Golden Gate Bridge

Press release date: 14th October 2010

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  • When planning tours around America there are some destinations you simply have to make time to stop at. If you intend to spend your next holiday exploring the West Coast of the USA, one of those must-see places is San Francisco. The city is unlike any other you will encounter as you travel across America, thanks to its relaxed atmosphere and range of attractions. Most cities will advertise themselves to tourists by saying they have something for everyone - in San Francisco's case it is true.

    One thing you can't fail to see during your stay in San Francisco is Golden Gate Bridge. Even if the city is shrouded in its famous fog, you will be able to see the magnificent suspension bridge over San Francisco Bay, which is considered one of the engineering wonders of the world. It is difficult not to be impressed by the structure whenever you see it, but the best views are to be found when it is lit up after dark. The hilly city is also home to a wonderfully anachronistic transport system in the form of its cable cars. While the tram-like contraptions may look out of date, there are few better ways to get up the inclines and enjoy some fine views over the city. The historic cable cars, which first came into service in 1873, also run to several places you are sure to want to visit, including Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf. Union Square is a huge plaza regarded by many people as the centre of San Francisco, as it is in the middle of the main shopping area and theatre district. As in most major US cities the shopping opportunities are extensive, so whether you are looking for cheap designer gear, jewellery or the more relaxed street fashions worn by many locals, you are sure to find what you want in Union Square.

    Fisherman's Wharf is one of the main tourist areas of San Francisco, as it is packed with attractions. It is home to the fascinating San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, with its selection of ships from the 19th and 20th centuries, and the Wax Museum, together with an exhibition dedicated to penny arcade games. The wharf is also the location of the famous Pier 39, which is where you will find a community of California sea lions. If you wander down to Pier 39 you will also discover a selection of bars and restaurants, many selling locally-caught seafood. That seafood is not the only culinary treat in store for you when you visit San Francisco. Head to the Chinatown neighbourhood and you will find some of the best Chinese restaurants in the Americas.

    Having satisfied your hunger, you may well want to check out the local nightlife. If you can't find somewhere you like in San Francisco after dark, you really aren't a party person. There are a vast number of bars, clubs and live entertainment venues to choose from all year round, while there are all sorts of festivals held throughout the year celebrating everything from local beers to jazz.

    Once you have seen the sights in the city centre and feasted on the fine food and drink available, there is one boat trip you really must make before you leave San Francisco to continue your adventure tours elsewhere on the West Coast. The destination of the voyage is Alcatraz Island, home of the infamous prison. The imposing fortification on The Rock is no longer used as a prison and is instead a museum, where you can learn about its history as a military base and as the penitentiary that housed such notorious criminals as Al Capone, Alvin Karpis and Mickey Cohen. As you make your way round keep an eye out for things you recognise, as the prison features in numerous films, including The Rock, X-Men: The Last Stand, The Enforcer and Escape from Alcatraz.

    San Francisco is just one of the must-visit locations on a West Coast tour. Why not combine a trip to the city with visits to Los Angeles and San Diego, and the stunning natural attractions of Yosemite National Park, the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley for the perfect West Coast America tour?

  • To book a tour call TrekAmerica on +44 (0) 208 682 8920 or book online at

    TrekAmerica's adventure tours of USA, Canada and Mexico are aimed at travellers aged 18-38. TrekAmerica's Grand American Adventures offers similar trips aimed at travellers of all ages, including families.
  • For Media and Press Enquiries please contact:

    Michelle Smithson, Senior Account Manager
    Tel: 01482 227227

    Amy Jackson, Account Manager
    Tel: 01482 227227

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