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

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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 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

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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, 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...]

Things to do on Valentine’s Day in San Francisco

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For people who will be spending Valentine’s Day in San Francisco with that special someone or while flying solo, there are tons of great options to help celebrate the holiday. In addition to all of the regular things to do in San Francisco, the mid-February holiday brings a lot of special events and attractions to the City by the Bay. Here’s a look at a few: For people who aren’t into lovey-dovey things to do in San Francisco on Valentine’s Day, the Pillow Fight at JustinHermanPlaza is definitely worth checking out. Running from 5:45 pm to 9:00 pm, the Pillow Fight will give participants the chance to (softly) knock the stuffing out of each other…but you have to bring your own pillow. Even though Valentine’s Day might seem like an odd choice for a massive pillow fight, event organizers have an explanation: “Be there or be on a date with your significant other, just don't … [Read more...]

Fillmore Jazz Festival

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If you want to really experience a city, you have to be exposed to its culture. And if you’re looking for culture, there’s no better place to start than the Bay Area. San Francisco attractions showcase a culture that is perhaps the most unique, diverse, and vibrant in the country. For a fun, free cultural event this summer, look no further than the Fillmore Jazz Festival, the largest free jazz festival on the West Coast. Attracting more than 100,000 visitors anually, the Fillmore Jazz Fest is a fusion of art, soul, music, crafts, and gourment food, spread out over twelve blocks on Fillmore Street. This year’s festival, which takes place on July 6th and 7th (a great way to extend your Independence Day festivities), features three stages of the most talented jazz musicians and bands, and two additional entertainment areas. In these ancillary areas, you can take part in … [Read more...]

California Academy of Sciences Discount Tickets

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Located at 5 Music Concourse Drive in Golden Gate Park, the California Academy of Sciences is certainly one of the most unique attractions that the city of San Francisco has to offer. The Academy’s 400,000-square-foot building is a relatively new addition to the park and it is certainly a welcome one. The California Academy of Sciences’s facility houses an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum, a four-story rainforest (all under the same roof) and serves as the home base for the Academy’s staff of over 70 world-class scientists. And don’t think that since the Academy is home to so many different attractions that any of them are subpar. The California Academy of Sciences adheres to top industry standards in the museum and aquarium communities and is accredited by the American Association of Museums. Although experiencing natural disasters certainly has the … [Read more...]

Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival

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On April 20th and 21st, San Francisco is hosting the second weekend of its annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival. For travelers in Northern California this weekend, the Festival is a perfect addition to your to-do list of popular San Francisco attractions. Spend some time in the lovely San Francisco spring weather, enjoy the culinary talents of the city’s best Japanese chefs, and breathe in the intoxicating scent of Japanese cherry blossoms. What’s not to like? A local tradition that dates back to 1967, the Cherry Blossom Festival is a one-of-a-kind cultural experience. Held in the Japantown neighborhood of San Francisco, the Festival honors and displays all facets of Japanese and Japanese-American culture, such as singing, dancing, and martial arts. Visitors will also have plenty of chances to sample delicious traditional and modern Japanese cuisine. A visit to … [Read more...]