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As I’m listening to the American rock band Journey and its’ 1978 song “Lights” as Steve Perry so eloquently belts out the lyric “I want to get back to my City by the bay”, I immediately think of San Francisco, California and how 16.9 million people visit this City by the Bay each year.
San Francisco is filled with some of the nation’s most popular iconic sights including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alacatraz, Muir Woods National Monument, historic cable cars, famous Fisherman Wharf’s neighborhood, Golden Gate Park, Ocean Beach and the over 100 year old Ferry Building Marketplace. What you may not know is that San Francisco offers so much more in between the iconic sites.
San Francisco is the 13th most populous City in the United States with approximately 884,363 residents. It was founded on June 29, 1776 by colonist of Spain and it became populated by the California Gold Rush of 1894. It officially incorporated on April 15, 1850.
After you visit all of the iconic and historic sites please don’t forget to visit the following locations: (they are all great sightseeing destinations)
Please dine at the State Bird Provisions on Fillmore Street that offers American small plates dim-dum style. Once you are completely satisfied and full from your meal, take a walk across the Golden Gate Bridge. It is a 1.7 mile walk across in length and a 3.4 mile walk round trip with both breath taking and photogenic views.
Next visit the San Francisco museum of Modern Art. It has an internationally recognized collection of both contemporary and modern art. Then sip on tea at the Asha Tea House in a buzzy neighborhood with minimal relaxing space inside.
Go catch a Giant’s baseball game at the AT&T Park stadium located in San Francisco’s South Beach neighborhood. Then take a ride outside of town to the Hilltops which over looks the City by the bay below for some panoramic views.
Visit the Spark Food Truck Park that has over 150 food trucks offering some amazing food dishes. You may shop at the Ferry Plaza’s Farmer’s Market either Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday. It is located on the grounds next to the famous Ferry Building Marketplace.
Before your departure you must grab Dim Sum at Yank Sing in one of San Francisco’s Chinatown restaurants. It’s one of the oldest most established Chinatowns in the United States.
If San Francisco is one of your travel destinations, you will not be disappointed and there are plenty of hotels and Airbnb’s for your accommodations during your stay.