Thanksgiving in San Francisco 2014

Thanksgiving

Looking for some things to do on Thanksgiving Day and Thanksgiving weekend in San Francisco? We’ve got a few great San Francisco attraction tips that will keep you sane and keep the family busy. While several restaurants will be offering up sumptuous Thanksgiving feasts to their guests, our suggestions are designed to provide maximum fun for you and your guests without interfering with the traditional meal at home. Take a Tour If your guests are from out of town, then one of the best ways for them to explore your home city is with a quality tour. A popular tour for out-of-towners is the Golden Gate Bay Cruise, which hits up many of the top San Francisco sites, including Fisherman’s Wharf, Sausalito, the famous suspension bridge itself, Angel Island, and even Alcatraz Island. Another great, more comprehensive option is a San Francisco Trolley Tour, which will bring your guests all … [Read more...]

San Francisco Attraction Tips

San Francisco Attraction Tips

The City by the Bay is one of our favorite destinations to explore. With so many crazy nooks and artistic crannies, you’ll find something new and exciting around every turn. Of course, there are a few iconic San Francisco attractions that first time visitors won’t want to miss. If you’re looking for the big San Francisco Experience, combine these four attractions on a San Francisco Pass and save 20% on admission prices. Even though San Francisco gets pretty chilly, fall is a great time of year to explore the vineyards of California with a Wine Country Tour. Roam Northern California’s beautiful wine country with visits to several vineyards, large and small, and taste your way through multiple vintages and varieties. This all-day tour brings you to Napa Valley, Sonoma, Yountville, and more, with opportunities to stop for lunch along the way. It’s a very thorough wine country … [Read more...]

Halloween in San Francisco 2014

San Francisco Attractions

Thinking about spending this Halloween in the Bay Area? Check out a few of these festive San Francisco Attractions to get you in the holiday spirit. From tours and parties to special family-friendly events, there’s something for everyone on this list. Keep in mind that some events may require advance reservations; research the attractions you are interested in to see if you’ll need to purchase tickets before you go. All of these attractions are great for families with kids, but exercise caution when it comes to the spooky stuff and small children. Ghost Tours San Francisco has quite the history, and certainly has the ghosts to prove it! There are a wide variety of ghost tours for you to choose from this holiday season, each of which captures something unique about the Bay Area’s haunted happenings. Take a night tour of Alcatraz and visit one of the eeriest places in America at a … [Read more...]

San Francisco Fall Attractions

San Francisco Fall Attractions

The San Francisco Bay Area is like a whole new world in the fall, with the natural world flourishing in shades of red, orange, and yellow and the breeze on San Francisco Bay drifting towards a chill wind. (Filled with sequoias and redwoods, Muir Woods retains its lofty green.) From cruises and bike rides to museums and art galleries, there are so many fantastic San Francisco attractions to choose from that the challenge isn’t finding something to do, it’s deciding what you have time to do! To help you out a little, here’s our perfect fall itinerary for a Bay Area vacation. While San Francisco is never very warm, autumn strikes a nice balance between the cool breezes of summer and the chill of true winter. If you’re going to be picking up a San Francisco bike tour, be sure to dress in layers – you’ll likely be chilly when you start but the ride will warm you up quite a bit. … [Read more...]

Art in San Francisco: de Young Museum Ticket Discount

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San Francisco’s thriving arts scene is one of the biggest draws of this vibrant and eclectic city. The Bay Area’s first big manifestation of its artistic prowess came in the 50s and 60s at the height of the Beat Generation. While Eastern philosophy was gaining popularity through Alan Watts and his contemporaries, Allen Ginsburg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and their posse were taking the poetry world by storm. Meanwhile, artists in the visual realm began to enter the West Coast’s thriving cultural arena. Influenced by Abstract Expressionism movement on the East Coast, visual artists such as Bruce Conner and Jay DeFeo set out to experiment with cross-disciplinary approach to art. Collages, experimental films, and sculptures assembled with “found” materials. By the 60s, many other artists had become popular oi the scene. This artists circle included the likes of Wayne Thiebaud, … [Read more...]

