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San Francisco, California

Things To Do In San Francisco

With the likes of Henri Matisse and Diego Rivera gracing its walls, this institution in San Francisco's Yerba Buena neighborhood is one of the premier modern art facilities in the world. However, much of its vibrancy comes the rotating exhibits of contemporary artists, who range in discipline from sculpture to interactive art.

151 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: 415-357-4170

If you love wine, you won't want to miss the chance to visit the famous Sonoma and Napa Valley wineries on a day trip from San Francisco! You'll taste wines from North America's premium wine country, learn how the wines are made, and enjoy lovely vistas of rolling hills dotted with vineyards.

Take time out for a day trip into the wild beauty of Yosemite National Park from San Francisco. Traveling by 15 seat passenger van or Minibus, you'll enjoy the benefits of a small group tour and discover the raw beauty of California's most famous national park.

Imagine San Francisco as you've never seen it before! On a San Francisco Vista Grande Helicopter Tour you'll see all the famous sites: Alcatraz Island, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco skyline and of course, the Golden Gate Bridge! Plus, your helicopter flight takes you north over the spectacular Pacific Coastline, Tiburon, Angel Island, Marine Headlands and Sausalito.

Take time out from San Francisco on a half-day trip to Muir Woods and Sausalito. This enthralling half-day trip takes you across the Golden Gate Bridge to the Bay Area's most popular national monument and the prettiest village in California. Special Offer - Book by August 31, 2009 and save over 20% off the recommended retail rate - BOOK NOW!

For the best deal in San Francisco, go for the CityPass! Your pass to the City by the Bay includes tickets to world-renowned attractions, discounts and seven days' unlimited use of San Francisco's cable cars and Muni public transport.

Contrast the brutal austerity of Alcatraz with the sheer beauty of Muir Woods and Sausalito on this enthralling day trip from San Francisco. It's a whole day of contrasts: from catching the ferry to Alcatraz Island and driving across the Golden Gate Bridge, to walking through a forest of giant redwoods and relaxing in the picturesque village of Sausalito. Special Offer - Book by August 31, 2009 and save over 13% off the recommended retail rate - BOOK NOW!

Combine a San Francisco City Tour and guided visit to Alcatraz for the ultimate introduction to San Francisco! You'll enjoy the beauty and attractions of everyone's favorite city, in addition to a scenic ferry ride to Alcatraz Island for an audio walking tour. Special Offer - Book by August 31, 2009 and save over 14% off the recommended retail rate - BOOK NOW!

Escape to the mountains for two full days of hiking, sightseeing and exploring in the amazing natural wilderness of Yosemite National Park. This overnight tour includes Yosemite Valley, the High Country, Giant Sequoias, and the comfort of a bed at night!

Want to experience San Francisco's must-do attraction? Take the 60-minute Golden Gate Bay Cruise and you'll see why it's the perfect introduction to San Francisco. The narrated one-hour cruise does a loop of San Francisco Bay, sailing next to Alcatraz and under the Golden Gate Bridge!

Everything you'll need to see in San Francisco and at your own pace! From historical sites to modern San Francisco architecture, this tour covers the beauty and culture of the Bay Area. Complete with live narration, this is a fantastic and easy way to see all the sights San Francisco has to offer.

Get out of town! Exchange the big-city charms of San Francisco for the fresh air and natural beauty of Yosemite, California's most famous national park. You'll spend around four hours within Yosemite: one hour with the group, and approximately three hours to explore the scenic wonders of Yosemite Valley independently.

Explore America's favorite national park on a three-day camping trip that takes you off the beaten path to trails and sights unseen by most who venture here. You'll enjoy three days and two nights of camping, hiking and swimming, in a fun-filled, friendly atmosphere.

Discover why beautiful Muir Woods and the Californian wine country are two of San Francisco's most popular day-trip destinations on this great value tour combo! Start the day with a refreshing stroll through Muir Woods, where you'll explore a spectacular redwood sequoia forest, then visit wine country for some superb wine tasting at Sonoma's boutique wineries in the afternoon.

Leave the hustle and bustle of San Francisco and discover the world-renowned California Wine Country! You will sip wines as you bicycle your way through Napa Valley or Sonoma County, and enjoy a Wine Country lunch, typically with local organic salad greens, fresh baked bread, artisan cheeses, seasonal fruit and dessert, as well as other delectable additions. This is the perfect choice for those looking for a bike tour of California's beautiful back roads at a leisurely pace. As you cycle through the countryside, your local, professional guide will tell you about the history of the area and take you to wineries for wine tastings.

