PACIFIC TRAVELLER CITY HIGHLIGHT
SAN FRANCISCO, CA.
Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, the beautiful city of San Francisco, California in the
United States of America, is one of the world’s most popular Pacific mainland destinations.
Things you must see or do:
San Francisco is best known for the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, which was once named the “bridge that couldn’t
be built”. The bridge opened in 1937 and crosses the strait between San Francisco and the Marin headlands. The
bridge was constructed over a period of 4 years, with 11 lives lost during the building process as workers faced
winds, fog, rock and dangerous ocean tides. It stretches for 1.7 miles and is bright orange in colour. No doubt
you’ve seen it on many TV shows, the least of which is the opening credits of Full House.
From the inception of film to present day big-screen productions, the San Francisco Bay Area has always been a magnet for scouts seeking dramatic movie locations. The unmatched beauty of San Francisco combined with its riches of instantly recognizable structures and locales has attracted filmmakers from around the world. This tour is one of the most fun and best things to do while you're in San Francisco!
Right now, thanks to Pacific Traveller and San Francisco Movie Tours, you can WIN one of 2 Double Passes for San Francisco's #1 rated new tour. Visitors, including first timers and veterans alike, delight in experiencing the well-known sights and landmarks of San Francisco in a new and exciting way with San Francisco MOVIE TOURS ®!
You will watch actual movie clips on the 'Theater-on-Wheels'® big screen, as you pass by locations made famous by classic and contemporary movies. Guests get a unique perspective on the history of San Francisco simply by following its cinematic past. Your enthusiastic and interactive actor-turned-guide provides behind-the-scenes information and trivia about San Francisco and your favorite films.
One of the most famous forms of transport in San Francisco is the cable car. They've been around since the late 1800s
and run on tracks (with underground cables). You can hear the bells throughout the city.
San Francisco is home to the most amazing Chinatown. It’s like a city within a city and is filled with shops,
restaurants, markets, temples and museums. Its a great place to go if you want to test your fortune with some
cookies or enjoy some of the tastiest Chinese food in the US.
In the bay itself, Alcatraz Island is home to the famous Alcatraz prison. Alcatraz was a federal prison that housed
some of the worst felons America has ever seen, including notorious gangster Al “Scarface” Capone. It was
open from 1934 until 1963 and in that time, though there were many attempts, no prisoner ever escaped. Most
were captured, some shot and others drowned or were presumed drowned. There were typically around 275
prisoners at one time, with one guard for every 3 prisoners. Prior to 1934, it was a military prison. Today, there
are numerous tour operators that take visitors to the island and its well worth the visit.
Alcatraz Cruises is the official ferry provider to Alcatraz and back. Departures start at 9:30 AM and are available every half an hour throughout the day. However, please note that these cruises frequently sell out, so as much as possible, plan and book your cruise in advance, especially in the summer and on holidays.
To purchase tickets, view the schedule and/or for more information, visit the Alcatraz Cruises web site at www.alcatrazcruises.com
If you love shopping, take yourself to the famous Union Square where you’ll have the opportunity to shop at
some of the world’s most exclusive designer boutiques. The Westfield Shopping Centre is home to the second
largest Bloomingdale’s (after New York) and second largest Nordstrom in the country.
There’s so much to see and do in San Francisco - if you’re planning a trip, be sure you stay a while! And don’t
forget to take a dip in the Pacific while you’re there!
To see what's happening in San Fran when you are heading there, head here: http://www.sftravel.com/explore/activities
WHAT'S ON IN SF?
50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love in 2017
In 1967 nearly 100,000 young people converged on the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, turning San Francisco into the epicenter of a cultural phenomenon known as the Summer of Love. During this transformative time, music, fashion, art and new ideas flourished and there was a feeling that everything was possible.
That feeling never left the city. The young hippies that gathered in the city 50 years ago, and the sons and daughters of those who wore flowers in their hair, went on to stand up for civil rights and the environment, dared to question authority and still flock to the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, forever linking the city to the counterculture and the ideas it launched, nurtured and spread.
For visitors to San Francisco in 2017, the 50th anniversary will be a celebration with major exhibitions at some of the region’s top museums, special events and concerts looking back at the Summer of 1967 and exploring what that period meant then and now. The celebration will also include a range of service and volunteerism events inspired by the original Summer of Love.
San Francisco Travel and the California Historical Society have joined forces on the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. Celebrating this rare moment in history, the California Historical Society provides the detailed factual and cultural context for this seminal summer through its own exhibition and work with cultural partners such as the de Young Museum. San Francisco Travel is the go-to resource for visitors planning a trip, including must-see events, itineraries and tours that follow the footsteps of some of the greatest musicians of all time.