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 … [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 … [Read more...]

Summer in San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge

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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 … [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 … [Read more...]

San Francisco Cable Cars

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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, … [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 … [Read more...]

San Francisco Winter Events

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With February averages around 60 degrees Fahrenheit; San Francisco offers a mild climate that serves as an oasis for visitors from all parts of the world! As a host to world-class museums, booming events, and a variety of entertainment options, San Francisco is the ultimate city to beat winter blues while still sporting your favorite sweater! So which type of San Francisco retreat is right for you and your travel companions?   The Getaway: If you’re looking to get some fresh air, relax, and enjoy the spoils of sipping on your favorite wine under the sun, the Wine Country Tour is the perfect plan for you! Conveniently departing from San Francisco, you’ll be transported to the gorgeous Napa Valley, Sonoma, and Northern California wine country to sample premium wines, learn the … [Read more...]

Travel Gift Cyber Monday Sale

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It’s back! It’s that time of year that us savvy online shoppers anticipate most – Cyber Monday! With the holidays fast-approaching, it’s time to get in the spirit of giving while getting great deals! Whether your loved one is a globe-trotting aficionado or of the staycation variety, Smart Destinations offers attraction passes that provide dazzling new discoveries in some of America's most beloved cities - Boston, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Oahu, Orlando, and Miami! So which product is right for your loved one? The Package Deal: Is the person you’re gifting an art enthusiast? A history buff? An adrenaline junkie? With the SmartDestinations Go Select Packages, you can find a set of attractions that can appeal to the travel style of your loved … [Read more...]

Halloween in San Francisco

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San Francisco’s top attractions are celebrating Halloween in style! Make your San Francisco Halloween unforgettable this year by paying a visit to some of the most renowned attractions in their spookiest state! Freaky Fun for the Family Aquarium of the Bay October 25th – 27th | All day Candy cauldrons, freaky fish scavenger hunts, and special treats. Witness exhilarating performances by divers as they carve pumpkins – underwater! Freaky Fun at Aquarium of the Bay has all the makings for a memorable Halloween experience.   Halloween: Spooky Storytime Children’s Creativity Museum October 31st 3:00pm-3:30pm Take your little tykes (Ages 6 and under) to the Children’s Creativity Museum’s Community Lab. Get into the spirit of Halloween with Spooky Storytime! … [Read more...]

San Francisco Attraction Closings for Government Shutdown

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We've all heard a lot about the fact that the recent government shut down is causing some popular tourist attractions, national parks, and monuments to close for the indefinite future. In San Francisco, this unfortunately affects Alcatraz Island, which will be closed for tours for the duration of the shutdown. However, there are still plenty of popular San Francisco attractions that you can enjoy during your visit -- including the Escape from the Rock Cruise, a tour around Alcatraz Island that's equally informative as a stop inside and is a better photo-op to boot. If you're interested in arts and culture, San Francisco has some of the best art-friendly attractions around. Visit the nationally renowned de Young Museum for one of the finest collections of American painting on the West … [Read more...]