San Francisco, California, is one of the top tourist destinations in the country, beloved for its picturesque hills hugging the Bay, and the Golden Gate Bridge and frequent shrouds of fog that create an even more spectacular scene. Find San Francisco flights and join some 18 million annual visitors in exploring the many sights of "The City," among them the bustling waterfront Fisherman's Wharf, the notorious island of Alcatraz, and the downtown shopping district of Union Square.
Union Square is the name of both a downtown plaza—a California Historical Landmark once used for Civil War rallies—and its surrounding neighborhood, the main shopping and theater district of San Francisco. If you love to shop, find cheap hotels near Union Square and save your money to spend at the many stores nearby. Within a few blocks you can hit major department stores, high-end jewelers, designer clothing boutiques, and two large malls, the Westfield San Francisco Centre and Crocker Galleria. High on the to-do list of anyone booking vacation packages to San Francisco is a ride on the city's historic, iconic cable cars. The world's last existing manually operated cable car system, a National Historic Landmark, has its turnaround terminal two blocks from Union Square. Hop on and hitch a ride all the way to Fisherman's Wharf, where you can enjoy seafood, embark on a bay cruise or trip to Alcatraz, or see and hear the resident sea lions. Also within a short walk of hotels by Union Square is Chinatown, a vibrant, 24-block district of authentic dim sum restaurants, shops full of exotic goods and curiosities, and historic landmarks including the ornate Dragon's Gate. It's the largest and oldest Chinatown in North America.
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