Friday, April 15, 2011

Best Places to visit in San Francisco California

The list of things to see and do in San Francisco could be as long and as detailed as any of the most popular cities in the world. As with any famous city there are a few "must see" points of interest and if you're visiting SF for the first time it can becoming overwhelming. If you're interested in keeping your  stress levels down I encourage you to perform your own research and be sure to visit the chat boards where you can get a lot of varied opinions. The reality is some sights will be of interest to you and others won't. The most important part of any plan is to weigh the time you've got available with your list of "must see places'. Think of it as your own personal 'best of list'. Now all of that said here is my very biased list of -

The Best Places to Visit in San Francisco
  1. First up it's pretty much a non-negotiable - if you're visiting San Francisco you just have to experience  Pier 39.  This wonderful open air market is full of sights sounds and shops for for any age. Pier 39 is also a favorite San Francisco attraction where you can also watch the seals and sea lions basking in the sun; go shopping in numerous unique shops; and enjoy a distinctive dining experience - be sure to make it seafood, something Pier 39 is also world renowned for. Remarkably Californian, the Pier is an enjoyable atmosphere no matter what you're age or interest.
  2. The cable cars of San Francisco are an iconic image of this great city.  Regardless you jump on for a few minutes or a few blocks the experience is one you'll remember forever. Not only that but traveling by cable car is a green and cheap way to move around the key parts of the city.  They're quick, safe and give you a glimpse into the cities unique historical past.
  3. Any place to visit while in San Francisco is the California Academy of Sciences. This Academy may be the only place where you will actually find a natural history museum, a planetarium, an aquarium and a reproduced jungle are in one place. Adults and children will both get pleasure and learn something new with this experience.  At the California Academy of Sciences you can watch short movies and then 'wine and dine' after hours. You can watch penguins and learn about our natural environment. In the four story jungle, you will find bats, chameleons, butterflies and birds The catfish aquarium is a special treat as you walk through it inside an acrylic tunnel. This is also a great place to visit if the weather is inclement.
  4. The San Francisco Exploratorium is another interesting place for all ages. This science museum is made for people who don't normally like science (like my wife!). What makes it unique is the interaction you get with science. You can do your own experiments and learn all about natural phenomena in an interesting and self guided manner. The Exploratorium mingles art and science which generate new ideas for igniting interest and give fresh insights about our planet.

Pier 39, the Cable Cars, Exploratorium, the California Academy of Sciences and everything else you discover in wonderful San Francisco California is ideal for a weekend getaway or a week long vacation.

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