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A tour to Super Bowl 50 horde city San Francisco

February 7th, 2016 by admin | Filed under Blog.

‘For a prisoners, a genuine woe wasn’t a conditions on Alcatraz, it was being stranded on this stone out in a water… though still tighten adequate to see a people San Francisco carrying fun and vital their lives. 

‘They were so close, they could even smell a chocolate from Ghirardelli Square.’

I doubt a smells from a city’s waterfront could rush some-more than a mile out to strech a inmates of Alcatraz Island, as my debate beam is suggesting.

But notwithstanding his embellishments, as we mount on a barbarous stone that trapped America’s many scandalous criminals on a small island off a seashore of San Francisco, we can know what he means.

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Iconic: No revisit to San Francisco would be finish though a outing to a Golden Gate Bridge, a many photographed overpass in a world

Iconic: No revisit to San Francisco would be finish though a outing to a Golden Gate Bridge, a many photographed overpass in a world

It’s a typically misty day in a Bay, formulating a kind of murky atmosphere that is ideal continue for visiting a former sovereign prison.

But notwithstanding a mist, a city’s considerable skyline is clearly visible. And it is stunning.

In fact, so many things in this city are.

Having lived in New York for several months, we didn’t consider anywhere else in a nation could compare a Big Apple for ideal series of opportunities for extraordinary photos and superb Instagram print posts.

But from a implausible murals in a Mission District to a residence that desirous George Lucas, not to discuss a many photographed overpass in America, a city by a Bay has valid itself a estimable rival.

For those new to San Francisco, including a thousands that will accumulate in a city for a arriving Super Bowl 50 festivities, there are copiousness of flattering sights and attractions to fill your time – and your hostile friends’ Instagram feeds – with.

Stunning: Pictures don't do probity to a beauty of a Palace of Fine Arts (above) in a city's Marina District

Stunning: Pictures don’t do probity to a beauty of a Palace of Fine Arts (above) in a city’s Marina District

The Palace of Fine Arts' rotunda (pictured) is believed to be George Lucas' impulse for R2-DR The Palace of Fine Arts' rotunda is believed to be George Lucas' impulse for R2-DR (pictured)

Similar? The Palace of Fine Arts’ rotunda (left) is believed to be George Lucas’ impulse for R2-DR (right)

First of all, Alcatraz Island is an comprehensive must. Once home to barbarous convicts including Al Capone, a island is now partial of a U.S. National Park Service.

Visitors can knowledge a island’s extraordinary story and see where a prisoners were residence by a Cellhouse audio tour. It’s award-winning for a reason.

As we travel around and try while listening to a former prisoners and jail guards report what life was like in a prison, we truly feel story come alive.

During my visit, we was propitious adequate to have a discuss with Bill Baker in a bookstore – one of a handful of flourishing inmates.

He’s now in his 80s, though Bill – a self-confessed ‘bad boy’ with a talent for evading from prisons – initial came to The Rock in 1957.

Popular: A revisit to Alcatraz Island, once home to barbarous convicts including Al Capone, is a must 

Popular: A revisit to Alcatraz Island, once home to barbarous convicts including Al Capone, is a must 

Guide: Listen to former guards and inmates as they lead we with a award-winning Cellhouse tour

Guide: Listen to former guards and inmates as they lead we with a award-winning Cellhouse tour

No filter: The dining room in a cellhouse on Alcatraz is formally murky even though an Instagram filter

No filter: The dining room in a cellhouse on Alcatraz is formally murky even though an Instagram filter

View from a Rock: San Francisco's skyline was manifest from Alcatraz notwithstanding a haze in a air

View from a Rock: San Francisco’s skyline was manifest from Alcatraz notwithstanding a haze in a air

Now, he visits frequently to pointer copies of his book, that chronicles his time on a island, and pronounce to tourists.

So when we asked what he suspicion happened to a 3 prisoners who famously transient a island to an capricious predestine in 1962, he told me: ‘I consider they could have done it.’

Back in San Francisco, we enjoyed walking along a waterfront.

There’s a famous Fisherman’s Wharf – a breakwater for tourists and really crowded. But conduct easterly along Embarcadero and you’ll glance of some of a city’s many scenic sights, including a Coit Tower, and you’ll strech a recently remade Ferry Building.

The ancestral terminal, during a feet of Market Street, is now home to a marketplace, as good as a good preference of cafes and restaurants. Just outside, there’s a good perspective of a San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

Of course, roving a city’s famous wire cars was an comprehensive contingency on my to-do list. Tickets cost $7 per float – a small pricey though a conductors who narrated my tour explained this is due to a outrageous cost of progressing a chronological vehicles.

They are flattering rickety, so reason on for dear life.

