One of the great pleasures of visiting San Francisco is a stroll along the historic Fisherman’s Wharf. Here you can peer down at the fishing boats cruising the calm waters, or pause to watch fishermen mending their nets.

Fisherman's Wharf is world famous attraction with a plethora of entertainment, shops and restaurants. And family entertainment is a neighborhood specialty. With the famous sea lions, museums, the Aquarium of the Bay at PIER 39 and the World War II submarine USS Pampanito, Fisherman's Wharf is the perfect place to take the kids.

One of the city’s most famous landmarks, the Golden Gate Bridge, has dominated San Francisco for the past 75 years. Constructed in a tricky location between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay known for its windy and foggy weather, it is certainly a miracle creation. The great red-orange span opened in 1937 and was the world’s longest and tallest suspension structure at the time. Every year more than 40 million vehicles pass over the panoramic bridge. Cyclists and pedestrians are also welcome.

The surrounding hills and neighborhoods of San Francisco give the city a very unique feeling. A great way to explore is to jump on the historic San Francisco Cable Car, which has been transporting passengers up and down the hills since 1873. For a real hill experience, make a visit to the Russian Hill neighborhood and to the world-famous Lombard Street with its steep, sharp, curves bordering beautiful Victorian mansions. In the spring and summer, Lombard Street is alive with color, with a plethora of flowers in full bloom.

While in San Francisco, a visit to Chinatown is also a must. It is the largest Chinatown outside Asia as well as the oldest Chinatown in North America.

Alcatraz, the federal penitentiary that was once home to some of America's most notorious criminals, brings a dark mystique to the Rock. The presence of infamous inmates like Al "Scarface" Capone, and the "Birdman" Robert Stroud helped establish the island's notoriety and, to this day, Alcatraz is best-known as one of the world's most legendary prisons. But Alcatraz is also home to rare flowers and plants, marine wildlife, and thousands of roosting and nesting seabirds. Civil War era buildings dotting the island provide an insight into the 19th century when the island served as both a harbor defense fort and a military prison.

A visit to San Francisco can easily be extended with visits to the surrounding countryside which offers beautiful coastal and inland landscapes, and the Californian wineries.