Fly To San Francisco, California
San Francisco has been labelled as one of the most iconic cities in the United States. Situated right on top of the peninsula and surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, lush landscapes and the Bay it is a city that showcases breath-taking scenery.
This foggy city is the heart of northern California with a mix of modern and Victorian architecture. Landmark attractions like the cable cars, which is the only National Historical Monument in the world that is capable of moving are what make this city unique.
Apart from its ascetics San Francisco has become a place that pushes the limits whether it be socially, artistically, and politically, making it a world class destination every visitor can't help but falling for.
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Why visit San Francisco?
- Taking a walk across the beautiful world-renowned-Golden Gate Bridge which is said to be an experience that is unmatched, it is one of the most photographed attractions on Earth!
- Spend the day exploring Alcatraz- the place which incarcerated the most notorious criminals, this prison might have closed in 1960 but the intriguing stories live on!
- Night time is the best time to have fun in San Francisco, from the loved 6th street Monarch to the trendiest bars in town like Bourbon and Branch you are guaranteed a fun-time!
The best time to visit San Francisco is during September up until November. During this period the weather is perfect for those aiming to spend it outdoors. There are plenty of festivals and events that take place during September which make it a great time to explore.
December through to February is the cheapest time to travel to this city as this is their winter months. Hotels rates drop and people tend to stay away from the cold city over this time.
Over July and August the city has the highest citywide hotel occupancy rate as business travel is at its peak, so places can become crowded.
- San Francisco was originally part Mexico until the Mexican-American War that took place in 1848.
- Much of this city was built on top of sunken gold ships that have been buried under the ground.
- The Golden Gate Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world until 1964.
A visit to this beautiful city would not be complete without a cultural experience. Exploring places like the California Academy of Science is a must, it is the only place in earth with an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, and a four-storey rainforest all under one roof.
Venture through North Beach this beautiful Italian quarter is not a beach, it is a neighbourhood filled with European-style pavement cafés, restaurants and shops it is a great place to take a deserved break from sightseeing. San Francisco has been ranked the second most walkable city in the United States, while walking through this city be sure to stop at The Exploratorium which is a newly renovated home-grown, hands-on museum which ignites curiosity and inspires creativity in people of all ages.
There are many interesting things to see and experience in this city, so if there is any time left over in the trip, these are a few places that should added onto your list of must-do activities:
- The Financial District
- Union Square
- Fisherman's Wharf
- The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
- The Asian Art Museum
- Coit Tower atop Telegraph Hill
- Pier 39
San Francisco is renowned for their amazing dining restaurants that are located throughout the city-serving the most diverse and scrumptious cuisine. The city's Chinatown and Japantown are the oldest such neighbourhoods in the country, you will definitely find plenty to satisfy any craving for cuisine form the east.
America's most nationally-acclaimed Vietnamese restaurant, The Slanted Door is located in the city, it boasts some the best views of the Bay area and it is a restaurant worth visiting. San Francisco is a place with a robust food scene, from the quick, easy and tasty food trucks to top notch restaurants and everything in between.
The best restaurants to try out when dining in the city include:
- Volta (868 Mission St.)
- The Perennial (59 Ninth St.)
- China Live (644–660 Broadway St.)
- The Manufactory (18th St. at Alabama)
- Mister Jiu’s (731 Grant Ave.)
- Citizen Fox (2205 Mission St.)
- Nightbird (330 Gough St.)
- Brezza Emporio and Pizzeria+ Le Marais (Ghirardelli Square)
- Kraft & Hitachino (639 Post St.)
- Arsenal (715 Brannan St.) and The Hunted (445 Harriet St.)
This city was founded in 1776 and evolved into a city that is filled with so much cultural diversity. The culture of this beautiful city can be experienced through the art, music, cuisine, festivals, museums, and architecture that are immense so there are many opportunities to immerse yourself in the San Francisco way of living.
The freedom to follow any religion of your choosing is permitted in this city, it is a place where any religion can be practised and should be respected.
San Francisco is not a very conservative place, many of the residents of this city are very vocal about their opinion and beliefs, so do not be startled if you see some nudists walking around. These nudists maintain that the push for body acceptance and body freedom is in no way sexual or prurient. Nudists believe that shame, fear, and the view that the human body is always sexual or obscene are ideas which are socially constructed and learned, just like any other prejudice or bigotry.
San Francisco is a very safe city although there have been incidents of petty crime taking place around the city. The areas that one should be cautious of include the neighbourhoods of Bayview-Hunters Point, Visitacion Valley, Sunnydale, Potrero Hill in South east San Francisco, as well as the Tenderloin.
Pickpocketing, and purse snatching are common as with any other large city. Be very cautious on crowded Muni trains and buses, in heavily crowded areas such as Fisherman's Wharf, and during the busy holiday shopping season.
Additionally, do not leave valuables in your vehicle, especially when parking on public streets. Car break-ins are very common in San Francisco, and any valuables in plain sight are in danger of being stolen.
South African Passport holders do need a visa to visit San Francisco, and anywhere else in the USA.
Leave plenty of time for visa processing, and make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps. Contact the American embassy (Telephone: 012 431 4000 ) for more information, in addition to visa applications.
There is no South African representation in San Francisco. However, the closest South African High Commission to San Francisco is in Los Angeles.
Address: 6300 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 600
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San Francisco International Airport (code: SFO) is an international airport in San Francisco, California. This airport is the largest airport in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Coffee: Starbucks, Emporio Rulli, Deli Up Café, Il Fornaio Del Mondo.
Exchange currency: Travelex America
Lost luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. The airport Lost and Found is located in Terminal 1, Arrivals Level, near baggage carousel 17.
Airport hotel: None on site. Nearby: The Westin, Aloft, Marriott, Hampton Inn & Suites, Vagabond Inn Executive, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Bay Landing, and Best Western Plus El Rancho Inn and Suites.
Car hire: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Fox, Hertz, National and Thrifty.
Airport hub:United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic.
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