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November 23, 2016updated Dec 20, 2023

Sightseeing in San Francisco

By Chris Boyle

By Codelia Mantsebo

A world-class city in every respect, The City of San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in the United States and the jewel of Northern California. With its myriad hills and spectacular bay, San Francisco’s charming natural beauty is not the only reason to visit the city.The city is also known for its cosmopolitan and vibrant culture where contemporary art and culture collide – giving more reasons to visit San Francisco.

Discover San Francisco Elite Traveler’s way and sail by the historic Alcatraz Island and the spectacular San Francisco City skyline, Sausalito, aboard a luxury sailing catamaran or admire aerial views of the striking cityscape and the Golden Gate Bridge on a scenic helicopter ride.

The Golden Gate Bridge

shutterstock_66967594The Golden Gate Bridge is an iconic landmark on the San Francisco Bay. It is amongst the most photographed sites in the city – the titan cuts through the city’s misty atmosphere with its fiery red suspensions, backed by blue waters.
The Bridge has a fascinating history and adds an extraordinary appeal to San Francisco.

For a relaxing trip to the Golden Gate Bridge, limousine tours are available in the city for the discerning elite traveler, while enjoying a firsthand look at the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, and the San Rafael Bridge or admire aerial views of the striking cityscape and the Golden Gate Bridge on a scenic helicopter ride.

Napa Valley Wine Tours

shutterstock_449026111Renowned for having outstanding wineries, Napa Valley is the country’s top destination for wine enthusiasts. There are over 450 wine tasting opportunities in the Napa Valley alone.

With magnificent vineyard vistas, lively towns and rich farmland supplying farm-to-table fare to star-rated restaurants, Napa Valley can provide the perfect a private luxurious experience of the city’s vineyards.

Get a bird’s eye view of the winery in style and opt for hot-air ballooning, followed by a visit to the wineries.

Alcatraz Island Cruises

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Kshutterstock_520749616nown around the Bay Area as “The Rock,” Alcatraz is a former state penitentiary suited on a small island visible from most hilltops around the bay. Amid its operational years, Alcatraz contained the country’s infamous criminals like Al “Scarface” Capone.
In addition, there are several old military buildings and evidence of the rebellious American Indian occupation of 1969.

A scenic ferry ride takes visitors to the Alcatraz and includes the epic panorama of the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, and Angel Island, also known as the Ellis Island of the West.

Visitors who prefer a more private tour can sail by the historic Alcatraz Island and the spectacular San Francisco City skyline, Sausalito, aboard a luxury sailing catamaran.

Fisherman’s Wharf

shutterstock_514421200Fisherman’s Wharf is the tourism epicenter of San Francisco. Swarming with attractions and top seafood restaurants in the city, the Fisherman’s Wharf is a one-stop destination for anyone.

Attractions include the Maritime Museum, Musée Mécanique on Pier 45 and the opportunity to go down into the depths of the USS Pampanito, an original WWII submarine.

The wharf is the port of call for cruises across the bay to Sausalito or Angel Island. Experience the historically stunning Liberty Ship, the SS Jeremiah O’Brien, docked right next to the Pampanito. Fun at the Wharf also includes PIER 39, the Sea Lion Center, the Hyde Street Pier, Ghirardelli Square, the Aquarium of the Bay and Madame Tussauds.

America’s Cup Sailing San Francisco

shutterstock_191499023Docked at the famous Pier 39, award-winning racing yacht, USA76, is accessible for tours in the panoramic San Francisco Bay. Amid outings, guests take part in cruising the 84-foot all-carbon, dark yacht. Cruise on board America Cup history with open cruising trips (2.5 hrs) or private charters.

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