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Golden Gate Bridge
Since 1937 the
Golden Gate Bridge has connected the city of San Francisco with Marin County and points north. Millions of visitors pass over the bridge on foot or in cars every year and thousands of commuters use it every day. It's also one of the most photographed objects in the world. It's best to enjoy the view of the bridge and from the bridge on foot; just remember to bring a jacket for the walk above chilly San Francisco Bay.
The 853-foot tall pyramid that is the Transamerica building is the most distinctive building in San Francisco. There is a small park at the base of the building that makes for a relaxing break while sightseeing.
600 Montgomery Street • Tel 415.983.4100 • http://www.tapyramid.com
Located between the bustling Financial District and the traditionally Italian North Beach area, China town is
a crowded collection of interesting shops, authentic restaurants, and religious temples. While souvenir stores abound in Chinatown, there is a lot of history and culture to witness as well. Plan on spending most of a day in Chinatown as there is much for the senses to explore.
Chinatown Gateway, Bush Street and Grant Avenue
Golden Gate Park
Covering over 1000 acres of San Francisco, Golden Gate Park provides a variety of attractions for city dwellers and tourists.
Baseball diamonds, tennis courts, and trails provide enjoyment for the physically active. The park also contains museums, gardens, and fountains for those seeking artistic and natural beauty. Regardless of your itinerary, it's a good idea to wear a comfortable pair of shoes. Golden Gate park is bordered by the Richmond district, the Haight district, the Sunset district, and the Pacific Ocean.
Standing at the top of Telegraph Hill, Coit Tower is the most recognizable landmark on the north side of the city. Visitors to the tower can enjoy the architecture or the murals inside. However many locals and tourists are more interested in the panoramic views the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and San Francisco.
1 Telegraph Hill Boulevard • Tel 415.362.0808
Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39
Fisherman's Wharf is a collection of shops, restaurants, bars, and other attractions.
It might strike some as commercialized or touristy, but there are plenty of attractions to see like the wax museum or the Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum. Nearby Pier 39 is also filled with shops and attractions. The Blue and Gold Ferry fleet serving Alcatraz and other destinations leaves from Pier 39. The most famous attraction is the herd of sea lions that sun themselves to the delight of hundreds of onlookers.
The Embarcadero between Powell Street and Taylor Street