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This is a downer of a Friday story, but it's already getting some traction on travel sites. Plus it's going to be airport security news for the next few weeks. Plus it's probably going to affect your actual, physical airport experience. So you might as well get it on your radar now.
The short version - and you can read longer takes with details and videos here and here - is that the spring issue of Al Qaeda's lead magazine Inspire had a picture of the SFO AirTrain, which they captioned "Stand up, pack your tools of destruction, assemble your bomb, ready the detonation." You can understand why some people are talking about this.
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It’s never too early to start planning for the New Year, and that’s especially the case when we’re just days away. We’ve checked out what our favorite cities are up to when it comes to welcoming 2014, and we’re here to share. So check out what’s going on in and around San Francisco to celebrate the countdown to 2014.
It seems like the best places to ring in the New Year are cities on the water, because after all—that’s a great place to check out the fireworks as the countdown reaches midnight. Over in San Francisco there’s plenty of different ways to celebrate the beginning of 2014, and none of them involve crowding around a ball the drops from the top of building.
For those looking for some music to welcome the New Year there’s always what’s going on over at Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion. Moby is in town for one night only, and he’s starting things up on December 31 and he’s not stopping until well into January 1. Tickets start at $200 per person for general admission, but that does include a premium hosted bar between 9pm and 2am.
If you’re going with a bunch of friends—or your grandma—you can buy things in sets of four for just $150 per person. There’s views of the Golden Gate Bridge, promises of live art installations, and over 60 bartenders to ensure your cup is filled at all times.
Let’s all agree that Muir Beach Overlook is awesome, but it’s not exactly the best place to take a stroll along the shore and the sea. That’s why you need to get back in the rental car, and continue up the coast for a just a bit. It’s only a few miles away—maybe around 15 minutes—but it feels much longer as you navigate the twists and turns of Highway 1. Just be sure to keep your eyes on the road and not on the scenery.
With the sun setting over the horizon there’s never a better time to take a walk along Stinson Beach. Here the mighty Pacific seems a little tamer, as you can actually get close enough to the water to feel the waves, the water, and the chill—the extreme chill—of the ocean.
We’re hardly claiming that we’re calling this spot as our own, but with so many things to check out in and around San Francisco it just might get overlooked. We took the time to get out to Marin County and drive along the coast, and we recommend that you do the same—even if you have to skip the city for a bit.
Plenty of people head north of the city to check out the old-growth Coast Redwood trees, and we too recommend a visit to Muir Woods National Monument. However, when you’re done walking among the giant trees—and have purchased a stuffed banana slug from the gift shop—don’t just head back just yet. Make sure you take the twisty, turny, and ten minute drive out to the Muir Beach Overlook.
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.
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Summer travel means zoo travel which, for the purposes of this week, means giraffe travel. We'd argue that it should also be giraffe travel for the purposes of every other week, but we're content to use what time we have together right now to urge you to go see baby giraffes in various zoos up and down California.
In case you can't - and we feel badly for you, genuinely - we've embedded some videos at the bottom for you to look at. View, and be jealous.
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.
Kitty cats. They rule the internet and, whether we realize it or not, pretty much the world too. Ever noticed how cats sometimes stake out the coolest spots in a city? This new featureTravel Catfocuses on exactly that. Submit a photo to be featured by tweeting or Instagramming it to us (details below).
Travel Cat spotted in: San Francisco, CA.
This week's Travel Cat comes from Instagrammer @bohemianbackpacker, who spotted this window cat chillin on one of those typical SF streets, probably wishing for more sun.
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Ever want to do the Charleston and carry a parasol and not give a damn what anyone else thinks because it's just awesome? Well, head on over to Governor's Island this weekend, both Saturday and Sunday, for the Jazz Age Lawn Party. Hosted twice a summer by Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra, the event sees hundreds dressed up in their finest 1920s garb for picnicking, cocktails, classic car viewing, some shopping vintage accessories and, of course, dancing!
Tickets are $15 per person, per day, purchasable at the entrance to the Lawn Party. More info right here. We're actually going to this, so see you there?
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This weekend, Virgin America decided to celebrate turning five years old just as I'm sure most of us celebrated our fifth birthdays: by parking a giant float outside of a baseball stadium, giving away lots of free swag, and blasting dance music. I mean, at least that's how I remember my fifth birthday party.
As we recently found out on Virgin's inaugural flight from San Francisco to Portland, the airline does know how to throw a party. We arrived to San Francisco's AT&T Park just as the "Virgin America Day" festivities were beginning. The DJ was playing the hits, lots of Virgin America employees were hanging out showing off their new Banana Republic uniforms, and Giants fans were climbing over each other to catch a free t-shirt.
Woody Allen's most recent movies, including Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Midnight in Paris, and To Rome with Love, have focused as much on their location as the character's relationships. And now, as Allen begins filming his next romantic comedy in San Francisco, we wonder if he'll be able to capture the beauty of San Francisco the same way he has these European cities.
Though little is known about the movie, starring Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard and Louis C.K., it is said to be about a woman trying to make it on a budget so she moves to San Francisco from New York City and has to now except the new city as her home.