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.
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