San Francisco is the perfect cosmopolitan holiday destination with a great variety for the shopping and sightseeing enthusiast. The city is part of the San Francisco bay area and was propelled into popularity by the gold rush of 1849. The mild climate, rolling hills and absorbing sights give the city its unique panorama. The local nightlife is spiced by its ethnic diversity and has something to offer to everyone, as does San Francisco’s range of accommodation. The city boasts a collection of luxury hotels, but also caters for the budget traveler with cheap San Francisco accommodation. Make sure to treasure every moment in this, one of the greatest cities in the world.
The wharf is a major tourist attraction with its collection of stores, restaurants and entertainment. The Ghirardelli Square and Pier 39 are some of the more popular shops and for your visit you can stay in the cradle of luxury with the Sheraton or in cheap San Francisco accommodation such as the local Fisherman’s Warf Hostel. The Maritime National Historical Park and Museum is close by and a fleet of historic ships such as the USS Pampanito or SS Jeremiah can be seen berthed near the Hyde Street Pier.
More commonly known as “the rock”, the infamous prison is accessible by Ferries from Pier 33. The historical prison facility was decommissioned in 1963 and converted into a tourist attraction in 1972.. Both Al Capone and George “Machine Gun” Kelly spent some time in this unconventional San Francisco accommodation. The tour offers a view of inmates’ lives and additional information on prison operations.
Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden gate bridge is one of the largest suspension bridges in the world and a symbol for the city. This major landmark connects the main city with Marin County, a journey that would otherwise take several hours. If you decide to pay it a visit, it is worthwhile to take a small detour to the Golden Gate National park, of which Alcatraz is a part.
Cable Car Ride
Once the primary mode of transport for the city, Cable cars are now a fun way to visit the city’s many sights. A Muni Passport permits you access to the Cable Cars and also offers the possibility of unlimited use all municipal transportation within a week.
With a large variety of San Francisco accommodation available, whether you prefer to stay in the best of hotels or backpacking is more your thing, San Francisco has great places to stay while you visit all the attractions this popular city has to offer.
The city offers its share of world class beaches for sun-starved tourists. Some of the main destinations are Ocean beach, Baker beach and East Beach, each popular among the locals and offering a spectacular view of the Pacific. The moderately warm waters around Sea Cliff beach make it one of the few swimming beaches along the cold waters around San Francisco.