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25 Things Every San Franciscan Should Do at Least Once

Viator insiders love traveling the globe, but we’re also showing our own cities some love this summer. No matter where you call home, take the #ViatorMyCity Local Challenge to fill your summer with all the iconic activities that make your city great. You could win a $500 Viator gift voucher for your next big adventure! […]

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July 24, 2015 by
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Public Art in San Francisco

One of the cultural capitals of California, and the country, San Francisco has long been known as a creative city, home to artists and innovators since before the Beat Generation took hold in the 1950s. While the tech industry is changing the shape of the City by the Bay, art will never go away, and the large-scale public installations flanking the streets, forests and waterfront area a constant reminder. Here’s some of the best public art in San Francisco, free for all to see outdoors.

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July 24, 2015 by
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The Best Hilltop Views in San Francisco

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With more than 50 hills, from the nub under Coit Tower to soaring Mount Davidson, San Francisco is considered the second hilliest city in the world. Some are right in the metropolis while others feel worlds away. If you’re after the loftiest vantage points over the City By the Bay, look no further than these top nine hilltop views in San Francisco.

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July 21, 2015 by
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Where to Eat Now: Mourad

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One of the must buzzed-about restaurants to open in San Francisco this year, Mourad is also one of the best.  Chef owner Mourad Lahlou has been a fixture on the Bay Area culinary scene for two decades, drawing on his Moroccan background but adding a northern Californian sensibility. Now he’s combined the two in sexy Mourad, […]

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June 23, 2015 by
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Best Road Trips From San Francisco

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After a few days in the City by the Bay, you’ve likely spent time on trolleys and bikes or on foot, so you might be itching to hop behind the wheel and explore one of California’s most celebrated routes: Highway One. There’s much to explore beyond this scenic coastal byway, though. In a reasonable drive, you can reach exciting places such as Sonoma and Napa valleys, with their iconic wineries; Lake Tahoe with its world-class skiing; and even Sequoia National Park. This grants you plenty of time to explore. Here’s a look at what’s nearby and a few destinations worth a longer trip.

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June 17, 2015 by
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8 Foods and Drinks Invented in San Francisco

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San Francisco’s food scene is not a new phenomenon. The City by the Bay has been concocting interesting bites and libations for hundreds of years. Here are eight of the most popular foods and drinks invented in San Francisco: 1. Cioppino San Francisco’s bouillabaisse or burrida, cioppino is a tomato-based seafood stew that arrived with […]

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June 15, 2015 by
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Boating Around the San Francisco Bay

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There’s a reason the region between San Jose and Marin County is called “the Bay Area.” The fish-shaped body of water that dominates the views of cities like San Francisco and Oakland is the center of life around here. The Bay defines the weather and the landscape; it’s the backdrop to countless picnics and romantic interludes; it’s the reason the area’s five iconic bridges were built; and it’s heaven for sailors and fishermen who enjoy boating around the San Francisco Bay.

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June 2, 2015 by
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Biking in Monterey and Carmel

Bike the Scenic 17-Mile Drive

Thanks to Highway 1, Monterey and Carmel have the type of views road trips are made for. But for a twist on the classic getaway, try taking in the sights using two wheels instead of four. Park the car and go biking in Monterey and Carmel. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a novice or a pro, there are easy and challenging cycling routes to choose from – and most come with an impressive view.

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May 19, 2015 by
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7 Hidden Secrets of Golden Gate Park

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Stretching just over 1,000 acres between the Haight District and the Pacific Ocean, Golden Gate Park is the cultural and recreational heart of San Francisco. It’s bigger than Central Park in New York City and is packed with goodies, many of which are just off the radar enough to feel like local secrets. Here are […]

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May 12, 2015 by
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Going Coastal on a Marin County Food Tour

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If you want to spend a beautiful day out on the California coast, soaking up the rays and eating your way through Marin County, look no further than the Best of Marin County food tour. I was looking for a way to celebrate my friend’s baby shower with a group of girlfriends when I came across this tour. We are all Bay Area locals, but had never made it up to Point Reyes Station, where the tour takes place.

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May 6, 2015 by
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