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Where to Go with Your Tax Refund: Enjoy a San Francisco Treat

April 30, 2014 at 11:51 AM | by | ()

Tax day is here, and you're probably excited...but not because you love sifting through receipts and credit card statements. You're excited because you're getting a fat refund. Probably. The economy may be on its way back up, but you should try to stretch that tax refund as far as you can...like with a little "you did a great job last year" trip—a Tax Refund Vacation.

Starship sang about it, Armistead Maupin wrote about it, Alfred Hitchcock often filmed it, and Rice-a-Roni fills our belly with it. We're talking about the golden child of the west coast, San Francisco, a city that offers up more than hilly thoroughfares, foggy afternoons, and an island prison.

Although it sits at number 14 on the list of largest cities in the U.S., 'Frisco' sits just behind New York City for population density, but don't let that deter you from exploring the 'City by the Bay.' With its unique architecture, healthy lifestyle, and the proximity to world-class vineyards, anybody flying into or out of SFO won't be disappointed.

A wander through the financial district might sound a bit boring, but the wide variety of architectural styles turns a stroll into a quick time-travel from the turn of the century to modern day. The most impressive of them all, not to mention skyline shaping, the the Transamerica Building.

A first-time visitor to SF should make the obligatory stop to Fisherman's Wharf. This serves as a jumping off point for boat tours to Alcatraz or around the San Fransisco Bay. Naturally, being so close to the shore nibbling on some delicious seafood is a must, but there are actually plenty of better eateries further in town; Swan Oyster Depot in Knob Hill or Woodhouse Fish Co. in Lower Pacific Heights would be our picks.

The city is quite proud of their parks, and rightly so. Golden Gate Park is perfect for people watching, exploring native botanicals or leisurely rowing, whereas the Presidio of San Francisco is ideal for learning a bit about the military history of the city or scoring some killer snaps of the bay, Golden Gate Bridge or Pacific Ocean.

Obviously, it can't always be all about San Francisco. Add in a few extra days for a quick trip up to Napa or Sonoma, just across the big red bridge. Check out our guide to Napa from last year.

[Photos: Rayme Gorniak/Jaunted]

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