A. Strengths and Weaknesses of San Francisco
San Francisco with around 870,000 inhabitants is well known for its liberal community, hilly terrain, scenic parks, Victorian architecture, postcard-perfect views, and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
The most recognizable landmark in San Francisco is of course the 2.7 km long Golden Gate suspension Bridge, which opened in 1937.
The city enjoys a scenic location stretching across the narrow strait of the Golden Gate above the swirling union of the Pacific Ocean and scores solid to high in almost all categories.
In addition, the climate is more than appealing.
Apart from the Golden Gate Bridge, the sights are not that impressive and San Francisco does not offer many pedestrian zones and is very expensive.
5.5/10 [0.870 mio.]
B. Best Things to Do in in San Francisco (Detailed List with Photos and Information)
These sights and attractions contribute to a sights score of 6.30/10.
Golden Gate Bridge 8
This elegant Art Deco suspension bridge is one of the most iconic landmarks in the world and the definite symbol of San Francisco.
Completed in 1937 as an engineering marvel and spanning 2.7 km (1.7 miles) the vivid orange Golden Gate Bridge connects San Francisco to Marin County. While walking or driving on the Golden Gate Bridge offers spectacular views, the majestic landmark itself is best seen from Fort Point in the Presidio and Vista Point in Sausalito.
by Rich Niewiroski Jr / CC BY-SA 2.5
Sitting on a small, rocky island 1.25 miles (2.01 km) offshore from San Francisco, Alcatraz used to be a federal maximum-security prison for notorious criminals like Al Capone from 1934 until 1963.
Today visitors can reach the island in 15 minutes by ferry ride from Pier 33.
by Frank Schulenburg / CC BY-SA 4.0
C. Other Notable Sights and Attractions in San Francisco
-Lands End (park and viewpoint) 5
-California Academy of Sciences (museum) 5
-Chinatown (city district) 5
-California Palace of the Legion of Honor (museum) 5
-De Young Museum (museum) 5
-Twin Peaks (viewpoint) 5
-AT&T Park (stadium) 5
-Baker Beach (beach and viewpoint) 5
-Cable Cars 5
-City Hall 5
-Aquarium of the Bay (109 m tunnel, 2,600,000 l total, 6,000 m2) 4
-Grace Cathedral 4
-Transamerica Pyramid (total height 260 m, no observation deck, completed 1972) 4