 1964 and was the first in a series of projects to revive abandoned factory complexes. The old Ghirardelli chocolate factory of red brick was turned into a shopping Mall, attracting shoppers, art, entertainment and good food. Its bell tower 1916 is modeled after Chateau Blois in France. Later additions have become the rose garden with fountains and terraces.
A trip to NAPA valley
NAPA valley and SONOMA — the two most prominent and extensive wine region in California. Located in the southern end of the valley approximately 80 kilometers from San Francisco city of NAPA — one of the largest California cities North of San Francisco. This is an incredibly beautiful place with a drier climate than the coastal areas. The city was founded in 1848 and is named after the indigenous Indians of NAPA. The mountains to the West and East protect the valley from storms and create an ideal climate for growing grapes.
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