Where to Have Fun in San Francisco in 2013
Why Do People Love SF So Much?
Millions of people from all across the globe love the city of SF because there is a multitude of things to do and see for people of all ages and of all walks of life. The beauty of the city is simply unparalleled and there are numerous ways in which to experience the breathtaking natural beauty that surrounds you. The arts and culture of SF are great to experience as well, with museums, art galleries, Golden Gate Park, and spectacular Victorian architecture all at your fingertips. The city is also a top culinary destination. One-of-a-kind sights, activities, tours, vistas, and attractions abound so much so in the city that it is next to impossible to experience all the city has to offer unless you have unlimited time. In fact, Rudyard Kipling once stated, “San Francisco has only one drawback… it’s hard to leave.” In this article, we will discuss numerous ways to have Fun in SF in 2013.
San Francisco: Beauty All Around
Perhaps the number one reason people flock to SF year after year is because of the city’s gorgeous natural beauty. Muir Woods is a must-see location nestled in Marin County. Here you will stand amongst the oldest and tallest giant redwood trees on Earth. If you have time, you may wish to take a California Wine Country Tour from the city to Napa Valley and Sonoma Wine Country to taste delicious wines and gaze upon the beautiful countryside hills. Yosemite National Park is another spot to experience wild beauty, and if you take a tour you will enjoy a scenic drive through San Joaquin Valley and the Sierra Nevada mountain range. You may spot a black bear along the way. At the park, you will love the multitude of walking and hiking tours, spectacular waterfalls, and giant sequoia trees. Be very sure, however, to find a spot to fully take in the amazing coastline when you are in SF. You haven’t fully experienced SF if you do not feel, smell, see, and hear the huge and frothy waves crashing amongst the jagged rocks of the coast.
Experience the Uniqueness of SF
There are several fun things to do in SF in 2013 that involve exploring the sights and attractions that are totally unique to the city. The number one tourist attraction in the city is Pier 39, where you will find the famous sea lions, over 100 specialty shops, restaurants, street vendors offering delicious and fresh seafood delights, the Aquarium of the Bay, art galleries, boat rides and talented street performers. Also, check out Fisherman’s Wharf where you will enjoy many of the things offered at Pier 39 and also be able to take the famous SF Duck Tour. No trip to the city is complete without also visiting and touring Alcatraz with its very interesting and state-of-the-art audio tour. Other things you should not miss when in SF include the very crooked Lombard Street, Coit Tower, Golden Gate Park, and the Japanese Tea Gardens.
Experience San Francisco’s Finest by taking a Tour
A multitude of city tours are readily available in the city of SF and they provide a great way to see the very best of the city. Take a cable car ride through the famous steep hills or even a double-decker bus tour. The SF Shuttle Tour provides an in-depth five-hour tour and includes a ferry cruise across the bay. If you can handle heights, think about going on a helicopter tour on which you will experience fantastic views of Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island, the beautiful Pacific coastline, the Marin Headlands, and the quaint town of Sausalito.
Art and Culture Galore in SF
SF is a mecca of art and cultural experiences. While in SF, you simply must explore Golden Gate Park, which houses one of the world’s largest planetarium, and aquarium and coral reef, a glass-domed rainforest, and a natural history museum, among other things. The Asian Art Museum is another great place to visit and houses over 15,000 treasures spanning about 6,000 years of Asian history. Other top museums and art galleries include the SF Art Exchange, the SF Museum of Modern Art, California Historical Society, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, MH de Young Museum, and the Legion of Honor.
A “Foodie’s” Dream: SF
Culinary experiences are around every corner in the city of SF. Perhaps one of the best is Ferry Plaza and Farmers Market at the Ferry Building Marketplace. This is a Saturday market filled with the very best artisan specialties and organic produce, from olive oils and cheeses to jams and even flowers. Enjoy food samples from international food vendors and cooking demonstrations here as well. Also, you would be remiss to miss out on visiting Ghirardelli Square and its famous ice cream shop, waterfront dining, art galleries, fine shops and live entertainment. North Beach and Little Italy are amazing spots for to-die-for food as well and even offer food tours so you can taste the very best coffee, truffles, specialty meats, olive oils, and other foods that are featured here.
Golden Gate Bridge: Truly a Sight to See!
We have saved the best for last: Golden Gate Bridge. An architectural wonder, the bridge welcomes over ten million cyclists and walkers every year. Here you will enjoy breathtaking views of the SF skyline, Alcatraz, Angel Island, SF Bay and its plethora of sailboats, and the Pacific Ocean. You can even take the SF Sailing Cruise, which will take you under the magnificent bridge. Linking SF to Marin County, the Golden Gate Bridge features a visitor’s plaza and picturesque vistas, overlooks, and trails.
In conclusion, it really is impossible to include all the ways to have Fun in SF in one article. The city is jam-packed with things to do and explore. From Alcatraz and Golden Gate Park to Muir Woods and North Beach, your choices of activities abound. We hope this article provided a glimpse into some of the ways you can have Fun in 2013 in the spectacular city of SF!
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