San Francisco Travel Guide
If you've been to San Francisco before, you've probably taken a trip out to Alcatraz, one of the world's most infamous golden cages. If the beautiful city views and deep history aren't enough to bring you back for a second visit, the fact that the prison has been taken over by an art exhibit may entice.
At the end of September, a Chinese artist - who is coincidentally under house arrest at the moment - launched a seven-installation exhibit called "@Large: Ai Weiwei at Alcatraz." The installations are found throughout Alcatraz and carry a theme of "protest songs." The most attention-getting exhibit has arguably been one called Trace, which features 176 portraits made of Lego bricks, each presenting "an individual who has been imprisoned or exiled because of his or her beliefs, actions, or affiliations."
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Bad news for those with plans to visit San Francisco this summer: The city announced yesterday that it will close Lombard Street, perhaps the most famous crooked road in the world, on certain weekends this summer.
According to reports, the local board received many complaints from residents about tourism on the street, citing traffic congestion and overcrowding that disrupts daily life. Tourists line up to drive and walk down the street, which gains its popularity from its steep grade, tight turns, expensive real estate, and beautiful views.
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The Outside Lands Music Festival returns to San Francisco August 8 - 10 and there's just one last chance for tickets.
The annual festival brings together dozens of bands, local visual artists, wineries, breweries, and restaurants for three days in Golden Gate Park. With a lineup including Kanye West, Tegan & Sara, Death Cab For Cutie, Macklemore, and more than 70 other acts, it's no great surprise that General Admission tickets and most VIP Passes to the fest have sold out in less than two weeks.
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We hope you’ve already starting planning your summer vacation, and that the mad search for affordable and attractive airfare has already been initiated. If you’re planning to visit San Francisco and the Bay Area this summer you’ve probably started to check out options to and from the city’s main airport—SFO. However, just be aware that you might want to check out some of the other airports in and around the area as well.
Obviously the more options there are the better chance of a deal, but what we’re most concerned about are potential delays over at San Francisco International Airport. Constriction work is arriving sooner than later, and the airport will be forced to close down two of its four runways between May 17 and the middle of September. Add in some of the area’s well-known weather—fog—and you’re all set for an extended delay arriving or departing the city.
The photos and videos below do all the talking in regards to this story, so we'll just quickly fill in the background for you: A 22-year-old San Francisco student Luca Iaconi-Stewart has spent the last six years making the mother of all paper airplanes out of about 400 manila folders. It is currently four-feet long and it will be three and a half feet across once he finishes the wings.
The plane is being kept in a secret location, but we're guessing it will wind up on display somewhere once it is complete. You can read more here, including specific details of the construction. Apparently, each of the first-class suites took eight hours to build! Given the time commitment, we're guessing this guy is not in a relationship...
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Unfortunately, the folks over at Yankee Candle have yet to concoct a creation that features new airport smell, so that means we need to enjoy the opportunity to breathe in fresh airport terminal air whenever it arises. That chance is this week, as San Francisco International Airport is busy putting the final touches on its latest terminal revamp and renovation. It held a public event over the weekend to check things out, but it’s officially open to flyers beginning tomorrow.
The new additions are happening at the airport’s Terminal 3, as the new slice of the airport is Boarding Area E—they’re calling it T3E for short. It’s where a lot of United flyers will depart and arrive, so passengers with United stamped across their boarding passes will be the ones enjoying the new restaurants and amenities.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation is giving one five-year-old the chance to live out his dream of being a superhero, but they need volunteers in the Bay Area to help out.
On Nov. 15, San Francisco will be transformed into Gotham City so that Miles, who is fighting Leukemia, can become Batkid for the day. On Friday morning, the Gotham Police Chief (aka the San Francisco police department) will put out a call for help which is when Miles, along with a grownup sidekick, will jump into action.
Food trucks at the airport are hardly a new concept, as we’ve seen them pop up all over the place. The latest airport to get in on the food truck fun is San Francisco International Airport, as a whole bunch of on-the-go eats are on their way to just outside the terminal.
Things started up as a test earlier in the summer, but the project must have received a passing grade—as the trucks are staying around as a permanent addition to the airport landscape. The Off The Grid trucks will now be doing their thing each and every Thursday—that’s tomorrow—between 11am and 2pm.
Are you ready for some football?! There’s still a few months before the first official kickoff, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t time for a sneak peek. Training camps are set to do their thing later this month, so if you’ve always wanted to check out the scrimmages and practices now’s the time to start planning:
The defending NFC champions are looking to make it all the way back to the Super Bowl this year, but there’s still plenty of games to play before February. At the same time, we certainly need some time to stock up on game day snacks.
There’s a lot of pieces that remain in place from last year’s team, but of course there will be some new faces as well. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick will be leading the team from the very first game, and apparently there will be plenty of lookalikes in the stands as well. That’s because his jersey has been one of the top sellers during this year’s offseason.
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Practices have already been going on for a little bit of time, as the players have been trying to work out the offseason kinks. Usually there’s plenty of practice sessions open to the public, but this year’s a little different as construction of the new stadium is getting in the way. One practice will be open to the public—over at Candlestick Park—but if you’re looking for a more game time experience there’s always the preseason. The Denver Broncos come into town on August 8 to start the preseason schedule.
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It's being reported that a flight crashed short of the runway at San Francisco International Airport just before noon PST. Details are few in these early stages, and rumors of fatalities have not been confirmed. Even CNN is jumping to conclusions.
At this time, here is what we do know about the incident:
The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco is teaming up with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy this spring for a new Give Back Getaways program that includes voluntourism excursions to Alcatraz Island and the Presidio Nursery.
The program will give hotel guests the chance to help preserve the Golden Gate National Parks, which stretch 70 miles north and south of the Golden Gate Bridge, by spending a half-day volunteering, cleaning, pruning, weeding, and planting in the parklands.
George Lucas might have sold Lucasfilm to Disney, but that doesn't mean he's ready to ride off into the sunset.
The Star Wars Guru recently submitted a proposal to The Presidio Trust to build an art museum on a commissary site at Crissy Field in San Francisco.
Lucas is an avid art collector who currently owns more than 1,000 works of art, enough to rotate a gallery collection every six months for six years.