San Francisco

San Francisco is located approximately midway along California’s coastline. Besides being a coastal city, it also encompasses San Francisco Bay, as well as several nearby islands, including the infamous Alcatraz Island. Home to over a quarter of a million people, San Francisco is located within the San Francisco Bay Area megalopolis, which over 7 million people call home. San Francisco is world-renowned for its cable cars, the Golden Gate Bridge, and, more recently, the nearby Californian vineyards.  

San Francisco, located on the Pacific Ocean, is also known for its fog. The warm land temperatures situated beside the ocean create coastal fog. As a result, the temperatures near the water can be several degrees cooler than they are further inland. Average temperatures range from a summertime 70 degrees Fahrenheit to a winter average in the 50s. Snow falls very, very rarely.

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Why visit San Francisco ?


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World-renowned for its cable cars, the Golden Gate Bridge, and, the nearby Californian vineyards

Beaches are plentiful in the San Francisco area. If you’re sticking to the heart of the city, try Aquatic Park, an urban bay beach with soft sand and gentle waves. A wading area is available for the little ones, and a paved walkway for those who wish to walk, jog, cycle or skate. Ocean Beach is the largest of the city’s beaches, and offers fabulous views of the ocean and skies. You’ll see windsurfers and water surfers, as well as all kinds of people. If you want to venture a little farther out, Stinson Beach is at the other end of the Muir Woods. Peaceful and secluded, you’re sure to relax the minute you step on the sand.  

A visit to San Francisco is not complete without at least a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge. A walk on it is even better, but be sure to take your camera! Fisherman’s Wharf and Ghirardelli Square offer an abundance of food, shopping and activities in an area that’s easily walkable in a day.  

Want more? Visit Coit Tower. Up at the top of Telegraph Hill, one of the city’s famed seven hills, this tower was built in the 1930’s and features beautiful murals in the lobby and fabulous views from the top. The elevator ride does charge a fee, but the scenery and photo opportunities from the top are well worth it.  

Alcatraz prison used to be given a wide berth, but today it’s one of San Francisco’s top attractions. Now run by the National Park Service, reservations are highly recommended. While there is no fee on the island itself, the ferry service to and from the island is privately operated and does charge.  

Dining in San Francisco is world-class. The Cliff House is a city landmark, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Ocean Beach. They specialise in seafood and offer a large and varied wine selection. Santorini’s in Union Square and La Terrasse in the Presidio district are more intimate restaurants with Mediterranean and French selections, respectively. All these restaurants are very popular, so calling ahead is recommended.  

Throughout the city, though, you’ll find thousands of small eateries, from sidewalk cafes to steakhouses and Chinese restaurants. No matter what you crave, San Francisco can satisfy your appetite.  

Shopping opportunities are around every corner. Try Union Square for upmarket stores like Macy’s, Sak’s, and Nieman Marcus. Haight Street retains its counterculture atmosphere from the 60’s and is alive with an eclectic mix of urban chain stores and one-of-a-kind shops where you’ll find incense, fishnet, and a few things you won’t recognise! For uber-shopping, the Westfield San Francisco Center at Market and Powell streets has enough to give even a confirmed shopaholic an overdose. Smaller shops ring the mall proper, offering a fascinating variety of purchases.  

A visit to San Francisco will give you memories to last a lifetime. It’s a stop not to be missed on any traveller’s itinerary.

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