San Francisco, California. The City by the Bay, is a wonderful melting pot of diversity and culture. Home to a population of over 825,000 residents, it is also a tourist attraction for nearly 16 million visitors each year.
San Francisco is a trendy, artistic city which is filled with amazing places to shop and dine. There are many art museums, parks and natural animal habitats to enjoy while there and the scenery is like a landscape taken from a beautiful painting. It is a city of awe and wonder and home to some of the most diverse and friendly people in the Southwest area of the United States.
San Francisco is home to some of the United States most spectacular and intricate architecture. The Coit Tower, which stands on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco, was built in 1933 with funding supplied by a woman named Lillie Hitchcock Coit. Coit was very fond of the local firemen and the Coit Tower was built from money that she left in her will for the city. The city dedicated the tower as a memorial to Coit as well as to the San Francisco Firefighters. Enjoy a tour through Coit Tower to see the beautiful murals painted throughout which were inspired by artist Diego Rivera.
San Francisco is also very well known for the famous Haight-Ashbury. The Haight-Ashbury was the center of attention during the “Summer of Love” in 1967. Walking tours through the Southwest USA will take you through the neighborhood where you can visit upscale shopping boutiques, trendy restaurants and old hippy hangouts. The Haight-Ashbury is a modern historian dream come true.
Also worth a visit is Golden Gate Park, a 1,017 acre park in the heart in the heart of San Francisco- an urban treasure. In the park people can visit the Conservatory of Flowers, which is the oldest Victorian Greenhouse in the United States and is filled with amazing specimens of beautiful flowers and lush plants. The park is surrounded by beautiful trees and is home to many species of bird and squirrels. Custom tours can also be taken at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. The park has a vast display of historical ships and majestic views of the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. Walking on the pier opens your imagination to times far gone in history and makes one feel as if they have magically gone back in time.
San Francisco is probably best known for it’s Golden Gate Bridge. The bridge is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco, California, and the entire USA. A magnificent suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate straight dating back to 1937.
Our favorite activities:
Strolling through Golden Gate Park.
Hanging out in Haight Ashbury at one of the many cafes.
Taking a tour to Alcatraz island.
Cycling across the Golden Gate Bridge.
Why we love it:
San Francisco is a melting pot of cultures, ideas and lifestyles. It’s also a very ‘walkable’ city if you don’t mind some hills!
Be sure to wear good walking shoes. This fabulous city can definitely take a toll on the feet after walking all day. Wear lite layered clothing as weather can vary greatly in the different districts.