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Sacramento to San Francisco
Driving - Highway 80 west out of Sacramento to Vallejo (toll bridge east bound), continue to Emeryville and across the San Francisco Bay Bridge (toll bridge west bound).
Ferry - Highway 80 west out of Sacramento to Vallejo. Take the Vallejo Ferry (passengers only) to Angel Island, Fisherman's Wharf/Pier 39 and the Ferry Building (downtown)
Train - Amtrak Capitol Corridor provides convenient, frequent and affordable daily service between the Sacramento region and the Bay Area.
San Francisco Chinatown is the largest Chinatown outside of Asia as well as the oldest Chinatown in North America. It's one of the top tourist attractions in San Francisco.

Fisherman's Wharf Area
Known around the world as a must-see desitnation. While the area offers a number of classic stops for the first time tourist to check off their bucket list, this area also offers more than meets the eye. Find unique and off-the-beaten Wharf spots.

Fisherman's Wharf is the place to be if you want to take part in the authentic San Francisco experience. Meet a local artist in one of the mnay galleries, hop on a bike or Segway to explore the area, or reel in a giant salmon with a 4th generation Fisherman's Wharf fisherman.

Take a short walk west to Ghirardelli Square for a breathtaking chocolate experience. Stroll to the east and visit world-famous Pier 39.

Alcatraz Viewing Tours
Art Galleries
Bay Cruises
Bike, Segway & GoGo Tours
Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Tours
Sport Fishing
Walking Tours
Wine and Beer Tasting

Ferry Building
The Ferry Building Marketplace is located along the Embarcadero at the foot of Market Street. It is the center of a transit hub that connects all of San Francisco’s neighborhoods and the surrounding bay communities. The marketplace is accessible by MUNI, BART and Ferry Boat. The historic trolley cars (Line F Market) stop directly in front of the Ferry Building.

Opening in 1898, the Ferry Building became the transportation focal point for anyone arriving by train. From the Gold Rush until the 1930s, arrival by ferryboat became the only way travelers and commuters – except those coming from the Peninsula – could reach the city. Passengers off the boats passed through an elegant two-story public area with repeating interior arches and overhead skylights. At its peak, as many as 50,000 people a day commuted by ferry.

In March 2003, the landmark San Francisco Ferry Building reopened to the public after an extensive four-year restoration. The Ferry Building Marketplace -- a world class public food market -- is organized along a dramatic indoor street, the Nave. Today ferry terminals operate at Larkspur, Sausalito, Vallejo, and Alameda with plans for continuing network improvements and expansion.

Golden Gate Bridge
Once called "the bridge that couldn't be built," today it is one the seven wonders of the modern world. This magnificent span, perhaps San Francisco's most famous landmark, opened in 1937 after a four-year struggle against relentless winds, fog, rock and treacherous tides. Pedestrians including wheelchair users and bicyclists can go on the sidewalks of the bridge during daylight hours but roller blades, skateboards and roller skates are not permitted. There are vista points on both north and south sides of the bridge with parking lots.

Golden Gate Park
Measuring more than 10,000 acres, Golden Gate Park is filled with natural beauty. Golden Gate Park possesses an array of unique and one-of a-kind features that sets it apart from other urban settings. Visit the California Academy of Sciences, Japanese Tea Garden, roaming Buffalo Herd, De Young Museum. Conservatory of Flowers, Windmills and Tulips, Strybing Arboretum and Strawberry Hill. At the panhandle of Golden Gate Park you will find Kezar stadium, the olde home of the San Francisco 49er football team, build in the 1920s where several scenes in the movie Dirty Harry were filmed.

The Presidio - Part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area
The Presisio is where San Francisco began. In 1776, Spain established a miltary fort on this land. After winning its independence from Spain in 1821, Mexico controlled the post and established a new pueblo nearby called Yerba Buena (later known as the city of San Francisco). In 1846 the Presidio became a U.S. Army post. Generations of soldiers passed through its gates, serving our nation around the world. The Army departed in 1994, and the Presidio became a national park site. Today, the Presidio welcomes all with its beauty, nature, history, recreation, and family activities.

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