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So you can have the best and most authentic experiences of San Francisco.

Check here for neighborhood guides to SF, with their history and information on attractions and things to do there, as well as ways to experience different sides and elements of the city.

San Francisco cable cars

How To Ride SF Cable Cars & Trams

April 1, 2024

One of the first things that pops into most people’s minds when they hear the words “San Francisco” is an image of a cable car (the other one is the Golden Gate Bridge obviously). It’s considered an indelible element of the city and many visitors coming here already want to take a ride on one,…

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Alcatraz the Rock

Alcatraz: The Rock

February 6, 2024

Originally named after the Pelicans that used to be inhabit the island, Alcatraz, has since become a symbol of San Francisco, as much as the Golden Gate Bridge and our cable cars. Most first-time visitors to the city by the bay will have it on their list of things to see and do here, along…

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Barbary Coast (1935)

San Francisco’s Barbary Coast Today

January 12, 2024

Barbary Coast was the name given to a neighborhood of San Francisco, more or less encompassing Pacific Avenue (then known as Pacific Street) between Montgomery and Stockton Streets, from the 1860’s to the early 1900’s. Roughly bound by today’s Chinatown, North Beach and the Embarcadero, the area was infamous for the easy availability of almost…

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Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge: History & How to Visit

December 12, 2023

Ever since the late nineteenth century San Franciscans had dreamed of a bridge across the Golden Gate, the narrow strait that separate the northern and southern sides of the entrance to San Francisco Bay. However, the practical difficulties of constructing a Golden Gate Bridge seemed insuperable at the time, and the crossing remained a fever…

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the Mission

Mission District: SF’s Fun Neighborhood

September 18, 2023

The Mission District is a very well-known neighborhood in San Francisco. It’s popular for a number of reasons: it has some of the best restaurants in the city (it was the birthplace of the Mission Burrito after all), it’s a Mecca for clubbers and others wanting to have fun, it’s home to one of the…

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berkeley oakland and alameda

Berkeley, Oakland & Alameda: The East Bay

May 10, 2023

The San Francisco-facing parts of the wider East Bay region, encompassing Berkeley, Oakland and Alameda, have a lot of attractions and things to see and do. They’re also popular places to stay for visitors to the Bay Area, since they’re reasonably well-connected to the BART and SF ferry systems, as well as being a short…

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bicycling in San Francisco

Bicycling In San Francisco: 6 Great Routes

March 30, 2023

San Francisco has a lot of great opportunities for getting out on two wheels (or more), powered by legs and lungs. It’s true the city, and wider Bay Area, is pretty hilly, but there are ways to avoid them, if you prefer (and no one would blame you for that – our hills are often…

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the Castro

Castro: SF’s Naughty Neighborhood

September 30, 2022

The San Francisco neighborhood known as the Castro is one of the best-known in the city. It was a birthplace of the LGBTQ+ rights movement in the U.S. and was where Harvey Milk, the gay-rights activist and politician, began his political career. It’s also a very picturesque and historic part of the city, with some…

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North Beach: SF’s Nightlife Neighborhood

May 5, 2022

North Beach is one of San Francisco’s most storied and picturesque neighborhoods. It’s chiefly known nowadays for being our ‘Little Italy’ and most visitors want to see it while they’re in the city, to eat at one of the many great Italian restaurants and cafes that line its streets. It was also the West Coast…

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Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman’s Wharf SF: Cafe’s To Carousels

April 1, 2022

Almost everybody visiting San Francisco is going to make a trip to Fisherman’s Wharf at some point, it’s our Times Square or Hollywood Walk of Fame. However, like those other attractions, it can be a little underwhelming for the visitor – a few too many tourist traps and well… tourists! Nevertheless, again like the aforementioned…

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