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It is called 'The Paris of the West' for a reason. San Francisco is one of those places on the planet where you can be yourself. It was the birthplace of several movements that opposed the traditional ways of behaviour, such as the 'hippie' movement, gay rights movement, and the peace movement. It is among the top destinations in the world visited by international tourists today and its popularity seems to be increasing more than ever before. While exploring this fabulous city of the United States of America, you’ll find several attractions that are worth exploring.

1. The Golden Gate Bridge

You've not really visited San Francisco if you've not witnessed this magnificent structure. It is not just another tourist attraction of the city, but its globally-renowned landmark. This structure, bathed in an orange shade, is the most photographed attraction in the city and looks equally stunning after sunset when the floodlights come alive. It took about four years to construct this bridge and it was the world's longest suspension bridge when it was completed. You can either walk or take a bicycle ride through it during the daylight hours. You can capture some excellent snaps of this bridge from a place called Nob Hill.

2. Alcatraz Island

This island houses the 'Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary', a former high-security federal prison, which is now a public museum. The prison is considered to be one of the most infamous prisons in the United States of America. It held some of America's most ruthless criminals including Alvin "Creepy" Karpis, Al Capone, George "Machine Gun" Kelly, and Robert Franklin Stroud. You can take an Alcatraz and San Francisco City Tour, which can save you a considerable sum as it helps you explore the former prison and other popular places of the city with a single tour. To make sure that you enjoy this tour during your san francisco holidays, it is advisable to book it in advance.

3. Palace of Fine Arts

Originally built for the Panama-Pacific Exposition of 1915, this is one of the few structures that remained from the exposition. The Palace of Fine Arts was designed by an American architect, Bernard Ralph Maybeck. It was inspired by the ancient Greek and Roman architecture and was built only for the duration of the exposition with non-durable materials. It, therefore, became a crumbling ruin by the 1950s. It was rebuilt in the year 1965 and has become one of the most popular attractions of the city over the years and hosts regular performances and art exhibitions.

4. The San Francisco Cable Cars

Operated by the San Francisco Municipal Railway, this system of cable cars is an iconic attraction of the city and is the last manually-operated cable car system of the world. The regular service of its first line was started in the year 1873, which was immensely successful. Its success led to the opening of the subsequent lines in the following years. After a period of decline beginning from the early to the mid-20th century, it was completely rebuilt and re-opened in the year 1984. You can get to some of the major places in the city using this cable car system, such as Nob Hill, Fisherman's Wharf, and Lombard Street.
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