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San Francisco

America's Most Welcoming City

San Francisco, California

Known for being laid-back and liberal, San Francisco also stands out for being the most scenic of all major American cities. Located by a bay and with one of the world's best known icons as a backdrop, this cool, welcoming city is the home of counterculture, cable cars, and a cosmopolitan population spread through a number of panoramic hills.

Victorian houses, old-money mansions, and a few landmark skyscrapers make up its urban landscape, while great restaurants, an eclectic nightlife, and major cultural attractions are part of everyday life. Join the dot-com yuppies, hippies, gays, and an overall youthful social scene for one of the most carefree and pleasant city experiences in the American continent.


Top 10 Sights and Attractions

  1. The most famous bridge in the world, the GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE.
  2. The world-class collection of the San Francisco Modern Art Museum.
  3. Going on a CABLE CAR RIDE.
  4. Alcatraz, the world's most famous prison.
  5. Hanging around Fisherman's Wharf.
  6. America's largest Chinese community in CHINATOWN.
  7. The city's tallest landmark, the TRANSAMERICA PYRAMID.
  8. LOMBARD STREET, "the crookedest street in the world."
  9. The graceful Grace Cathedral.
  10. The 18th century MISSION DOLORES.

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Where to Stay

Look for the hotel or hostel that best matches your budget, type of trip or personality. Here you can guarantee a room but you do NOT pay anything at the time of booking. Payments are only made at the hotel and there are no booking fees. Most hotels allow cancellations with no penalty if done up to 24 or 48 hours in advance. You'll see that information at the time of booking and again in the confirmation email.

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Eating and Drinking

San Francisco is a great city for foodies, offering local Californian and ethnic cuisines, and a huge number of organic and vegetarian restaurants. The verdant surroundings and the ocean just around the corner provide many of the fresh ingredients, while the wine lists are often filled with top-quality California and international wines. You will need to book a table at the best restaurants, but if you don't, there's always a good bar for a drink while you wait to be seated.
Where to go depends on what you're craving: Mission District for Latin food, Chinatown for Asian, and North Beach for Italian.

Shopping

Start in Union Square for the city's major department stores and designer shops, then move on to the funkier boutiques in the Castro district. You can window-shop anywhere in the city, with a few bargains and thrift stores in the Mission District.

Gay and Lesbian

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