Italian cuisine first came to San Francisco with the arrival of Italian immigrants during the Gold Rush and experienced a resurgence with the settlement of North Beach by the Ligurians during the 1880s. This long-standing Italian connection has meant that it’s always been possible to get good Italian food in San Francisco, and never has that been more true than it is now.
I have been hearing about how my grandparents lived in San Francisco during WWII for my whole life. I knew little tidbits about their experiences and I have always wanted to visit so that I could see the city for myself. Of course, I jumped at the chance for the early bird tour of Alcatraz combined with an exclusive cable car tour of San Francisco, the city that my grandparents once called home.
San Francisco is known for being a little eccentric, often even marching to the beat of it’s own drum. As such, there’s plenty of unusual or weird attractions to keep any visitor or local busy for quite some time. Maybe even indefinitely.
San Francisco’s proximity to Napa and Sonoma means that most people associate the city with wine and rightly so. Wine lists in San Francisco’s restaurants are often punctuated with regional wines not distributed in other parts of the country. It’s easy to take a day trip or book a tour to wine country, and access to great wine is one of the wonderful things about visiting or living in San Francisco.
Yes, San Francisco is home to a flock of eye-catching green and red wild parrots who have become an attraction in and of themselves. The wild parrots have been the subject of a New York Times bestselling book called The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (by Mark Bittner) and a documentary film by the same name.
As of October 1, 2013, all US national parks, national wildlife refuges and the Bureau of Land Management facilities, among other government agencies, have been temporarily closed due to a government shutdown.
Tucked in a corner of one of America’s most popular urban parks is a little hollow known as the Buffalo Paddock. And while visiting Golden Gate Park you might expect to find birds, squirrels, and other small North American wildlife, it takes many by surprise to be walking by and spot a herd of bison standing at the gate.
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There’s that famous old Mark Twain quote about never a winter was colder than a summer spent in San Francisco – and this, due to the offshore fog, rings true. But when autumn comes in and fall arrives, the clouds begin to part, the sun emerges, and San Francisco begins to warm. Some of the hottest days in San Francisco arrive in autumn, and for this reason, it’s a great time to explore the many things to do outdoors in San Francisco.