San Francisco – The City by the Bay

There are so many things that are iconic to San Francisco, California, that a vacation to the world-famous City by the Bay absolutely requires the visitor to experience every one of them!

The first thing you notice is that San Francisco is very hilly! The city is well known for its famous hills, there are over 50 within the city limits. Also, many neighborhoods are named after the hill on which they are located. Russian Hill, for example, has Lombard Street - billed as "the crookedest street in the world."

Located on Nob Hill is the Cable Car Museum where you can see historic cable cars, and learn about the inventor and the technologies that support this unique public transportation system. First opened to the public in 1873, the cable mechanism for moving the cars remains very much the same today. Riding a cable car up and down steep hills to the joyous tune of clanging bells is a must for every San Francisco visitor!

For a rather gruesome but fascinating tour escape from the city and take the boat over to Alcatraz Island. A federal prison from 1934 until it closed 29 years later, Alcatraz housed such notable prisoners as Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly. Its isolated location out in San Francisco Bay, plus the bay's cold waters and treacherous currents, all worked to prevent any successful escapes from this famous prison.

The Golden Gate Bridge is perhaps San Francisco's most famous landmark. You can rent a sailboat and float directly under the bridge, or drive over the bridge to a look-out point in Marin County. Let the family actually walk across the bridge and enjoy an unprecedented view of the water, the city, and the remarkable bridge itself.

If you’re on a budget, try timeshare rental. You can find them right in the center of the city. Most rentals are for 1 week, which is a good thing because there's still plenty more to do: indulge your chocolate cravings at Ghirardelli Square; walk through the Dragon Gate and enter the world of Chinatown; view the many little fishing boats while you feast on steamed crabs at Fisherman's Wharf; visit Golden Gate Park with its museums, gardens, lake - and even a bison herd!

A San Francisco family vacation will give everyone enough memories to last until the next time you visit the City by the Bay! See all San Francisco timeshares.
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  1. Alice Says:

    There is absolutely no city with more to see and do for a family than San Francisco! We rented a timeshare right downtown at "Powell Place" (very inexpensive, through and rode the cable cars everywhere!

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