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The urban star of northern California is easily San Francisco. This fun and funky city has been one of America’s more liberal and rowdy places since it was first created during the Gold Rush era of the 1800s. Spread across a series of low hills along the incredibly scenic San Francisco Bay, this exciting metropolis rarely fails to impress visitors with its eclectic range of dining, entertainment, and cultural attractions. The weather always plays a role in outdoor activities here since the city is infamous for experiencing four seasons in a single day, so dress accordingly. Above all, San Francisco is a city of neighbourhoods. Walk or take the vintage trolley to move between America’s largest Chinatown, gay-friendly Castro, and the bohemian North Beach districts. Food is a big attraction here, with over 3,500 stellar eateries to choose from. Unwind and watch the locals at play in Golden Gate Park, stroll the docks at Fisherman’s Wharf, and avoid those rainy days in the city’s star museums, like the Museum of Modern Art, the Asian Art Museum, and the Exploratorium. When the sun is shining, take a boat to the infamous Alcatraz Island or catch a pro baseball game with the Giants at the classy AT&T Park. One thing is for sure in San Francisco: you will never run out of things to do.

Sights nearby

The compact nature of San Francisco makes it ideal for getting a lot done in a short time. The neighbourhoods flow seamlessly into each other, and all of the major attractions are within minutes of the downtown core. Alcatraz Island
This former military fortress originally protected San Francisco from invaders before it was turned into a maximum security prison to protect its residents from criminals. Alcatraz is famous as the prison no one could escape from, and from 1934 until 1963 it housed some of America’s most notorious bad guys, such as Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly. The boat ride from Fisherman’s Wharf and a guide tour take about three hours to complete―an ideal way to spend a sunny day outside of the city. Golden Gate Bridge
Arguably the world’s most beautiful and most photographed bridge, the Golden Gate is the standout icon of San Francisco. Often drenched in fog, this piece of engineering art which spans the bay is one of the most visited spots in the city. You can drive the two-mile span of the bridge, but the best way to really experience it is to park at one of the vista points at either end and walk the span. Just be sure and bring a warm jacket because it’s always windy on the bridge. Fisherman’s Wharf
San Francisco’s original maritime port has been cleverly transformed into a huge tourist spot. Love it or hate it, you’ll have to come early in the morning to see any of the remaining fishing boats that dock here. Mostly, it’s a fun tourist attraction based around Pier 39, which is home to seafood restaurants, chocolate factories, and a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum. Sea lions lounge on the wooden piers while mostly visitors rather than locals walk the promenade. Hotels like the Fairmont Heritage Place on Ghirardelli Square offer unbeatable location and atmosphere.

Eating and drinking and shopping nearby

The 3,500 or so restaurants in San Francisco cover the gamut of global cuisine, making this city one of the best in the world for eating out. The dim sum in Chinatown is as good as any dim sum in Asia, while North Beach’s Italian is invariably authentic. Choose a hotel in a central neighburhood that particularly piques your fancy, like The Fairmont in Nob Hill or The Four Seasons on Market Street for easy access to all of the city’s colorful districts. Fun bars and nightclubs can be found in every neighbourhood, and often feature live music and plenty of local characters. For shopping, hunt for second-hand treasures in Haight-Ashbury, visit hip boutiques on Union Square, or pick up all kinds of quirky stuff in Chinatown.

Public transport

San Francisco is one city where you can easily walk between the different neighbourhoods. The terrain is hilly, so use the vintage cable cars or streetcars for a fun experience. Public buses cover every corner of the city, while the underground subway is ideal for heading to the outer districts. You definitely won’t want a car in San Francisco because parking is notoriously challenging and the streets are narrow and confusing for first-time visitors.

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