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This Amazing America: San Francisco

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In 1938, Greyhound published the booklet This Amazing America highlighting some of the great things you can do when you travel. Today, we call these Hound Gems. Here’s a look back at what we thought you should visit then with a few more of our favorite attractions. This week, we’re visiting San Francisco.

  • While no longer the longest and largest, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is still worth a visit. It is currently the world’s widest! You can walk or cycle along 2/3 of the bridge, and work is on-going to open the rest to pedestrians in the future.
  • Looking for a free concert? Check out the Wave Organ at the Marina Harbor to hear music created by the sea. The acoustic sculpture is at its best at high tide, and you’ll be rewarded with city skyline views. You can also visit the Exploratorium Learning Laboratory while you’re there.
  • Fisherman’s Wharf is a popular area for tourists, with attractions ranging from a Madame Tousseau’s Wax Museum to a collection of 300 coin-operated musical instruments. You can visit the WWII-era vessels such as the USS Pampanito Submarine and SS Jeremiah O’Brien, as well as Balclutha, an 1886 steel-hulled square rigged sailing ship; the Eureka, an 1890 steam ferryboat; the C.A. Thayer, an 1895 lumber schooner; and the Hercules, a 1907 steam tug. There’s also the resident sea lions – up to 900 make this area their home in the winter months! Get there on San Francisco’s famous trolley cars.
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