A picturesque city located around San Francisco Bay, it's known for it hilly landscape, iconic bridge, infamous prison and liberal attitude.
San Francisco is a picturesque city framed by the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay known for its hilly landscape, iconic bridge, infamous prison and open-minded thinking. Often blanketed in a sea of fog, the luminous Golden Gate Bridge is undoubtedly an unofficial symbol for the city and one of the most magnificent steel spans in the world. Work began on the bridge in 1933. In 1937, with much fanfare it was open to traffic, and became the longest suspension bridge in the world at that time. The nearby Golden Gate Park is a must-see 1,017 acres of lush terrain where locals and tourists can re-connect with nature and enjoy the gardens, trails, playgrounds, lakes, monuments and picnic areas.
Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, you will find the region affectionately known as Silicon Valley. Home to some of the largest high-tech corporations in the world, it was named as such due to the...
presence of a large number of companies involved in making semiconductors and computer industries. Now it is better known as having the highest concentration of high-tech workers in any metropolitan area and houses the headquarters of some of the richest high technology companies including Apple Inc., Google, Facebook, Yahoo and eBay.
Row upon row of charming and colourful Victorian houses line many of San Francisco s streets, while historic cable cars ferry passengers around the city in the world s last manually operated cable car system. The Castro District has been the out and proud centre of LGBT life in San Francisco for more than 50 years and is where the popular month-long Pride celebrations are held every June.
America s most notorious prison, Alcatraz, was America s premier maximum-security prison from 1934 until it closed in 1963. Housing well-known criminals such as Al Capone, Mickey Cohen and The Birdman of Alcatraz it was said that, given its isolation off the coast of San Francisco, The Rock was inescapable. Of the 36 men that tried over 14 attempts, depending on your definition of escape, officially none succeeded though many made it out of their cells with two escapees recorded formally as drowned.
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