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Sightseeing in San Francisco - what to see. Complete travel guide

One of the most beautiful cities in California - San Francisco - is located near the coast of Pacific Ocean. The architectural ensemble of the city combines culture, traditions and customs of various peoples and countries. In San Francisco are well-developed automotive and petrochemical industry, shipbuilding and aircraft construction. Located between the strait, the gulf and the ocean, this city is famous for the development of commercial shipping and great service industries. On the territory of the city is located the famous Silicon Valley, where are headquartered companies that are known as world leaders in the electronics industry, Internet resources, and more.
The city of San Francisco will be of great pleasure to visit for those tourists who love bright and engaging excursions and city exploration. Many city landmarks and sites are of global … Open
The famous Alcatraz Island is the main landmark of this place. Located in the bay of San Francisco, in the past the island has been used as the naturally isolated military defense fort and the prison for dangerous criminals. Among other attractions are the beautiful suspension bridge named Golden Gate; Coit Observation Tower, which observation platform located on19th floor features panoramic views of the city's largest Golden Gate Park artificially landscaped with plants, flowers and trees; visitors may also enjoy visiting Monterey Island famous for its amazing beaches.
The ancient cable car system is an icon of the city. This unusual public transport was established as far back as 1873. It is a bit like a funicular. The old tram has long been a popular tourist attraction. In the middle of the 20th century, the actively developing city wanted to abandon this type of transport, which lost its original meaning. However, local residents succeeded in asserting this unusual historical symbol. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
City guests will not lack entertainments and ways to spend time as it can be claimed beyond a doubt that the city of San Francisco offers the richest choice of entertainments meeting each … Open
Lombard Street is really beautiful and unusual place. The street itself is a small stretch of a highway on the Russian Hill with a length of 400 meters. This street is one of the most winding in the world. Travelers are attracted here by incredibly beautiful flower beds on both sides. The road surface is made of red brick, which makes the street even more unique.
Painted Lady architectural complex lies in the historic district of San Francisco. This is the title of several Victorian villas located next to each other and that managed to survive during the devastating earthquake of 1906. The historical buildings own this name due to the bright color of the facades. Such an exterior was acquired during the reconstruction in 1963.
1. Sparing tourists should keep in mind during a vacation in San Francisco that city museums are free to visit several times per month. All tourist information offices provide all the … Open
Amateurs of hiking should definitely visit Chinatown quarter. This is real China in miniature, which will please with unusual architecture, specialized restaurants, and shops with goods from China. This area began to emerge in the middle of the 19th century. Refugees from China built their homes here. During the existence, it retained many interesting architectural monuments. Now, Chinatown is known for its numerous noteworthy cultural centers and museums.
The most unusual religious landmark of San Francisco is Grace Cathedral. Its construction began in 1906 and was completed in the second half of the 20th century. Nevertheless, it is difficult to imagine that the building is new. The Cathedral is created in the best manner of the past. Its interior is a true example of the Neo-Gothic style. Visitors can appreciate beautiful frescoes and stained glass windows, as well as decor elements made of bronze.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in San Francisco and surroundings

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Map of all shopping areas
Shopping streets in San Francisco
♥   Shopping area ' Union Square' San Francisco, 1.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Fillmore Street' San Francisco, 2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Florida Street' Buenos Aires, 2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Haight Ashbury' San Francisco, 2.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area 'Union Street' San Francisco, 3.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around San Francisco
♥   City Park 'San Francisco' , 2.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Nature Park 'K & J Smith Land Acquisition - Quittie Creek Nature Park Expansion' , 7.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Local Park 'Rivas C' , 8.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   State Park 'San Bruno Mountain' , 8.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Recreation Area 'Foster Bay' , 13.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in San Francisco and around
♥   Art museum 'Asian Art Museum of San Francisco' San Francisco, 0.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Femina Potens Art Gallery' San Francisco, 1.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'San Francisco Museum of Modern Art' San Francisco, 1.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Exploratorium' San Francisco, 3.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'M. H. de Young Memorial Museum' San Francisco, 4.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around San Francisco from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Golden Gate Bridge

From the series “15 Unofficial Man-Made Wonders of the World”
Today, one of the most beautiful and grandiose bridges in the world is known as one of the most popular places for a suicide. More than 1 200 people have committed suicide throwing themselves off. Currently, police is taking all possible measures to patrol the bridge. In recent years, security officers annually take out of bridge about 70 people, who try to commit suicide. In addition to the hopeless individuals, the bridge attracts a huge number of travelers who want to enjoy this magnificent structure. You can ride a taxi or a rental car here or use dedicated lanes for cyclists and pedestrians. … Read further

Alcatraz Museum

From the series “15 Unofficial Man-Made Wonders of the World”
The prison differed with strict regime. No case of escape from there was recorded for 29 years of its existence. The decision to close the prison was made in 1963. Since then, until 1971, Alcatraz Island was in ruins. It was planned to place a large federal monument on the island, but later it was just announced that an open-air museum open to public access will be open there. Each year, the unusual Alcatraz museum is visited by more than a million travelers who want to take a stroll through the territory of one of the oldest and legendary prisons of the planet. … Read further
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