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"For those who come to San Francisco, summertime will be a love-in there. In the streets of San Francisco, gentle people with flowers in their hair," crooned Scott McKenzie in his iconic song 'San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)'.
If you do go to San Francisco, tuck a sweet flower behind your ear or adorn a floral wreath crown, and then check out these awesome tourist attractions.
1. San Francisco Cable Car Museum
The steep streets of this city are world-famous, with Lombard Street in particular tilting precariously at 27 degrees - that incline is so intense that cars aren't allowed to drive uphill. One of the alternate modes of transport for navigating the topsy-turvy terrain of San Fran has been, for decades, the cable cars.
The very first cable car run in San Francisco took place back in 1873, and you can still ride modern versions today. However, before you jump onboard, be sure to visit the San Francisco Cable Car Museum so you can learn about the history and context of these beauties. It's housed in the Washington-Mason powerhouse, a site worth visiting in of itself for its striking architecture.
2. Golden Gate Bridge
This rustic red bridge has glinted in the sunlight for decades since its opening in 1937. Whether you see it with fog floating through its soaring design, or on a clear day, the Golden Gate Bridge will take your breath away. One of the best spots to see it are the vista points on both north and south sides of the bridge, with convenient parking lots at each.
If you're keen to actually get on the bridge, it takes around 45 to 60 minutes to walk across - but the views will be well worth the effort. Time your walk just before sunset for truly jaw-dropping vistas. You can also learn about the history of this structure - just hop on over to the Bridge Pavilion for exhibitions and displays.
3. Alcatraz Island
The brave can venture out to this historic prison by boat for an evening tour, but if that's a tad too spooky, simply visit in daytime hours. This former Civil War fortress turned federal prison is steeped in rich history, and museum displays include close-up mug shots of federal prisoners, archived objects from when it was a military prison and artefacts from Native Americans during their occupation of the site during the 1970s.
4. Crissy Field
Once upon a time, Crissy Field was an army airstrip. Today, it is a picturesque waterfront promenade stretching for more than six kilometres. Sandy beaches and grassy banks make for an idyllic picnic spot.
Perch down at a picnic table near Fort Point and the Golden Gate Bridge, because Crissy Field is the perfect spot for clicking a postcard-style photograph of the Bridge. You could even take a selfie with the Bridge in the background and the flower in your hair - an ultimate ode to San Francisco.
5. AT&T Park
No trip to America is complete without attending a baseball game. The frenzied sounds of fans cheering for the San Francisco Giants, if you're lucky enough to catch a game while they play in their home town, will wrap you up in a fun atmosphere. Best of all, AT&T Park sells classic treats such as Caribbean Cha Cha bowls (chicken over black beans and rice), grilled crab sandwiches and garlic fries.
6. The Mission District
Art lovers will enjoy this area of San Francisco, where the sides of buildings explode in colour thanks to more than 200 murals painted onto their walls. The neighbourhood's Hispanic heritage is celebrated through these artworks, curving up the architecture of Balmy Alley and 24th Street. Artists offer guided walks through the murals on weekends.
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