Beginners Guide to San Francisco
San Francisco is situated on the northern end of California, and it’s considered as one of the most visited cities in the state. San Francisco is also the fifth most densely populated city in California. People from all around the world tour this historical city due to its spectacular attractions depicting history and culture of the country. The city is surrounded by the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean that attracts tourists for its vast range beeches; giving an opportunity for endless outdoor activities including swimming, scuba diving, scenic walk, dining and numerous others. San Francisco is majorly known for its iconic Victorian Houses, Golden Gate Bridge, the throughout dense fog in the winters season, Skyscrapers, and the Cable Cars.
It is perfect to explore the city whether in winter or summer season. In the northern side of the San Francisco Peninsula, the city invites you to explore neighborhoods, elegant buildings, parks, and dining areas in a relaxed atmosphere. Less than a mile to the east of the San Francisco lies Embarcadero; a roadway waterfront that runs right around the port area with some of the San Francisco’s most famous landmarks including the Market Street, Bay Bridge, and San Francisco Ferry Building.
Places to Visit
Fisherman’s Wharf is situated on the northern end of the Embarcadero. It has a great assortment of shops, bars, and restaurants, and it is right on the Bay. Here you can have a relaxed meal and get entertained by the colorful street performers or just enjoy the views along the waterfront.
Pier 39 is just a short stroll away from Fisherman’s Wharf. It has the best views of San Francisco Bay and a home to sea lion community. Pier 39 is full of eateries, shops, and hustle & bustle.
Union Square is the San Francisco’s finest shopping region, and the square of the place is ideal to relax, sit back and enjoy the numerous shopping and dining options.
San Francisco’s Chinatown
In just a few minutes to the north, San Francisco’s Chinatown is eight blocks of bustling activities with storefronts and alleyways selling all manners of strange and exotic goods. One of the largest Chinese communities in the San Francisco’s Chinatown is filled with fascinating sights and sounds.
Alcatraz Island is located at the Bay and it now the popular attraction for the tourists. In the year 1962, the Alcatraz Island was a home to America’s hardest prisoners. Once there were concrete walls, steel gates, and barbed wires, there are now gardens and wildflowers.
Not far from the downtown is the Haight-Ashbury district where Victorian style buildings echo the memories of the hippie days of the sixties. There are still many pockets of counterculture including cafes, smoke shops, and music stores; still, sells the peace and love.
Golden Gate Park
Golden Gate Park stretches halfway across the peninsula, and it contains the conservatory of flowers and tranquil Japanese tea garden. The park is perfect to enjoy the outdoors or just simply relax in the peaceful surroundings.