Tourist trap is what the fisherman’s wharf is all about; with
blocks of souvenir shops selling T-shirts, bumper stickers and miniature
cable cars and many more. Millions of tourists visit Fisherman’s
wharfs every year and all round the year. You will find good seafood
restaurants, sidewalk vendors selling fresh-boiled Dungeness crab
and sourdough, museums, street performers, barking sea lions in
the boat harbor and much more to see and do. Heading the west, you
can see have a view of Coit Tower, rolling hills and the Golden
You can sail across to popular destinations, such as Alcatraz and
Sausalito in ferries.
Though public parking lots are available along Beach, Bay, North
Point, and Francisco streets, it is always better to ride buses
to go around the city than to hunt for a parking space in this area.
Alcatraz, hosting the most number of tourists around year was once
the chilling destination of maximum-security convicts. Isla de los
Alcatraces named after the birds that were the islands only inhabitant’s
carries out audio-assisted tours in several languages recount history
of the island and inmate inhabitants including Machine Gun Kelley,
Al Capone and Robert Stroud, the “Birdman of Alcatraz.”.
Visitor can enjoy the clear day, views of San Francisco’s
skyline and bridges or board a ferry to Alcatraz Island at Fisherman’s
Wharf, one of the most enjoyable rides.
Located at Beach Street and the Embarcadero just two blocks east
of Fisherman’s Wharf, is the second most-visited attraction
in California. This renovated cargo pier hosts over 10.5 million
visitors annually and is the home port to the Blue & Gold Fleet
offering two levels of waterfront restaurants and specialty shops,
a 350-berth marina, Aquarium of the Bay, the Venetian Carousel and
Turbo Ride, a simulation theatre.
San Francisco’s Chinatown serves as the home to the largest
concentration of Chinese outside China. Packages exotic shops, restaurants,
temples and more within nearly two dozen downtown blocks makes it
an interesting wedge.
Bounded by Broadway, Bush, Kearny, and Stockton streets, this is
truly a city within a city with the distinct Grant Avenue, the main
thoroughfare, peppered with tearooms, theaters, and grocery stores.
Walking tours are also available.
Golden Gate Bridge
Originally painted as “International Orange,” the world’s
most famous bridge spreads across the Golden Gate strait, a mile-wide
gulf between the bay and ocean, separating Marin County from the
Stories have it say that the early Spanish explorers sailed across
the fog-shrouded coastline for years before finally discovering
this vital gateway and, in 1769, led them from rough Pacific waters
to the shelter of San Francisco Bay.
Being the world’s highest pair of bridge, it soars 746 feet
above the water with a clearance of 220 feet allows passage of the
largest oceangoing vessels. It has provision for driving, bike lane
and walking pathway across the two-mile long suspension bridge.
If you happen to be in San Francisco this holiday, don’t miss
budging across this bridge.