San Francisco
Sights to See
San Francisco skyline from the bay bridge
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Jewel of the West Coast

From its stunning bayside vistas to its many intimate cafes, San Francisco offers a visit par excellence whether it's your first time there or your hundredth.

Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge may most certainly be the city's two best known attractions - and well deserving of their reputations - but the city at the lower edge of Northern California offers much more.

Rides on the famed cable cars may not be the fastest way to get around the city, (they never go more than 10 miles per hour), but they have to be one of the most fun ways to see the city. Up and down the steep hills near Pier 39 and through Union Square, they provide a wonderful glance back at history while seeing the latest sights.

The visitor to San Francisco will find opera and ballet second to none, but the artistic delights don't have to stop there. The Legion of Honor and the M.H. de Young museum provide all the fine visual art one could take in during one vacation.

But the city offers young scientists as well something rare and delightful. The Exploratorium inside the Palace of Fine Arts has over 650 interactive and hands-on exhibits. Ranging from tornadoes you can touch to electrical experiments you shouldn't, kids and adults both will find something of interest here.  My kids had a ball there many years ago, and many improvements and updates have been made since then.

The many aquariums and the zoo give everyone a broad range of chances to experience the wonders of nature close up and even underneath. The Aquarium of the Bay offers views under the bay of local species, while on top seals offer applause to the penguins.

To many, the San Francisco Zoo remains one of the highlights of their visit. Over 200 species - including rare lemurs and monkeys, snow leopards and white tigers, and other exotic types - populate the 100-acres of exhibits.

Meanwhile, down on Fisherman's Wharf there's a lot more to do than just munch on shrimp and drink cocktails.. Ghiradelli Square houses the famous chocolate factory and ice cream shop that continues to pack them in a hundred years after its founding.

Shopping is still one of the absolutely fabulous and most popular reasons for any San Francisco visit. And, justly so, I might add!  Union Square houses clothing, jewelry and many other kinds of shops that make it the fourth in volume for the whole country.

Dining and clubbing has been a treat in San Francisco since before it even thought about becoming a city.

It doesn't matter if your taste is steak at world-renowned Morton's or vegetables from the Farmer's Market, there's something for everyone. And, as you would expect, down on the pier there's more fish than even locals or residents can consume.

You must spend a couple of hours touring the famed, and some would say infamous, Haight Ashbury district. Once home to the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin, the area still has hippie style, tie-dyed T-shirts alongside stately Victorian homes.

For an upclose view of real infamy, take a tour of Alcatraz. The prison, empty since 1963, still retains its grim allure. Not for nothing was it called, by inmates and guards alike, "The Rock".

And, of course, you cannot leave without seeing - and walking across - the Golden Gate Bridge.

Opened to traffic on May 28, 1937, this magnificent orange-vermilion structure fully deserves its reputation as THE symbol of San Francisco. One of the world's largest - and most beautiful - bridges it continues to attract thousands of visitors, just as it has for almost a century.

After your visit, you may not be able to say "I Left My Heart in San Francisco", but you're certain to take some of San Francisco with you wherever you go from there.

Sights to see in San Francisco include:

Legion of Honor



Cable Cars


Fisherman's Wharf

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Park

Haight Ashbury

Science and Nature

Union Square

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