San Francisco

PUBLISHED: 11:24 13 April 2006 | UPDATED: 14:38 12 May 2010

The Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge

FEW places have captured the imagination as much as San Francisco. Whether it is from the days of seeing the car chase in Bullit, or remembering Flower Power, the city has always seemed to be at the centre of attraction. And although San Franciso is a 20t

FEW places have captured the imagination as much as San Francisco.

Whether it is from the days of seeing the car chase in Bullit, or remembering Flower Power, the city has always seemed to be at the centre of attraction.

And although San Franciso is a 20th century city, it is not short of culture.

There is the distinctly un-western atmosphere of Chinatown, which visitors will see as a vibrant community, while the North Beach is an area which started as an Italian quarter and gave birth to the beat poets movement in the 1950s.

Visitors should take a ride in one of the scenic cable cars up the city's steeper hills.

In the evening there is the South Market area, which by day is a warehouse district, but in the night, becomes the centre for clubbing.

WHERE TO STAY

The city has a range of accommodation, but it is advisable to book, as it can be crowded during the tourist season.

HOT TIP

Fisherman's Wharf is a popular area, and as well as being the gateway for trips to Alcatraz, it is close to the Maritime Museum and historic Ship Pier.

VITAL STAT

San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge crosses the two-mile wide mouth of the bay, and is seen as the symbol of the city. When it was completed in 1937, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world.

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