America’s most romantic city offers a unique urban experience. Colorful Victorian homes, Neoclassical landmarks, Art Deco beauties and Modernist skyscrapers rise against glittering waters and islands, and dauntingly steep streets suddenly top off to reveal unexpected vistas. San Francisco is also a city of many moods, from historically opulent to groundbreakingly political. From its food and wine to its neighborhoods, parks and bridges, the city rewards endless exploration.
A destination in its own right, the historic prison at Alcatraz Island has the added benefit of involving a stunning ferry ride. It leaves from Pier 33 at Fisherman’s Wharf and has the same beautiful city views you get on the other ferries.