Top 5 Attractions in San Francisco

San Francisco

cable car ©Ash Berlin/Flickr

You finally get a chance to visit San Francisco but you have only one day to do it? Or you happen pass by and have a few hours to kill? No matter what the case, the naked truth is that a few hours are not enough to get to know this magnificent US city in all its glorious complexity.

But let’s not waste time! A few hours all enough to get to visit some important landmarks, snap some good photos and, maybe even get some of San Francisco’s unique vibe (or should I say hype?). Check out this my top 5 attractions in San Francisco guide and learn how to take the best out of your trip: 

Pier 39

Pier 39 is one of SF’s busiest tourist attractions. As you stroll between the dozens of cafes, restaurants, souvenir shops and street entertainers, remember that the most interesting part is the very end of the pier. Here you can observe San Francisco’s perennial sea lion colony, and get a better look at Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge.

San Francisco attraction

Pier 39 ©Poldavo (Alex)/Flickr

Cable Car

San Francisco’s iconic cable cars are still in use today, even if it’s just on a few routes. The cable car was a brilliant solution for San Francisco’s steep hills. A ride on these vintage vehicles is like a trip back in time; you can hop on it at any stop along one of the three routes: Powell-Mason, Powell-Hyde and California.

San Francisco

cable car ©Ash Berlin/Flickr

Lombard Street

And speaking of steep hills, a downhill ride along the famous Lombard Street cannot miss from your San Francisco day trip itinerary. This is allegedly the steepest street in San Francisco; to make it easier to climb or descent, constructors have built 8 hairpin turns at the top of it. While going downhill along Lombard Street offers an experience quite similar to a thrill ride, the view on top also makes it worth climbing.

Chinatown

Chinatown is another popular attraction with San Francisco tourists. This is the ideal place to buy inexpensive San Francisco T-shirts, mugs, key-chains and other such souvenirs. The entrance to Chinatown is marked by an impressive Chinese gate. There are plenty of businesses here, and plenty of color. If you feel hungry, there will be plenty (Chinese) restaurants around. If you do enter on, don’t forget to order to famous dim sum.

Asian district

SF Chinatown © Mike Disharoon/Flickr

Alcatraz Island

The island of Alcatraz, once home to an infamous prison, continues to mesmerize tourists. Tours start at the Fisherman’s Wharf, where special boats will take you on the island – now a museum. The guided tour will give you the chance to learn about the island’s eventful history, but also get some unrivaled views of San Francisco skyline and Golden Gate Bridge.

 

 

 

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