Things to do
Walk AroundVery unusual “thing to do” but San Francisco is literally America’s walking capital. Besides shedding off a few pounds walking up the hill tops the views and landscapes welcomed at the top of the city hills are priceless. If tiredness kicks in hop on a cable car and explore the “Fog City” using the world’s last manually operated cable car system. It’s a bumpy ride but it’s so worth it! Attractions such as the port of San Francisco (Fisherman’s Wharf), Golden Gate Bridge, the beautiful Alamo Square and Chinatown district are best explored by foot. It’s literally the best way to soak in the young, lively and ever changing vibe of SF!
Get ThereA good starting point is the historical downtown area of San Francisco – Union Square. From there one can hop on a cable car to the waterfront where Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 are situated.
Twin PeaksEstablished as one of the best viewpoints in San Francisco. Did we mention it’s free! Both travellers and locals utilise their mornings to hike to the top of the trail to enjoy the 360 views of the city. For the non-hikers there’s also the option to drive up the Eureka North peak.
Get ThereIt takes on average 45-60 minutes to get to the top of the hill. The San Francisco public bus system Muni can be taken to bottom of the hill. Simply hop on the the bus 37 to the Twin Peaks from Market Street in the city centre.
Alcatraz IslandInitially home to the West Coast’s first lighthouse, Alcatraz has not only become a tourist attraction but a popular feature in Hollywood action movies such as The Book of Eli and X-Men: The Last Stand. After being a military reservation the island became a federal prison between 1934 and 1963 holding some of the most notorious prisoners in American history. Just over 1 miles away (a 15 minute trip) from San Francisco port the boat ride to the island gives visitors spectacular views of the bay and the city.
Get ThereAccess to Alcatraz Island is only permitted using a private ferry company which departs from Pier 33 in the San Francisco port area. Tickets can be purchased online or at Pier 33 and it’s highly advisable to book in advance.
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Last updated on the 6 November 2017
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