Like California’s weirdest, most creative, and unusual child, San Francisco is paradise for anyone who would define themselves as ‘quirky’. Its foundations date back to the mid-19th century, when a boom of gold rushers flocked to San Fran to build a city like no other. An infamously tragic earthquake and subsequent fire hit the city in 1906, leaving most of it as rubble. But, like any magnificent city on earth, beauty was born from catastrophe and now San Francisco is undeniably one of the most fascinating cities in the USA. Popular Attractions
As the City by the Bay, there are lots of sights and attractions near the water in San Francisco. Fisherman’s Wharf is the city’s historical area where you’ll find lots of activity and really get to grips with the pulse of SF. Here you’ll also find Pier 39, a famous spot where a collection of sea lions sun themselves (and also create quite a stench, so hold your nose!). The Golden Gate Bridge is also an absolute must-visit when traveling to San Francisco, and there are several ways to experience it. Walk, or hire a bike and cycle across it, or take in the view from a nearby beach or hilltop to see it from another perspective. The bridge is especially mystical when fog comes rolling in and covers sections of it. Other top sights include a trip to the legendary Alcatraz Island, Coit Tower, the Japanese Tea Garden and much, much more. Food
If you like seafood, you’ll love San Francisco. As it’s right next to a body of water filled with all kinds of delicious treats, SF is teeming with excellent ocean cuisine from crab to shrimp, oysters, and seafood chowder. But if you’re not into the creatures of the sea, you’ll find plenty of tasty dishes in San Francisco, and international cuisine, from ramen bowls to sizzling Mexican, all can be found tucked away in every corner. Transport
With three large airports, San Francisco is an easy city to get to from anywhere in the world. San Francisco International is the biggest, and direct flights from across North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Oakland International has good connections to Mexico and the USA, and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International serves the US, Mexico, and Japan. Tips for Travellers
Tours for Alcatraz Island can fill up very fast, so if you wish to visit (and we recommend that you definitely do!) consider making a reservation at least two weeks ahead. To save a bit of money, buy a San Francisco City Pass or Go San Francisco Card, both of which will give you discounts on various things, including public transport. San Francisco is a relatively small city at under 50 square miles, so there really is no need for a car here. Make use of the cool public transport (the trams are a must!), which also saves you a buck or two on parking. Fun Facts
San Francisco is known for its steep hills, and Filbert Street and 22nd Street at two of the steepest at 31.5%. In fact, these are the steepest navigable roads in the Western Hemisphere. San Francisco’s famous Cable Car is the only moving National Historic Monument in the world. Move aside Statue of Liberty – oh wait, you can’t. The Golden Gate Bridge is so long that it is painted continuously throughout the year. Once one section is finished, it’s always time to repaint another.