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San Francisco is a northern California tourist gem and famous for the Golden Gate Bridge, hilly streets, cable cars, the former Alcatraz prison, and beautiful bayside neighbourhoods. The setting for many movies and TV shows, San Fransisco is well-loved around the world, and frequently ranks in the top 10 cities in America visited by domestic and international tourists. A financial and cultural hub with a buzzing Chinatown district and a gorgeous Mediterranean climate, San Francisco is worth savouring and exploring in detail.
One Perfect Day Upper East Side New York
There are perfect days and not-so-perfect days when traveling. Kerry Widdup went in search of classic New York dining and drinks venues for a perfect Upper East Side day.
San Francisco’s Chinatown is the largest of its kind outside Asia. Shops, food markets, museums and small temples all await you as you discover each street by foot. Enjoy authentic dim sum at Hang Ah Tea Room, one of the oldest Chinese restaurants in the city. Or, take a Wok Wiz tour by foot through Chinatown, pointing out the best places to eat and shop.
The Fisherman’s Wharf precinct by the water is an exciting mix of entertainment, restaurants and nightlife. Get unique views of the historic Alcatraz Island or take a boat trip to the island to see the former prison in its full glory. Visit Pier 39 if you’re feeling energetic and you can take a ride on the Rocket Boat, a high speed adventure along San Francisco Bay. Alternatively, meet the furry sea lions who call West Marina on Pier 39 home. The Marine Mammal Centre will teach you all you need to know about these boisterous creatures.
Golden Gate Park
A lush urban oasis amongst the hustle and bustle of downtown San Francisco, Golden Gate Park is over 1,000 acres of history, nature and discovery. Visit the Japanese Tea Garden and the San Francisco Botanical Gardens for some of the best natural flora displays in the country. The California Academy of Sciences boasts a rainforest, planetarium, natural history museum and aquarium in the one location! You can easily spend a day here discovering all the attractions. Shakespeare Garden and the Music Concourse are also beautiful places to enjoy and relax in.
North Beach is known as the ‘Little Italy’ of San Francisco, offering a touch of Italian food and culture in a valley between Russian Hill and Telegraph Hill in North eastern San Fran. Decorative architecture, Italian restaurants and gelato establishments transport you away from California to a European hamlet.
Wine Country Tours
San Francisco is the perfect base to explore Northern California’s famous wine regions, The Napa Valley and Sonoma County. Heaps of personal and group tours are on the market, offering half-day or full-day tours to experience this region’s best wines. The beautiful scenery is unforgettable and makes for a perfect couples escape. You can even choose a food and wine tour combination, which allows you to sample some of the best San Francisco restaurants’ fare, before heading to wine country.