Five ways to explore San Francisco

Written by FE Online | Mumbai | Updated: Apr 15 2014, 03:40am hrs
SanSan Francisco has diverse attractions for all segments of travellers. Thinkstock
San Francisco offers varied experiences for tourists of different interests and likes. Whether you are a business traveller who seeks some me-time for pleasure, or a group on a holiday, San Francisco is a luxury to be explored in great detail.

Here is a list of five ways to explore the many facets of San Francisco :

Natural landscapes- Nature is bountiful in San Francisco with mountains, water to architecture landscapes. Travellers can get the flavour of the Victorian architecture on the Aloma Square Park with old mansions on display. For the nature afficionados, one can drive his way in the street cable car through the Nob Hill to reach the historical landmark. To indulge in leisure time at the waterfronts there are many options like the Fishermans Warf to North beach. Walk through the picturesque views on the sidewalks of the Golden Gate Bridge of the vista points on both north and south side.

Culinary adventure- San Francisco is a culinary paradise, from local food trucks loaded with burgers with big chunk of meats to add to your delight, there is a whole variety of options for vegetarians too. The Michelin star restaurants, The French Laundry, Napa Valley, and The Restaurant at Meadowood, Napa Valley. To familiarise you with what goes beneath the food trail, one can visit the local ferry plaza market and the French bakeries Sourdough.

Historical Trails- San Francisco has a host of options to showcase the pre-independence era of USA. One such spot is Alcatraz prison on the Alcatraz Island. Catch a glimpse of the legendary prison, home to infamous inmates like Al "Scarface" Capone, and the "Birdman" Robert Stroud. Once called "the bridge that couldn't be built," the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the seven wonders of the modern world.

Nob Hill boasts perhaps the best view of San Francisco Bay, especially when observed from the ancient California Street cable car.

Shopping- The Union Square market is a shopping district which houses some of the best brands in trend with the season. Whether youre looking for arts supplies, luxury goods or upscale fashion. Luxury shopping is well represented in Union Square, from jewelry at Tiffany & Co. and Shreve & Company, to Lang Antiques and the Ferrari Store.

If youre in the market for fine art, the Weinstein Gallery has a museum-quality collection of art from 20th century masters like Picasso, Chagall and Miro. Denims are a sure shot in San Francisco for the Levi Strauss & Co was invented back in 1873, right here.

Nightlife- For a fun night out in San Francisco, your next trip to the Bay Area has to include a visit to one of the citys top dance clubs, where famous DJs and local talent spin the best dance music. Some of the worlds best DJs headline at Mezzanine in SOMA. Located two blocks from Moscone Center, Temple Nightclub is known as the countrys first green nightclub. The Parlor in Fishermans Wharf features a lively mix of craft cocktails and DJs in a rustic setting. Stars such as Robin Williams, Ellen Degeneres, Rosie O'Donnell, Drew Carey, Chris Rock and Dana Carvey performed their first shows on the Punch Line stage. Cobbs Comedy Club in North Beach is another top comedy venue, welcoming nationally famous entertainers for over 30 years.