With its spectacular bay—first discovered in 1769—San Francisco, California, is a metropolis steeped in history. This city is the birthplace of commercial dynamite and cross-country air mail. It's where the first telephone exchange originated and the world's first cable car went into service. Want to learn more? Head on over for local landmarks that provide a glimpse into the extraordinary history of The Golden Gate City. Book hotels near Ferry Building and immerse yourself in the city's past.
If you're a history buff, nothing compares to the Ferry Building, with its 245-foot Spanish-inspired clock tower. The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market—located outside and open every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday—sells meat, fish, and baked goods. Swing by for San Fran street food like tasty fish tacos! Once you've explored the market, step inside the Beaux Arts-style building and view the artifacts and photos by the main entrance, which chronicle the ferry terminal's history. Stay in cheap hotels close to Ferry Building to be near this awe-inspiring structure. If you want to find out more about local transport, visit the nearby San Francisco Cable Car Museum, which houses vintage vehicles and interactive exhibits. And no history trip to San Francisco would be complete without visiting nearby Alcatraz Island, that notorious island prison that was once home to Al Capone and offers stunning panoramic views of San Francisco. From here, it's only five miles to the Golden Gate Bridge, an enduring city icon that continues to fascinate visitors. There are urban parks on both ends of the suspension bridge, so put on your walking shoes and take a photo at one of the many vista points.
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