Seeking a wine country tour with a difference? Discover there is more to the Wine Country than just great wine on this premium, interactive Wine Country Safari! You'll enjoy a sparkling wine breakfast on the way; blend, bottle and take away your own wine; taste cheeses, olive oils and chocolates and visit boutique wineries fit for a president. You'll also feast on a superb gourmet lunch; explore the beauty of a vineyard; marvel at art galleries featuring original paintings and labels; and then sip port or moscato on the way home. All tasting fees together with a light breakfast and delicious lunch are included on this great-value wine country tour from San Francisco.

Join this semi-private limousine tour of Napa Valley and experience VIP service at an affordable price! Tour wine country in a luxury stretch limousine, enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch from a renowned local restaurant and experience a full day of wine tasting in one of the world's most famous wine regions. Visits to four boutique wineries are included on this semi-private tour, which operates with a group size of less than 10 people, ensuring personal and intimate service throughout the day. After pickup from your Napa or Sonoma hotel or the Vallejo Ferry Terminal (for ferry travel to and from San Francisco), start the day with a complimentary Champagne toast with your fellow wine enthusiasts in your 9-passenger limousine. Then ride in style to your first boutique winery of the day. Napa Valley wineries are known for their outstanding wine and exceptional hospitality; the wineries you visit may be tailored to your group's requirements.

The HP Pavilion at San Jose, formerly known as Compaq Center at San Jose and San Jose Arena is an indoor arena. The arena is also commonly called The Shark Tank or The Tank, both of which come from its primary tenant, the San Jose Sharks.

525 West Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: 408-287-9200

One of the most bewildering mansions in the world, the Winchester Mystery House has stairways that lead to the ceiling, doors that open into walls, and a profound history of the occult. Designed by the mystifying mind of Sarah Winchester, widow of the well-known rifle manufacturer, the bizarre house and its grounds are now open to guided tours for intrigued visitors.

525 South Winchester Boulevard
San Jose, CA 95128
Phone: 408-247-2101

Tossing aside the old adage of "look but don't touch," the Tech Museum of Innovation is a hands-on center that seeks to both entertain and educate. With exhibits that take visitors into the virtual world where they can design a museum or construct a rollercoaster, The Tech is setting the bar for a 2.0 museum revolution.

201 South Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: 408-294-8324

Located just south of San Francisco, San Jose offers 15 local and championship golf courses, and many in this family-friendly city are suitable for golfers of all ages.

City of San Jose
San Jose, CA 95131

The fastest game on ice is expertly played by the San Jose Sharks, one of the NHL's elite teams of late. Though they have yet to take home the Stanley Cup in their nearly 30-year history, they continually make the playoffs and send fans cheering from the stands for yet another shot at hockey immortality. Important Information: Sharks Games take place between October 4 and April 5.

Phone: 408-287-7070

See the beauty of the Golden Gate Bridge, the drama of Alcatraz Island and the lush forest of Muir Woods on a seaplane tour of San Francisco. The beauty of the green and gold hills of wine country and the deep blue expanses of the Pacific Ocean can only be truly appreciated from above during your flight.

Food & Drink In San Francisco

Slanted Door is a modern Vietnamese restaurant that showcases the abundance of produce as well as ecologically farmed meat, game and poultry found at farms around the San Francisco Bay Area.

1 Ferry Building #270
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415-861-8032

Yoshi's San Francisco is the most impressive space to open in San Francisco in years and is the heart of The Fillmore District. Showcasing the acclaimed cuisine of Executive Chef Shotaro "Sho" Kamio, a menu that celebrates the diversity of Japanese cuisine and the quality of ingredients found in the Bay Area is offered.

1330 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: 415-655-5600

The Millennium restaurant creates a gourmet dining experience out of vegetarian, healthy, and environmentally friendly foods.

580 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-345-3900

Foreign Cinema is a 'one of a kind', nationally acclaimed restaurant combining foreign and independent films with Cal-Med cooking. Enjoy an industrial chic setting, complete with outdoor courtyard, mezzanine and full bar.

