San Francisco is a Californian city that attracts over 16 million tourists every year, making it one of the top tourist destinations of the world. With famous landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, this city has an array of things to do and see. Well known for its unique architecture, diverse culture and natural beauty, San Francisco is a must see destination.
Here are our top 5 trivia facts on San Francisco.
Golden Gate Bridge
One of San Francisco’s most famous landmarks is the Golden Gate Bridge. When it was first built in 1937, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world and is still considered to be an engineering feat. With its vibrant international orange coloured paint shining through the San Francisco fog; it truly makes for a stunning photograph.
San Francisco is set on 43 hills and is famous for its windy and steep streets. Lombard Street is commonly thought to be the most crooked and steepest street in San Francisco and has become a must see tourist attraction. Surprisingly though, Vermont Avenue is actually considered to officially be the most crooked and Filbert Street the steepest. Still many tourists visit Lombard each year to watch the cars go down the one way section between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets. Adorned with beautiful gardens, it has 8 very sharp turns and the speed limit is only 5km per hour.
San Francisco Sourdough
San Francisco is famous for their Sourdough Bread. Considered to be more sour, there is now a distinction between normal sourdough and ‘San Francisco Sourdough.’ The most famous bread made in America today, it is believed that some bakeries in San Francisco can trace their start back to California’s Gold Rush period. Even the mascot for the city’s football team, the 49ers is called Sourdough Sam.
The cable cars of San Francisco are a famous icon and tourist attraction. They are also the only moving National History Landmark and the world’s last manually operated cable car system. Perfect for travelling through the main areas of the city these cable cars, whilst more expensive than the normal metro system, are a popular travel alternative for tourists. If you’re keen to find out more about this fascinating railway system, you can visit the Cable Car Museum while in San Francisco.
Denim blue jeans are believed to have been invented in San Francisco by Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis. Whilst jeans themselves can be traced back to being first created in Italy, Levi and Jacob invented the first blue denim jeans in San Francisco around 1873. The company Levi Strauss manufactures one of the most popular brands of jeans in the US today with their headquarters still located in San Francisco.