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San Francisco Tourism-Interesting Places To Visit

Updated on October 8, 2015

San Francisco Travel

Driven by the hippie movement and known for its liberal outlook , San Francisco is one of America's top tourist destinations, and rightly so. With so many things to see and do, and so many interesting food variations, the only problem you will have is leaving once you have spent some time here.

Pier 39,one of San Fancisco's main tourist attractions. Here you can take a relaxing stroll and enjoy the family of sea lions that have taken up residence here. Just a short distance from here is the famous wax museum and Ripley's Believe it or not. During the stroll you can stop at any one of the crab vendors and enjoy a fresh shrimp cocktail or mouth watering walk away crab.

Night Life

San Francisco is home to the 1015 Folsom, a multi - room dance and party hub where internationally known Dj's often frequent. Each room is a different party, so no matter what your taste, you're sure to find that perfect party here.

At the Absinthe Brasserie and bar you can enjoy a menu that changes with the seasons to offer fresh, unique,seasonal cocktails and a mouthwatering variety of food.

Take a step back in time to the 1920s prohibition when you visit Bourban&Branch a full service bar that survived the prohibition and still stands today.

The Cuisine

San Francisco is well respected for its vast diversity and cultural differences . During the gold rush of the 1800's thousands of migrant workers from all nationalities flocked to this great city, and many settled. Today you can find cuisine ranging from authentic Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Malaysian, Mexican, Greek, Russian, fusion, French, Italian, Spanish, and even Moroccan, all within the condensed 49 mile wide city.

Food At Fisherman's Warf
Food At Fisherman's Warf

Haight Street Ashbury District

Haight Street Ashbury District is known for its past 1960s hippie culture, and today you will find the young, would be hippies attempting to keep that era alive.

The streets are lined with authentic shops, restaurants and Internet cafes. Of course you will have to wade through some panhandlers and "lost hippies" but if you do not mind that, this area is an interesting attraction of the past intertwined with toady's modernization.

Travel San Fracisco's Haight Ashbury District

Haight Ashbury Famous for the Hippie era
Haight Ashbury Famous for the Hippie era

Union Square

If upscale shopping is your taste you will not want to miss Union Square and the West field San Francisco Shopping Center. Second only to New York in size is the largest Nordstom and Bloomingdale's in the entire U.S.

San Franciscos's Union Square

Upscale Shopping Union Square
Upscale Shopping Union Square

Golden Gate

The most photographed and internationally known attraction in the United States. The Golden Gate Bridge is one mile wide and three miles long. It sports a walking trail along its edge for the true enthusiast to explore the breathtaking views it has to offer. Prior to the bridge being built the only way to travel from San Francisco and what is now Marin county was by boat.

The Famous Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge

Things to Do In A On A Budget

Traveling San Francisco doesn't have to be expensive or break the bank. There are plenty of things things to do and sights to see for under ten dollars.

From July through October there are over 130 free concerts in downtown plazas and near Market street.

The Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park is home to more than 50,000 plants from around the world. You wont want to miss this, even if you do have an extended budget. Plus, tickets are only $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for children.

For only $6.00 you can ride the cable cars throughout the city and visit the historic cable car museum.

Visit the antique arcade at Fisherman's Wharf and enjoy the free admission.

Take a stroll down by the Bay.

For only five dollars you can visit the Maritime National Historical Park and tour 19th century ships.

These are a few of the things to do and see in San Francisco there is so much more to explore. You can spend a day, or you can spend weeks here.

You can explore Alkatraz, visit winery's and vineyards, Explore Beer Breweries, and much, much more!

Plan your trip, and an itenerary, but do not be surprised if you become distracted by the many sites to explore!

Happy Traveling!

And who knows I may be seeing you in San Francisco one day soon!

© 2014 starme77


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      Julius 3 years ago

      What a great town. Although so much has changed since the 70´s. Haight St. Ashbury was a great place for a young man like me. There is still a hotel on Haight St, the Red Victorian Inn. If you want to enjoy the athmosphere of a fading athmosphere you can book at . My city nothing but all has changed.

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      starme77 3 years ago

      Wonderful city, so much to do all within 49 miles :) thanks for the compliment :)

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 3 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      I loved San Francisco and you hit all the great highlights. You reminded me I really must return - there is so much to offer. The bridge I believe is just magical.

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      starme77 3 years ago

      Thank s for the comments Grand Old Lady and CyberShelly I have heard that Haight Ashbury could be dangerous, I just think its perspective is all. Some say my town is dangerous though I do not beieve it is. Haight Ashbury is where all of the children who believe they will one day be famous stars ir whate ever flock to every summer. Today's teens that seem to believe they are yestedays hippies. At any rate there are plenty of panhandelers in that area but they do also have police on horseback .

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      Shelley Watson 3 years ago

      This one place that has always fascinated me and called me. It's is still calling me, it seems as though it could be Cape Town all grown up. Up, interesting and useful.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      I lived in San Francisco for four wonderful years and am glad to see that everything there is pretty much thriving. As for haight ashbury, I would love to see how hippies have tried to blend the old culture with the new. Someone said the area is dangerous, but so is ziplining:)