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Alcatraz Island is located in the San Francisco Bay, 1.5 miles offshore from San Francisco. Often referred to as ‘The Rock’, the Alcatraz Island was developed with facilities for a lighthouse, a military fortification, a military prison (1868), and a federal prison from 1933 until 1963. Visitors can reach the island by ferry ride from Pier 33, near Fisherman's Wharf. Alcatraz Island is home to the abandoned prison, the site of the oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast of the United States and early military fortifications.
How to get to: Alcatraz
The place to browse the gourmet shops and restaurants inside, or catch a boat to the towns of Sausalito and Tiburon across the bay. Source: http://www.bbc.com
How to get to: Ferry Building
Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate strait and is located at the Presidio Park. This magnificent bridge, perhaps San Francisco's most famous landmark, opened in 1937 after a four-year struggle against relentless winds, fog, rock and treacherous tides. The best spots to keep your eye for the Golden Gate Bridge are the Hyde Street Pier, PIER 39 and the North and South Vista Point. Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge you can go to Sausalito and the Muir Woods National Monument.
How to get to: Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Park
One of the largest urban parks in the world, Golden Gate Park stretches for three miles on the western edge of San Francisco. At the Golden Gate Park you will discover gardens, playgrounds, lakes, picnic groves, trails, and monuments, plus an array of cultural venues, events, and activities. Among the ever-evolving attracted located in the park are the California Academy of Sciences, the de Young Museum, the San Francisco Botanical Gardens, the Conservatory of Flowers and the Koret Children’s Quarter.
How to get to: Golden Gate Park
Legion of Honor
The Legion’s rich collection of over 800 European paintings includes masterworks from the 14th into the early the 20th centuries. Approximately 250 paintings on view present a survey of pre-twentieth century artistic accomplishments by Europe’s leading masters, from Fra Angelico to Picasso. Source: http://legionofhonor.famsf.org
How to get to: Legion of Honor
The small area of Little Italy is located in the North Beach district, in the Northeastern area of the city of San Francisco. In order to get to know this area, the best place to start is the junction of Broadway and Columbus Avenue, near Chinatown. While walking around Little Italy you will find dozens of Italian establishments, restaurants, cafés and ice cream shops. The buildings are characterized by their wonderful charm and colour, and in some cases are decorated with impressive paintings.
How to get to: Little Italy
Often called the “crookedest” street in the world, this scenic road on Russian Hill features tight turns, fragrant gardens and beautiful views of the bay, Alcatraz, and Coit Tower. Spurce: http://www.sanfrancisco.travel
How to get to: Lombard Street
The famous Painted Ladies of San Francisco are a row of colourful Victorian houses located at 710-720 Steiner Street, across from Alamo Square Park in the Haight-Ashbury neighbourhood. These Victorian-style houses are one of the thousands built in San Francisco between 1892 and 1896. Painted Ladies is a term in American architecture used for Victorian and Edwardian houses and buildings painted in three or more colours that embellish or enhance their architectural details. Stopping at Haight-Ashbury you must admire the Painted Ladies.
How to get to: Painted Ladies
PIER 39 is a festive shopping destination featuring 110 specialty shops, theatrical performances, rides, cruises and 13 full-service restaurants serving seafood, California cuisine, and casual fare with amazing San Francisco Bay views. PIER 39's location provides the picture perfect backdrop for postcard views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, Alcatraz, Angel Island, Fisherman's Wharf and the city skyline. Here you will find the Aquarium of the Bay and hundreds of sea lions on the waters of the San Francisco Bay.
How to get to: PIER 39
San Francisco Zoo
The San Francisco Zoo is designed with the underlying belief that nature-focused interaction leads to conservation action. Learning about animals here inspires visitors to care for all wildlife. Nestled against the Pacific Ocean, the San Francisco Zoo is an urban oasis. It is home to over 2,000 exotic, endangered and rescued animals representing more than 250 species and lovely peaceful gardens full of native and foreign plants. The SF Zoo offers a rich history for its guests, including fun rides, educational programs and exciting events for children of all ages. Source: sfzoo.org
How to get to: San Francisco Zoo