San Francisco boasts a long-age history, being one of the first metropolises of such calibre, population and size in the USA and the world. Interwoven with tales of gallant frontier men and women, horrific memories of natural disasters and class struggles, as well as one of the richest cultural backgrounds around the globe, San Francisco history manages to dwarf its fantastic natural beauty.
Since you need a warm-up before getting there in the first place, we thought of shedding some light on some of the most important cultural and historic sites in San Francisco – information that will be deeper engraved into your mind when coupled with actually seeing the attraction during our San Francisco Segway Tour.
- The Fisherman's Wharf
The Fisherman's Wharf is actually a neighbourhood encompassing the northern seafront of the city. The region was named after the nativity days of San Francisco, around 1850 when Italian immigrants moved to the city in search of better future and within the gold rush that struck the States during that period.
One such immigrant struck his own gold lode, not by digging into the earth but by providing the gold diggers with excellent fresh fish, caught in the nearby waters. Soon, throngs of Italians followed its example, creating a whole fleet of distinctively colourful fishing boats – a tradition that preserves its momentum to this day.
- Municipal Pier 39
Pier 39 serves now as San Francisco’s most popular shopping centre, encompassing a vast array of shops and restaurants, as well as a venue for a great number of social events and street performances. Due to the throngs of people flooding the area, some of the city’s most beloved attractions were erected in the area, such as the Bay Aquarium.
While having a lot to offer to people of all types and ages, Pier 39 is mostly known for its family-oriented recreation – especially after some incredibly cute marine mammals have made the place their home and started socialising with humans!
- Golden Gate Bridge
As one of the most iconic images in the history of the United States, the Golden Gate Bridge spans for more than 1.5 km, linking the San Francisco Bay with the Pacific. It ranks among the Wonders of the Modern World and has been described as the most photographed bridge around the globe.
The Bridge began operating in 1937, when it was both the longest and the tallest suspension bridge ever made – and remains so for the USA. An interesting fact? The Bridge’s golden-orange hue was picked by nature, not by its builders or mechanics!
The Alcatraz prison, standing on the homonymous island a couple of kilometres off the San Francisco Bay, was first used as a penal institution in 1868, and a federal prison from 1934 until 1963. In 1986 the place was designated as a National Historic Landmark. Some of the world’s most notorious criminals were incarcerated behind its high walls, including the “Scarface” Al Capone, the head of the Chicago Mafia and the mastermind behind the “Valentine’s Day Massacre.”
- Ghirardelli Square
Ghirardelli Square is one of the most refreshing spots in San Francisco, popular among both locals and tourists. First shaped in 1893 by Domenico Ghirardelli, the Square was saved from becoming yet another apartment block when W. M. Roth and L. Matson Roth bought the land in 1962.
Don’t you feel much smarter already? Now you can share some of these interesting facts with your buddies and family while approaching the island. However, don’t forget to live the whole thing by joining one of our San Francisco Segway tours. Don't delay, Book today!