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San Francisco: An Honest Review

San Francisco is a very unique place with a lot of interesting attractions. It's a great walking city with amazing architectural finds, including many colorful Victorian houses. There's so much to see and do in and around the city. Local transportation is available for traveling from one point to the next. There are boats, trains, cable cars and buses for those attractions and areas that are not easily accessible.

San Francisco is a magical city with all sorts of fun activities for young and old alike. It is one of my favorite cities for a weekend in California! Take a journey on the BART train, rent an air b-n-b for a few days, and have an experience that you will never forget. Oh, and be sure to wear a flower in your hair!

 

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the country’s most iconic sights. You can get incredible views of the bridge by walking or biking on or near it. There are also a number of ferries that offer excellent views while cruising by. You can do the “big bus” tour instead and take in the sights while crossing the bridge. The scenery of the surrounding area is beautiful, especially when all the flowers and foliage are in full bloom. The bridge offers great views of the city and other landmarks. The area is often covered in fog and is much more enjoyable on clear days. It is usually windy and chilly regardless of the time of year. Bring a jacket or sweater.

Alcatraz

Alcatraz
Alcatraz

Alcatraz is another must see attraction while visiting San Francisco. There are great views of the bridges in the area and the city during the trip to the island. The entire tour is captivating. Many of us have seen movies about the island or read stories about its infamous residents. That sets the tone for the entire event. The ferry ride back and forth and audio tour are sure to rouse your imagination. There’s a self-guided tour as well as a guided tour. The cell blocks and interior of the prison are very eerie but the history is fascinating. You also get time to explore the grounds and gardens. Be sure to book your tour well in advance of your visit.

Dolores Park

Dolores Park
Dolores Park

This small park is a melting pot of local people doing a variety of activities. It’s located between Castro and the Mission District. The park offers awesome views of the city and a mix of locals doing everyday stuff like walking their dogs. It’s a very popular hangout for the locals and there’s always a lot going on at any given time. People can be seen having picnics, playing games, exercising, or entertaining. You can relax and take it all in or join in the fun. Folks are very laid back for the most part. The neighborhood itself is very nice and worthy of exploration. Plenty of good restaurants and bars are sprinkled throughout. There’s a delicious ice cream spot close to the park and a playground area for kids. Bathrooms are provided as well.

Chinatown

San Francisco China Town
San Francisco China Town

Most of us have visited at least one Chinatown in the U.S. There are many Chinatowns in the country, mainly in major cities like New York and Los Angeles. There’s also a Chinatown in San Francisco and it features the same authenticity as the others. The area is small but chock full of shops, grocery stores, and restaurants. You have to walk along a few side streets to discover the best of everything. You can find reasonably priced souvenirs in the shops and lots of trinkets and novelties. There’s a wide range of dining options and some unusual choices if you’re feeling adventurous.

These are just a few of the many attractions to be found in this remarkable city. Plan your trip accordingly and don’t forget to research weather conditions. The city is notorious for fog and strong winds. Summer months are surprisingly chilly and most winter months are usually foggy and rainy. September and October are ideal for lots of sunshine and comfortable temperatures. I highly recommend a visit for a super cool adventure!

 

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