Golden Gate Bridge and National Recreation Area
Since its completion in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge became an instantly recognizable symbol for the “city by the bay,” as well as an international architectural icon. Visitors can walk, bike or drive across the 4,200-foot orange-vermillion span. In addition to the bridge, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area includes terrific destinations such as Alcatraz Island, the Marin Headlands, Fort Mason and the Presidio of San Francisco—making it one of the largest national urban parks in the world.
“The Rock” has long been one of the Bay Area’s most visited destinations, and with good reason: a fascinating, mysterious history is now open to the public. Take the ferry out to Alcatraz Island and explore the remnants of the infamous federal prison, where extreme isolation—both physical and psychological—made its reputation as one of the worst places to be incarcerated in the nation. When a small group of Native American students and urban Indians reclaimed the site in 1969, Alcatraz took on new meaning as a source of inspiration and cultural pride.
Dine on delicious Dungeness crab. Browse dozens of specialty shops and trendy boutiques. Explore the National Maritime Museum and the USS Pampanito Submarine Museum. Enjoy the street performers as they entertain the crowds. Savor some marvelous Ghirardelli chocolate for dessert, then head to one of the many bars and pubs for a cocktail and some live entertainment. With so much to do and see, you could spend a whole week at Fisherman’s Wharf!
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
After moving to its current location in 1995, it was clear that the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art would become one of the most innovative and important modern and contemporary art museums in the country. The building itself is an architectural delight, creating excellent spaces within to view a variety of artworks in different mediums. Top-notch traveling exhibits are regularly on display, and the permanent collection includes works by Robert Rauschenberg, Dorothea Lange, Chuck Close, Piet Mondrian, Cindy Sherman, Marcel Duchamp, René Magritte, Pablo Picasso and Man Ray.
San Francisco Chinatown
The origins of San Francisco’s famous Chinatown date back to the 1840s, and the Gold Rush brought thousands of Chinese immigrants to this unique section of the city. Chinatown has gone on to become a major part of San Francisco’s diverse cultural landscape, and the Chinese New Year festivities are an annual highlight. Diners with a fondness for Asian cuisine can’t go wrong: dozens of established restaurants serve up authentic Cantonese, Hakka, Hunan, Shanghainese, Szechuan, Taiwanese and Vietnamese fare.
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The Crookedest Street in the World
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