The “City by the Bay” has always held an irresistible charm for visitors. Surrounded by water on three sides, and occupying an easily navigable 49 square miles, San Francisco’s local attractions include welcoming hotels, incredible views, astounding architectural achievements and a culture all its own.
The iconic Golden Gate Bridge stretches an impressive 6,450 feet across the San Francisco Bay and is a good starting point for exploration of the city. On the south end of the bridge, meander through Golden Gate Park, home to the de Young Museum, California Academy of Sciences, Strybing Arboretum and over seven miles of footpaths.
Dotted with restaurants, boutiques and hotels, the neighborhoods of San Francisco have their own distinct flavors. Fisherman’s Wharf is known for Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square, the new Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and as the starting point for tours to Alcatraz. Chinatown centers on Grant Street, the oldest street in the city. Another famous street, Lombard, is known as the “crookedest” street in the world.
Union Square pairs San Francisco luxury hotels and upscale shops with a renowned public square. Public transportation has also made its way into San Francisco’s culture by way of the famous cable cars—one of the few mobile National Historic Landmarks.