• Landmarks in San Francisco
PIER 39 is a 45-acre waterfront complex two blocks east of Fisherman’s Wharf at Beach Street and The Embarcadero. In addition to its 14 full-service restaurants, 90+ shops and popular attractions, it is home to a 5-acre waterfront park and a 300-berth marina. PIER 39 is known for its spectacular views of San Francisco Bay including the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge and Alcatraz, as well as the world famous California sea lions hauled out on K-Dock.
Lombard Street is famous for having an intricate section of the one-way block on Russian Hill between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets, where eight sharp turns are said to make it one of the crookedest streets in the world. Some of San Francisco’s most expensive real estate sits on Lombard Street. This Russian Hill neighborhood possesses stately mansions even with the endless array of tourists pouring down the street every day. In the spring and through the entire summer, Lombard Street is alive with color, as the many beautiful flowers are in bloom.
GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE
A work of art, an engineering marvel, and an American icon, the Bridge is flanked on both ends by the natural beauty of the Golden Gate National Parks. It was opened on May 28, 1937 after four years of construction. Over 10 million visitors per year come to see the Bridge, easily identified by its International Orange color. That color was selected because it provided visibility in the fog for passing ships and also because it was a color that fit in naturally to the bridge’s setting and the surrounding land area. If you’re interested in the history of the Golden Gate Bridge, twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) free walking Bridge tours are offered by San Francisco City Guides. Regardless of when you go, there’s more to enjoying the Golden Gate Bridge than just going, taking a snapshot and moving on. Its beauty opens up more as you see it from different times of day, and from different views. At South east end of the Golden Gate Bridge you can find a new Bridge Pavilion with all new merchandise, personally guided tours, the Bridge Café. North end of the Bridge (also called the Vista Point) offers many photo opportunities.
There has been the citadel and penitentiary and now is a national recreational area. This island is just 1.5 miles away from San Francisco shores. Native Americans kept away from this island and called it ‘Evil’, during its-been-prison period no prisoner successfully escaped from it. Al Capone spent 11 years in detention in this jail and in our time we go there to see various seabird colonies, military and penitentiary buildings along with American Indian’s ceremonies. To visit Alcatraz Island you will need to purchase tickets in advance from Alcatraz Cruises. Alcatraz Island frequently sells out – up to a week in advance in summer and near holidays.
SAN FRANCISCO ZOO
This 100-acre zoo located in the southwestern corner of San Francisco, between Lake Merced and the Pacific Ocean along the Great Highway. Found in 1929, now it provides great variety of animals along with a recreation area to relax and have fun, an educational center providing formal and informal learning programs for children and adults, a park and nature center showcasing native plants and gardens and bird sanctuary and bird watcher’s paradise.
North Beach is a neighborhood in the northeast of San Francisco adjacent to Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf and Russian Hill. It’s best known as San Francisco’s Little Italy, with its high density of check-clothed restaurants, cafes and delicatessens. It’s also a popular pilgrimage for fans of the Beat movement seeking the old haunts of Kerouac and Ginsberg.
One of San Francisco’s main retail and cultural centers, Union Square also refers to the actual park, named after the pro-Union rallies held there before and during the Civil War, was built and named in 1850 by San Francisco’s first mayor, John Geary. Today the area is one of the largest collections of retail stores, department stores, boutiques, tourist shops, art galleries, and salons in the Western United States, making it one of the world’s premier shopping districts. Hotels and various performance halls help contribute to the area’s cosmopolitan, 24-hour character.