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Union Square - Financial District - 333 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA

Firstly, when planning your trip to San Francisco add on an extra day and be prepared to do lots of walking, as you will be covering a fair amount of ground! The weather is interchangeable so make sure you wear layers to account for sudden bursts of sunshine or an unexpected cold front and rain – all in one day. San Francisco has something for everyone, which can be problematic when trying to plan a trip. The City is steeped in history dating back from the Gold Rush of 1849 and has experienced earthquakes as well as several industry booms. All of which has shaped the City and its inhabitants. Contemporary San Francisco has become extremely expensive to live and thus seen a shift from gritty and colourful to high-end luxury. This is reflected in restaurants and places to stay. Ironically the City is also home to a large homeless population which is indicative of ‘gentrification’ processes whereby locals and low-income families are forced out of the City to make way for upmarket developments. An area often in the news is the Tenderloin District which should really be avoided, especially at night due to high levels of crime. TIPS - Using an interactive map (like Google Maps or MapMe) DEFINITELY makes life easier, especially for walking directions but be prepared to get lost and find all manner of sights and experiences along your way. - There are a lot of online resources for maps and transport information. - Should you wish to do a ferry trip, this is definitely something that needs prior planning to ensure you have enough time. - There are several hop-on-hop-off tourist bus companies who hits the hot spots. - Uber has become the fastest and cost-effective mode of transport. Maybe not the most adventurous way to explore the city, but an option for efficiency and for evenings. Cover photo credits Golden Gate Bridge: City skyline:

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RH5R+F3 North Beach, San Francisco, CA, USA

Head to North Beach area. Start by taking the opportunity to ride the iconic trams (cable cars): E car - Embarcadero line along the waterfront or the F car - Market Street and Wharves line. Head to Pier 33, should you decide to do the Alcatraz Island tour. Be warned ... The iconic Alcatraz island tours are extremely popular and require pre-booking far in advance, to avoid disappointment. Alternatively, Fisherman’s Wharf (Pier 39) has may options for refreshments to prepare you for a day of walking. Boudin Bakery is famous for its pastries and clam chowder, a hearty start to the day ahead. The wharf itself is a lovely start (albeit lots of visitors at times), with the Sea Lion colony nearby. Here you can also catch scenic ferries to Marin, Angel Island, Vallejo, or Oakland. Be sure to check departure times beforehand as this is definitely something that needs prior planning. Head to the Marina District, here you’ll find the Wave Organ which is an outdoor art sculpture designed to make music by capturing the movement of the waves. This takes you to the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge, which is at least 1-hr walk, to the vantage point and back. Just 1 kilometre away is the Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill which offers tremendous 360-degree views of the City. Alcatraz Island: Piers by Bay Bridge: Golden Gate Bridge:

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429 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA

These neighbouring Districts are synonymous with freedom, love and vintage shopping! Haight-Ashbury was THE place to be in the 1960's during the Hippie and Flower Power movement and still the epicenter for those living a Bohemian lifestyle. The Castro, the first openly gay neighbourhood, is still - regardless of your orientation - the nightlife capital of San Fran. Definitely take note for a the evening, as a place to head to for plenty of lively fun. Coming from the direction of the Mission District, you will hit The Castro first. The iconic theater dates back to the 1920s and is now a venue for film festivals as well as contemporary and classic sing-a-long musicals. The historic buildings in this area are classic San Fran. Shopping ranges from vintage to boutiques straight from fashion week. Have a good look around before spending all your money straight away, there is a lot to choose from! There are plenty of people-watching cafes and bars, to have some respite from a busy few hours before heading to Haight-Ashbury nearby (1.5 miles away roughly). Side note: In The Castro - On Market Street, 19th-century F-line streetcars head to and from Fisherman’s Wharf. Haight-Ashbury was home to the counter-culture movement and now, despite being somewhat gentrified, you can still pay homage to The Grateful Dead, catch a yoga session, hunt for vinyl records ... and of course ... vintage shopping galore. Spectacular Victorian houses are everywhere, as well as off-the wall points of interest such as Charles Manson's garage. You are also a short walk to the Golden Gate Park, which could easily occupy you for several hours. Photo credits The Castro: The Painted Ladies:

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QG97+QG Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA, USA

The unmissable and extensive Golden Gate Park (1,017 acres from the middle of the city to the Pacific Ocean) has a multitude of unusual and delightful things to see and do, this could keep you busy for half a day; The famous Bison paddock, the strikingly modern de Young Museum, the Japanese Tea Garden (keep in mind the spectacular sights of Cherry trees flowering in March and April), the California Academy of Sciences, and the Conservatory of Flowers, to name but a few. The beachfront has two windmills, there are at least two children's playgrounds (and a carousel!), polo fields and several lakes. This place has it ALL! For literature lovers; Shakespeare’s Garden has over 200 species of plants and flowers, with plaques associating their appearance within Shakespeare’s literary works, complete with a cobblestone walkway for added romance and serenity. Also home to the Golden Gate Angling club, there are 3 serene water areas not far from the Bison Paddock. Members are always happy to offer advice and tips to new anglers, should you wish to learn or practice your casting technique, free of charge! You can do all of this on foot, hire a bike or a segway! You could happily spend a whole day here. Photo credits Japanese Tea Garden: de Young Museum: Bison Paddok: Carousel

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