San Francisco, the city of California, has the incense of romance and exhilaration in its fog. One of the most visited cities in the world is often associated with the term "Only in San Francisco" for a reason which charms so many to book a direct flight to the city. The liberal culture, music, diversity and mountainous surroundings are few aspects which compose the centerpiece of Bay Area, that is, San Francisco, a must visit.
The Golden Gate Bridge which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and the Golden Gate Park spanning over 1000 acres is the most popular tourist sites. Places like Fisherman's Wharf and its Pier 39, Mission District and the Castro unveil the authentic San Francisco offering you eating, shopping and sightseeing avenues. The museums of the city will make you stumble in amazement, few of which are Palace of Fine Arts, , and Musée Mécanique. For shopping you can head to Ferry building marketplace, Union Square and SoMa (South of Market) which is known as the shopping center of San Francisco. Other famous destinations are Twin Peaks, Japanese Tea Garden, and Island.
The transportation in San Francisco includes Muni streetcar and bus, cable cars, BART - Bay Area Rapid Transit and taxis. The cable cars though slow but give you the picturesque view of the city and the single ride costs $7. Muni streetcar and bus is the cheap and best option to travel to San Francisco and the fare typically cost $2.25. Buying a Muni Passport at $17 per day can be a good way to make your transportation even cheaper and avail unlimited Muni rides along with cable car rides. For traveling to other cities in the Bay BART is best. Taxis are also surplus and cost around $2.75 per mile and meter starts at $3.50.
The is located 16 kilometers from the city. This is the major international airport and is amongst the largest airport in the world. There are direct flights to many Asian, Latin America and European locations from San Francisco. By using BART you can reach downtown at $8.65. Other nearest Airports to San Francisco are Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International. These airports can be a viable base to reach San Francisco as they offer cheap direct flight tickets.
This is an English speaking city but Cantonese is also spoken majorly. San Francisco is a paradise for foodies and some of the specialties along with their venues are Anchor steam beer, Martini at Aub Zam Zam, Strawberry Manju at Bankyodo, Apple Fritter at Bob's Donut & Pastry Shop, The Rebel Within at Craftsman and Wolves, Caldo Verde at Grubstake, Prime Rib at House of Prime Rib, Oysters at Swan Oyster Depot, Sticky Chewy Chocolate Ice Cream at Swensen's Ice Cream, Hangtown Fry at Tadich Grill, Country Bread at Tartine Bakery, Carne Asada Super Burrito at Taqueria El Farolito and Explosive Chicken at Z & Y Restaurant. You can expect to pay a handsome amount of $60-228 for eating at a fine restaurant while a mid-range meal can cost $15-50.
The best hotels in the city have the power to mesmerize you but San Francisco is not cheap and so is the accommodation. The best luxury hotel range approximately $180-380 and budget hotels range between $60-100 per night. Some of the best hotels in San Francisco are , The Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons Hotel, Fairmount, Palace Hotel, , Hotel Griffon and Taj Campton Place.