San Francisco

Birthplace of the counterculture

1 Jan to 01 Jan
The place where the beat generation and the hippie movement were born, San Francisco is one of the most tolerant metropolises in the world. Unlike all cities in the United States, it is distinguished by its multiculturalism and tolerance, but also by its history.

San Francisco is a destination for getting to know on board of a tram, one of the main cultural elements of the city. Start at Union Square - the heart of San Francisco - and hop on the tram to Lombard Street, the famous zigzag road. Head back down to Fisherman's Warf where there is plenty of entertainment, restaurants and museums. Pier 39 is a mandatory stop to see a colony of sea lions resting, visit several shops and photograph the San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz Island. Presidio National Park is one of the most beautiful in the city with one of the best views of the Golden Gate and is where the Palace of Fine Arts and The Walt Disney Family Museum are located. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge on foot or bike and visit Sausalito.

Explore the more cultural side of the city starting with the colourful Castro district, the famous gay district, where the rainbow flag depicting the LGBT movement was created. San Francisco's Chinatown is the largest one outside of Asia and is filled with restaurants and shops. The University Campus has a great historical importance, since it was where the counterculture movement began during the student protests in the late 50's. Do not miss the unique experience of visiting the famous Alcatraz prison as well, isolated on an island and the cells where Al Capone, Frank Morris and the Anglin brothers served their sentence. Relax in the Golden Gate and explore its Japanese Tea Garden, Flower Conservatory and the California Academy of Sciences, among other attractions. If you still have time, explore the city's surroundings and the charms of the Napa Valley wine region.