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Vibrant San Francisco

By Jennideep Hayre

Posted: 28th November 2012 12:05

California is amongst the top ten list of places to visit in the USA and we can see why with it being home to the vibrant city of San Francisco.  San Francisco’s vibrancy spreads across its landscape, culture, history and people as well as being a very liberal city – it was the first place in the USA to permit gay marriage.  With so much to explore you won’t know where to begin so we bring you our guide to the essential places to visit when in San Francisco.

Golden Gate Bridge

Experience for yourself the iconic Golden Gate Bridge (pictured) which you will have undoubtedly seen as the setting for major Hollywood blockbusters.  This famous landmark is one of the most photographed sights in the world.  Whilst you’re here, why not pay a visit to the Golden Gate Park to chill out when you’re not out adventuring.  The park is much larger than New York’s Central Park where a buffalo herd, remote-controlled boats cruising on the river, windmills, museums and gardens are among the common sights found here. 

Alcatraz

Discover the extraordinary and gripping history of Alcatraz Island – just off San Francisco – which is famous for being a former prison that housed America’s notorious criminal masterminds like Al “Scarface” Capone.  You will need to take a ferry to reach the attraction which means you’ll be able to experience the beauty of this amazing city on its beautiful waters and makes a change from always being on foot.  Or take a cable car around hilly “San Fran” – be sure to check out the bizarre Lombard Street where you’ll see cars taking several sharp twists and turns down this steep and winding hill.   

Chinatown

If you never get around to visiting China the next best alternative is to take a trip to San Francisco’s Chinatown – the largest outside of China.  Here you’ll come across the unique culture, eat some delicious Chinese food and can roam the funky shops for special Asian ornaments to take back home. 

Fisherman’s Wharf

Fisherman’s Wharf is the most busiest and well-known tourist attraction in San Francisco - best known for being the site of Pier 39 where you will find the most beautiful views of San Francisco Bay and eat the city’s best seafood.  During the day, you’ll be entertained by magicians, musicians, fire-eaters, clowns and mimes and by night the wharf offers live music, dancing and comedy performances.

Round-up

San Francisco is a perfect getaway for students who like to add a touch of diverse culture to their travels, and being home to some of USA’s most notable attractions we guarantee you’ll have the time of your life.   

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