This is an unusual city. Extremely different from Los Angeles. It’s one of those cities where, despite the many attractions, you just want to walk and absorb. Full of small streets with beautiful tenement houses, countless bizarre nooks and crannies that can’t be seen even in a week, and high and sloping streets that make almost every part of the city an excellent view.
1. After bad weather in Big Sur, we prefer not to take any risks, and when the sun comes out right after entering the city, we immediately go to its greatest attraction, the Golden Gate Bridge. The view of the bridge is probably good from all sides. We chose the hills on the north side for this occasion. You have to climb a bit, but the view of the bridge and the panorama of the city is amazing.
2. The bridge connects San Francisco with the district of Martin, is more than 2.8 km long and lies 67 m above the water surface.
3. The bridge support ropes are 93 cm in diameter and consist of 27572 separate strands of cable.
4. 120,000 cars cross the bridge every day, the pedestrian path along the bridge is very popular, so that it quickly became a symbol of San Francisco.
5. The Golden Gate Bridge was the longest hanging bridge until 1965, when the Verranzo-Narrows Bridge in New York was built 18 metres longer.
6. During the gold rush, the first denim pants were sewn here. They were produced for miners and were considered to be very comfortable.
7. Irish coffee was invented in San Francisco.
8. There are over 250 cafes and shops throughout the city. In 1956 Giovanni Giotta opened a Caffe Trieste café-shop where he sold the best coffee in San Francisco. It was there that Francis Ford Coppola wrote most of the godfather’s trilogy.
9. Al Capone spent five years in the Alcatraz federal prison. Interestingly, Alcatraz is a Spanish-speaking pelican that inhabits the region’s herds before the appearance of white settlers. O
10. The original Spanish name for San Francisco is Yerba Buena, meaning “good herb” or “good grass”, and the first plans of the city were made by Jean-Jacques Vioget (Swiss) and Jasper O’ Farell (Irish), while the first street of the city was Grant Street, originally named “Calle De La Fundacion”.
11. The bridge to the north is free of charge, returning (to the south) to the city costs $7.
12. This red giant owes its name to the strait over which it is stretched, which was proclaimed “golden” in times of gold fever.
13. Another unusual attraction of San Francisco is the rope trams. They move thanks to a system of cables hidden under the roadway. This system was very popular at the turn of the 19th and 20th century. It was used not only in the United States, but also in France, Australia, Portugal and Great Britain. Over time, however, the development of this technology was discontinued. And the only 3 tram lines of this type remained in San Francisco.
14. San Francisco was built on 43 hills and in the vicinity of the city of Napa Valley there are more than 250 vineyards.
15. Behind the Golden Gate Bridge you will find the Redwoods forest, known from the last part of the Planet of the Apes, while the Star Fleet headquarters in Star Trek is located north of the city.
16. Given by most guides behind the most curved street in the city of Lombard Street, the palm of precedence must actually hand over the Vermont Avenue between 22nd and 23rd streets.
17. San Francisco is home to more than 800,000 people, which is 10% of the population of London, New York and Moscow, although in terms of the number of millionaires, it is the next city after the above-mentioned.
18. Alcatraz is now open to the public, and anyone who comes to San Francisco should not deny themselves the pleasure of seeing him. And if you don’t plan a trip in the near future, we recommend watching a one-season TV series entitled “Alcatraz”.
19. The Bay Bridge is not as elegant and as picturesque as its older brother on the north side of the city, but its importance is incomparably greater. It leads to Oakland: the second largest city in the agglomeration.
20. Behind the Golden Gate Bridge you will find the Redwoods forest, known from the last part of the Planet of the Apes, while the Star Fleet headquarters in Star Trek is located north of the city.