2534 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Phone: 415-648-7600

Acquerello, named for its original watercolors, envelops guests in a warm and gracious atmosphere the moment they arrive. A recent renovation of the 20-year old restaurant, led by designer John Wheatman, highlights the former chapel, graced with arches and a rustic wood-beamed vaulted ceiling, with warm Mediterranean colors of gold and terracotta. Co-owners Giancarlo Paterlini and Suzette Gresham-Tognetti work together to provide an unparallel Italian dining experience. Acquerello has received countless awards, including a Michelin star in the first-ever 2007 Bay Area guide.

1722 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
Phone: 415-567-5432

Aziza offers an elegant and stylish dining experience. Chef/owner Mourad Lahlou is a leader in modernizing Moroccan cuisine and adapting it to a western style fine dining setting. His innovative cuisine combines artisinal products and organic market ingredients, intense flavors and stunning presentations all combined with a progressive Californian influence.

5800 Geary Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94121
Phone: 415-752-2222

La Ciccia is a cozy and intimate restaurant located on the edge of Noe Valley. Husband and wife owners Massimiliano Conti and Lorella Degan work together to take you to a culinary journey through the Italian island of Sardinia. The chef is committed to use the freshest and the most authentic ingredients from his native island, resulting in pungent, lively, flavorful food.

291 30th Street
San Francisco, CA 94131
Phone: 415-550-8114

Chouchou is a French Bistro with a Provencal feel. Homemade chocolate fondue and caramelized fruit tart are a specialty along with seafood and meat cassolettes. Chouchou has a bright, colorful dining room with a casual yet chic bistro atmosphere.

400 Dewey Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94116
Phone: 415-242-0960

Bar Crudo is a modern raw bar offering an elegant menu of cooked, chilled, or raw, fresh seafood paired with wine and an extensive selection of Belgian beer.

655 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
Phone: 415-409-0679

Kokkari (pronounced "Ko-Kar-ee") is a small fishing village located on the islands of Samos in the Aegean Sea, whose name is derived from the small onions that were once produced in the nearby fields. Dine at Kokkari Estiatorio on food "fit for the Gods," prepared with an Aegean palate and the style of innovative California fare.

200 Jackson Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415-981-0983

High ceilings, geometric brickwork, hanging lights, and gracefully curved dining room create a sleekly intimate atmosphere at this upscale Japanese restaurant and lounge. Along with a sushi bar offering the freshest seasonal seafood in town, Bluefin's lunch and dinner menus offer deliciously prepared starters and entrees from noodles, teriyaki and bento boxes to Kobe beef and premium Japanese Wagyu beef dishes. Numerous varieties of sake, original house-crafted cocktails, and a generous sampling of domestic, Japanese and other wines and beers complete your evening. Just a short walk from the Sharks and other events at the HP Pavillion.

754 The Alameda
San Jose, CA 95126
Phone: 408-931-6875

Highlights at this popular Santana Row restaurant include spacious dining areas, an open kitchen with French rotisserie, a bustling bar and oyster display. Accents include a mahogany sunlit bar, revolving door, dining terraces, four private dining rooms and rich brasserie atmosphere.

377 Santana Row, Suite #1100
San Jose, CA 95128
Phone: 408-984-3500

Nominated for "Best Tapas in the Bay Area" by Citysearch, Habana Cuba has enchanted diners with its festive, home-style and unforgettable blends of tropical seasonings that will bring you back to Old Havana. Favorites include paella, tostones, sweet plantains, Vaca Frita and slow roasted pork.

238 Race Street
San Jose, CA 95126
Phone: 408-998-2822

VILLAGE California Bistro and Wine Bar features California inspired cuisine focusing on the bounty of artisan quality seasonal ingredients from the Wine Country to the Central Valley and Pacific waters. The chef creates ever-changing seasonal menus with items that pair with the Wine Spectator award-winning wine list including a selection of small plates for creating your own tasting menu or for simply sharing.

378 Santana Row #1035
San Jose, CA 95128
Phone: 408-248-9091

This popular bistro in the Old Masonic building offers excellent Northern Italian cuisine in a beautiful atmosphere. Blond wood floors and Tuscan yellow walls adorn the inside.

1346 Lincoln Avenue
San Jose, CA 95125
Phone: 408-920-2508

The newest addition to Santana Row, Thea is a celebration of Mediterranean cuisine with highlights from Greece and Turkey. An expansive bar and lounge features creative vodka infusions and a selection of Mediterranean and California wines. Authentic Greek art, a 20-foot olive tree and a stylish contemporary setting complete the experience.

