Most famous among San Francisco’s tourist attractions is the Golden Gate Bridge. But while the bridge is often featured in Hollywood films, the city isn’t a favorite movie location for the Golden Gate alone. There are a lot of other interesting spots to visit as well.
If you’re on your honeymoon and accommodations to set the mood are a priority, there’s no lack of romantic hotels in San Francisco to choose from, such as Hotel Majestic. Once billeted at the hotel of your choice, you can go around and discover for yourself what inspired Tony Bennett’s old-time classic.
Port of San Francisco
San Francisco Bay is one of the three great natural harbors in the world. In early days, it was said that all the fleets in the world could find a place to anchor at the Port of San Francisco. Today, to see the port in all its glory, take a bay cruise—what better way to kindle romance?
While the prison is now abandoned, the very name still sends chills down the spine. Alcatraz’s inmates included Civil War prisoners and the notorious Al Capone; pop culture has cemented its image as an inescapable fortress. Today, the erstwhile prison can be reached by tourists by ferry ride from Pier 33, close to Fisherman’s Wharf.
In San Francisco for the Fourth of July? Don’t miss the breathtaking fireworks display at Fisherman’s Wharf. For the foodie and shopper in you, visit Ghirardelli Square—in itself a landmark—which is right next to a number of San Francisco boutique hotels. There are more restaurants and shops along Pier 39, where the Aquarium of the Bay is another must-see.
Golden Gate Park
Looking for something for everybody? Look no further than Golden Gate Park. Visit the Japanese Tea Garden where cherry trees—symbols of spring and eternal youth—bloom in April and May. If you’re travelling with family, your children can play amidst the park’s gardens; couples, on the other hand, might enjoy a picnic date.
Twenty minutes from downtown San Francisco—at the center of the city—are the Twin Peaks. Second only to Mount Davidson in height, the top of the Peaks will allow you an unparalleled view of San Francisco.
Whether you’re travelling alone, as a newly-wed couple, or with family and friends, there’s always something within a stone’s throw of most San Francisco downtown hotels that you will be sure to enjoy. Ride the cable cars, or take a 49-mile drive around San Francisco to discover more attractions. You’ll soon understand why Mr. Bennett left his heart in the City by the Bay.