One cannot miss out visiting San Francisco in the state of California when they are in the US. It is known to be a cultural center as well as a commercial and financial capital of the country. Located in the San Francisco peninsula region, it is characterized by the San Francisco Bay Area. Being the fourth most populous city of the state, it has a rich history that is showcased from the numerous landmarks here. The city was founded back in the eighteenth century by colonists who came from Spain. The city experienced rapid growth during the California Gold Rush period.
Geographically the city is located on hills and surrounded by the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. It is known for the colorful Victorian houses, cable cars, the Golden Gate Bridge and several distinct landmarks.
If you wish to explore the bay area and waterfront region head over to Fisherman’s Wharf. Here you will find crab stands souvenir shops and be able to see sea lions as well. The waterside eateries and stalls have local and fresh food items that are a must try.
A similar place to visit is Pier 39 which is a bustling pier that has scenic views, eateries and different kinds of entertainment.
Next, head over to the Alcatraz Island that is known for the lighthouse that stands here, scenic views of the San Francisco Bay and wine tasting venues. There is a military base here as well.
Golden Gate Park can be your next destination. Located by the iconic bridge, this area gives you a panoramic view of the bridge and the waters as well as having trails for walking, hiking, museums and open air festival venues. This place also has the natural history exhibits of the California Academy of Sciences and the de Young Museum.
Check out the Presidio, which was a military base that has been turned into a national park.
Other areas to visit here would be the Castro neighborhood that houses several gay friendly venues and Chinatown that is one of the oldest communities in the city.