Just another day in San Francisco: Visited 5 top tourist spots

One of the nicest things about San Francisco, a city where there is so much to do and see, is its geographically small size which means that you can visit do and see a lot in a short span of time. It was a very fine day when we decided to roam around the city. From 12 NN to 8 pm, we were able to visit five top tourist attractions, namely Treasure Island, Palace of Fine Arts, Pier 39 & Fisherman’s Wharf, Lombard Street, and the Golden Gate bridge, without rush. I’ve already been to those said places during my previous visit to the city but those lovely landmarks still amaze me. Below are some attractions that you shouldn’t miss while you are in San Francisco City.

Treasure Island It is a man made platform in the San Francisco Bay Area. There, you will see the island’s historical naval station and auxiliary air facility. Treasure Island offers a great view of the San Francisco skyline, making it truly a “treasure island.” However, for me, nothing can beat the view of the city from the Marin Headlands.

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Palace of Fine Arts A large serene lagoon, beautiful walkways, Greek-style collonades, sophisticated carvings, and a gian dome tower – these are what you can find in the symbol of the spirit that makes San Francisco as “the city that knows how.” In all my visit to this wonderful setting, there is always a ongoing wedding photoshoot. I can see this place is a popular spot for engagement and wedding photo shoots because of the romantic ambiance that it offers. If you want to get away from the busyness of the city, this is the place to be! You could stroll around with your family, take your special someone to a nice walk around the park, read a book under the lovely willow tree or wander around taking pictures. If you are in San Francisco, do not miss this very beautiful and picturesque landmark!

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Lombard Street It is known as the “crookedest” street in the world. San Francisco is full of hills but you can still find this street pretty interesting because of its short curve and steeps. With all of the city’s one way and dead end streets, reaching the place was a bit of a challenge. You can drive with your car down from the top of the streets or you could park your car and have a short hike down. If you want to have a really good photo of this iconic street, goodluck! There are reallly A LOT of people standing in the street waiting for their turn to get a good memorable photograph with this crazy, twisted street.

There are actually people living on the sides of this road. This residential road is full with beautiful homes and flowers that add beauty to the scenery I even saw a parol on the window of one of the houses. It must be owned by a Filpino!

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Pier 39 Sea lions, Alcatraz, the SFO Skyline, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Bay – all of these can be seen from Pier 39. Not only that, you can also eat, shop and be entertained in Pier 39. It is like a carnival on a pier.

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Golden Gate Bridge Of course, a trip to San Francisco isn’t complete without a visit to the Golden Gate Bridge. It is popular not only because of its impressive structure, but also because of its rich history. There are many places to view the Golden Gate Bridge.  The photos below were taken from Crissy Field, a former U.S. military base.

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You can visit all those attractions for free. No entrance fee required.

There’s one thing I noticed about San Francisco – its unique weather compared to the rest of California. Actually, it is in San Francisco where I spent my coldest USA summer and warmest USA winter.

San Francisco is still my favorite city!  How about you? What is your favorite city? Let me know! 🙂

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14 thoughts on “Just another day in San Francisco: Visited 5 top tourist spots

  1. Thanks for the photos! I used to love “visiting” the sea lions on Pier 39 when I was a kid. We used to clap our hands together and make that obnoxious gasping sound to imitate them :).

  2. Awesome! I’m actually from San Francisco and my best advice is always not to go the traditional way when it comes to sight-seeing and exploring San Francisco. That’s usually what I tell my friends and family who vacation with us from the East Coast or overseas! There are a ton of hidden gems around the city. Usually, if you’re not a shy person, ask a random person where they’re favorite spot is. San Francisco is also a great city filled with culture and “foodie” treats on Fililmore Street and SOMA (South of Market) There’s also Twin Peaks and Coit Tower! Hopefully you get to visit these places and enjoy the food as well on your next trip!

    • Cool. San Francisco has really a lot to offer! 🙂 My uncle’s house is near Twin Peaks but I haven’t been there since the view from the house deck is almost the same. Unfortunately, the Coit Tower is under renovation since November ’13.

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