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The New York Times guide to a weekend in San Francisco:

I love how they highlight the beauties of the waterfront, while tourists' favorites such as Union Square, the sea lions, and Chinatown get nothing but a brief mention.


Did they forget anything?  What "special" places do you choose when you want to showcase the city to your friends and family? 

I'll start the list with Baker Beach and the view from the crossroad of Webster and Broadway.





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I love the list! Especially cause it features non-obvious activities. I do however think that an Alcatraz ferry ride is still one of the best things to do for visitors. Now, if they are visiting on certain days in September, a ferry ride to the Oakland Embarcadero to the Eat Real Festival ( on September 23-25 is well worth it, especially since the ferry rides under the Bay Bridge and alongside the Oakland container berths and cranes.

I never miss to bring out-of-towners to Twin Peaks (no relation with David Lynch's TV drama...), SF geographical center.

On a clear morning you can gaze from Mt. Diablo to the Farallons and get a true sense of the region.


On a foggy, windy night you can make them feel the same chill of Hitchcock's Vertigo (filmed in SF); physically and metaphorically.


I have so many favorite things for SF, but here are my all time favorites:


Taking the drive through the Sea Cliff neighborhood and then heading up into Lincoln Park and the Palace of the Legion of Honor.  The view from there is spectacular.


Also, riding the cable car along the Powell Mason line beginning at Powell and Market, and ending at Ghirardelli Square.  Riding the cable car down Mason Street towards the Bay is thrilling and fun, especially if you stand on the outside.  If you want, you can make a stop at Nob Hill and grab a drink at the Top of the Mark and enjoy the beautiful views.  I used to love the Crown Room at the Fairmont, in which you got to ride an outside elevator high above Nob Hill....but sadly, the last time I checked, the Crown Room was closed to the public :(


If you want to do a fun activity, I would highly recommend renting those little yellow go carts and following the GPS tour they offer. I would probably not do the Downtown route, but the one that takes you to Ft. Point, the Bridge, Golden Gate Park, etc is wonderful! We did it and had a blast! For more information, go to



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