Posted on 29/06/2018

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San Francisco in 24 hours

San Francisco is the cultural, commercial and financial center of Northern California. If you only have 24 hours to spend in this fun and exciting city we want to help you make the most of your time. Check out our list of fun things to do in San Francisco.

Walk the Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is an iconic structure connecting the city of San Francisco to Marin County California. The Bridge spreads for almost two miles across the Golden Gate. The Golden Gate, constructed in 1933, stemmed from the desire to connect San Francisco to its northern neighbours. Since the Golden Gate opened to the public in 1937 it is recognized as an engineering marvel in addition to also being a picture-perfect landmark. With an average of 259 sunny days per year in San Francisco the probability that you will be in San Francisco on a bright day is high. - martinm303/123RF

Ride a cable car

Since the late 19th century cable cars have been used to transport people around San Francisco. The San Francisco cable car system is the world's last manually operated cable car. The cars run on tracks and are moved by an underground cable on three routes. They have an iconic and familiar bell which can be heard ringing from blocks away. Tickets can be purchased from a cable car conductor for 7 USD (3.5 EUR, 3 GBP). You can also purchase your ticket at ticket booths near the cable car lines. Be ready for spectacular views of the city's celebrated hills as well as exhilarating transportation. - Pius Lee/123RF

Visit the "Rock"

Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary was a maximum high-security federal prison on Alcatraz Island which operated from 1934 to 1963. Some of the United States most notorious criminals were incarcerated here and although several tried to escape, no inmate ever made a successful escape from the famous "Rock". Recorded prison tours are available allowing visitors to learn about the prison as they explore the buildings and grounds. To reach the island you must take a ferry from Pier 33. Making a booking in advance is always recommended as this place is popular amongst tourists. - WATCHARAPONG THAWORNWICHIAN/123RF

See some sea lions

Pier 39, a festive waterfront marketplace, is located on Fisherman's Wharf. A community of sea lions has now settled in the Pier 39 Marina and visitors queue to see their antics. California sea lions are known for their intelligence, playfulness and noisy barking. They are also protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act so it is unlawful for unauthorized persons to feed, handle or harass them. From Pier 39 it is a short walk to San Francisco's Dungeons and Madame Tussauds. Here you will encounter the historic Boudin Bakery and multiple favorite food options including famous crab vendors. - jewhyte/123RF

Shop in Union Square

Union Square, San Francisco, is the United States' third largest shopping area. Union Square became San Francisco's shopping epicenter in the early 1900s and today upscale stores and hotels surround Union Square. Union Square is the place for serious shoppers with major department stores and the most exclusive designer boutiques line the streets. Some popular ones are Post, Sutter, Geary, Grant, Stockton and Powell. - 2014 f8grapher/123RF

Visit North Beach

North Beach, San Francisco, is loved by locals and tourists for its character, variety and beauty. In 2007 it was recognized as one of America's top 10 great neighborhoods by the American Planning Association. The hearts of Little Italy and China Town intertwine here. North Beach is evidence of unmatched diversity of both Italian and Chinese locals, first-time tourists, office workers, free spirit poets and multi-millionaires all mixing and happily enjoying the scene together. Overall, North Beach is a romantic neighborhood with sidewalk cafes, restaurants and shops centered near Washington Square along Columbus and Grant avenues. The beautiful Church of Saints Peter and Paul is an iconic landmark of this area of San Francisco. - bennymarty/123RF

Walk through the oldest Chinatown

San Francisco is home to the oldest Chinatown in North America. Chinatown is an enclave that continues to retain its own customs, languages, palaces of worship, social clubs and identity. Chinatown is a major tourist attraction in San Francisco. In fact, it draws more visitors annually than the Golden Gate Bridge. The entrance to Chinatown at Grant avenue and Bush street and it is is called the "Dragon's Gate". This city within a city is best explored by foot. Exotic shops, renowned restaurants, food markets, temples and small museums comprise its boundaries. Visitors can buy ancient potions from herb shops and enjoy a "dim sum" lunch or witness the making of fortune cookies. - jewhyte/123RF

Experience high-class dining

San Francisco is known as one of America's best restaurant cities. Choosing your preferred cuisine when in San Francisco could turn out to be a mission with a huge selection of cuisines to choose from such as, Chinese, Japanese, French, Italian, Spanish, Moroccan, Indian, Malaysian, Mexican, Greek and Russian. Outerlands is a popular destination for outside, sunset and brunch dining. The restaurant boasts a laid-back beach vibe and features scrumptious good food and is particularly renowned for the quality of its bread. For lunch Souvla is a great option, with rotisserie roasted lamb, chicken, pork or sweet potato in pita or salad format and for desert a frozen-yogurt. - karimala/123RF

San Francisco nightlife

Nightlife in San Francisco is a constantly changing scene. The "hottest" clubs can be found in the south of market and mission districts with live and recorded rock and Latin music. Head to 'Audio Discotech' for a club in constant rotation of imported DJs. If you're an EDM lover then 'The Grand' is where you need to be. - J Rosette / Camerado/123RF

Twin Peaks

If you want a 360 degree view of beautiful San Francisco head to the top of Twin Peaks. These two hills rise almost 1000 feet above the city. From the top you can see many of San Francisco's landmarks such as, the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, Alcatraz, downtown skyscrapers and Market Street. For an even better view, climb the rugged stairs to the top of one of the peaks. You really will feel like you're floating above the whole Bay Area! - welcomia/123RF