San Francisco is set on a peninsula surrounded by water and linked to surrounding mainland to the north and east by bridges, including one of the world’s most famous, the Golden Gate Bridge.
The old tram of San Francisco is mainly a tourist gimmick but do connects Union Square in center of town with the fine fish restaurants in Fisherman’s Warf. The Fisherman’s Warf is perhaps a bit touristy, but still worth a visit for a stroll around old houses along the water with nice views of San Francisco bay.
The world’s most crooked street, Lombard Street is running down a hill and from it’s highest point gives great views of Telegraph Hill with the special Coit Tower, which is sort of a landmark. From here it’s just a short distance to the well known old Victorian houses at Alamo Square, a postcard view seen in lots of TV and Films set here. The capital of the hippie movement is in San Francisco at the Height-Ashbury, where you still can find traces of this culture. One of the world’s most famous Chinatowns can also be found in just San Francisco
When to visit San Francisco
San Francisco can be visited pretty much all year round, however it can get quite cold and windy in colder seasons and you might be more comfortable spring or early fall. There’s lots of festival in town and there’s almost always one going on.
Getting around San Francisco
There are hundreds of bus routes available in San Francisco and there’s also the metro, trolley buses and the historic tram that, as stated before, can be means of transportation.
1-day, 3-day or 7-day cards are available to metro and the bus at the tourist information or where the old tram turns around at the Powell and Market Street by Union Square.
There are various taxi companies to choose from.
DeSoto Cab 415-673 14 14, Luxor Cab 415-282 41 41, Veteran’s Taxicab 415-552 13 00 and Yellow Cab 415-626 23 45.
San Francisco is a fairly safe city to stay in although there are some crimes. Some specific areas should be avoided, especially at night. SOS phone no 911.
San Francisco from De Young’s observation tower, California
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