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3 Iconic Attractions You Have To See During Your San Francisco Trip

  • October 15, 2018

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There are some things that you just HAVE to do when you travel to a certain city, no matter what time of the year it is. And there is certainly no shortage of those in San Francisco! From Fisherman’s Wharf to riding a cable car, these are three iconic tourist attractions that you can’t leave without checking out. Book your stay with us here at Holiday Inn San Francisco when you do visit — we’re conveniently located, with fantastic rates and amenities including on-site dining.

Fisherman’s Wharf 

Still very active for many fishermen today, Fisherman's Wharf first developed during the mid to late 1800s when Italian fishermen came to the city to take advantage of the rapidly growing population due to the gold rush. Today, it’s known for Pier 39 (a diverse shopping district), Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum, the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, and a huge array of seafood restaurants. Make sure to visit the floating Forbes Island restaurant and Fisherman’s Grotto, as well as the many vendors serving up fresh seafood — notably crab, and clam chowder served in a sourdough bread bowl.

Visit Alcatraz

Alcatraz Island is home to the famous abandoned prison, the oldest operating lighthouse on the United State’s west coast, a civil war fort, beautiful rock pools, and a diverse bird colony. The island became a federal penitentiary in 1934 and, for the near three decades it operated, the jail held some of the most notorious criminals in American history, including Al Capone. Take a ferry ride to the island and a tour — or stay overnight, if you’re brave!

Ride a Cable Car 

This moving landmark is the world’s last manually operated cable car system. 23 lines were established in between 1873 and 1890 and, today, just three of them remain two from downtown (Union Square to Fisherman’s Wharf), and the third along California Street. Riding the car is a great, romantic, and nostalgic way to experience the history of the Bay city.


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