Having called the San Francisco Bay Area home for more than half of my life, I have my favorite and not so favorite city neighborhoods. When I think of the Sunset, I want Dim Sum from my favorite hole-in-the-wall spot. When I think of the Mission, I crave strawberry agua frescas. But when I think of Fisherman’s Wharf, I think of tourists. Sure I’ve watched the sea lions lounge about and wandered Pier 39, but I never had any interest in going to the many attractions that line area streets. They’re just for tourists, or so I thought.
The California Gold Rush is to San Francisco what rail travel is to Chicago. It’s what launched the city’s economy and motivated its settlement. Some relics of the Gold Rush days are as obvious as the name of the city’s football team, but most are more hidden and require a closer look.
From San Francisco, it’s a 30-mile drive out of the city, past the sandy beach at Pacifica and through redwood groves to the small town of Half Moon Bay. Home to some of the best big-wave surfing in the world (the international Maverick’s competition is held here in winter when the waves get big enough), the seaside town is a great day or overnight trip from San Francisco. Here’s how to spend the perfect day in Half Moon Bay.
When the first rains hit the Bay Area, there’s only one thing on skiiers’ minds: Tahoe. Sea level rain means Sierra Mountain snow and the start of the winter season in Lake Tahoe. But Tahoe is not only about skiing and snowboarding. From snowshoeing to winter events, there are plenty of activities to fill a […]
San Francisco has long been a breeding ground for the counterculture, which really started in the 1950s with a group of nonconformist writers, artists and poets called Beats or Beatniks. These storied characters, notably Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, challenged mainstream American beliefs about everything from literature and spirituality to drugs, sex and materialism. While they hailed from all over the country, most of the Beats settled in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco for at least some time in the 1950s. Their lives spurred a movement now known as the Beat Generation, which paved the way for the Hippy Generation of the 1960s.
Offering spectacular bayfront and three iconic bridges backlit by fireworks, San Francisco has long been one of America’s most popular cities for ringing in the New Year. Whether you choose a concert; a hotel party; or simply watching fireworks from a waterfront restaurant, along the Ferry Building, near AT&T Park or from one of the […]
Trips to gorgeous Napa have always ranked high on my list – so much so that I recently moved to Northern California and now go all the time. When a friend came to visit from NYC, her first trip to wine country, I took it as an excuse to tour some wineries VIP style in a limo tour. I chose the “boutique winery” option, in the hopes that I’d learn of some hidden gems.
Built in 1873, the San Francisco Cable Car system is the last working transit network of its kind in the world. At the height of its service in 1890, it had nearly two dozen lines. Today, only three remain, mainly because cable cars are better than electric street cars at cranking up the steepest of […]
San Francisco’s unique combination of history, natural beauty, and whimsy make it a great city for visiting with kids. There’s more than enough to see and do in the city to keep your family busy for more than a single vacation no matter how old your kids are or whether you’re just a big kid […]
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