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Things to do in Shanghai

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The Shanghai is one of the best holiday destinations in the world that evoke excess glamour, exotic promise, mystique and so much history. It is also an abode for the world’s second-tallest tower. The place is a treasure chest of architecture which is applied to many Shanghai attractions and also a suitable place for the shopping, entertainment, and arts.

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THINGS TO DO IN SAN FRANCISCO

Stretched across 7 miles, San Francisco is packed with activities that would please foodies, outdoorsy types and curious wanderers of all ages. Some of the San Francisco attractions include – the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Ferry Building Marketplace, Twin Peaks, Golden Gate Park, and many more.

Golden Gate Bridge

The orange arches amidst the rocky seascape of the San Francisco Bay have made the Golden Gate Bridge the most popular San Francisco attraction. The name has been referred to the body of water it spans. It was built to travel between San Francisco and Marin Country. The best shot of the bridge can be seen from the Golden Gate Bridge Vista Point which is situated on a hill overlooking San Francisco. One can find some scenic trails which lead to secluded beaches – Kirby Cove and Black Sands Beach.

Ferry Building MarketplaceFerry Building Marketplace

San Francisco attraction, the Ferry Building Marketplaces, is popular amongst foodies. It is a public food market featuring small restaurants, grocery stores and snack stops. You can find variety of staples such as Mexican food, seafood, burgers, Japanese delicatessen, nut shop and a cheese and dairy bar. It is an impressive fact that despite having the formal restaurants, the visitors love to pick up to-go meal and enjoy it along the scenic waterfront. Just avoid coming on the weekends as you will end up standing in long queues. The market is open from 10am to 7pm, the farmer market from 10am to 2pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 8am to 2pm on Saturdays.

Golden Gate Park

This San Francisco attraction is equivalent to California’s Central Park, about 174 acres bigger. It takes a full day to experience so many things offered by this park. Within its evergreen borders are trails, playgrounds, sports, picturesque picnic spaces, gardens, sports courts, museums and more. The best part is the Japanese Tea Garden, serving as the oldest Japanese Garden in the USA. The Conservatory of Flowers is another standout which is the oldest existing public conservatory in the Western Hemisphere.

There is the California Academy of Sciences that features – planetarium, an aquarium, natural history museum and the Osher Rainforest that houses 1,600 live animals.

The Exploratorium

Also known as “a learning laboratory”, this San Francisco attraction consist of 600 hands-on exhibits covering various subject matter – psychology, engineering, biology and geography. There are six main galleries, highlights include – the tactile dome, the pitch-black sphere, the colored shadow area, and the 10,000-toothpick sculpture of San Francisco. It not only attracts children but also people of different ages.

Cable CarsCable Cars

The Cable Cars is one of the most popular San Francisco attraction seen in a television show or a movie. It has been given the title of a National Historic Landmark in 1964. The history reveals that the cable car was conceived by Andrew Smith Hallidie after he witnessed an accident involving a horse-drawn buggy trying to climb a steep San Francisco hill and failing. Approximately, nine million visitors ride the cable in a year.



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THINGS TO DO IN SAN DIEGO

If you love adventures this is the best place to spend your vacations. The major San Diego attractions include walking through the frothy surf of Coronado Beach, hiking along the sandstone cliffs of Torrey Pines State Reserve, or admiring the postcard-worthy scenery at La Jolla Cove.

Balboa Park

This 1200 acre San Diego attraction is the city’s cultural hub which is located in downtown San Diego. A great place to stroll, picnic or bike ride. At the starting of the park is the Botanical Building, one of the most photographed places in Balboa Park. It features 2100 permanent plants, a cactus garden, a Japanese style garden, rose garden, and palm tree canyon.

There plenty of San Diego attractions residing here including Old Globe Theatre, the Spreckels Organ Pavelion, the Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Museum of Photographic Arts, the Model Railroad Museum and the San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum.

San Diego ZooSan Diego Zoo and Safari Park

One of the most famous San Diego attraction is this 100 acre establishment. It is one of the largest zoos in the USA, housing rare and endangered animals in the world, about 3,500 including giraffes, giant pandas, polar bears, elephants and koalas, to name a few. There is also an option to get a bird’s eye view of the exhibits with Skyfari aerial team. If that’s not enough move to the Safari Park, 32 miles north in the Escondido which includes meerkats, lions, zebras, gorillas, bald eagles and cheetahs – roaming free. There are various safaris – a zipline safari and a caravan safari.

Torrey Pines State Reserve

This beautiful San Diego attraction features 1,750 acres of unspoiled land, protecting various types of flora – about 3,000 Torrey Pines, America’s rarest pine tree, also houses one of Southern California’s last salt marshes and waterfowl refuges. There are various trails which are offered including – the brief Guy Fleming Trail (0.7 miles round trip), the longer Razor Point Trail (1.4 miles round trip) and a beach trail that leads to Torrey Pines.

Coronado BeachCoronado Beach

Families and couples usually love to be at this San Diego attraction for its fewer sunbathers and calmer waves, clean sands, peaceful atmosphere and idyllic location in the “Crown City”. There are plenty of picturesque sceneries to admire. The historic Hotel de Coronado placed just beyond the sand, offers ice skating which is loved by many visitors.

USS Midway Museum

A big military town, USS Midway Museum is the next San Diego attraction. Having played host to 225,000 sailors over the course of its life, the USS Midway is the longest serving American aircraft carrier of the 20th century. You can explore 60 different exhibits and 29 restored aircraft aboard, flown in World War II, Korean War and Operation Desert Storm. During the tour one can see the primary flight control room, the ship’s jail, the engine room among other areas of the other 4 acre flight deck.



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