San Francisco is well known for its bags of charm, culture landmarks and beat legends, but it also boasts famous, breath-taking architecture. Its climate is mild all year round so you can visit any time you like but here are a few reasons why it should definitely go on your to-visit list ASAP.
Architecture and Landscapes
The landmark that has largely become the symbol of San Francisco is surely the Golden Gate Bridge. The walking tour would provide more information on the facts which make this bridge so admired but it will also reveal amazing landscapes. San Francisco has a mix of modern and Victorian Architecture. Its most notable architecture jewels besides the Golden Gate Bridge are Alcatraz Islands, Coit Tower, Palace offine Arts, Lombard Street, Almo Square and Chinatown. For landscapes, visit the Coit Tower observation deck or the spectacular Twin Peaks.
Museums and Culture
California Academy of Sciences is a well-known San Francisco natural history museum and it hosts the Morrison Planetarium and an Steinhart Aquarium. Favourite art museums include: the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art with works of art starting from the 20 th century, The Palace of the Legion of Honor with mainly European antiques, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, de Young museum in Golden Gate Park and the Palace of fine Arts which also houses the Exploratorium, a science museum with interactive exhibitions. Aside from the tales learned in the museusm, one of the most courious part of the San Francisco narrative is its “beat history” which is best relived in North Beach and LGBT cultural heritage with the San Francisco Pride parade. To complete the cultural tour you should visit The Fillmore, the American Conservatory Theatre or a few of the many vintage locations hosting Broadway productions.
Beaches and Parks
One of the finest members of the US National Park System is the Golden Gate Recreation Are which consists of a number of San Francisco Parks and its numerous beaches. The Golden Gate Park offers a wealth of flora and attractions such as the Conservatory of Flowers, Japanese Tea Garden and the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Its most notable features also include the Keyar Stadium, AIDS Memorial Grove, Stow Lake, Golden Gate Park Stadium, windmills, roadways and museums. Be sure to visit the San Francisco Zoo and Lake Merced as well as Baker Beach and Ocean Beach with its thriving surfing community.
Shopping and More
Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 offer shopping, dining, and quality entertainment and are perhaps the most touristy destinations of all but well worth visiting. A ferry ride away is Alcatraz Island with the infamous Alcatraz Prison offering unforgettable tours each day of the week. When it comes to ethnic backgrounds everyone agrees that the San Francisco Chinatown is not to be missed – it has it all, dining, shopping, entertainments, temples, museums and a spectacular Chinese New Year Parade claimed to be the largest event of its kind outside of China. For upscale boutiques and cafes, visit Haight-Ashbury and for gourmet food there is Ferry Building Marketplace.
This vibrant city is full of stories, idiosyncrasies and eccentricities with sights and sounds that will charm you instantly. Walking tours are heartily recommended for the full enjoyment and that unique thrill of discovery.
By Melissa Mayer who visit San Francisco thanks to work and travel USA agency.