Top San Francisco Attractions
San Franciso is one of the most vibrant gay destinations in the world. Away from the bars and clubs, there are plenty of fantastic things to see and do when you’re in town. Here are the top three attractions that you simply cannot miss!
The Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge is an icon of San Franciso. Built in 1937, the bridge connects the city to Marin County and has become the unofficial emblem of the city. If you’re driving into town then a trip across the bridge is something to tick off the bucket list. However, most visitors arrive by air, forgoing the opportunity to pass over this iconic structure. You can cycle, or even walk across, but to be honest it’s best viewed from afar where you can take in this magnificent man-made wonder in all its dazzling glory. The famous money shot is taken from Battery Spencer. To get here you have to cross the bridge to Marin County but it’s well worth the journey by foot or bicycle.
Situated 1.25 miles off the shore of San Francisco is the infamous Alcatraz Prison. The military fortification first opened in 1868, before being used as a federal prison between the years of 1934 and 1963. You can easily reach the island by taking the boat from Pier 33 which is located in Fisherman’s Wharf. The official Alcatraz Island website states that its advisable that you book in advance to avoid missing out or waiting in an excessive line. It’s the same price and will make your journey much more enjoyable if you do. The price includes the transfer and entry – you can also purchase an audio tour in several languages for an additional fee.
Strictly speaking, Fisherman’s Wharf is a neighbourhood rather than a tourist attraction. However, it is small and well-contained area and its delights can easily be explored on foot. Its name comes from the flurry of Italian fisherman who flocked here during the years of the Gold Rush. The city has recently released a substantial amount of money to rejuvenate the area, though the slight down and out vibe is part of the district’s charm. There are some museums here, such as Ripley’s Believe it or Not, but most of them aren’t worth the money. Instead, head down to the waterfront and dine at one of the family-run restaurants like Pompei’s Grotto or Alioto’s and get a feel for this traditionally working class neighbourhood before gentrification fully takes hold.