Although San Francisco is considered to be a fantastically hip 21st century city, it manages to retain its old world charm and is literally oozing with history.
People have flocked to San Francisco since the Gold Rush, when they came in the hopes of riches and success.
In the glorious days of flower power, San Francisco was a centre for hippie culture, bursting with peace and happiness, and you will see remnants of this era in the colourful shops and laid back cafes of Haight-Ashbury.
The arty types hang out in the cultural heart of San Francisco, South of Market Street
, otherwise known as the the SoMa
, where there is an abundance of museums and galleries.
The cable cars of San Francisco provide a perfect way for tourists to get around the city and have been declared a national historic monument.
There are three different lines, and the cabling alone stretches 80,000 miles and weighing in at 24 and a half thousand tonnes, is enough to go around the world several times.
San Francisco has 48 hilly square miles, 39 cable cars and five bridges, including the Golden Gate Bridge. A trip to San Francisco would not be complete without a walk across this famous landmark which should take about 30 minutes. Another popular tourist attraction is the notorious prison Alcatraz.