San Francisco remains one of the top tourist travel destinations in the world. If you've always wondered about the appeal of this great city, then settle back and all will be revealed.
Let's start with the iconic Golden Gate bridge. Completed in 1937, it has a longest span of 4200 feet and the official color is International Orange. You can access the bridge via public transport and there is also the option to hire a bike and ride across the bridge to Sausalito, then catch the ferry back.
Now, we move on to the Mission District, where there's an authentic Taqueria on almost every corner. In previous years, it was known for Latino culture and unsafe gang rivalry, but it's now known for for bohemian culture and mural art.
The murals are done by locals and the idea is to get an idea before the public. So successful have they been, the concept has spread to every neighbourhood in San Francisco and all ethnic groups now use them as a form of public expression.
Next, we'll look at Chinatown, one of the biggest outside China. The 2 main streets are Stockton and Grant and one of the highlights is the Golden Gate fortune cookie factory. They produce around 20,000 cookies with 1,000 different fortunes a day, which go to Chinese restaurants all over America.
Not far from Chinatown is North Beach or Little Italy. The name came from the Gold Rush days, when all the fishermen ended up at North Beach. Now home to Italtian restaurants, cafes and great bars, in the 1950s, it was home to the Beatnik movement.
A stroll down Ross Alley will take you to City Lights book store, which since the 1950s has been the home for alternative literature. You get a real sense of Sinatra and the Beatles as it was here Ginsberg and Lawrence Berengetti did much of their work.
A short walk down the hill will take us to Fishermen's wharf and Pier 39. There are still active fishing boats supplying the local eateries, so it's the best place to go for fresh seafood. Nearby, at Pier 33, tours to Alcatraz Island depart. Walking in the other direction will take you to Ghiradelli Square and the Hyde street turn around for the iconic cable cars.
So there you have it, a very quick rundown of some of San Francisco's most famous areas. We have really just scratched the surface here, but if you find yourself in San Francisco, dig a little deeper and you are sure to find some hidden gems.
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