Places to Visit in San Francisco

   San Francisco, officially called the City and County of San Francisco, is the leading cultural and financial center of Northern California. But more than that, it’s one of the United States’ cities with the greatest history and culture. The past century made it known as a center of liberal activism in the United States. It was home of the famous Summer of Love started by the hippie movement and the gay rights movement. It still has the largest percentage of gay, lesbian and bisexual residents.

Today, San Francisco is one of the most sought-after tourist destinations, so if you want to pay a visit you might want to get well organized, as the city offers numerous attractions. Among the best places to visit in San Francisco are its landmarks which include the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and its former prison and the amazing Chinatown. And while you’re there, you don’t want to miss a ride or two in their famous cable cars which go through the city’s winding streets.

Other places to visit in San Francisco are the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the California Academy of Science. The first contains over 26,000 works of art and the latter is home of a natural history museum, planetarium, rain forest dome, all under the amazingly visual plant-blanketed eco-roof. This is considered to be the greenest museum on the planet, so it shouldn’t be missed. Next you should pay a visit at the Bay. First go to the Aquarium of the Bay and get up close to sharks and other ocean life. Take a cruise of the bay and see San Francisco from a different perspective. Check out the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, the PIER 39 sea lions, and Sausalito. You mustn’t miss taking a stroll around Alcatraz Island and the interior of its former prison.

Among the best places to visit in San Francisco we find the Exploratorium, a museum featuring more than 600 exhibits that demonstrate how the world works. The Golden Gate Park is astonishing with its Japanese Tea Garden, its historic windmills, flower conservatory and boat rentals. The Fisherman’s Wharf is a working neighborhood and commercial area that reminds of the city’s fishing industry history. Here you can see PIER 39, the USS Pampanito, a WWII submarine and museum, and Ghirardelli Square.

San Francisco is a lively city, full of culture and arts, where people come to express themselves and to be themselves. Just taking a walk on its streets is a great experience and it shouldn’t be missed if you want to get the real feel of the city.

Author: Nelson Rhodes

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