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Pacific fun at Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco

San Francisco is one of the most charismatic places to visit in the great state of California. Located at the north of the San Francisco Peninsula, this city perched on the Pacific Ocean has stunning architecture, a vast selection of innovative art galleries, and important national landmarks. It has a metropolitan, inclusive and diverse culture with residents and visitors from across the globe contributing to a vibrant city lifestyle.

When you're visiting San Francisco, Fisherman's Wharf should be at the top of your list of areas to visit. The Wharf attracts tourists to a waterfront bustling with museums, restaurants, shore attractions and distinctive buildings. Boat tours around the famous Golden Gate Bridge, and guided tours of notorious Alcatraz penitentiary leave from the pier at Fisherman’s Wharf. Wander the lively seafront for an abundance of fresh seafood, street performers and local artists.

Where to stay

The city of San Francisco is a collection of contrasting neighborhoods and you’ll find an eclectic range of accommodations. Prices range from around $240 per night for an average room, up to about $550 per night for an upgraded room. Fisherman's Wharf hotels offer an amazing view of the bay from the upper levels, complete with the cool breeze from the Pacific Ocean in the mornings, and picture-perfect sunsets in the evenings. Popular chains like Radisson, Holiday Inn and Courtyard by Marriott provide a superb location, value for money and excellent service. The nautical-themed Argonaut hotel within the San Francisco Marine National Park boasts spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

How to get around

When traveling in or around San Francisco, it is in your best interest to get familiar with the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system. The BART provides railway transportation all around the bay. Not only does it service San Francisco, but it also goes to Oakland, Richmond, Fremont, Dublin and even the San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Wherever you want to be in the city of San Francisco, this is a quick and convenient way to get you there.

Things to do
Boat tours

Your trip to Fisherman's Wharf would not be complete without taking one of these tours around the bay. There are many to choose from, and each one varies in price and duration. These tours are great for travelers, because they feature the gorgeous weather and relaxation of the sea as well as mind-blowing views of the city from a distance. Some of these boats will take you out to the Golden Gate Bridge and then loop back around Alcatraz, presenting views of the historic prison as you pass by. While on any of these tours, you will have the opportunity to see a variety of native San Francisco wildlife playing in the water, and the locals windsurfing through the bay.

Walking Fisherman's Wharf

You don't need to break the bank in order to enjoy what Fisherman's Wharf has to offer. The entire area of attractions and excitement spans for miles, and all you need to do in order to have an incredible time is explore. The area has a variety of street performers that create spectacular art in front of your eyes, and there are also dancers who perform in public. You could even find a bench and simply bask in the bay weather. Don't make your plans for Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco too specific, the genius of the area is in all of its spontaneous fun.

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