Contrast: From Alamo Square, a Painted Ladies can be seen with San Francisco's skyline seen behind 

Contrast: From Alamo Square, a Painted Ladies can be seen with San Francisco’s skyline seen behind 

Hold on: A float on a famous wire cars (pictured, one in Powell Street) is contingency when in San Francisco

Hold on: A float on a famous wire cars (pictured, one in Powell Street) is contingency when in San Francisco

Other good sights to take a good pattern enclosed Lombard Street, that is famous as a ‘crookedest’ travel in America. 

The small retard facilities 8 hairpin turns – down a high hill. Although it starts during Hyde Street, a improved mark to take a pattern is during a bottom of a retard on Leavenworth Street.

Another are a famous Painted Ladies, a name given to a ‘postcard row’ of lifelike Victorian houses in Alamo Square. 

Find a ideal mark in a grassy park and we can constraint a city’s skyscrapers, including a iconic Transamerica Pyramid, in a backdrop. It’s a poetic contrariety between a aged and new San Francisco.

The city also has copiousness to offer in terms of enlightenment and after a wander by a sprawling Golden Gate Park – one of a biggest civic parks in a universe – we visited a de Young Museum. 

The de Young showcases a collection of American art from a 17th century until a 20th centuries as good as art from Africa, Oceania and a Americas in a overwhelming building designed by Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron along with San Francisco’s Fong Chan Architects.

On guard: A bewilderment sculpture is seen during a opening to a de Young museum in Golden Gate Park, with a Hamon Tower manifest behind

On guard: A bewilderment sculpture is seen during a opening to a de Young museum in Golden Gate Park, with a Hamon Tower manifest behind

Panoramic: The Hamon Tower's nine-floor look-out offers 360-degree views over San Francisco

Panoramic: The Hamon Tower’s nine-floor look-out offers 360-degree views over San Francisco

I adore a good rooftop perspective – and was gay to suddenly learn a Hamon Tower, located in a museum. 

From a ninth-floor observatory, we can see fantastic 360-degree views over Golden Gate Park and conflicting San Francisco and as distant as a Pacific Ocean on a transparent day.

Conveniently, a California Academy of Sciences is located directly conflicting a de Young, where we can knowledge an aquarium, planetarium and healthy story museum underneath one roof. 

TRAVEL TIPS

Despite being in California, San Francisco days can pitch from calm to cold in minutes.

The city has a ascetic sea meridian and enjoys amiable continue year-round.

August by Oct are a warmest months of a year. Morning and dusk haze rolls in during a summer months though frequency persists.

However, temperatures occasionally arise above 21°C (70° F) or tumble next 5° C (40°F). The continue can change by a hour (and within usually a few blocks), so keep a light coupler handy.

So dress in layers and many importantly, wear gentle shoes. 

The city is best explored on feet and a hills are as high as they look! 

Cabs are formidable to dwindle down, though a open travel complement is flattering good. And as a home of Uber and other ride-sharing apps such as Lyft, a float is never some-more than a few mins away.

Tickets to many attractions can be purchased online. San Francisco CityPass is value checking out:

San Francisco Travel has a useful page for putting together an itinerary.

If we don’t have long, don’t skip a uncover during a academy’s planetarium – there are customarily several a day. we entirely enjoyed examination Fragile Planet during my visit.

Also located in a 1,017 acres of a park is a San Francisco Botanical Gardens, a Conservatory of Flowers and a Japanese Tea Garden.

If you’re a fan of travel art, like me, a revisit to a Mission District, also famous as ‘The Mission’, is a must. 

Throughout a area, that is home to many of a city’s Latino community, walls and fences are flashy with graffiti and murals, including many in a character of Mexican artist Diego Rivera’s paintings.

Initiated by a Chicano Art Mural Movement of a 1970s, many of these murals are on Balmy Alley and Clarion Alley.

But a many stunningly pleasing place we visited? The Palace of Fine Arts.

Inspired by a pattern of exemplary Greece and Rome, a residence consists of a outrageous rotunda flanked by colonnades as good as sensuous gardens and a lagoon.

The structure dates behind some-more than a hundred years to 1915, when it was creatively assembled for a Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE), a world’s satisfactory hosted by San Francisco to applaud a execution of a Panama Canal.

The Palace was one of 10 proxy palaces built for a carnival to residence works of art.

It was usually dictated to final a generation of a exposition, though a structure was recorded until prolonged after a fair. Decades later, a feign hurt became an tangible exploding hurt and a inconstant structure was demolished in 1964.

But Bernard Maybeck’s pattern was so dear by San Franciscans that an matching permanent Palace was rebuilt with petrify on a strange site in a city’s Marina District.

