If your time is precious in a city bursting with culture, I highly recommend you plan your itinerary based on your top 3 ‘must not miss’ landmarks. To make it easier, I have broken down my recommendations to help you get the most out of your adventure!
The Golden Gate Bridge.
Just as breath-taking as the movie portray, the Golden Gate Bridge is the most famous bridge in the world, manages to impress even the most experienced travellers with its stunning 1.7-mile span. Approximately 120,000 vehicles drive across it every day. A pedestrian walkway also allows the crossing on foot, and bikes are allowed on the western side. So hire a bike and peddle across the bridge, you’ll be able to see the city from some from one of the more spectacular angles!
The cars run on tracks and are moved by an underground cable on three routes, they really are the epitome of San Francisco. Tickets (costing quiet a small $5) may be purchased at the cable car turnarounds at the ends of each route. Each one-way ride will provide spectacular views of the city’s celebrated hills as well as exhilarating transportation.
Tip: If you’re planning on jumping on, walk down a stop from the end of the route to avoid long waits.
Alcatraz is the notorious former prison that is located on an island of the same name in the middle of San Francisco Bay. Some of the United States’ most notorious criminals were incarcerated there. Though several tried, no inmate ever made a successful escape from “The Rock. A visit to Alcatraz today is purely fascinating. You need to take a recorded ‘cell-house’ tour where you learn about the prison whilst exploring the buildings and grounds. To reach the island, take an Alcatraz Cruises ferry from Pier 43 but make sure you book in advance! Tours fill up fast!
If you’ve more time to spare you might want to check out Union Square, Fisherman’s Wharf & the North Beach. Enjoy discovering you’re on San Francisco!