Recognized in the 1960’s as a destination for the hippie counterculture, today San Francisco is a popular tourist destination. Well-known for its steep hills, dense fog, cable cars, and familiar landmarks, the city is rich in history and culture and offers travelers plenty to see and do. Here are a few places you won’t want to miss the next time you’re in San Francisco.
Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge is a San Francisco landmark and something that shouldn’t be missed on your next visit. Considered by many to be the most famous bridge in the world, it spans 1.7 miles and approximately 120,000 cars cross it each day. If you’re feeling up for it, there is a pedestrian walkway that allows you to cross the bridge by foot.
Fisherman’s Wharf is by far one of the city’s most popular attractions. The Wharf is home to the famous Pier 39 where visitors can view hundreds of California Sea Lions sunning themselves on floating docks. Pier 39 also features an abundance of dining, entertainment, and shopping. From here visitors can enjoy views of The Golden Gate Bridge, the city skyline, and Alcatraz.
Alcatraz is another popular tourist destination. Located 1.25 miles off the shore of San Francisco, the island houses the infamous federal prison that was in use from 1934 until 1963. The prison is known for holding well-known inmates such as Al Capone. A short ferry ride from Pier 33, you can tour the now abandoned prison and experience what life was like for inmates on “the Rock”.
San Francisco’s Chinatown is another highly popular tourist destination, taking in over two million visitors each year. It is the largest and oldest Chinatown outside of Asia, and holds a great deal of significance as being the starting point for countless new Chinese immigrants entering America. Visitors can arrange a walking tour through the area to visit notable locations and restaurants within Chinatown. The entrance to Chinatown is called the Dragon’s Gate and is located on Grant Avenue, the oldest street in San Francisco.
Poster artist, Jordan Bolt, created a unique poster to depict many of the sights San Francisco is known for. Can you pick any of them out on your next visit to the city?