A City For Everyone
San Francisco was voted the ‘best place to live in the world’ by Time Out in 2021, so you can imagine how clean, friendly and thriving it is. The ‘City By The Bay’ (as it’s sometimes nicknamed) is a fabulous place for families, with everything from museums to play parks. It’s also a great destination for couples looking to inject some fun into their romantic getaways, and groups of friends would have a ball exploring the city.
There are daytime activities galore in San Fran, but that’s not all it’s known for. The electric nightlife here never fails to impress. As well as the things you’d typically expect – phenomenal clubs and quirky cocktail bars – there are some truly unusual places to go when the sun goes down. Think roller discos, improv shows, late night movies, speakeasy jazz clubs and themed parties. We’re sold!
Take A Bite Of San Francisco
The gorgeous streets of San Francisco are scattered with all kinds of tasty restaurants. The city’s signature dish is clam chowder – a taste you simply must try! If you’re a foodie visiting the city, you’ll be in your element. You’ll come across everything from laid-back coffee bars serving up buttery pastries for breakfast to lavish seafood restaurants where you can feast on fresh fish with a view. Even the fussiest of eaters will find something they love! One of the most popular places to visit in San Francisco is Chinatown. If you’re a fan of Chinese food, you simply must stop by this fascinating neighbourhood on your trip. As one of the oldest Chinatowns in America, it’s famous among tourists and you’ll find it’s buzzing with people day and night. With everything from dim sum restaurants to tea shops and karaoke bars, it’s not hard to see why!
Alcatraz Prison is the most famous in the world. Sometimes known as ‘The Rock’, this eerie prison built in 1850 is isolated on its own small island in the bay of San Fran. It’s renowned for holding some of the most notorious criminals in the USA, some examples including Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly. There are some fascinating stories about prisoners trying to escape this rocky island – it’s said that of the 36 men who tried to escape, 23 were caught, eight died on the run and five are considered missing or thought to have drowned.
In the present day, Alcatraz is open to tourists and is among the top attractions visited in San Francisco. The only way to access it is via a private ferry, and you should book your visit in advance as spaces do fill up, especially at peak times. On your visit to the island, you can expect to see some ruins of the prison itself, have an audio tour and learn about its history through a series of exhibits. It’s one of the most eye-opening places you’ll visit!