San Francisco has a reputation as one of the most ""European"" of all American cities. Like Rome, the city is built on seven hills. The grace and symmetry of its public buildings, the charming quirkiness of its famed ""Painted Lady"" Victorians, its multi-ethnic cuisine, its museums, and the vibrant neighborhoods bespeak a level of sophistication that's unique in the United States.
At slightly more than 6 square miles, San Francisco is a city that seems to have been designed for walking, and when you get tired of putting shoe to pavement, just hop on a cable car. Expedia.com can help you find cheap flights to San Francisco as well as deals on San Francisco resorts that will ensure you have money left over to explore all that the city has to offer.
When to Visit San Francisco
San Francisco is beautiful in every season of the year. San Francisco does enjoy a Mediterranean climate, however, so you'll find more rainy days from November through March than you will the rest of the year. Summer in the Golden Gate City offers balmy temperatures, with highs in the upper 60s, and azure skies, but if you want to avoid the crowds, the best time to visit San Francisco is during the spring or fall.
Historical and Cultural Attractions
San Francisco's chief cultural hubs are its vibrant immigrant neighborhoods. San Francisco's Chinatown, the largest Asian settlement in the world outside of China proper, features pagoda-style buildings, terrific restaurants, exotic markets, numerous specialty shops, and an invigorating blend of dialects and languages. North Beach, San Francisco's Italian district, offers outdoor cafes, Italian delicatessens, and stores selling every type of Italian import imaginable from hand-painted ceramics to gourmet olive oil. It's just a short stroll from North Beach to Coit Tower with panoramic views of the Golden Gate, Alcatraz, and detailed WPA-era murals depicting life in the Golden State during the Great Depression.
The Asian Art Museum in the Civic Center houses one of the most complete collections of Asian art and artifacts in the world with pieces representing every Eastern culture from Turkey and India to China and the Philippines. The California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park takes an experiential approach to natural science, exposing visitors to a variety of programs designed to demonstrate the complex ways that biological systems interact. The Academy's showstoppers are a living rainforest that's four stories tall and a complete coral reef ecosystem.
Fort Point, now under the southern portion of the Golden Gate Bridge, was constructed to deter potential Confederate attacks on San Francisco Bay during the Civil War. The fortification is probably best known as the spot where Jimmy Stewart saves Kim Novak from drowning in Alfred Hitchcock's classic film ""Vertigo."" Alamo Square sports an iconic row of 19th century Victorian buildings that have been featured in many movies and TV shows set in San Francisco.
San Francisco is a popular destination for couples, and many resorts in San Francisco offer special amenities like touch-screen remotes to control music and shades designed to spark romance. San Francisco spa resorts encourage togetherness with side-by-side massages, couple's pedicures, and hydrotherapy soaks for two. Expedia.com can help you find the most romantic resorts near San Francisco and in the city itself.
Exciting Frisco Excursions
No trip to San Francisco is complete without a boat ride to Alcatraz. When it operated as a federal penitentiary between 1934 and 1963, The Rock was home to some of America's most notorious criminals. Alcatraz Island is now a National Park, and you can tour its infamous cells and prison corridors without waiting for a judge to sentence you.
In Marin County, on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge, sits the grove of ancient redwoods known as Muir Woods. In 1945, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt died shortly before he was to convene the conference where the United Nations Charter was to be presented and signed. After the charter was signed, delegates from 50 countries held a ceremony at Muir Woods' Cathedral Grove in Roosevelt's honor.
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