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San Francisco

San Francisco is one of America’s most popular holiday destinations for its incredible sights and laid back atmosphere. The main events in San Fran are of course the iconic Golden Gate Bridge which is a must see and perfect for a stroll or cycle ride over. At an impressive 8,980 feet long, it’s a top attraction for its incredible panoramic views and picture-perfect holiday snap opportunities. Second on your list should be the world-famous Alcatraz Prison which is now closed but hosts tours during the day and even in the evening for something a little more atmospheric – if that’s even possible! The prison was home to some famous criminals over the years and even has its own ferry to reach its isolated island location.

After all that sightseeing you’ll probably need to indulge in a spot of relaxation and despite its city status, San Francisco boasts some gorgeous beaches. One of the locals’ favourite is Ocean Beach with its sweeping sands and natural feel. If you’re up for some party vibes, hit the sands of Baker Beach, which has a dedicated nudist following as well as plenty of opportunity for volleyball and even surfing if you’re feeling brave. You’re sure to be hungry during your tour of the golden city so be sure to try some typical American fare from one of San Fran’s bustling delis – we recommend salami and Monterey Jack cheese, named after David Jacks who made the cheese famous by shipping it to San Francisco in the 1800s.

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If deli isn’t your thing, head down to Aquatic Park for a sourdough bread bowl filled to the brim with clam chowder, followed by a famous Ghirardelli Sundae. For a fancier feel, book a table at Anchor Oyster Bar & Seafood Market to try some of the sunshine coast’s best seafood. A visit to San Fran isn’t complete without a trip on one of the historic trams which still trail up and down San Francisco’s rolling hills. These iconic cable cars were built in the 1800s because the streets were too steep for horses to get up!

Nowadays they are more of a tourist attraction than a means of transport, but for just a few dollars you can be transported back in time to the days of the American Gold Rush. San Francisco is a fantastic city for a night out and you’ll be spoilt for choice of cocktail bars, restaurants and clubs. For something a little different head to the Church of 8 Wheels, a roller disco hosted in an old church – definitely one to tell the folks at home about!

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10 facts about San Francisco


Denim jeans were invented in San Francisco for the Gold Rush minors.


Irish coffee was also invented in San Francisco.


There are over 300 coffee houses in the city.


San Francisco Bay is considered the world’s largest landlocked harbour.


San Francisco is built on 43 hills.


A huge amount of San Francisco is built on top old Gold Rush ships.


San Francisco was part of Mexico until the Mexican-American war in 1848.


The official flower of the city is the beautiful dahlia.


Al Capone is said to have played the banjo when serving time at Alcatraz.


The Chinese Fortune Cookie originated in San Francisco and was invented by a Japanese immigrant.