Consistently voted one of the best cities in the United States, San Francisco is the perfect place to indulge in the rich essence of a west coast boomtown. With passes like the CityPass, Go San Francisco Card and the Wharf Pass, visitors gain admission (at a lower cost) to some of the city’s finest museums, like the Museum of Modern Art, California Academy of Sciences and the de Young Museum, as well as ferry rides, tours and transportation. While landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, Transamerica Pyramid and infamous Alcatraz Island never fail as tourist magnets, it’s attractions like Ghirardelli Square, the authentic eateries of Chinatown, cable cars of Union Square and Pier 39 that keep them coming back.
Leave your diet at the door when visiting San Francisco!! No trip to San Francisco would be complete without indulging in all the foods Chinatown has to offer. Here you can sample Canton, Mandarin and Szechuan cuisines as you wind your way though Chinatown’s colorful streets. Don’t forget to enjoy authentic dim sum, moon cakes, steamed sesame balls and Peking Duck. Since you’re in the hometown of Ghirardelli chocolate, you must wander over to the Ghirardelli Square to sample some of the world’s best chocolate. Don’t leave the city without trying dungeness crab !
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Walk among old growth coast redwoods, cooling their roots in the fresh water of Redwood Creek and lifting their crowns to reach the sun and fog. Federally protected as a National Monument since 1908, this primeval forest is both refuge and laboratory, revealing our relationship with the living landscape. Travel across the Golden Gate Bridge to visit, then soak up stellar views of the San Francisco skyline and browse art galleries along the Sausalito waterfront. At the end of your tour choose between getting dropped off at Union Square in San Francisco or taking the Sausalito ferry back to San Francisco.
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Make sure you plan to stay an extra day (or two) so you can get up into the wine country of Napa and Sonoma. Award winning wines including chardonnay and pinot noir are made from grapes grown in and around this region. Enjoy castle tours at Castello di Amorosa as you savor varietals and the amazing views of the softly rolling hillsides. Take a helicopter ride and experience the region from a fresh perspective.
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