Things to do in San Francisco

12.11.2011 In: Travel destinations

San Francisco is one of the prettiest cities in the world, and has been used as the setting for countless movies and TV serials, including Dirty Harry, Vertigo, Ironside, and The Streets Of San Francisco. It is also one of the most forward-thinking and tolerant cities in the world, having been at the forefront of the hippy movement in the 60s and the gay liberation movement of the 1970s. If you're in San Francisco, make sure you choose a San Francisco vacation rental as your accommodation, you'll get more than short-term lodging - you'll get an experience and memories to last a lifetime. Every year, it attracts millions of tourists from all over the world, keen to sample the legendary SF lifestyle.

San Francisco is home to one of the most famous suspension bridges in the world, the Golden Gate Bridge. It is a massively long bridge that connects the north of the city to neighboring suburb Sausalito, and can be crossed on foot, by car, or on a bicycle. From the bridge, you can see the legendary island of Alcatraz, which used to be one of the most notorious high-security prisons in the US, and is now a prison-themed tourist attraction.

In 1967, the area around the intersecting streets of Haight and Ashbury was widely considered to be the epicentre of the ‘flower power’ movement, with thousands of young hippies descending on the area to turn on, tune in, and drop out to the sounds of local bands such as Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead. The summer of love soon blew over, but the area is still heavily indebted to that era, with plenty of second hand clothing and record stores, bohemian bars and cafes, and shops selling all sorts of exotic goods from around the world.
Golden Gate Park, which covers the area between the top of Haight and the Golden Gate Bridge, is one of the largest city centre parks in the world, and is certainly one of the most beautiful. Here, you can meditate in a Japanese tea garden, marvel at the exotic plant life in the botanical garden, visit the bison enclosure, visit one of the many museums and art galleries in the park, or catch a concert in the musical concourse.
If you are a fan of the Alfred Hitchcock movie Vertigo, then you might want to pay a visit to Mission Dolores Church, where the infamous tower scene was filmed. While you are there, you might as well head along to Mission Dolores Park, where you can get some fantastic hilltop views of the city and the Bay Bridge, which connects San Francisco with neighboring Oakland.