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San Francisco Attractions

Places to visit, points of interest and top things to see in San Francisco

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Golden Gate Bridge
Man has made many wonders in the world. It takes determination to change the face of the world and create history through revolutionary steps. The Golden Gate Bridge, a suspension bridge, built from the San Francisco Peninsula all the way to Marin County is no exception to this. The second longest bridge of the United State and the seventh longest in the world, this bridge was completed in 1937 and became the symbol of pride for the people of San Francisco and the United States.  

Before the bridge was constructed, ferries used to move from one point to the other. This later resulted in clogging of the ferries at the bay. James Wilkins, an engineer, evolved an idea to build a bridge to span the Golden Gate Strait... read more arrow
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Alcatraz Prison

Get ready for Alcatraz. Alcatraz is one of San Francisco's main tourist draws and favorite landmarks for all its checkered history and infamy. What attracts people to this bleak island with its sheer cliffs, swift currents, and frigid waters? Well, for one thing, this has been home to some of the world's most notorious criminals. It is also a wildlife sanctuary with numerous bird species nesting there.

As it is more fondly called, the history of Alcatraz or The Rock began with high hopes. Juan de Ayala was the first European to discover and explore this island. He named it La Isla de los Alcatraces or Island of The Pelicans.

It then functioned as a military post starting from the mid1800s... read more arrow

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In most of the popular cities in the United States, you are sure to find one iconic symbol that the moment you see it, it immediately brings to mind that particular city. San Francisco's cable car system sparks such imagery.

The San Francisco Cable Car System traces back its history as far back as the late 1800s. Back in those days, the steep slopes of the streets which are common in the city of San Francisco have made it extremely difficult for street cars that were pulled by horses to traverse, especially during the rainy season. The frequency and the number of accidents to people and animals led to Andrew Smith Hallidie from England to develop the cable car system. The cable car system was opened on August 10, 1878.

Today, taking a ride on the San Francisco cable car is one of the must-do things tourists should not miss when visiting the city of San Francisco, California, making it the city's historic landmark literally on wheels... read more arrow

* Regular pre-pandemic touristic activity level.

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