When you come to visit this famous and beautiful city by the bay, you’ll find a serious wealth of culture, history, and diversity. This city has become a tourist hot spot with many famous landmarks that travelers from all across the globe come to see. Some of the most famous landmarks in San Francisco include the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge, the country’s most authentic Chinatown, and the breathtaking steep, rolling hills that encompass the city. SF may only be 7×7, but this city packs one hell of a punch.
Marvel at the mystery of Alcatraz, the famous prison in which all thought was inescapable, until one man shocked even the highest trained security officers. Tour the city via the famous cable cars to see the enchanting mix of modern and Victorian architecture, and be sure to catch a glimpse of the Coit Tower. Don’t miss out on Twin Peaks, where you’ll enjoy the sweeping view of San Francisco, the bay, the bridges, and nearby cities (if you get lucky and it isn’t foggy, of course).
Established as the city of San Francisco in 1847, the California Gold Rush in 1848 transformed the city into the largest city on the West Coast at the time. Today, this multi-layered city carries a mix of all kinds of people and cultures, and the neighborhoods display the same diversity.
In the Financial District, where Union Square is located, you’ll find the main shopping and hotel district in very close proximity.
At Fisherman’s Wharf, be sure to try some of the famous clam chowder and Dungeness crab at this ever thriving fishing industry.
In the same area, you can hit up Russian Hill, where the well known, crooked and striking Lombard Street is found. You can also visit nearby North Beach, the city’s mini-Italy.
Telegraph Hill, also not far; this is the area where you’ll find Coit Tower.
Be sure to observe the gorgeous murals found in the Mission District, and come see the Castro to appreciate the center of gay life in the community, the country, and the world.
The city of San Francisco is a well known lure for counterculture in the United States, mainly due to the many mass movements that have occurred there, giving it the reputation of being the liberal center of the States. In the 1950’s and 60’s, the San Francisco Renaissance was encouraged by the Beat Generation writers, and soon hippies gathered to Haight-Ashbury, resulting in the famous Summer of Love and the Gay Rights Movement. The writers and artists who came to the area established the modern coffee house culture, and the social upheaval of the 60’s led the city to become the center of liberal activism.
The mix of cultures and communities in this melting pot of a city has led to the emergence of a thriving artistic and active community, where acceptance and respect are attitudes that most locals value. So, come to visit this amazing city, and be sure to give yourself plenty of time to visit all the wonderful attractions and hot spots it has to offer. We guarantee you’ll want to continue coming back here; there’s never enough time to be spent in San Francisco.