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Visit San Francisco
Golden Gate Bridge
Of course, one of the biggest tourist attractions of this city is the world famous Golden Gate Bridge. It is one of the most recognizable structures in the whole of the US, definitely up there with the Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty. However, you don’t just have to stop and take photos of the world famous Golden Gate Bridge. Get onto the bridge itself and witness the stunning views of San Francisco, or even hop aboard a fire truck for a fire engine tour across the bridge. Whatever else you decide to do whilst visiting San Francisco, make sure you experience this stunning Art Deco bridge in all its glory.
Another one of the most popular tourist attractions in San Francisco is the rocky island of Alcatraz. This was the nation’s first military prison which soon became one of the most renowned penitentiaries in the world. It was home to famous criminals such as Al Capone, and even psychopaths such as The Birdman. You can catch a ferry across to the island and explore the creepy tales and haunting recollections of what life was like on Alcatraz. It may give you the chills, so ensure you head over to somewhere nice and cheery after your spooky adventure.
Make your way over to Union Square for a truly mind-blowing shopping experience that puts New York City to shame. You’ll find some of the biggest brand names in the area, from Macy’s to Paul Smith, along with a whole range of different, smaller name boutiques. You can find a whole range of quirky shops outside of Union Square, however; there’s the SFMOMA Museum Square, which is 560 square feet, and also the La Rosa Vintage which even has celebrity shoppers such as Dita Von Teese. Not to forget the markets we’ve already mentioned, of course. San Francisco truly is a shopping heaven.
We have already touched upon Golden Gate Bridge, but San Francisco has more to offer for photo opportunities than just the bridge. There are plenty of places where you can go for a stroll and experience some truly breathtaking views, whilst staying in San Francisco. Coit Tower is the must-visit place if you want to have an unbeatable view over the city, whereas the Embarcadero will offer plenty for those who want some waterfront sights. If you’re stuck for ideas on where or how to see the best that San Francisco has to offer, then you’ll be pleased to know there are a whole range of tours available.
Talking of going somewhere nice and cheery, how about visiting all that this incredible wine country has to offer? Sonoma Valley is just an hour’s drive from San Francisco and will certainly get you feeling merry after the haunting trip through Alcatraz. There are over 40 wineries in the area, although Sonoma Valley is less well known than Napa Valley; this does mean that you’ll have more of a personalized and less-touristy experience, however. You can organize a tour around the wineries which includes a driver, so you don’t have to worry about getting a bit tipsy!