San Francisco is known affectionately as the city by the bay. It is generally considered to be one of the most scenic cities in all of the United States. The city has been immortalized in songs by artists as diverse as Journey and Tony Bennett. If you are planning on visiting San Francisco in the near future, you should try to book your hotel room far in advance to save yourself some money. While San Francisco is a beautiful city, it is also known for being cold during much of the year. Therefore, check the weather forecast before your trip. It would be wise to bring an umbrella during your travels to the bay area. Here are a few of the reasons why San Francisco is a scenic destination.

Lombard Street in San Francisco

Lombard Street

Famous for being the street with the most turns in the world, Lombard Street has been depicted in many movies and TV shows over the years because of its very unique design. Aside from the way the street looks, it is also a great vantage point to take in some of the best views if the entire bay area. It you are standing at the top of Lombard Street, you will be able to see the entire San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz Island and the Coit Tower. If you like to take lots of pictures on your various vacations, this is definitely a place you will want to visit on a clear day. Just make sure to bring enough memory cards with you.

The Presidio

There are probably not many former military installations that have been turned into a national park, but that is exactly what happened to the Presidio. Over the years, it has turned into one of the city’s top gathering places for families to have picnics, and for college students to unwind after a tough day of classes. There are guided tours available that will tell you about the history of the area when it was still being used by the military. You do not need to make reservations to take one of these tours. There are also a wide variety of trails for you to bike or walk on.

The Golden Gate Bridge

This is easily one of the most iconic structures in the United States. It has been used as a backdrop for countless movies since it first opened in 1937. It is now synonymous with the city of San Francisco. Along with the mountains that surround it, the bridge is one of the most photographed man-made structures in the world. It took more than four years to build. If you see the massive bridge in person, you will begin to see why. If you really want to experience this classic American landmark in a truly unforgettable way, you should go across it either on a bike or by foot.

Alcatraz

Alcatraz is probably the most famous prison in the world. Known as “The Rock” while it was still an active prison, it became well known for being impossible to escape from. Some of the most famous American criminals were housed here. There were several escape attempts, but all were successfully thwarted. In 1963, the prison was shut down due to budgetary cutbacks. After sitting empty for several years, it eventually was turned into the huge tourist attraction it is today.

This article was written and provided by Fiona Moriarty of Hipmunk, the ultimate platform for all your travel needs.

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