Seven Sights to See When You're In Town for the Rugby World Cup
When visiting San Francisco for the Rugby World Cup Sevens, you should take time to see some of the city's most notable sights. Whether you're a first-time or repeat visitor to the City by the Bay, these legendary landmarks always offer memorable experiences for visitors.
The infamous prison, set on a rocky island in the middle of San Francisco Bay, is the city's most popular attraction. Visitors looking to see what it was like on the "inside" should plan well in advance and make reservations through Alcatraz Cruises . Remember that Alcatraz isn't the only destination you can reach by ferry from San Francisco. You can also visit Angel Island, Sausalito, and Tiburon.
The Golden Gate Bridge
This big, beautiful bridge is one of the most recognizable man-made structures on Earth, as well as a true feat of engineering. You can walk, bike, and drive across its tremendous span. On the Marin County side, you'll have access to lovely waterfront towns like Sausalito and Tiburon. On the San Francisco side, explore the Presidio and Fort Point, a Civil War-era fortress located near the anchor of the bridge.
Atop Telegraph Hill in North Beach stands Coit Tower. Built with funds provided by one of San Francisco's most storied citizens, Lillie Hitchcock Coit, this elegant column is popularly remembered as a memorial to San Francisco firefighters (it's even said to resemble a fire hose). Whether you climb to the top or study the 30 murals in its lobby, Coit Tower offers you a feast for the eyes.
The nation's only mobile national landmark, San Francisco's cable cars still carry passengers up the steep hills of California and Powell Streets, from downtown to Nob Hill and Fisherman's Wharf. Get around San Francisco the way the locals used to (and a few still do, though they may not admit it). You can pay for a single ride or purchase a day pass. Cable cars accept Clipper Card payment, too. Check out this handy cable car FAQ for more info.
Full of history and tradition, San Francisco's Chinatown is the oldest such neighborhood in the United States. It is a vibrant corner of the city, where you can find fine goods, delicious food, and cultural experiences you won't soon forget.
In a city full of inspiring architecture, no group of buildings is perhaps more well known or more photographed than the Painted Ladies at Alamo Square Park. These classic Victorian homes are kept in impeccable condition. Situated between the green grass of the park and the rising skyline of downtown San Francisco, the Painted Ladies are a beautiful sight. On top of everything else, they're close to the excellent shopping and dining of Hayes Valley.
Savvy travelers may scoff, but Fisherman's Wharf is worth experiencing. Besides being the perfect place to catch a ferry, it's home to dozens of shops, wonderful attractions, and a number of excellent restaurants. If nothing else, it's an amazing spot to enjoy spectacular sunset views over the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance. And don't forget to say hello to some of San Francisco's most famous residents. They might even have some advice for you...