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Must do's in San Francisco
Alcatraz: from 1934 to 1963 Alcatraz was the most infamous high security prison. Locked up here were famous gangsters such as Al Capone. The isolation cells and stories about escape attempts will no doubt make you shiver and shudder. The island is only accessible by ferry.
Golden Gate Park: this immense park is located next to the Golden Gate Bridge. Here you can visit the Museum of Modern Art, the Japanese Garden and the California Academy of Sciences recognisable by the greenery on the roof.
Fisherman's Wharf: the old fishing port of San Francisco. You will find lots of food stalls and shops. For those who are fond of seals, head to Pier 39. You will have plenty o time to focus your camera lens as they lazy around in the sun!
Cable Car: it would be an utter shame to leave San Francisco without having made a ride on one of its famous cable tram, which defy the steepest streets of San Francisco.
San Francisco: Insider tips
If you are a trained sportsman, or woman, why not explore San Francisco by bike, one of the favourite pass-times of late Robin Williams. Plenty of Bike rentals are available across the city, especially around the quays. Cycle across the Golden Gate or tackle a steep slope only to enjoy a fun descent afterwards!
If you feel like stepping back in time and see the San Francisco of lore, head for The Mission, the oldest district in town. Here you will find casual coffee shops, trendy restaurants, fashionable vintage boutique, latter-day book shops and Mexican supermarkets.
How to explore San Francisco?
To visit San Francisco's highlights in a smooth and affordable way it is advisable to use the MUNI metro which runs partly underground and partly above ground.
The cutest an dmost picturesque way to get from point A to B is by the world-famous cable tram. Check out their routes and keep in mind that due to their popularity queueing is not exceptional.
To visit the area around San Francisco, or explore America’s highway n° 1, pre-book a car at Connections.be.
San Francisco Travel information
Travel documents: All Belgian nationals* (children and babies included) must be in possession of an international e-passport (biometric) containing min. 2 blank pages, valid at day of entry and during the entire stay. Connections recommends to let common sense prevail and to build in some slack in terms of validity. Often unforeseen circumstances (weather factors, volcanoes, and threats all kinds) are the cause of a mandatory postponed return date. Please keep this in mind. Consult the latest travel information and up-to-date travel advice on diplomatie.be/nl.
All passengers who travel to and /or via the U.S. must apply for an electronic travel authorization at least 72 hours prior to departure. The ESTA procedure must be requested via the official website link https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov and paid by a personal credit card only. Please verify the latest updates on travel advice, documents and requirements on http://diplomatie.be/nl.
Local time: - 9 hours
Daylight saving time 2015: San Francisco sets its clock forward in the night of Saturday 7 March to Sunday 8 March. In Belgium, the clock is set forward on the night of Saturday March, 28 to Sunday, March 29th. This entails that between 8 and 29 March, there is a 8 hour instead of 9 hour time difference between Belgium and the U.S.
Winter time 2015: Belgium turns the clock back one hour on the night of Saturday, October 24th to Sunday, October 25th. San Francisco turns back the arms of the clock on the night of Saturday, 1 November to Sunday, 2 November. This entails that during the latter week there is a 8 hour instead of 9 hour time difference between Belgium and the U.S.
Currency: US Dollar. 1 USD = 0.92 EUR (08/04/2015)
Climate: San Francisco is almost entirely surrounded by water and thus has a temperate maritime climate with mild winters and cool summers.
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