“The ultimate travel destination for me would be one perfect day in San Francisco. It’s a perfect 72 degrees, clear, the sky bright blue. I’d start down at Fisherman’s Wharf with someone I really like and end with a romantic dinner and a ride over the Golden Gate Bridge. There’s no city like it anywhere,” Larry King said.
Growing up in the suburbs of San Francisco there is one thing that I always looked forward to, going into the city. The gorgeous ocean views, bustling downtown atmosphere, and different unique neighborhoods are just the few things that set San Francisco apart from other major cities.
There are many tourist spots in San Francisco and so I’m going to briefly tell you about the top sites to see.
Golden Gate Bridge
When people think of San Francisco the first thing they think of is the Golden Gate Bridge. The Golden Gate Bridge is the iconic image of the city and is on the top of the list of what to see. One of the best views of the Bridge is from Chrissy Field. Chrissy Field is a great beach location, which many people take their dogs, go running, play volleyball, have a picnic and simply enjoy the great view.
Another iconic image of San Francisco is the cable car. The cable car is a great touristy way to get around the city. It runs on a track throughout San Francisco and is all-open so you are sure to see great views. The great thing about the cable car is that it is very inexpensive, great for kids, and drops you off at prime tourist spots.
Pier 39/Fisherman’s Wharf
A prime location that the cable car can drop you off is Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf. Fisherman’s Wharf is the home base for the fishing fleet and you can get the best and freshest crab, lobster, and clam chowder in the city. There are so many places to eat, shops, and entertainment everywhere you walk. There is also a wax museum, Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum, and an aquarium.
From Fisherman’s Wharf you can take a boat from the Wharf to the famous Alcatraz.
Alcatraz is an island that was once a prison that held George Machine Gun Kelly and Al Capone. Alcatraz offers self-guided, audio, and docent tour guide options. They take you through cells, outside areas, as well as the famous cells and tools that the inmates used to escape.
If you are looking for great shopping and downtown restaurants, Union Square is for you.
Saks, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, and Nordstrom are just some of the major stores in this area as well as many boutiques. Public transportation is easily accessible as well as street performances and the best restaurants in the city.
By Susan Portman