San Francisco

Defined by the magnificent elegance of the Golden Gate Bridge, The City by the Bay holds within its bounds the edgy history of the California Gold Rush, an almost complete rebuild after the devastating earthquake of 1906, the Flower Power movement of the 1960s, the notorious prison of Alcatraz as one of its major visitor attractions and an undercurrent of the wild West.

It has grandiose wide open spaces like the Golden Gate Park, quaint harbour side towns, twisty backstreets, fabulous farmer’s markets, glittering shopping districts and those charming signature streetcars.  Explore it on foot or splash out on a helicopter ride to try and capture its uncompromising offbeat essence.


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Curiously fascinating, the former prison of Alcatraz is definitely worth a visit.  Take a look within its walls and discover the inventive ways a few desperate inmates tried to escape this stronghold.

Marvel at the street architecture of the Russian Hill section of Lombard Street - a vertiginous winding road with eight switchbacks and the terminals and turning points of the cable cars.

The historic waterfront at Fisherman’s Wharf is an exciting clamour of seafood eateries and live music where you can tuck into some proper clam chowder and watch the sea lions lounging in the sun on Pier 39.

The best way to sightsee is by one of the antique cable cars that criss-cross the city. Take the Powell & Hyde line, the Powell and Mason Line, or the California Line and cruise along the waterfront Embarcadero and up and down the sweeping main thoroughfare Market Street.

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