San Francisco is a beautiful and iconic city that offers the visitor plenty to do and to see. The city is going through a hard time right now thanks to the pandemic but if you are already making plans for your next vacation, rest assured that normal service will be resumed as soon as possible and the city will soon be able to welcome you with open arms .
In addition if you are already living in San Francisco it might be a good time to have a staycation and actually visit some of those must see San Francisco cultural sites!
Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park
Golden Gate Bridge is probably the most iconic out of all the must see San Francisco cultural sites. It spans a stretch of water called Golden Gate, a strait that connects the Pacific Ocean to San Francisco Bay and has been declared one of the wonders of the modern world by the American society of engineers.
At either end of the bridge you can visit the Golden Gate National Parks and enjoy beautiful natural scenery and superbly manicured gardens.
Fisherman’s Wharf is famous across the world. This waterside community is a lively and vibrant place with plenty to explore including the aquarium and the Muse Mechanique. There is wide variety of restaurants and bars where you can enjoy iconic San Francisco cuisine such as seafood, chowders and sour dough bread as well as food from around the world bought by the people who have made this city their home.
San Francisco’s China Town is the largest Chinatown in America and the biggest concentrated of all things Chinese, outside China itself. Many people visit for the food and to eat in the great restaurants but there is a lot more to China Town than just food. In China Town you can experience authentic Chinese culture and learn the history of this fascinating continent and its impact on the history of the USA.
Alcatraz Island was once home to the federal penitentiary that housed the most infamous criminals including Al Capone. Despite its proximity to the city, nobody ever escaped from Alcatraz and lived to tell the tale, though plenty of inmates died trying. Alcatraz was shut down as a prison in 1961 and today is only open to visitors who take the short boat ride from the mainland. Thousands of people visit the prison each year to experience its eerie and chilling atmosphere.
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
The Palace of Fine Arts Theatre is an impressive and beautiful building designed to look like a Roman theatre and is especially beautiful after dark when the whole building is illuminated. It was built to exhibit works of art and was originally constructed for the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition. Today the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre is a cultural icon and is one of the must see San Francisco cultural sites. It has been rebuilt and renovated throughout its history yet still seems to occupy a space that seems totally magical and deep rooted in a bygone age.