San Francisco, USA

What to see in San Francisco

San Francisco, USA

IF YOU’RE GOING TO SAN FRANCISCO

 

San Francisco welcomed me with refreshing, early-autumn aura, fresh air and falling leaves. After many weeks spent in the hot south of California, San Francisco reminded me that there actually was a season like autumn. Ubiquitous Victorian buildings and thicket of rising and falling steep streets added charm to this unique city.


San Francisco is a city located on over 40 hills. This city over decades kept on showing new faces: in the 60’s San Francisco was home to hippies, in the nineties the cradle of new technology development. Today is headquaters 
to such icons as Airbnb, Uber and Twitter. It is a huge metropolis, the eighth city in the United States in terms of population density. Does size of San Francisco strike you during visiting? Not really – most attractions are within walking distance (climbing distance 🙂 ). What surprised me? Huge number of homeless people on the streets.

What are we going to explore?

 

Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, USA

 

Fishermen’s Wharf + Pier 39

Fishermen’s Wharf – there is no way to avoid this touristy place, full of shops, souvenir stalls and seafood restaurants. Statistics say that 75% of San Francisco’s visitors are beginning with sightseeing there. From here you can see Alcatraz – a famous prison with increased security.

 

Alcatraz, San Francisco, USA

 

Pier 39 is famous for its sea lions and rich gastronomy, entertainment, shopping and attractions. If you like crowded places, full of tourists, cheesy souvenirs and exorbitant prices – you definitely should find your way there.

 

Pier 39, San Francisco, USA

 

Cable cars

Cable cars are another symbol of San Francisco. There are three lines: Powell-Hyde, Powell-Mason and California Street.

 

Cable cars, San Francisco, USA

 

 

Powell-Hyde line


The Powell-Hyde line begins at the corner of Powell and Market Street leads until the end of Hyde, by the sea. It is a good idea to get on the tram heading for Union Square, and drive up to Lombard Street. From there is only a few blocks to the wharf.


Where is the Powell-Hyde line going:

  • Union Square
  • Chinatown district
  • Museum of Linear Trams
  • Lombard Street Summit


Powell-Mason line


The Powell-Mason line also starts off Market Street and also stops at Union Square. Finishes running on Bay Street, near Fisherman’s Wharf.


Where is the Powell-Mason line going:

  • Union Square
  • Chinatown district
  • Museum of Linear Trams
  • North Beach
  • Fisherman’s Wharf


California Street line


This line runs along California Street. It is by far the least crowded, and at the same time passes through the steepest hills, compared to the other lines.


Where it goes:

  • California Street
  • Financial District
  • Chinatown district
  • Nob Hill


Tickets


Tickets are valid for one pass – even if you get off and then return to the same line. You can buy tickets from the conductor on a tram, or at booths at Powell-Market and at Hyde at Beach. One ticket costs $ 7.

Golden Gate Bridge

What would you say if you were to mention one thing that you most associate with San Francisco?Most of us would certainly say “Golden Gate”. This bridge is well placed in our consciousness and culture by being the culmination of film scenes and action in literature. Unfortunately, it is a place of interest not only for tourists but also suicides – as many as 2500 people decided to take one’s own life there.

 

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, USA

 

What are the best viewpoints?

Painted Ladies

Painted Ladies are a series of victorian-style houses. This style dominated San Francisco’s streets at the end of the nineteenth century. Many of those buildings were destroyed during the 1906 earthquake. Painted Ladies are the most popular representatives of the Victorian style, and often appear on postcards or photographs of the city, as well as in the media – films (up to 70!), television programs or commercials.

 

Painted Ladies, San Francisco, USA

 

Painted Ladies, San Francisco, USA

 

 

What are your favourite spots in SF?

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