The second largest metropolitan area on the U.S. West Coast, San Francisco holds an elegant and relaxing characteristic. The iconic landmarks, year-round cool weather, and steep rolling hills offer breathtaking views of one of the world's greatest bays, making San Francisco a popular travel destination.
Exploring San Francisco
The orange-red Golden Gate Bridge spans the San Francisco skyline, contrasting with the blue sea and sky, is one of the city's most popular landmarks. The Battery Spencer, Torpedo Wharf, and the Golden Gate Overlook are the best view points to enjoy the stunning scenery. Crissy Field, a former U.S. military site under the San Francisco Bridge, is now a recreational paradise for picnicking, hiking, surfing, and watching the evening sun set over the bay. Take a stroll along the beautiful scenery of the bay to the Palace of Fine Arts, where you will see the Romanesque dome and rose-red stone columns, a monumental building that was preserved after the Panama Pacific International Exposition in 1915, with classical and exquisite sculptures, and the surrounding green spaces and lakes.
Near the Marina District, Fisherman's Warf is San Francisco's second most popular tourist attraction with lots of activities for travelers. At Pier 39, you can enjoy freshest seafood, bowl of chowder, and world-class restaurant with seagulls flying in the sky and sea lions sunning themselves. You can also overlook Alcatraz Island here or book a tour to the island at Pier 33.
If you are a city person, Union Square, the heart of the city and San Francisco's transportation hub, is a place that you can't miss. SAKS FIFTH AVANUE, Macy's, Westfield San Francisco Centre, and Bloomingdale's San Francisco Centre offer everything from international boutiques to affordable clothing, making it a favorite shopping destination for tourists. There are also many 5-star hotels, restaurants and art galleries in the neighborhood, such as the world-famous Blue Bottle Coffee and the SFMOMA, the largest museum of modern art in the United States. In addition, San Francisco is a city of hills. Near Union Square, Lombard Street, located between Hyde Street and Leavenworth Street, has eight sharp curves and is full of beautiful flowers, also known as the Nine-turn Flower Street, which offers a great view of the city of San Francisco.
The suburbs of San Francisco are also worth to visit. Stanford University and UC Berkeley are not only top-ranked universities, but also popular locations for American movies and TV series; Yosemite National Park has stunning waterfalls, giant redwood forests, glacial terrain, and beautiful scenery everywhere you look; Napa Valley is home to the largest number of wineries in the United States, with fascinating sunshine, cool ocean breezes, and wafting wine aromas in the air.
The best travel season
San Francisco's year-round climate is mild and cool, making it a great place to visit. In the spring, flowers bloom at Filoli Gardens, Japanese Tea Garden, Half Moon Bay and Golden Gate Park. The summer months are sunny and are the peak tourist season. In the fall, San Francisco offers a wide variety of cultural and artistic events, where you can enjoy a diverse range of cultures. As for winter, it's a little cold and humid, but not unbearable, due to the California cold snap.
San Francisco's downtown is easily accessible, and you can reach major attractions through the Muni system.The Muni system consists of light rail Metro trains, Historic Streetcars, Cable Cars and buses. In addition, San Francisco offers a 1-day, 3-day, and 7-day Muni Passport and a CityPass that includes a 3-day Muni pass plus admission to specific attractions and museums, all of which are great ways to save time and money on your trip. The Clipper Card is a comprehensive, non-time limited transit card that allows travelers to move smoothly throughout the San Francisco Bay Area's various public transportation systems.
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San Francisco airport information
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is the largest airport and the main gateway to the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California. In addition to an aviation library and museum, the airport is also home to a variety of duty-free stores and boutique brands, making it a great place to visit and shop! Besides, San Francisco has a number of air terminals, and passengers can take the Air Train, which is divided into red and blue lines, to and from the terminals, and the Bart Station, which is the rental car center.
How to get from the airport to San Francisco downtown?
San Francisco International Airport is about 17 kilometers from downtown. The most convenient way to get to and from downtown San Francisco is to arrange for a transfer from the airport, rent a car, or call an Uber or Lyft, while public transportation includes the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), trains, and buses. The Bart Train extends from the San Francisco International Airport northward to downtown, and eastward to East Bay, and the fare is determined by the distance, which is a common means of transportation for tourists. The Cal Train is a train, which mainly goes to scenic spots south of the San Francisco International Airport, such as San Jose and Stanford University, etc. The SamTrans bus has more frequency and is cheaper, but the time spent on it is relatively longer.