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San Francisco Travel Information

Like most great cities, a major part of San Francisco is on the waterfront.

The Pacific Ocean to the west and the stunning San Francisco Bay to the east are joined in spectacular fashion by the Golden Gate Bridge - the city's most famous landmark.

Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco
USA

Founded in 1776 by the Spaniards, it is today one of the most well known cities thanks to the many movies that have delighted us with street scenes encompassing cable cars and vehicles flying over the cities many hills.

A visit to San Francisco is a must when on holiday on the west coast of the US.
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San Francisco Travel Information

Getting There
Scheduled flights to San Francisco can be booked with direct flights from the UK here at Hessle Travel. Escorted tours and holidays are also available. The flight time to San Francisco is approx 10 1/2 hours.

Getting Around
San Francisco's most famous form of transport, the cable car, is also one of the best ways to travel between the two main tourist areas - Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf.

Cable Cars
One of many cable cars in San Francisco

Almost all the major attractions can be visited on foot from the many boarding points. All day and multi-day public transport passes are available and offer unlimited use, not only of the cable cars, but also the extensive bus and mini-metro.

Shopping
The best area for shopping is the Union Square area and the large San Francisco shopping centre. Other notable areas are Ghiradelli Square, Pier 39 and the Cannery.

Dining and Entertainment
Close to Union Square is a lively theatre district and also a wide variety of restaurants. For a unique dinner visit Chinatown.
Fishermans Wharf also boasts a selection of restaurants, many not surprisingly, specialising in seafood.
Lively nightlife can be found amid the neon signs of North Beach.

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Main Attractions in San Francisco

Fisherman's Wharf

The centre for the citys commercial fish industry is California's second most visited tourist attraction (after Disneyland). Here you can walk through open air fish markets and purchase a wide variety of fish and seafood.
The Wharf is also home to numerous seafood restaurants, souvenir and craft shops and novelty museums such as Ripley's Believe It or Not and the Wax Museum. At Pier 45 the U.S.S. Pampanito, a World War II submarine can be toured.

Fishermans Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf

Pier 39
A wide variety of craft and speciality shops, restaurants and street performers make this one of the citys most enjoyable areas. Also located here is the Aquarium of the Bay.

Alcatraz Island
'The Rock' can be visited by catching a 15 minute ferry across the one and a half miles of water from Pier 41. A fascinating and unique opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Al Capone and the famous birdman.

Alcatraz Island
Escape from Alcatraz Island!

Golden Gate Bridge
No visit to San Francisco is complete without a photograph or two of the city's most famous landmark. The bridge opened in 1937, is almost two miles long and links the city to Marin County and the Redwoods.

Lombard Street
Famed as the worlds most crooked street, take the time to view the interesting facades and colourful flowers.

Golden Gate Park
a 1,000 acre area that includes bike parks, hiking trails, numerous sports fields and three lakes offering boating opportunities.
A very popular place with the locals at the weekend. Attractions inside the park include a Japanese Tea Garden, conservatory of flowers, children's playground, Asian Art Museum, de Young Museum, the Californian Academy of Sciences, an aquarium and a planetarium.

Union Square
Since 1850 Union Square has been the heart of San Francisco's downtown and is now home to some of its finest department stores and most exclusive boutiques.

Chinatown
Home to one of the largest Chinese communities outside Asia, this 14 block area boasts some of the best Chinese cuisine in the US. Also home to curio shops, temples and bazaars.

Nob Hill
An elegant hilltop area of hotels and residences, home to the Gothic Grace Cathedral and Huntington Park.

San Francisco - Highlights

> If you want to go to Alcatraz (and you should!) pre-book or get there early in the summer

> Take the ferry over to Sansalito, or hire a bike, cycle over the Golden Gate Bridge and catch the Blue and Gold ferry home

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