1. Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge. it is a true icon of San Francisco and California and the main attraction of San Francisco.
The Golden Gate Suspension Bridge across the Golden Gate Strait connects San Francisco with southern Marin County and other areas north of the city. Inaugurated on May 28, 1937, the construction of the bridge lasted 4 years, at the time of its completion, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world in 1964, became the second longest in the world. The bridge, illuminated in the evening, is about 3 kilometers away.
2. Alcatraz Island
The infamous Alcatraz Prison for Highly Dangerous Criminals located on Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay is one of the most famous prisons in the United States. In Alcatraz sat one of the most famous criminals in the world, Mafia boss Al Capone. The island is also now known as a nesting site for seabirds.
The prison, built in 1868, functioned for almost 100 years, until in 1963 three prisoners made a daring escape, which ended successfully for the prisoners, they were never found, in the same year the prison was closed. And in 1973, Alcatraz opened its doors to tourists and despite the initial skepticism, it turned out that Alcatraz is popular with tourists and over time, the prison turned into a tourist attraction in San Francisco.
You can visit the island by ferry that runs constantly between the island and the city. A tour of Alcatraz takes 1.5 hours, but you need to book it in advance.
Official website: www.nps.gov/alca
3. Fisherman’s Wharf
One of the most popular tourist areas in San Francisco is the Fishing Wharf. The pier got its name during the gold rush; fishermen from all over the area gathered here. Fisherman’s Wharf is located in northeast San Francisco and is a Marine Historical National Park. In addition to the national park, the famous sights of the fishing pier are also: the old chocolate factory, the cannery, the Girardelli square and of course pier 39.
Pier 39, now probably one of the most popular places in San Francisco, is home to the Californian Sea Lions.
For lovers of military history, the fishing pier will delight with ships and a submarine from the Second World War.
4. Cable Cars
The first cable car was commissioned in 1873 to help locals navigate the city, which is located on the hills. Now the few remaining funiculars offer tourists a great way to explore the city on their own. Since 1964, these trams have been declared a historical monument. Powell Mason and Powell Hyde are the most scenic routes.
Official website: www.sfcablecar.com (more…)