Going to San Francisco, City by the Bay


Identified for inspiring innovations, eccentric culinary eats and some of the most distinctive landscapes across America, San Francisco sat at the leading of my travel list for a extended time.


Fueled by pop culture references and regularly becoming in the media spotlight, I knew the City by the Bay was going to be a specific knowledge, specially just after driving by means of rural Oregon.

There’s an fascinating vibe in the city. Exactly where trendy and revolutionary enterprises from about the globe are regularly influencing at a single finish, when there’s also a robust wish for historical preservation.

Of all the sights and activities I skilled, my favourite spots have been also ones that completely embraced this sea-saw balance of old and new in this ever altering city.


One particular of my favourite activity is going to and studying the history of Alcatraz. I was initial introduced, and promptly infatuated with the prison in 1996. What occurred in 1996 that triggered this excitment you ask? I saw the film, The Rock for the initial time!

The film mesmerized me and I’m not even positive what captured my consideration so intently. Perhaps due to the fact it held some of the most harmful Americans at the time, that it is constructed on a secluded island for additional safety, or due to the fact I lived in a household that idolized Sean Connery – who knows? All I know is that I necessary to see Alcatraz with my quite personal eyes.

Not wanting to miss my possibility at fulfilling my childhood dream of going to Alcatraz, I secured my tour ticket ideal away. It is not vital to obtain tickets that far in advance, but it is nevertheless extremely advised to pre-obtain them, as they generally sell out.

Only National Park Service concessionaire Alcatraz Cruises presents official tours. There are other organizations that give tours, but they do not truly bring you onto Alcatraz Island.

After on the island, the only way to knowledge the attraction is with their award-winning audio guide. Currently integrated in your ticket value, you can listen to this incredible audio tour in numerous distinct languages.

Assembled with a mishmash of narrations, interviews and reenactments, this audio-tour brings the penitentiary to life. Goosebumps ran along my arms and chills down my neck, as I got to knowledge the institution in such a realistic way.

Visitors can knowledge the penitentiary even far more by going into the cells, closing the gates and seeing what it feels like to be locked in. Needless to say, that wasn’t on my agenda. I’ve noticed The Rock. I wasn’t going to make that error.

Charm Tip: If attainable, attempt to take a look at the island early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Even even though tours are sectioned into time blocks, it can nevertheless get mighty crowded.


Golden Gate Bridge and Region

The structure that defines San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge is a have to-see for any visitor. When I do not discover it especially gorgeous or astonishing, I did delight in the atmosphere and views surrounding this region. Lively and fresh, this aspect of town absolutely represents a newer and younger point of view of the city.

Golden Gate Bridge

Numerous guests do not truly cross the bridge more than to Marin County, but I’d extremely advise it. Admittedly, I wasn’t going to cross it either. But possessing missed my highway exit, I had no option but to venture across. And was I thankful for my error!

A lot significantly less crowded, Marin County is lush and elevated. There are a number of vista points out there, and all of them presents exceptional outlooks. When compared to viewing the bridge from the Bay region, there’s a single factor that proves Marin County far more superior. A view with the city in the background!

Even even though the climate may not normally cooperate, with hazy skies or thick cloud coverage, a distinct angle of the bridge is nicely worth it.

Fort Point

Situated close to the base of the Golden Gate Bridge on the Bay side, Fort Point is an fascinating spot. After a seacoast fortification and now a historical web page, guests can tour its ruins and learn its history.

For these significantly less interested in studying about the previous, Fort Point also presents an up close and private view of the Golden Gate. Just about below the bridge at specific points, it permits for a absolutely distinct angle of the structure.

Crissy Fields

A former army airfield, Crissy Fields is now a substantial open recreational space. It is a relaxing and nicely-maintained region that permits patrons to delight in numerous leisure activities, such as cycling and windsurfing. There’s beaches and tidal marshes, as nicely as trails that wind all through the region.

Charm tip: In involving Fort Point and Crissy Fields, appear for an unsuspecting creating referred to as the Warming Hut. Supplying yummy snacks, drinks and distinctive San Francisco merchandise, this is a fantastic spot for a pit quit.


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