San Francisco

400 miles north of Los Angeles, San Francisco is a major Port City at the edge of the Pacific Ocean in California. It is also home to the world famous Golden Gate Bridge. This port city has a lot of places to offer.

Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco
Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco

For instance, San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf has a lot of sunbathing seals at the shores, restaurants with soup and seafood to souvenir shops. 

Fisherman's Wharf at Pier 39 in San Francisco
Fisherman's Wharf at Pier 39 in San Francisco
Sunbathing seals at the shores at Fisherman's Wharf of Pier 39 in San Francisco
Sunbathing seals at the shores at Fisherman's Wharf of Pier 39 in San Francisco
Coit Tower can be seen from Fisherman's Wharf at Pier 39
Coit Tower can be seen from Fisherman's Wharf at Pier 39

Another place to visit is Market Street, the most crowded street in San Francisco. Market Street is dotted with malls, hotels, shops, and mostly, business buildings. Market Street is a must visit once visiting San Francisco. Please do not forget to go see Union Square just off of Market. During winter, Union Square has a huge Christmas tree and a ice skating rink!

One recommended place people go to experience Chinese Culture is Chinatown. Chinatown is full of Chinese cuisine restaurants and shops. Portsmouth Square Plaza, the "core" of Chinatown, includes a parking garage under and a play structure above! 

The Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz can be visited a special way by boat. Golden Gate Bridge can be visited by the Blue and Gold Fleet which takes you in a unique visit under the Golden Gate Bridge. After the Golden Gate, you get a sneak peek of Alcatraz before going back to dock. To actually set foot on Alcatraz Island, you have to take another boat to get there.

The Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz can be visited a special way by boat - the Blue and Gold Fleet next to Pier 39
The Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz can be visited a special way by boat - the Blue and Gold Fleet next to Pier 39
The Blue and Gold Fleet takes you in a unique visit under the Golden Gate Bridge
The Blue and Gold Fleet takes you in a unique visit under the Golden Gate Bridge
Taking a sneak peek of Alcatraz before going back to dock
Taking a sneak peek of Alcatraz before going back to dock

The Golden State Park has some major museums that you may like. Such as the de Young museum that focuses on arts. Or the California Academy of Sciences that focuses on natural history and science. It also features the world’s first and only Rainforest Dome with live animals flying around you that ends with a three floor elevator descend down to the aquarium. You’d better not forget the white alligator lurking around next to the Rainforest dome.

Rainforest Dome at the California Academy of Sciences
Rainforest Dome at the California Academy of Sciences
Claude is a white alligator (actually an albino alligator) at the California Academy of Sciences
Claude is a white alligator (actually an albino alligator) at the California Academy of Sciences

The famous San Francisco Cable Car is a must ride for first timers, as the cable car goes through the hills of San Francisco. The cable car has three lines, Powell-Hyde, Powell-Mason, and the California Street Line. Although the cable car system is not free, the fares are not too bad.

Powell-Hyde line cable car of San Francisco
Powell-Hyde line cable car of San Francisco

Lombard Street is a famous street and there is a part of Lombard Street that holds the record of being the world's most crooked street. The crooked block starts at Hyde Street and ends at Leavenworth Street. The crooked part of Lombard is so narrow, you can only drive from Hyde Street to Leavenworth Street, which means one way from the top to the bottom only.

Bay Bridge from distance at Pier 5 of northern San Francisco
Bay Bridge from distance at Pier 5 of northern San Francisco
Evening view at Pier 5 of San Francisco
Evening view at Pier 5 of San Francisco

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San Francisco, California