SanFrancisco,CA Travel Guide

by our United States expert Paul Baderman
Paul BadermanEveryone’s seen it on film, everyone’s musically left their heart there, but the real thing is still amazing. The original adobe Mission San Francisco de Asís which marked the city’s founding (1776) still stands and there are many reminders of the 1849 Gold Rush that within a year brought statehood to California. The modern city is largely rebuilt from the devastation of the 1906 earthquake (it stands on the notorious San Andreas fault) with perhaps the best-known landmark, the Golden Gate Bridge, dating from 1937. (Remember the ‘Gate’ is the Pacific inlet, not the bridge itself.) The escape-proof penitentiary, Alcatraz, dates from the same period. San Francisco is a city of hills – 50 is the usual count – accounting for the iconic cable cars. As a first landing place for Asian immigrants for the gold rush and as labour to build the transcontinental railroad, Chinatown is the oldest and largest community outside China itself.

360 Tour of Ghirardelli Square on San Francisco Bay

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