The bay area is full of different attractions to see and things to do. Known as the centre of the hippy movement in the 1960’s San Francisco still enjoys a position as one of the most liberal cities in the United States. Built on a bay San Fran’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz prison are known a known attraction that each year contributes to the cities mystique. There’s more to San Francisco than its bay however, consider seeing these sight and doing these activities the next time you are in San Francisco. Don’t forget to submit your Esta visa waiver application before you pack your bags for San Francisco.
Golden Gate Park
Golden Gate Park was designed by architect Fredrick Law Olmstead, who also designed New York’s central park. This park is filled with attractions ranging from museums, botanical gardens, and varied recreation facilities. More importantly Golden Gate Park is a 1,017 acre sanctuary for nature that stretches from Haight Ashbury to the Pacific Ocean. The park has something for everyone with meadows, lakes, and gardens and tennis courts, bike paths, and even a golf course.
“The Rock” was once America’s most notorious prison housing the likes of Al Capone and machine gun Kelly. After being decommissioned in 1963 after the Angling brothers daring escape the previous year Alcatraz become an iconic tourist destination. Go to the Rock and see for yourself how tough the inmates had it. Think you could have escaped? Guided and audio tours are available.
Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge is the iconic structure of San Francisco and perhaps even California. It’s not just the amazing architecture and engineering involved in this 1.7 mile long art deco style bridge, but rather the majestic views surrounding it in each direction. From the bridge people can gaze over San Francisco or look to the awesome size and expanse of the ocean.
Twin Peaks are two hills in the centre of San Francisco that have been undeveloped to allow a small preserve of nature in the heart of the city. With a highest elevation reaching to 922 feet the Peaks provide a splendid view over San Francisco and over the bay to the Golden Gate Bridge.
Chinatown in San Francisco is the largest Chinese community on the West Coast. Chinatown can best be described as organized chaos with people everywhere and fish vendors, tea houses, Asian restaurants, herb shops and Buddhist temples close together flanking the streets. Some of the better known streets include Grant Street, which caters to the tourist trade with varied souvenir shops, and Stockton Street which bustles with food markets and family owned shops and businesses.