Celebrating the grand epic once-in-a-lifetime ‘America’s Golden West’ holiday, here are 5 iconic included sights you can visit during this essential US long-haul departure flying from airports throughout the UK.
Take advantage of free time in the city to visit the site of one of the world’s most notorious prisons.
The iconic island of Alcatraz once held some of the country’s worst criminals up until rock erosion caused by the waters of the San Francisco Bay forced its closure in 1963.
Today, visitors can tour the former prison and even visit the actual cell where Prohibition-era gangster Al Capone was once held.
Famously, thanks to the harsh and sometimes violent currents of the Bay, the once maximum security Alcatraz was incredibly hard to escape from.
A range of different ferry tours are available taking you over to the island. The journey itself, taking in the great Golden Gate Bridge is memorable by itself.
2. Golden Gate Bridge
Over a staggering 2000 metres long, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge is one of the United States most recognisable landmarks.
It helps that the suspension bridge has featured in countless Hollywood blockbusters through the years.
Bit of Trivia – The Bridge gets its name from the fact that it spans the Golden Gate – a narrow entrance connecting San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean.
3. The Grand Canyon
One of the most spectacular sights on the planet, the Grand Canyon is one of the great wonders of the world and is truly impressive.
An unforgettable experience, an included day trip gives holidaymakers the chance to witness the awe-inspiring canyon up close firsthand.
Over countless millennia, the powerful Colorado River has slowly but surely shaped the canyon as we know it today.
In fact, despite the harsh hot conditions, you can still see the river flowing down on the canyon floor.
4. Las Vegas
The entertainment capital of the world, visiting Las Vegas is like stepping into another world.
The famous strip lined with casinos is dazzling. At night particularly, the strip is lit up with some of the world’s most famous casinos putting on a real spectacle, including awesome water fountains and light displays.
Hours, even days, can be spent exploring the strip’s mega resorts – home to shops, gaming rooms, restaurants, and entertainment that will defy belief – use your time in the city wisely!
5. San Francisco
San Francisco, or ‘Frisco’ is one of the greatest tourist cities on the North American continent. The ‘Golden City’ is famously hilly and home to a wide selection of attractions.
During any visit, stops at locations like Haight-Ashbury, forever linked to 1960’s counter-culture, and the mind-bending zig-zagged Lombard Street are simply musts.
Elsewhere, Fisherman’s Wharf is the perfect place to venture onto one the city’s iconic trams (pictured) where you can both give your feet a well-deserved rest and also enjoy San Francisco’s architecture and atmosphere as your tram travels through this enchanting city.
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