The Charm of San Francisco & Why It’s One of The Best Places to Visit Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the weather is mild all year round. Its charm lies in its diversity, culture and the beauty of the city.
The first time I’ve been to San Francisco, I was quite taken with it right away. From the airport, we stopped by The Cliff House. We didn’t go in the Cliff House but just took in the view of Ocean Beach and the rocks below. The next five are San Francisco landmarks that I would visit over and over and over again.
Golden Gate Bridge. If you have time, it’s nice to walk across the bridge instead of driving through it. It connects the city of San Francisco to Marin County. The nearby Golden Gate Park is very popular and has its own attractions such as the Japanese Tea Garden, Conservatory of Flowers and the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum among others.
Victorian Houses. These houses were build in the late 1800s with four basic styles: Stick, Italianate, Georgian, and Queen Anne. They are painted in strong and clear colors with white trim. A few still stand to this day while some were rebuilt. The Pacific Heights area have many of these Victorian homes.
Cable Car. It began operations in August 1, 1873 and was an immediate success. The San Francisco cable car system eventually operated 600 cars with more than 8 lines, and 110 miles of track. Much of that network was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and fire. Today, 3 lines still exist: the Powell-Hyde, Powell-Mason and the California. Some 37 cars are still running on 10 miles of track.. They are still manually turned around at the end of the line.
Lombard Street. Also called the crookedest street in the world, it is an amazing street with hairpin curves and carefully landscaped with bushes and flowers making the ride down the street and beautiful and unique experience.
Fisherman’s Wharf. Ghirardelli Square, the Cannery, Pier 39….there are restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops, craft stands, shopping, and entertainment. It is a huge complex with numerous things to see and do or you could just watch to boats go by.
Chinatown. It has the largest Chinese enclave outside Asia. The place is colorful and crowded with banners, signs and pagoda roofs. The Chinese New Year is an experience not to be missed. It is a celebration that lasts one week.
There are many other places worth seeing but if you’re pressed for time these 6 landmarks should not be missed.