3090 Olsen Drive
San Jose, CA 95128
Phone: 408-260-1444

Yankee Pier, a bustling and vibrant seafood house, offers chef Steve Wallin's ocean-fresh seafood from coast to coast. Live Maine lobsters, fresh-shucked oysters, an array of grilled fresh fish, and beer-battered full belly clams are some of the offerings, along with local produce, house-made desserts, a selection of all-American wines and a full bar.

378 Santana Row #1100
San Jose, CA 95128
Phone: 408-244-1244

Morton's The Steakhouse, the nation's premier steakhouse group, specializes in classic, hearty fare, serving generous portions of USDA prime aged beef, as well as fresh fish, lobster and chicken entrees. Morton's is famous for its animated signature tableside menu presentation: steaks, whole Maine lobsters and other main course selections, along with fresh vegetables, are presented on a cart rolled to your table, where the server displays and describes each menu item in appetizing and entertaining detail.

177 Park Avenue, Suite 100
San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: 408-947-7000

Il Fornaio means "the baker" in Italian. This award-winning restaurant offers an authentic and unique dining experience. Specialties include wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game; housemade pastas; pizzas from an oak wood burning oven; fresh salads and housemade soups; a wide variety of desserts; and fresh baked bread made daily from scratch.

302 South Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: 408-271-3366

With Kids In San Francisco

This unique family attraction puts an emphasis on letting children explore their creative sides. Kids can create their own animations, music videos and digital light paintings.

221 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: 415-820-3320

With sweeping views of the city and bay, AT&T Park is considered by many to be one of best parks in baseball. During Giants games, the park offers the added thrill of watching home runs land in San Francisco Bay just beyond the right field stands. The stadium also holds many special events throughout the year. Tour Information: Hour-long behind-the-scenes tours are available every day at 10:30am and 12:30pm rain or shine, except when day games are scheduled at AT&T Park.

24 Willie Mays Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94107
Phone: 415-972-1800

Visit the World's only aquarium-planetarium-rainforest-living museum! The California Academy of Sciences incorporates all 4 under one living roof. Explore the exhibits and shows with this Skip the Line entrance.

For a family outing in the midst of nature (but not far from the city), head to Muir Woods National Monument, where coastal redwood trees tower over a lush forest ecosystem.

One Muir Woods Road
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Phone: 415-388-2595

A must-visit for any age group, Raging Waters is a water park that provides everything from mile-a-minute thrills to the relaxing undulations of floating along the Lazy River. For the adrenaline junkie, a ride down Blue Thunder/White Lightning will have you grinning down all 60 feet of snaking twists and turns.

2333 South White Road
San Jose, CA 95148
Phone: 408-238-9900

Nightlife In San Francisco

Located in the heart of San Francisco's Marina District, Nectar Wine Lounge brings together the very nectar which feeds the soul. Our 50 frequently metamorphosing wine selections by the glass span the vastness of the globe and of the palate, and our 900 selection bottle list offers something for even the most adventurous of spirit. Wines are also available for retail purchase. Executive Chef Gavin Schmidt crafts exquisite and mouth-watering dishes, utilizing a New Californian approach with International fusion. Our small plates tantalize the tongue and bring fullness and life to each wine-pairing. The Decor is a stunningly beautiful marriage of Chic, New York style with a distinctly San Francisco aesthetic that is at once both warm and cool.

3330 Steiner Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
Phone: 415-345-1377

According to the SF Weekly, "[The Fillmore] is legendary and one of the best venues anywhere: great sightlines, killer sound system, and - most importantly - a continuous parade of top musical talent gracing the stage. Whether it's country legends, indie iconoclasts, crossover punks, or rhyme-slinging hip-hop crews, this venerable S.F. institution has got it. If you're bored between acts, scope the photo gallery that lines every hallway wall with pictures of the icons who've shared the same space in which you're currently standing."

1805 Geary Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: 415-346-3000

Bergerac, on the border of SOMA and the Mission, features great cocktails and food pairings in a casual, bar/lounge.

