October 12, 2011

Travel Tip: San Francisco, CA

I've been to San Francisco a few times and I always have something different to see.
Because the city is big and it has different styles, you need to know where you want to stay. And you will also need to take a taxi, a bus, a cable car, or rent a car to move between the neighborhoods.
I will list some attractions and suggestions of what to do while you're in town:

The first time I visit a new city/country, I like doing the typical things.Then, in the case of SF, you can take the Hop-on Hop-off, which is the best way to know, superficially, the important points of the city.
Go to the Golden Gate. The bus goes there, but if you can, do this by bike. You can cross the bridge and go to Sausalito. I've never been there, but everybody says it's a charming city and it's worth. The bike path is a little bit strenuous, but you can do it!

Another classic is the Fisherman's Wharf, a pier with several shops and restaurants. Over there, you can catch a boat and make a trip to the Golden Gate and the most famous prison, located in the middle of the sea, Alcatraz (photo below).

The main street of Fisherman's Wharf (pictured below) is also very nice and it has a lot of things to do, among them Boudin Bakery, a mix of bakery, mini market and restaurant, that offers delicious soups, salads, breads and snacks.

Visit the Ghirardelli chocolate factory.
Take the cable car. It is very charming and you won't need to be climbing the slopes of the city.

The cable car passes in front of Lombard Street (pictured below), the street is famous for its ultra-sinuous curves (during the spring is beautiful with its gardens and flowers).

Castro district, also known as the Gay Mecca, is also a good option.
Union Square is also worth. It is in downtown, more modern, with many hotels, restaurants and very famous shops.
Civic Center is also quite interesting. Over there you will find the City Hall (pictured below), museums, galleries and restaurants.

If you have time and it is baseball season, watch a game of the local team - Giants - and have a hotdog and beer!

The city also has its version of Little Italy and Chinatown.

And check the weather, because I went there about 4 times and was very cold every time!

For a longer trip, extend to the region of Napa Valley, Sonoma, etc., which are the most famous wineries in California (I'll do a post about it in the future...)
This website has some nice tips for SF. I'm sure you will have lots of fun in this town! Have a nice trip!

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