San Francisco City Hall is home to both the City and County of San Francisco Government (since the city and county share the same geographical boundaries, they share a government). Designed by architect Arthur Brown Jr. (who also built Coit Tower and the War Memorial Opera House), City Hall opened in 1915 as a replacement to an earlier city hall that was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake. It's massive 66-foot diameter stands 307.5 feet above the ground and is considered the fifth largest dome in the world. The building was remodeled after damage in the 1989 earthquake, and is considered the largest seismic retrofit project in the world. City Hall's most famous events include Joe DiMaggio & Marilyn Monroe's wedding, the public viewing of President Warren G. Harding who died in the city while still serving as President, and the assassination of city Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk.
The City Hall Rotunda can be rented for $10,000 to $30,000 per evening depending on the number of guests.
Located at 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place near the intersection of Market and Van Ness, it is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tours are given Monday - Friday 10:00 am, 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm and last 45 minutes. City Hall is accessible via the Civic Center BART or Muni Stations.
The Trams and Cable Cars
Who has not heard about them or seen a film where all cars smash in a police persecution?
We used them a few times but the queues are amazing so finally we used more time the other lines as the F that takes you around so watch all center and sea line if you are tired after all day walking
But cable cars are dangerous LOL, the cars drive along the sides nearly touching the people standing on the sides and when you leave the cable car you have to watch that no car is coming. Ok drivers are pretty god over there and careful. But I was suffering for the kind standing on the lines hehehe (I guess my friends would laugh as they always call me mum, as I always worry about this things hehehe)
Since 1972, this is the tallest building in the city (256m).
You will see it from almost everywhere.
Unfortunately this is not open to public (anymore?). The only interest to go to its foot is to see some of the (young) redwood trees if you don't have the possibility to go to Muir woods or closer to the Botanical garden.
San Francisco covers the tip...
San Francisco covers the tip of a 30 mile (50km) peninsula in Northern California, with the Pacific Ocean on its western side and the San Francisco Bay to the north and east. San Francisco is just one of many cities in the Bay Area; others include Oakland (east across the Bay Bridge), Berkeley (just north of Oakland) and San Jose (an hour's drive southeast of San Francisco, near the southern tip of the bay). Marin County and the Wine Country lie to the north, across the Golden Gate Bridge.
The most touristed part of the city resembles a slice of pie, with Van Ness Ave and Market St making the two sides and the Embarcadero the round edge of the pie. The steaming toppings of this homebaked slice are the classy shops around Union Square, the highrise Financial District, the classy Civic Center, the down-and-out Tenderloin, swanky Nob Hill and Russian Hill, Chinatown, North Beach and the epicenter of tourist kitsch, Fisherman's Wharf. To the south of Market St lies SoMa, an upwardly mobile warehouse zone of clubs and bars that fades in the southwest into the Mission, the city's Latino quarter, and then the Castro, the center of gay life.
The vast swathe from Van Ness Ave west to the Pacific Ocean encompasses upscale neighborhoods like the Marina and Pacific Heights, ethnically diverse zones like the Richmond and Sunset districts as well as the self-conscious timewarp of Haight-Ashbury. Three of the city's great parklands - the Presidio, Lincoln Park and Golden Gate Park - are also in this area.
Making a circuit of the 49-Mile Drive is a good way to check out almost all of the city's highlights. The route is well posted with instantly recognizable seagull signs, but a map and an alert navigator are essential. Do yourself a favor and allow a whole day to complete the circuit.
The Bay Area has three major airports. San Francisco International Airport is on the bay side of the Peninsula, 14 miles (22km) south of the city center. The city of Oakland, at the eastern end of the Bay Bridge, has its own airport 8 miles (13km) south of downtown. San Jose International Airport, at the southern end of the bay, is a few miles north of downtown San Jose and an hour's drive from San Francisco.
Greyhound is the only regular long distance bus company operating to the city - all bus services arrive and depart at the Transbay Terminal in SoMa. Amtrak's rail network connects the Bay Area with the rest of the continental US and Canada. Its main stations are in Oakland and Emeryville, both in the East Bay. CalTrain links San Francisco with the peninsula and San Jose; its depot is in SoMa.
Alcatraz island - I know it's...
Alcatraz island - I know it's a really touristy thing to do, but go on one of the tours. They're very informative if a bit chilling in places! The relaxed atmosphere - it feels like a very safe city. I know this may not be true, but I always felt fine there.