Escape to the unforgettable and cosmopolitan city of San Francisco, internationally renowned for its breath taking views, major attractions and cultural diversity. With endless unique attractions and activities, there is no better way to discover them than on the historic and iconic cable car. Take in the finest views of San Francisco. Twin Peaks has a spectacular 360 degree view of the city, bay and ocean beyond. Manoeuvre down Lombard Street, the “crookedest” street in the world with stunning views of Alcatraz, Coit Tower and the bay. At the summit of Telegraph Hill is Coit Tower, vibrantly decorated with the most famous murals of San Francisco and panoramic views. End a busy day of sightseeing by resting your feet on a Sunset Cruise from Fisherman’s Wharf to see the spectacular views of the city from a new angle. Thereafter the nightlife options are limitless from an excellent variety of restaurants to an evening of cabaret, jazz, dance clubs, neon lights and open air pubs.
A California icon and the most famous of San Francisco’s attractions is the Golden Gate Bridge. Once “the bridge that couldn’t be built”, today one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the bridge spans 1.7 miles and is open to pedestrians and cyclists. Golden Gate Park is one of the largest urban parks in the world and is home to the California Academy of Sciences, the de Young Museum and the San Francisco Botanical Gardens. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge to explore the Golden Gate National Recreational Area, 600 square miles of parkland, walking trails and beach areas. Visit the Children’s Museum and the Bay Area Discovery Museum. Alcatraz Island forms part of this area and no trip to San Francisco is complete without a visit to this once infamous prison island.
Union Square and Fisherman’s Wharf are two of San Francisco’s most well-loved and most visited neighbourhoods. Fisherman’s Wharf is known for its waterfront shops, restaurants and unbeatable views. Watch sea lions basking in the sun or take a ferry to Angel Island. Browse the old restored buildings of Ghirardelli Square, now home to shops, galleries and restaurants. Connect by cable car to Union Square, with an extensive collection of galleries, cafes, shops and nightclubs surrounding an urban park. For a touch of diversity, Chinatown is the largest Chinatown outside of Asia with temples and teahouses to explore. Take a break in Alamo Square to view the famous Painted Ladies, 7 restored Victorian houses painted brightly back-dropped by skyscrapers.
Enlighten and educate the family at the Zoo, nestled against the Pacific Ocean. Have fun with creative experiments and new experiences at the Exploratorium. Travel through space and time and learn about our planet at the Academy of Sciences, where visitors can enjoy an aquarium, planetarium and a natural history museum all under one roof.
Arts & Culture
San Francisco is known for its arts and cultural diversity. The de Young Museum is the oldest museum with excellent displays and exceptional views from the 9th floor Observation Level. The Asian Art Museum is an important part of local history and offers an extensive collection of art, sculptures, paintings and carvings from many Asiatic cultures. Other museums to visit are the Cable Car Museum, Legion of Honor, Contemporary Jewish Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Nearby wine country
A trip to San Francisco would not be complete without heading north to the beautifully scenic and sloping vineyards of Napa and Sonoma Valley, California’s most famous wine country with over 600 wineries.
”San Francisco has only one drawback, ‘tis hard to leave” – Rudyard Kipling