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I'm a part time actor and part time writer living in Perth. I love being on stage. I love going out with friends, doesn't matter what we do
Published December 22nd 2019
Here are some tourist attractions in San Francisco
San Francisco is a hub of excitement and the cultural, commercial and financial heart of Northern California. The city is the 13th most populated in the U.S. but has the second-highest population density in the county, with only New York being busier. The city shot to fame in 1849 as the home of the Californian Gold Rush, which at the time made it the largest city on the West Coast.

The city is famous for its restaurants and some of the best chefs in the country are lucky enough to call this home. With so much to do in this amazing city, let us take a look at the best things to do in San Francisco.

1. Go Across The Golden Gate Bridge - I wasn't lucky enough to do this whilst I was there but I got to see it.

Between San Francisco Bay and Marin County is the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge. The bridge has been declared one of the modern wonders of the world. It was opened in 1937 and at that time, it was the longest suspension bridge ever created.

Made from steel and with a total length of 1.7 miles, it is the most photographed bridge anywhere in the world. There are six lanes of traffic on the bridge carrying millions of passengers every year. Before the bridge was built, people used to have to get a ferry between the two places. The ferry company was called Golden State Ferry Company and at one point it was the largest ferry company on the planet.

2. Head Down to the Waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

San Francisco's most famous waterfront community is at Fisherman's Wharf. Here you can experience some fantastic food and enjoy some of the best dining the world has to offer.

Outdoor stands sell fresh Dungeness crab or various gourmet restaurants sell the freshest of fish from the day's catch.

From here, you can also arrange to go on many different tours of the area including Segway, walking, boat and many more. You may even be able to catch sight of these guys.

3. Alcatraz Island.

1.5 miles off the shore of San Francisco is Alcatraz Island, this tiny island was developed as a military fortification, a military prison as well as a federal prison. The most famous being the federal prison. This was between 1933 and 1963.

The thinking behind the federal prison was that the prisoners who caused continual trouble at other prisons would be locked up here. Many infamous prisoners have stayed here including Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud. The island is now a tourist attraction and many people flock here each year to explore the depths of the prison. It was also the scene of the Nicolas Cage movie The Rock.

4. Ride the San Francisco Cable Car System.

San Francisco is very proud of its cable car system. It is the last manually operated system in the world today. At its peak, you would find 23 cable car lines in the city, but today we have just three left. Nearly all of the people who ride the cars today are tourists looking to try that something different when in town.

The first of the cable cars was opened in in 1873 and due to their popularity and the money that the owners were making, more lines were added. In 1892, the first electric streetcars were made and so the decline of the manual car began.

5. Spend Time in Union Square.

Union Square is the most visited neighbourhood in San Francisco. Here you will find a large collection of high-end retail outlets, fancy hotels, cafes, art galleries and a very active nightlife.

The area has many live events to attend and there is always something happening to keep you entertained. To get an experience of partying with the locals, this is a must-stop on any tour of the city.
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Everybody knows about these places but no so many are lucky enough to see them.
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