Shadows: The Legion of Honor has an considerable collection of overwhelming Rodin sculptures, including The Three Shades (above)

Shadows: The Legion of Honor has an considerable collection of overwhelming Rodin sculptures, including The Three Shades (above)

Sea-lebrities: Pier 39's famous sea lions can be seen relaxing with a iconic Transamerica Pyramid and Coit Tower manifest in a background

Sea-lebrities: Pier 39’s famous sea lions can be seen relaxing with a iconic Transamerica Pyramid and Coit Tower manifest in a background

Today, a loving landmark is a renouned mark for weddings as good as rendezvous and marriage celebration photographs. we was told by a internal that several weddings are scheduled to take place there each day during a summer. It’s also a go-to mark to propose. To be honest, it’s tough of consider of a some-more regretful environment to get engaged.

What we found was that no matter how many cinema we took, nothing of them could do probity to how truly fantastic this plcae indeed is.

Interestingly, a Palace also has a mark in sci-fi history. Star Wars creator George Lucas had studios in a Marina District and a rotunda’s domed conformation is pronounced to have been his impulse for a much-loved droid R2-D2.

Another vestige of a PPIE is a Legion of Honor museum, that was modeled on a French pavilion. It’s home to a collection travelling 4,000 years of ancient and European art.

Murals in The Mission: Murals are seen in Balmy Alley in a Mission District, an area famous for travel art

Murals in The Mission: Murals are seen in Balmy Alley in a Mission District, an area famous for travel art

What’s more, a museum’s environment offers something additional for visitors – follow a Land’s End Trail and we will be rewarded with an positively memorable perspective over a San Francisco Bay, including a Golden Gate Bridge.

Of course, no outing to San Francisco would be finish though a outing to this iconic bridge, deliberate one of a wonders of a complicated universe and positively a city’s many famous landmark.

The Golden Gate is a many photographed overpass in a universe – not to discuss now tangible interjection to a singular International Orange paint.

Unsurprisingly, it was also one of a many Instagrammed locations of 2015.

Popular: The Golden Gate Bridge is a many photographed overpass in a universe - and one of the most Instagrammed locations of 2015

Popular: The Golden Gate Bridge is a many photographed overpass in a universe – and one of the most Instagrammed locations of 2015

There are copiousness of ways to knowledge this overpass – drive, bike or even bound on an open-top sightseeing train – though to truly take in a 1.7 mile-long philharmonic in all a glory, there’s no improved approach than to walk.

It’s also a best approach to constraint a overpass on camera.

And with a near-constant breeze defeat your hair along with a city’s famous haze entrance and going, when we do locate a transparent impulse and snap a shot that’s good adequate to post on Instagram, it’s that many some-more satisfying.

TRAVEL FACTS: WHERE TO STAY IN SAN FRANCISCO

Hotel G (pictured) is a pleasing boutique hotel located nearby San Francisco's Union Square

Hotel G (pictured) is a pleasing boutique hotel located nearby San Francisco’s Union Square

If you’re in need of a place to stay, your best gamble is substantially around Union Square – a city’s tip end for hotels and shopping. It is home to Neiman Marcus, a operation of high-end boutiques as high travel stores as good as a outrageous Macy’s.

I started my outing during Hotel G, a lovable boutique hotel on Mason and Geary, where a stylish and delicately flashy bedrooms reminded me of Brooklyn. 

My room was spacious, stylish and a plush dress supposing was intensely comfortable. Conveniently, a hotel also boasts a cafe, cocktail bar and smart grill on a premises. 

I visited a recently renovated Three 9 Eight Brasserie for a splash and a discerning bite. The menu offers a preference of stuffing appetizers, including salmon sliders and surprisingly moreish deviled eggs.  

Rooms during Hotel G start from $229. To make a reservation, call 844-986-8017. For some-more information, revisit www.hotelgsanfrancisco.com  

The King George Hotel (pictured) offers cosy and affordable bedrooms flashy in a European style

The King George Hotel (pictured) offers cosy and affordable bedrooms flashy in a European style

The lavatory during my room in a King George (above) was complicated and stocked with abundant amenities

The lavatory during my room in a King George (above) was complicated and stocked with abundant amenities

A few days later, we changed on to a King George Hotel, also a stone’s chuck from Union Square.

This boutique hotel offers copiousness of charm, though there’s a many some-more normal feel to their friendly European-inspired rooms.

Each is furnished with a pillow-top mattress as good as essay desks and a flat-screen radio and candy jars for those with a honeyed tooth. 

But notwithstanding a traditionally flashy rooms, a bathrooms are complicated with marble-finished sinks and abundant amenities.

Rooms during a King George Hotel start from $104 per night. To make a reservation, call 415-781-5050For some-more information, revisit kinggeorge.com 

 

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