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As you cross Golden Gate Bridge on your way into San Francisco, your view is of a gigantic city surrounded by the Pacific Ocean on three sides. High-rise buildings in downtown San Francisco shoot into the heavens, dominated by the Transamerica Pyramid building.
San Francisco, in the western state of California, USA, is a thriving economy unto itself with a diverse population of roughly 850000 living in the city. The San Francisco Bay Area is the hub of technology with the 2nd highest number of Fortune 500 companies in the USA, and where entrepreneurship is revered.
San Francisco is a trendy chic city pulsating with bright and fresh attractions. It’s easy to see why San Francisco attracts global travellers from all walks of life.
With its history of the Gold Rush and reputation for fine cuisine, hotels, haute couture or even hip Bohemian culture, San Francisco is the nexus where all vacation dreams are met and fulfilled.
Things to do
Walk the city to discover its curious mixture of Victorian and Modern architecture, a place thick with memories and as old as America herself. And San Francisco’s cultural diversity is depicted in murals that revitalise ethnic neighbourhoods.
Downtown’s San Francisco Museum of Modern Art showcases dramatic and surreal pieces enhanced by natural light entering the building’s 38m diameter roof skylight. Nearby is the Theatre District to enjoy off-Broadway shows.
Avoid the climb by taking a cable car up to Chinatown, a sprawling area of temples, alleys, vegetable & fish markets, shops and museums. A visit to the Fortune Cookie Factory is worthwhile. Pause at the Chinatown Gateway for a selfie.
Take a trip to Alcatraz Island on the Hornblower Hybrid – an eco-friendly ferry powered by solar panels and wind turbines – for a tour of the Alcatraz maximum security prison.
Visit Fisherman's Wharf to sample the Dungenes crab and... Show more