San Francisco is such an easy city to get around. For the most part, hiring a bicycle, or just taking a stroll around the streets will be the best way to see the local sites. However, San Francisco’s cable cars are an excellent way to go longer distances, and to avoid climbing the many hills throughout the city. One exception you should definitely explore on foot is Lombard Street – famous for its 8 steep hairpin bends and colourful Victorian houses – which rewards you with stunning views from the top.
If you’re looking to visit Yosemite National Park, either on a day trip, extended tour, or during a self-drive itinerary, San Francisco is the perfect gateway. Most tours depart from San Francisco and head out west to the national park, which is picture perfect in every season.
Marvel at the Architecture
San Francisco is well-known for its incredible architecture. The city exudes a true eclectic mix of Victorian and modern styles with many iconic spots that draw tourists from all over the world. One of these hotspots is known as the Painted Ladies; a row of identical houses, each painted in unique colours to highlight their architectural details. This postcard-perfect street, across from Alamo Square Park, is one of San Francisco’s most photographed attractions. A close rival that also showcases architectural magnificence would definitely be the Golden Gate Bridge. The classic San Francisco fog is likely to shroud this masterpiece, so head down in the late afternoon to catch the sunset highlighting the grandeur of the bridge, or capture a different view while on the ferry over to Alcatraz Island.
A trip to San Francisco would not be complete without a sombre visit to Alcatraz Island. This site was once home to America’s premier maximum-security prison, where many notorious criminals lived out their sentences. This historic site housed 1576 prisoners in its time, including the infamous Al Capone and George “Machine Gun” Kelly. Learn about the Great Escape from Alcatraz along with many other interesting stories during the audio tour of the island.
With countless museums dotted around the city, you can easily get your culture fix. From the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to the de Young Museum and everything in between, incredible talent is showcased through various mediums and in many forms. The de Young Museum houses a diverse collection totalling over 27,000 works of art from all over the world with a fascinating section dedicated to costumes and textiles representing many Eastern and Western traditions.
Why not get dressed up and head out for a night at the opera or ballet? The San Francisco Ballet is the oldest professional ballet company in America, founded in 1933, showcasing works by George Balanchine, Sir Kenneth MacMillan and Lew Christiensen.
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