Francisco Sights to See
of the most popular tourist destinations in San Francisco has to be
Fisherman's Wharf. This single destination alone has enough to see and do to fill an entire vacation.
The area is one of the stopping points of the famous cable cars
and houses a Ripley's
Believe It or Not Museum, the Aquarium of the Bay
at Pier 39,
the USS Pampanito Submarine Museum and many other attractions.
For all its variety and depth, Fisherman's Wharf is just a single edge of
the northern waterfront that blossoms out to include Ghiradelli
Square near Van
Ness Street to Pier
35 and Kearney Street.
Across the street from the purely tourist attractions can still be
found the vendors of seafood whose forefathers gave the area its name.
Here you can get a delicious helping of shrimp and tangy cocktail sauce or stop
into one of the many small restaurants for clams.
Nearby is the disembarkation point for the Alcatraz
tours. Be sure to get tickets in advance of your visit. It's always sold out at least
days, and often weeks, ahead. You can also take trips around the bay to
Just down the block is The Green Room (2801 Leavenworth St.), a comedy
club that packs them in. Here, anyone you see is likely to be on TV in a few months, if they
haven't been already!
The Wax Museum,
too, continues to attract crowds. Take a walk by Keanu
Reeves, or the latest star attraction, looking more
lifelike than he does in films, or enjoy a photo-op
with Presidents and other notables both past and present.
Spend some time at the excellent Aquarium
of the Bay. Here you can see
everything from nearly invisible miniature jelly fish to all too
visible sharks. Outside, not far away, you can see some of the local
come to visit their cousins.
One of the more unusual sights, not generally duplicated in other large
cities, is the Musee
Mechanique, or, in English, The Mechanical Museum of San
Francisco. Presumably, they thought it sounded better in
In English or French, the museum displays a large and fascinating
collection of antique
boxes and arcade
artifacts. Anyone interested in seeing what amusement
was like before video games should definitely take a look. The Musee,
er... museum, is located at
Pier 45, Shed A.
To see a different side of the turn of the century, make a visit to the
indoor Maritime Museum
and the historic sailing ships outdoors. See for
yourself what life was like when all that stood between a sailor and
starvation was his net and his two strong hands. Marvel at the beauty
of the large sails and the tiny cabins.
Tours include ships that made trips around Cape Horn and
hauled lumber in 1895. While you're there check out the WWII-era USS
Pampanito and the Liberty
Ship Jeremiah O'Brian.
Pay a visit to The
Cannery shopping mall and pick up some of the
history of the 1906 San
Francisco Earthquake along with a few gifts. You'll
learn, among other things, that the post-quake fires did more damage
Before you leave, be sure to visit the Ripley's Believe It Or Not museum.
odd artifacts and purveying dozens of unusual sights and stories, the
museum is a large collection gathered by one of San Francisco's oddest
characters. And, in San Francisco, that's saying something.
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