Best San Francisco Restaurants

Best San Francisco Restaurants

San Francisco has a lovely, diverse dining scene that is as eclectic as its arts scene. Just to give you a little “taste” of the city’s dining options, we’ve put together a list of the best San Francisco restaurants in few different categories to appeal to a variety of diners -- from veggie foodies to families with kids. We’ve also listed a few nearby attractions for each restaurant, to give you an idea of the neighborhood and to allow you to incorporate your meal plans into a larger itinerary of your day. For Families Park Chalet www.parkchalet.com 1000 Great Highway San Francisco, CA 94121 American open-air dining with a great view Nearby Attractions: Ocean Beach, Golden Gate Park, Legion of Honor Scoma’s Restaurant www.scomas.com Al Scoma Way San Francisco, CA 94133 Tasty, fresh seafood Nearby Attractions: Fisherman’s Wharf, Wax Museum, S.S. Jeremiah … [Read more...]

Summer in San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

The San Francisco Bay area’s attractions are plentiful and varied, but by far the most well-known attraction is the Golden Gate Bridge. Declared one of the Wonders of the Modern World, the art deco-style suspension bridge is known around the world as the symbol of San Francisco. On your trip to the City by the Bay make sure you get the best view of the awe-inspiring attraction by taking a voyage aboard the Golden Gate Bridge Cruise. Seeing the Golden Gate Bridge from the water is an incredible and unique experience. On this Red and White Fleet cruise, you’ll sail right under the 742-foot tall Bridge, providing ample opportunities for interesting photographs – the perfect souvenir! Not only does a San Francisco Bay cruise offer the best view of the Bridge, it also helps you avoid the crowds. With 10 million annual visitors, the Bridge is pretty packed – especially in the … [Read more...]

Cheap San Francisco Attractions Tickets

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San Francisco is known as one of the most enlightened and enthralling cities in the U.S., but it’s also known as one of the most expensive. That said, there are always ways to save money no matter where you go. Here are a few suggestions for things in the city that can help you save a buck – or two – and some ideas about places to get Go San Francisco Card Attractions Discount Tickets. Although other chains may come to mind on 7/11, fast-food restaurant Chick-fil-A is attempting to corner the holiday market on July eleventh by celebrating Cow Appreciation Day. On 7/11, customers who come to Bay Area Chick-fil-A restaurants while dressed up like a cow will be awarded a free meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner. (For costume ideas, think black-and-white spots, cow bells and furry ears.) If you can’t get a full get-up together, throw on a partial outfit and receive a free … [Read more...]

San Francisco Cable Cars

San Francisco Trolley Tour

What are your top San Francisco must-sees? The beautiful Golden Gate Bridge, once the longest suspension bridge and among the most recognizable of its type across the globe. Lush Golden Gate Park, filled with everything from the peaceful Japanese Tea Garden to the one-of-a-kind California Academy of Sciences. The quirky, eclectic architecture and hilly streets of the Mission District. The hustle and bustle of Fisherman’s Wharf and the Marina District. But the one thing that just screams San Francisco? The world-famous San Francisco Cable Cars! Cable Cars were an early form of the modern light rail – a street-level mass transit system that pulled cars along designated routes using a wire rope system from above. After a few initial line installations in San Francisco in the 1870s, Cable Cars quickly became a convenient, cost-effective, and safe form of transportation all across the … [Read more...]

San Francisco 4th of July Fireworks 2014

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San Francisco really shines in the summer, and this 4th of July weekend is the perfect time to visit and see why everyone falls in love with the City by the Bay. From cruises and bike rides to bus tours and scavenger hunts, the time is right to explore this beautiful city. Come to California this July and check out a few festive 4th of July San Francisco attractions! Everyone’s favorite holiday attraction is the 4th of July Fireworks. For 2014, the San Francisco 4th of July Fireworks will be set off in two locations: from Marina Green and from Fisherman’s Wharf. You’ll be able to see both sets of fireworks from most central locations, and the synched performance is truly an impressive sight. We recommend taking public transit to the area, as surrounding streets will be closed to cars for several hours in advance of the fireworks. (Insider Tip: pick up a Muni Visitor Passport … [Read more...]