A consolidated city-country, San Francisco is the only one of its form in California. With the geographical coordinates being 37°46′29″ N latitude, 122°25′09″ W longitude and 196 ft altitude, San Francisco is the second most populated city in USA after New York City. Known for its educational and cultural belongings, this city cum country has a large never ending stock of talent and knowledge. Let us take a look at some of the must see locations.
Golden Gate Bridge: Built in 1937, it was the world’s tallest bridge. It was also the longest one. The breath taking view against which it has been built makes it more touristic. Its orange colour and artistic towers make the bridge unique and worth visiting.
Silicon Valley: It is an industrial area which has the reputation of giving birth to some of the biggest MNCs today. It has fuelled growth in many start ups and is a centre for intellects. It has Stanford University around and is the base camp of many IT companies.
Fisherman's Wharf: If you are a non vegetarian, you must try Dungeness crab in this food haven. This place is also famous for entertainment in the form of magicians, clowns, fire eaters and other unique things. Live music, dance and comedy shows also can be seen at night.
Alcatraz Island: It has been known for the war and prison there. But one can also see a famous bird sanctuary, a lighthouse, some green beautiful parks and some sea fun in cruises. It has a famous rock which can be viewed from all parts of the land.
Cable Cars: These cars were first started in 1873. Thereon they have been refurbished but they are still kept functional for tourists. A lot of them end up at touristic places like the Fisherman’s Wharf and others.
Golden Gate Park: More than 1000 acres of land is covered under this park and is visited by millions of visitors each year. It has lakes, garden area, and playground, walking trails and many other places within one big area. It hosts many events as well.
Chinatown: One will see what is not expected in San Francisco. There is huge gate that takes one to Grant Avenue, a famous street for cheap & attractive Buddhas. The place bustles with lighting, dragons and vendors. There is tasty Chinese food and some hand made fortune cookies which amaze the visitors.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: It is one of the few museums that houses 20th century art. It has everything from paintings to photography but all internationally famous works related to modern art only. It Is temporarily closed for expansion purpose.
Twin Peaks: It is at 922 feet and follows Mt. Davidson in height. It gives a picture perfect view of mountains, wildlife as well as plants. It gives a complete view of Bay area and also has a park adjacent to it.
Asian Art Museum: Just as the name suggests, it includes artistic work belonging to 40 cultures in Asia. It has more than 17000 unique art pieces and some of them are 6000 years old. It has everything from sculptures to paintings and the entry is usually free on first Sundays of the month and charges nominal fees otherwise.
Napa Valley: It is wine country with beautiful roads leading up to it. It is a day trip from San Francisco. Here you can see some vineyards, hear about the history of wines, watch some wine being prepared and of course get to taste some unique varieties.
Golden Gate National Recreation Area: It is 80000 acres of land being preserved in the Bay area for protecting its flora and fauna. It has Muir Woods Monument, Alcatraz and Presidio of San Francisco which are worth seeing.
Indians are one of the most visited tourists in San Francisco and thus, there are many flights from India to here. Every air line is running the flights between these two countries. The approximate distance from every Indian state to San Francisco is 15,000 km. Here, are the two major flights from the top metropolitan cities in India to San Francisco.
From Delhi to San Francisco it is 12,380 km and the flight price is approximately 64000 INR on a round trip.
From Mumbai it is 13,510 km to San Francisco and the flight price is an approximate 70,000 INR on a round trip.
The popular airline options include Jet Airways, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Air India, Virgin Atlantic and Lufthansa. These flights are either direct or via Hongkong or Dubai or London or Frankfurt.
Every tourist looks for something that will guide him to the best way to travel any location. With minimum time in hand and maximum places to visit, and that too in a minimum budget possible with maximum fun, is a real challenge. There are many itineraries suggested by various travel companies and advisors. Let us discuss a three day itinerary to San Francisco which will surely help the tourist for the best of his holidays.
Give your first day to understand the city as a whole. Go on a walk on The Union Square. Stroll across the various shopping complexes discussed above like China Town etc. Once you are quite aware of the roads and marks, take a bicycle ride on the world famous Golden Gate Bridge and Park. With famous restaurants along side and various shows and events, this park is a real attraction of the tourists. This is how the first day will end.
Give your second day to understand the marvels of this city. Go for the museums and art galleries. Visit the world famous planetariums and aquariums and most important, the exploraniums. This will give you the real picture of the city’s culture and traditions. Don’t miss the theatres and plays which are hosted in these big museums and places. End your day with a delicious sea food cuisine in Fisherman's Wharf, the oldest restaurant in the city.
Day 3, the last day of your journey should be spent in such a way that your trip seems complete. And, thus, dedicate this complete day to the fun activities like cycling, biking, all across the country. You can also devote some of your time in the financial district of this city to take a glimpse of San Francisco’s economy and governance. And, last but not the least; end your day in a pub or a dance bar enjoying the night life of this beautiful glowing city.
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