Highlighting must see Attractions
Acclaimed as one of the world's most beautiful bridges, there are many different elements to the Golden Gate Bridge which make it unique. With its tremendous towers, sweeping cables and great span, the Bridge is a sensory beauty featuring color, sound and light.
Alcatraz Island is one of Golden Gate National Recreation Area's most popular destinations, offering a close-up look at a historic and infamous federal prison long off-limits to the public. Visitors to the island cannot only explore the remnants of the prison, but can also learn about the Indian occupation of 1969 - 1971, early military fortifications (the first U.S. fort on the coast), and the West Coast's first (and oldest operating) lighthouse. These structures and the island's many natural features - gardens, tide pools, bird colonies, and bay views beyond compare - are being preserved by the National Park Service which is working to make it accessible to visitors, preserve its buildings, protect its birds and other wildlife, and interpret its history.
Over a century ago, Ghirardelli Square was home to the eminent Ghirardelli Family's chocolate, cocoa, mustard and box factory. Today, Ghirardelli Square features an international collection of over 50 remarkable restaurants, galleries and specialty shops, breathtaking bay views and beautifully landscaped plazas. No trip to San Francisco is complete without a visit to the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop, which dishes up Ghirardelli's world famous hot fudge sundaes. The establishment also features original chocolate making equipment in operation.
Experience the unique character of San Francicso's Union Square District, where the best names in fashion, dining and theater have resided for over a hundred years.
After the great earthquake of 1906, Union Square became San Francisco's premier shopping district, and, by the 1930's the site of the world's first underground parking structure.
Today, as a result of an International design competition and a $25 million renewal, Union Square is reborn. It's the obvious place to meet, enjoy coffee, or just let the world go by. Featured is a large central plaza with a terraced performance stage and lawn seating.
The Metreon is a first-of-its-kind entertainment and technology marketplace. Covering 350,000 square feet on four levels, Metreon houses 15 movie theatres, an IMAXïtheatre, three interactive attractions, nine restaurants and world-class shopping.
Open since June 1999, the four-story Metreon takes up an entire city block just a block from Market Street in the SoMA (South of Market) district.