On America’s west coast, in northern California, is the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of San Francisco - Tony Bennett left his heart in “The City by the Bay” and the Summer of Love left its mark too. Set on Golden Gate Bay with the Atlantic on its doorstep, San Francisco is also famous for its iconic Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf and Alcatraz Island Prison, not forgetting the hills and cable cars that criss-cross the city. San Francisco holidays are also about reminiscing about the “Flower Power” era at Haight-Ashbury, the “Most Crooked Street in the World” Lombard Street, the “Sea Lebrites” (sea lions) on Pier 39 and the “Painted Ladies” of Alamo Square. Add in the Chinatown, Nob Hill, and North Beach neighbourhoods, attractions like the California Institute of Science and Golden Gate Park and shops aplenty in Union Square and San Francisco is the perfect city break destination. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge and explore the vineyards of the Napa Valley and Sonoma or venture further afield to Carmel and Monterey. With so much to see and experience in and around San Francisco it’s easy to see why a San Francisco holiday is a popular choice on an America itinerary.
With so many things to do in San Francisco, where do you start? Take in the famous sights of the Golden Gate Bridge and Fishermans Wharf, shop til you drop at Union Square or ride a cable car up and down the hills. For the best views of the city head scale the dizzy heights of Nob Hill or take a helicopter tour over the skyline. Enjoy a trip to Alcatraz, once home to famous gangsters such as Al Capone. Spend some time in the museums and gardens of the Golden Gate Park. The California Academy of Science combines an aquarium, planetarium and a natural history museum on one place. Film buffs should head to the mansionfilled area of Nob to see where classic films such as Bullit and Vertigo were filmed. Pass under the Golden Gate Bridge on a harbour cruise. Hire a bike and head over the Golden Gate Bridge into the protected forests of Muir Woods Explore the Napa & Sonoma vineyards on a wine tour. See how fortune cookies are created at the Golden Gate Cookie Factory at the heart of Chinatown. The children have three theme parks to choose from Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Bonfante Gardens and Paramount's Great America and theres also San Francisco Zoo.
San Francisco boasts a lively nightlife with bars, nightclubs and live music venues dotted the citys neighbourhoods. For dance clubs and art lounges, try San Francisco's SOMA. For trendy bar hopping, the Mission district is the place. Elegant bars can be found around Union Square and in the Marina district. San Francisco's North Beach has everything from hideaway bars to noisy nightspots open to the early hours.
There are many dining options to tempt your taste buds in San Francisco. Dine at the Italian eateries in North Beachs Little Italy, enjoy a banquet in Chinatown, dine on seafood at the Fishermans Wharf or sample the hippy cuisine of HaightAshbury. From fast food to local treats to gourmet dining, youll find them all in San Francisco. Local favourites include Cioppino (seafood stew) and sourdough bread. Local beers, wines and cocktails will quench your thirst.
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