One of the most beautiful cities on the western seaboard is San Francisco. It is a city that is built on rolling hills, with picturesque skylines and surrounded by the ocean. While popular cities like San Francisco can easily be quite costly for visitors, getting out and enjoying the city on foot can make it not only more affordable but also more enjoyable as well. Ultimate Excursions invites you to take a closer look at just a few of the many great destinations you won’t want to miss in this lovely City by the Bay.
Fisherman’s Wharf is a great place to start. You can see hundreds or even thousands of sea lions stretched out all around Pier 39. The best time to visit the Wharf is early though before all the throngs of tourists arrive, around dawn. While not everyone likes getting up early on vacation, it is a great way to avoid the crowds and enjoy unique experiences.
Now that you’ve been fortified with food and some coffee, it’s time to take in this city at a new elevation. Located in North beach at the top of historic Telegraph Hill is Coit Tower. It has amazing views of the city, but is really known for its murals. The paintings in the tower were completed in 1933 and are done in a social-realism style, much like Diego Rivera. They are delightful and a wonderful way to get an interpretation of a bygone era. When you leave, take the 400 stairs down the hill, and hope that you see some of the wild parrots, as well as the beautiful homes and colorful gardens.
A trip to San Fran is not complete without a trip to see the Golden Gate Bridge and a ride on a trolley car. The engineering marvel of the Golden Gate Bridge isn’t technically golden, but more of a rust color. If it’s not too windy or foggy of a day, take the walk across the bridge. It will probably be one of the most beautiful walks you ever take in your life. For some of the cheapest entertainment you can get, hop on a historic trolley car for $2. There are seventeen trolley cars in service, and they are all painted in their original colors from the 1920’s and 1930’s.
You’ve gone out and explored the city, and have done so in a way that won’t have you gasping at sticker shock. Take all that money you saved and go splurge on an amazing dinner, one that hopefully affords stunning evening views of this picture perfect postcard city.