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ATTRACTIONS — USA:
Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco

There are many tourist attractions and monuments around the world that offer visitors a thing or two to do for a few hours. However, there are very few that will bring visitors back again and again. Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco is the city’s most popular destination and consists of a vast spread of shops, restaurants and activities along the water’s edge.

A large part of the Wharf’s charm revolves around the cable car rides to Union Square as well as the numerous ferry rides to Marin County – one of the most beautiful areas in the United States.

Tourists who want some quiet time away from the rest of the crowds should avoid visiting Fisherman’s Wharf during the early evenings as this is when it is at its most packed. However, early mornings and early evenings provide tourists with the most incredible photo opportunities. Although there is enough to do at the Wharf to spend several hours there, those looking to kill some time in between other attractions will fare well.

Evenings at Fisherman’s Wharf are also when the sea lions come in from the ocean to rest for the evening. These sea lions are another major attraction and add a whole different flavour and dimension to the Wharf, making it unlike any other waterfront area in the world.

Right next to where the sea lions gather, there is a shopping mall called Pier 39. The shops are quaint and this is the perfect place to pick up a few gifts for friends and family back home – as well as a few souvenirs for personal satisfaction. Not far from the Pier is the Exploratorium, one of the top museums in San Francisco. Another shopping area is Ghiradelli Square which is located at the end of the Wharf. This provides more souvenir opportunities as well as a very famous chocolate shop which is a must for those with a sweet tooth.

The Wharf is conveniently situated in close proximity to many of the better hotels and B&Bs. This is an advantage due to the fact that finding a free parking in the area is rare. Aside from the cable car, cabs and buses run regularly to Fisherman’s Wharf.
Fisherman’s Wharf is a must for all tourists who are visiting the San Francisco area. For those who are staying for a while, the Wharf can very comfortably become a regular place to get away from the bustling of the city.


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