10 Top Tourist Attractions in San Francisco – Travel Video


San Francisco, everyone’s favorite city,
is located at the tip of a peninsula between the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific coast.
A compact city of steep rolling hills surrounded on three sides by water, San Francisco is
renowned for its summer fogs, Victorian architecture, cable cars and beautiful vistas. Just remember:
Don’t call it Frisco and do bring warm clothing. The famous quote “The coldest winter I ever
spent was a summer in San Francisco” isn’t from Mark Twain but it is a pretty accurate
statement of the city’s weather. Here’s a a look at the top tourist attractions in
San Francisco. Number 10. Palace of Fine Arts. The only structure remaining from the 1915
World’s Fair, the Palace of Fine Arts features a classical Roman rotunda with curved colonnades
situated in an idyllic park setting with a classical European-Style lagoon. It’s a
great place to unwind, have a picnic, and watch the swans float elegantly by. It also
has a theater offering a variety of shows, musical and cultural events. Number 9. Chinatown. Established in 1840s, San Francisco’s Chinatown
is reputed to be the oldest and one of the largest and most famous of all Chinatowns
outside of Asia. Many of the Chinese who settled here were merchants or immigrant workers,
working on either the transcontinental railroad or as mine workers during the Gold Rush. The
tourist section of Chinatown is mainly along Grant Avenue, from Bush to Broadway. Number 8. Alamo Square. The Alamo Square is a residential neighborhood
and park that is best known for the famous Painted Ladies row of Victorian houses on
its east side along Steiner Street. There are also many other pretty Victorians encircling
the lovely park. The park includes a playground and a tennis court, and is frequented by neighbors,
tourists, and dog owners. On a clear day, the Transamerica Pyramid building and the
tops of the Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge can be seen from the park’s center. Number 7. Transamerica Pyramid. Located in the heart of the Financial District.,
the Transamerica Pyramid is San Francisco’s other famous icon besides the Golden Gate.
According to its architect, William L. Pereira, a pyramid is the ideal shape for skyscrapers,
offering the advantage of letting more air and light in the streets below. Finished in
1972, the Transamerica Pyramid has a height of 853 feet and is still the tallest building
in the San Francisco skyline. Number 6. Lombard Street. Located between Hyde and Leavenworth streets,
Lombard Street is famously known as the “crookedest street in the world” although it is neither
the crookedest street in San Francisco nor the steepest. The one-block portion of Lombard
Street that contains eight hairpin turns was created to reduce the hill’s natural steep
slope. The speed limit in this section is a mere 5 mph. Number 5. Golden Gate Park. Once an area of sand dunes, Golden Gate Park
is a large urban park with windmills, bison and a carousel among its many attractions.
It is about 20% larger than New York’s Central Park, so unless you have a bike, you’ll
want to plan which area you want to visit. A popular tourist attraction is the Japanese
Tea Garden with beautiful ponds, bridges, and Japanese-style structures including a
tea house. Number 4. Cable Cars. The world-famous Cable Cars run on three lines
in the steep streets of San Francisco between Market Street and Fisherman’s Wharf. These
cars are a fun ride, especially if you get to stand on the running board. They are perhaps
a bit impractical for everyday use though residents do, in fact, use them on a regular
basis. The cable car is such an attraction that, especially on weekends, it takes longer
to wait in line to ride up Powell Street than it does to walk the short but sloping distance. Number 3. Alcatraz. Often referred to as The Rock, the small island
of Alcatraz served as a lighthouse, a military fortification, and as a prison. It was home
to some of the most notorious criminals of the time including Al Capone and Machine Gun
Kelly. Surrounded by the freezing water of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz was believed to
be inescapable. The most famous attempt was carried out by Frank Morris, and brothers
John and Clarence Anglin using an inflatable raft made from several stolen raincoats. Today,
the island is a popular tourist attraction and a historic site. It is operated by the
National Park Service and is open to tours. Number 2. Fisherman’s Wharf. One of the most popular tourist attractions
in San Francisco, Fisherman’s Wharf runs all the way from Pier 39 through to Municipal
Pier at the end of Aquatic Park. For over a century its historic waterfront was the
hub of San Francisco’s fishing fleet and is still famous for having some of the best
seafood restaurants in the city. Other tourist attractions at the wharf include souvenir
stores, historical buildings, scenic vistas over the Bay and the famous sea lions at Pier
39. Number 1. Golden Gate Bridge. The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge
spanning the Golden Gate, the strait between San Francisco and Marin County to the north.
The bridge took four years to build, and was completed in 1937. The Golden Gate Bridge
was the longest suspension bridge span in the world when it was completed, and has become
an internationally recognized symbol of California. The famous red-orange color of the bridge
was specifically chosen to make the bridge more easily visible through the thick fog
that frequently shrouds the bridge.

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