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San Francisco - Top Five

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An October 2011 trip to San Francisco by dkm1981

Alcatraz Island/The Rock Photo, San Francisco, California More Photos
Quote: There are literally hundreds of things to see and do in San Francisco, whatever your interests, but it is also famous for a number of big hitting tourist attractions. Here are my top five must see things and places.

Fisherman's Wharf

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Fisherman's Wharf Photo, San Francisco, California
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Fisherman’s Wharf is the area of San Francisco that lines the sea front. It is extremely popular with tourists and it is this popularity that has made it what it is – a haven of restaurants, shops and tourist traps that some may find gaudy and not in keeping with the rest of the laid back city, but that I found engaging and fun as long as you look past the tat!The main strip is Jefferson Street and the area runs from around Pier 39 on one end and to the beginning of the Golden Gate Promenade at the other end. There are a number of tourist attractions here that will draw people in such as a large aquarium and restaurants like The Rainforest Cafe, but these are the kind of thing that you kin...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 12, 2011

Fisherman's Wharf
The Embarcadero
San Francisco, California
415/956-3493

Cable Cars

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Cable Cars Photo, San Francisco, California
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San Francisco is famous for its steep, straight streets but probably even more so for the cable cars that climb up and down them. The cable cars are both a tourist attraction and a good way of navigating the city without exhausting yourself with steep climbs. If you are in the city, you should definitely have a go on one of the cars if you get chance.There are three routes operating through the city. The first goes along California Street, but is one that is less often used by tourists because it doesn’t service the attraction per say, with it running between the financial district and Van Ness. Much more often used by tourists and also much more convenient to tourists are the two lines th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 12, 2011

Cable Cars
401 Van Ness
San Francisco, California 94102
(415) 673-6864

Golden Gate Bridge

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Golden Gate Bridge Photo, San Francisco, California
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The Golden Gate Bridge is probably the most famous of San Francisco’s landmark and arguably the most famous bridge in the world. It spans the bay from The Presidio to Marin County on the other side and, as far as bridges can be, it is actually quite pretty. It isn’t the biggest bridge in the world, but that doesn’t stop it from being one of the most impressive.It is a suspension bridge that was finished in 1937. At either end of the bridge is a little placard showing off some of its most impressive facts; the two towers are a lofty 746 metres high, the roadway across it runs for 1.75 miles and the cable used to construct it is enough to circle the Earth three times. Apparently it is five t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 11, 2011

Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco Bay
San Francisco, California

Lombard Street

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Lombard Street Photo, San Francisco, California
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Lombard Street is one of San Francisco’s strangest tourist attraction in my opinion because it seems odd that anybody would want to go and look at a bit of road, but as we found out when we visited this is not just any bit of road.Lombard Street in its entirety stretches through the North Beach area of the city but it is the section at Russian Hill between Leavenworth Street and Hyde Street that draws in the visitors because this section has been dubbed the ‘crookedest street in the world’ thanks to its numerous tight turns in such a short distance. Its claim to being the crookedest street in the world has been contested, but it still makes for a fun and picturesque place to visit....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 10, 2011

Lombard Street
Between Leavenworth and Hyde Streets on Russian Hill
San Francisco, California

Alcatraz Island/The Rock

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Attraction | "Alcatraz Island - Escape from the Rock"

Alcatraz Island/The Rock Photo, San Francisco, California
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Alcatraz Island is without a doubt one of the most famous of San Francisco’s landmarks and, with such a varied and interesting history, deservedly so. I visited for the second time on a recent trip to the US and I was pleased to find that nothing has changed since my previous visit almost ten years ago. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit then and did so again this time.===Tickets===We got our tickets from the island’s website a few weeks before we visited. They strongly recommend purchasing your tickets in advance and I’d definitely agree. We went to the island on the first ferry of the morning at 9am and there were already signs up to say that tickets for that day were sold out. Bu...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 3, 2011

Alcatraz Island/The Rock
San Francisco Bay
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco 94133
(415) 705-5555