316 11th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: 415-255-9440

There's a whole lot brewing at this ambitious specialty beer bar in the Tenderloin, a co-venture of the famous self-described 'gypsy brewer' Mikkel Borg Bjergs and Chuck Stilphen of The Trappist that boasts 40 hard-to-find international craft beers (including a slew of Mikkeller brews), along with another 100 in bottles; a small, midpriced upscale pub menu (think housemade sausage and smoked meats) is served all day in the minimalist Danish-looking digs anchored by a 30-seat, four-sided white oak bar and outfitted with antique streetlight fixtures from Copenhagen and whimsical artwork from Mikkeller's label artist.

34 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-984-0279

After a successful summer on the Vans Warped Tour, Every Time I Die & The Ghost Inside are joining forces for a co-headlining run this fall. The tour will start November 11th in Las Vegas, NV and wrap December 18th in Buffalo, NY.

Phone: 415-346-3000

SoMo-aka Joseph Somers-Morales-will never forget being on stage as a kid. At six years-old, he sang at a popular club on historic 6th Street in Austin, TX.

Phone: 415-346-3000

On a pecan farm half a mile from the Mexican border, Post Tropical was born - a collection of sounds and ideas brought to life in rooms where the low frequencies of passing freight trains vibrated in the studio, briefly disturbing the birds in the rafters. And like most new ideas, Post Tropical is hard to describe. It requires attention and engagement. It seduces you towards hidden depths.

Phone: 415-346-3000

English Oceans, the 12th release by Athens, Georgia's Drive-By Truckers, is an elegantly balanced and deeply engaged new effort that finds the group refreshed and firing on all cylinders.

Phone: 415-346-3000

A Wizard, A True Star. The title of Todd Rundgren's 1973 solo album aptly sums up the contributions of this multi-faceted artist to state-of-the-art music. As a songwriter, video pioneer, producer, recording artist, computer software developer, conceptualist, and, most recently, interactive artist (re-designated TR-i), Rundgren has made a lasting impact on both the form and content of popular music.

Phone: 415-346-3000

Copenhagen based musician Anders Trentemøller´s talent for heart wrenching melodic moments and exceptional productions, fused with his trademark sound somewhere between indie and electronic, has established him as one of the most respected and admired artists and remixers of this century.

Phone: 415-346-3000

Jackie Greene began his career in his mid-teens working the bar and open mic circuit in and around his hometown of Sacramento. Since then, he has recorded seven albums and two EP's, released a DVD, and published a book of lyrics. Upon witnessing his performance at Bonnaroo, Jon Pareles of The New York Times had this to say about the singer, songwriter, bandleader, multi-instrumentalist, "Jackie Greene could be the Prince of Americana. That's capital P, and not because Mr. Greene favors the color purple but for some musical parallels."

Phone: 415-346-3000

You can learn a lot about someone by asking them what they think the greatest record ever made is. Take Alex Clare. Tell him you're going round to his flat tonight with the express intention of smashing every piece of recorded music he owns - leaving him only one - and the ideas just come tumbling out.

Phone: 415-346-3000

Shopping In San Francisco

For the polar opposite of Union Square, serious shoppers head to the Fillmore neighborhood, where there is hardly a franchise in sight. Stop by Nest for handmade quilts or Neja Cosmetics for beauty products.

Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: 415-749-0987

This lovely neighborhood between Alamo Square and Market Street has become the place for boutique shopping in the city. Head to Ver Unica for vintage clothing, Azalea for locally designed and savvy threads and Gimme Shoes for high-quality footwear.

Hayes Street between Laguna Street and Franklin Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

The Ferry Building Marketplace is a people's marketplace serving residents and travelers alike. Located within the historic Ferry Building at the foot of Market Street, shops large and small celebrate food in all its forms, offering everything from artisan cheeses to the freshest of local fish. Restaurants and cafes serve cuisine representing the quality and cultural diversity of San Francisco's best chefs.

One Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415-983-8030

Sometimes its great to have a unique and intimate shopping experience at a boutique. Other times, its just great to have it all. In case of the latter, it's off to Union Square. This hub of activity boasts numerous department stores (think Macy's or Bloomingdale's), international brands (e.g. bebe or H&M) and high-end stores that only the world's style capitals are entitled to have (like Gucci, Chanel or Escada).

Powell and Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: 415-781-7880

Not to be confused with Union Square, this Victorian row in the northern part of the city offers shopping opportunities in an intimate, neighborhood setting. Of particular interest are the area's collection of jewelers who sell unique necklaces, earrings and bracelets, but there is also a good supply of chain and indie clothing shops.

1686 Union Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
Phone: 415-441-7055