Get Inspired / USA / Mainland USA Experience San Francisco and its highlights, USA Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / USA / Mainland USA Experience San Francisco and its highlights, USA story by: Inspire USA This vibrant city has much to offer and no visit would be complete without a cable car ride from Union Square to Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39, where you see the popular sea lion colony. A visit to Alcatraz is a must. Explore the federal prison where some of America’s most famous gangsters did their time, but to avoid disappointment pre book tickets as they sell out fast. Explore San Francisco’s diverse and colourful neighborhoods by foot, wandering the narrow alleys of Chinatown, stopping for coffee in North Beach, and finally Union Square for a spot of shopping. After a long day of sightseeing sit and watch one of San Francisco’s sunset’s over the bay. Highlights CABLE CARS – It’s really compulsory to hang off the side of a cable car in San Francisco. Grab one from Market Street to Fisherman’s Wharf on Powell-Hyde & Powell-Mason lines. California line runs from Financial district through Nob Hill to Van Ness Ave. GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE – Decisions, decisions... walk, cycle, drive or take a helicopter flight over the bridge. UNION SQUARE – Great shopping! Enjoy the hustle and bustle of Union Square. ALCATRAZ – Prison for first half of the 20th century, now a fab tourist attraction. Ferry across to this un-miss able landmark. Tickets are definitely recommended to be pre-purchased before you go, these sell out months in advance in high season (May-Sep). SAUSALITO – Spend an afternoon in this seaside town browsing the cafés, restaurants, shops and galleries. FISHERMAN’S WHARF/GHIRARDELLI SQUARE – Take a walk along Pier 39 and see the Sea Lions that have made the wharf their home. Also a great place for souvenir shopping! Chocolate lovers – well Ghirardelli Square is the place to check out – home of chocolate by the same name – fabulous sundaes, choc treats to die for! FERRY BUILDING – Shop at the Farmers’ Market with the locals for great food and crafts. LOMBARD STREET – Drive or walk down the most crooked part of the street between Hyde and Leavenworth streets – beware...it’s steep! ALAMO SQUARE – See the six sisters and other “painted ladies” – the famous row of Victorian houses. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui: Tauranga Papamoa: Tauranga Rotorua Tauranga CBD the Crossing: Tauranga Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist What all Los Angeles visitors should do (but don’t) Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Why you shouldn't make Houston a one night stand Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.