Going Global: 3 Things Not to Miss in San FranciscoApril 25, 2013 6:21 pm
San Francisco is a beautiful city located on the West Coast of America with plenty to keep you busy whether you’re staying for a few days, a week or more! It is home to many iconic attractions such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Fisherman’s Wharf, with three cable car routes to help you navigate up and down the city’s famously steep hills!
Like many people visiting San Francisco, I only had a few days to cram in everything I wanted to do. To help you with planning your trip here are my top 3 “must-do’s” for your trip to San Francisco:
San Francisco’s cable cars have been in operation since the late 19th Century and are one of the city’s oldest attractions. You can get a one way ticket for 5 Dollars so we hopped on and took the Powell-Mason line down to Fisherman’s Wharf. With amazing views across the city, the cable car clangs up and down the steep hills with its bell ringing, really adding to the spirit of the journey.
Top Tip: You can “hang on” to the special poles provided on the outside of the car. If you ride this way, pay attention to the gripman as he will alert you to any potential hazards along the way!
We arrived early at Fisherman’s Wharf and headed straight down to Pier 39 to see the sea lion colony basking in the early morning sunshine. They set up home here after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and haven’t moved since! There are plenty of restaurants for you to choose from but because we were making our way to catch the ferry across to Alcatraz, I just grabbed a freshly made shrimp cocktail from one of the sidewalk vendors which I thoroughly recommend!
Top Tip: Hire a bicycle and cycle along the shore and across the Golden Gate Bridge. The route is nearly all cycle track, including the Golden Gate, and the views are magnificent.
Alcatraz has become a major tourist magnet for the city and last year 1 million visitors flocked to the deserted federal prison. Once home to some of America’s most notorious criminals, including Al Capone and Robert Stroud, it was made famous following the popular film “Escape from Alcatraz”. We took the 15 minute ferry ride over to the island and spent three hours exploring the area, including the cell block and exercise yard using a self-guided audio tour.
Top Tip: Book your tickets in advance on alcatrazcruises.com – if you turn up on the day, it’s likely they’ll all be sold out!
Have you been to San Francisco? Share your own top tips with us!
Written by Kayleigh Driscoll, FTT Global.
This post was written by Kayleigh Driscoll