San Francisco is considered one of the most European cities in the US. Forget the high skyscrapers (although you’ll see them above your heads) of New York City and think about rises and slopes, rises, slopes and then again slopes and rises.
That’s right because walking around San Francisco is like riding a rollercoaster – you’ll stay fit and you’ll work off burgers and fries you’ll eat during your stay.
It’s an American icon and with the Golden Gate Bridge is also one of the most photographed in the world.
With a population of more than 800.000, this multifaceted coastal town has a different weather from the rest of Cali. Los Angeles is famous for its mild temperatures and sunny days. San Francisco, on the other hand, is remembered for the fog. The Bay Area has a breezy weather in the summer season as well, with temperatures around 25°C – a really good thing if you hate the humidity and the heat of New York City.
WHAT TO DO IN SAN FRANCISCO
Golden Gate Bridge – It’s one of the most iconic attractions of the United States and is the city symbol. Built during the 30s, it’s 2,70km long. You can easily cross it by foot or ride a bike. But reaching the other side (Marin County), it’s pretty tough if wind is blowing. The best spot to shoot good pictures and get a wide overview is Fort Point, from which you can climb down the stairs and admire the bridge below – and why not, have a walk by the ocean!
Fisherman’s Wharf –The famous San Francisco’s pier, hosts a bunch of stores of every kind: pastries, restaurants and small shops selling unusual items. It’s a perfect place for families and if you’re a Hard Rock fan, you’ll find it here.
If you hear weird noises, don’t worry – it’s just a colony of otaries lying on the jetty and modeling for tourists to take photos.
Alcatraz – In 1934 this isle offshore from San Francisco, became a federal prison, seeing between its guests Al Capone. It was impossible to escape because of the rocks that compose the land but some prisoners eluded security and made their way out.
During the tour you’ll get to know – with audioguides – the most famous engaging tales of evasions. It’s a fascinating experience, not to miss.
I suggest to buy your tickets online and print them at home on alcatrazcruises.com. Advice: choose the night tour or the one during sunset hours. Striking.
You really can’t wait to jump on a Cable Car? A single ride is 6$, while a bus ride is 2$. There are 1, 3 and 7 days cards allowing you to ride without limitations. Further details can be found here.
A single-ride ticket can be purchased on the bus but they don’t give change. 2$ or you can kiss your bus goodbye.
In the second part I’m talking about the most famous neighborhoods (Ashbury, Castro and Chinatown), Union Square and the national park of Yosemite.