San Francisco will win your heart and become your favorite city in the world in the blink of an eye!
Blame it on its magnificent vibe, its colorful character, its liveliness, the incredible landscape and the interesting blend of american and european elements – a refined blend of a city that will steal the heart of every true traveler.
San Francisco may as well be a city somewhere in Europe. It combines that Californian light with the skyscrapers of its commercial center and the modern city features while offering its citizens a great quality of life.
The city's geographical location by the sea offers a variety of different images to its visitor – built on a peninsula in the Pacific Ocean and the San Fransisco Bay (the natural harbor inhabited by the Spanish in 1775).
I was there a while ago and here are some of the things I loved about San Francisco.
THE CUTE NEIGHBORHOODS
While the Golden Gate Bridge is the most recognizable part of San Francisco, the best way to feel the city's unique vibe is by visiting one of its many cute little neighborhoods.
The Tenderloin and the infamous speakeasy bars from the Prohibition Era, the Nob Hill neighborhoods, the Mission District with its boheme character in the south and the Clarion Arte where you'll find the coolest street art, the Haight-Asbury neighborhood associated with the 60's hippie culture where Janis Joplin used to live and the biggest China Town you'll ever see – these are some of the main districts you'll love.
THE COMMERCIAL CENTER
The city's cosmopolitan vibe is everywhere and you'll easily feel it when walking around town. Union Square is the commercial – touristic center of the city featuring department stores, restaurants and luxury hotels.
A ride on the cable car will get you there. Grab a coffee to go, do some shopping and wander around every block – or simply enjoy your lunch in one f the city's many great restaurants. You could also take the time to visit one of the historic hotels located near the city centre, if you love them as much as I do.
THE YUMMY CRABS
Visiting San Francisco and leaving out a visit at the popular Fisherman's Wharf is unforgivable – especially if it's your first time in the city. It may be considered the number one Tourist Attraction in San Francisco but it will only take you a few minutes to find a great spot to enjoy the yummiest crabs you'll ever have.
The Fisherman's Wharf was once a large dock where the Italian fishermen used to sell their daily catch. Mussels, oysters, crabs and all kinds of fish were sold at the Market. It has preserved its character with an emphasis on crabs that made the area famous.
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PIER 39 & THE ALCATRAZ
On Pier 39 located at the edge of the Fisherman's Wharf, apart from all the restaurants and all kinds of shops, there is a small sea park, thanks to the presence of hundreds of Californian sea lions at the Pier's docks. The sea lions migrated there in September 1989 and they've been there since.
Stroll around with an ice cream on hand.
You could also take the ferry from Pier 33 and experience a night tour at the Alcatraz – I didn't have the time to do it but I highly suggest you to. You'll visit Al Capone's cell and walk down the long abandoned halls of "The Rock" - America's high security federal prison where the most dangerous criminals and gangsters were sent.
THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE
The Golden Gate Bridge: the modern mechanics and art's miracle – the trademark of the city. You should definitely cross the bridge while the sun is setting to admire the breathtaking view. It's equally amazing with the lights on at night and when the sun is shining by day - its shiny red color will make your day.
You can cross it by car, bike or on foot.
THE CABLE CARS
When at San Francisco, you should definitely take a ride on the famous cable cars.
The routes around town are amazing with a view at the Nob Hill and the Fisherman's Wharf – it is definitely a must-do activity!
THE SUNSET AT SAUSALITO
Across the Golden Gate Bridge, you'll find San Francisco's upper class suburb: Sausalito. Take a seat in one of the beautiful shops by the sea, order a cocktail and give your trip the most ideal ending.
48 hours are definitely not enough. That's reason enough to make me come back to this colorful, boheme, hippie, alternative and oh-so contemporary city.
San Francisco is all of the above and even more.
San Francisco might just be the most beautiful city in the world!
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