If your family has trouble finding a vacation destination that caters to everyone’s interests, San Francisco is your town. With breathtaking views, fascinating walking tours, historical landmarks and more, there is something for everyone.
Vacationers have plenty of choices for San Francisco accommodations, as there are numerous hotels or vacation rentals for those tourists wanting to experience a more local flavour of this historic city. Bring comfortable shoes, plenty of snacks and a warm sweater or jacket. Prepare to climb a lot of hills and steep steps. In a town known for its panoramic views and vantage points, the extra exercise is well worth it.
While you are in the city by the bay, make sure to experience these unique landmarks.
The city’s beloved cable vehicles clank across the hills like mobile museum pieces. Each weighs about 6 tons and runs on a cable under the street in a center rail moving at constant 9.5 mph. The speed might strike you as slow. However, it does not feel that way when you are riding on an almost perpendicular hill and looking down at what seems like a bobsled dive into the ocean. In spite of the thrills, they are perfectly safe.
History buffs should take the time to visit the Cable Car Museum located on Nob Hill. The Museum is full of historical information about the famous trams and features three antique cable cars from the 1870s.
Visible from Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz has been the subject of many popular movies and books. The maximum security jail began as a military post protecting the bay shoreline. In 1934, Alcatraz was converted into a prison housing famous criminals such as Al Capone and George “Machine Gun” Kelly. The prison was believed to be escape proof, given the sheer cliffs, treacherous currents, and frigid water temperatures. Nevertheless, following an apparent escape wherein no bodies were recovered, the government closed the prison.
A group of American Indians chartered a boat and symbolically reclaimed the island for the Indian people and became part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The wildlife driven away throughout the military and penitentiary years has started returning, and your family can view them from a nature trail that runs throughout the island.
Golden Gate Bridge
The magnificent Golden Gate Bridge is one of the seven wonders of the modern world and is a landmark that you can’t miss. Originally called “the bridge that couldn’t be built,” it opened in 1937 after a four-year struggle against relentless winds, fog, rocks and treacherous tides. Lace up your walking shoes to cross the 1.7-mile wonder on the pedestrian sidewalks for a truly unique experience.
Spend some family time in Golden Gate Park, one of the largest urban parks in the world. So much more than a park, you will find two museums, splendid botanical gardens, and facilities for more than 20 sports.
San Francisco is truly the perfect vacation destination for your eclectic family, with historical landmarks, marvellous views whichever way you turn and casual, relaxing scenery.