San Francisco Travel Guide

San Francisco borders the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay. The city is a perfect vacation getaway. There are many famous landmarks and attractions to see such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Transamerica Pyramid, Coit Tower, and Chinatown. There are plenty of accommodation options, from the cheapest to the most luxurious.

If you love delicious tapas (beef) and burritos, the Mission District is home to some of the best places that offer these delicacies. Taqueria CancĂșn and Farolito are must-see restaurants.

San Francisco is home to the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers, and the MLB’s San Francisco Giants. Watch the Giants play baseball in the summer.

Here is an overview of the most famous destinations in San Francisco.

The Transamerica Pyramid

The Transamerica Pyramid was conceptualized in 1968 when President John R. Beckett observed natural light passing through the city’s trees and onto the streets. He then decided to build a pyramid-shaped building to produce the same lighting results at his headquarters. Several years later, the Transamerica Pyramid is now a well-recognized landmark around the world. The unique structure claimed international recognition. This park is in the center of the Montgomery financial district, at 600 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, California. It is part of the Transamerica Center and covers nearly a city block.

The Coit Tower

Lillie Hitchcock Coit was a lady with an eccentric personality who supported the local firefighters. In 1933, she used her funds to build the Coit Tower. She left a third of her wealth for the beautification of the city upon her death.

Arthur Brown Jr. then took on the task of renovating the city’s magnificent tower, standing 63m/210ft tall. He filled the interior of the cylindrical tower with murals. Most of these murals depict life in California during the Great Depression. A total of 25 painters worked on that project, including a harbor scene, a bank robbery and a look at a department store. These historic murals are being largely preserved. Atop the tower is a platform with a spectacular 360-degree view of San Francisco.

Chinatown

Some people will debate that New York’s Chinatown is the largest, but most still believe that San Francisco’s Chinatown is the largest outside of Asia.

Get a feel of Hong Kong in this city. Residential areas and markets are distinctly Chinese. Most of the restaurants are cheap. Check out the herbal medicine shops, souvenir shops, and historical sites. Parking in Chinatown can be a problem. Most tourists take public tours instead.

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