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"The places you must absolutely visit in San Francisco"

 
Presented By: Will Crowthers, Avid Traveler, Wannabe Photographer, and San Francisco Dweller - www.absolutevisit.com
 
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Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge
Ride a bike or walk one of the worlds most incredible engineering marvels while enjoying postcard perfect views back towards San Francisco. This is one of the most photographed sights in the world and you will certainly want your camera with you. If you want to opt for something less active, there are several boat tours of the bay including ferries to alcatraz and Sausalito where you'll have stunning views as well. Regardless of how you do it, see the GGB in all its glory with the best time to do so at sunset!
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Alcatraz

Alcatraz
This former high-security prison offers a glimpse into the past of how some of America's biggest and badest criminals were kept under wraps. The tour is not only historical, but may get your heart racing with the stories told my former inmates. The other awesome thing about Alcatraz are the stunning view from the ferry ride to and from the island, along with the views from the island itself! If possible, book early, and if you're up for a little more adventure, check-out the night tour!
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Cable Car

Cable Car
Riding a cable car over the hills through San Francisco is not only a must do, but an incredibly fun experience. I recommend taking the Powell/Hyde or Power/Mason line from Powell & Market near Union Square. This ride will have you heading over Nob Hill and down to the Bay. You'll have some incredible views to take in - just make sure you hold on tight! To avoid long lines and waiting, take a ride early in the morning - they start at 6AM!
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Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Ghiradelli Square

Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Ghiradelli Square
This waterfront area covering 8 full blocks is loaded with souvenir shops, restaurants, and street performers. In addition, this will be your hub for starting many of your San Francisco adventures like bike riding, ferry rides to Sausalito, and the start of your Alcatraz tour. The area is very touristy, but it's like that for a reason - just be prepared. Other than it being the jumping off point for many activities, there are loads of food options (don't forget to have some dungeness crab!) and many unique shops around the area.
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Chinatown

Chinatown
Chinatown in San Francisco is special as it's the largest chinatown outside of Asia. This massive section of the city is packed with good shopping and deliciously authentic restaurants. For me the number one thing to do in Chinatown is to eat! I highly recommend checking out 'Delicious Dim Sum' on Jackson. They are well known for there ... well, delicious Dim Sum! After eating, wander the streets and check-out the herbal shops and other unique and authentic stores.
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Mission District

Mission District
What makes the Mission so awesome is the mix-match of culture. The district is still primarily latino and this is no secret with bodegas, markets, and taquerias on every block. In addition to these are some of the most hip bars and eateries in all of San Francisco making for the ultimate cultural experience. You can have your pick and oh, along the way you'll enjoy some incredible murals that are found just about everywhere in the Mission.
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Ferry Building

Ferry Building
The Ferry Building is a massive building along the San Francisco Bay that houses dozens of eateries and boutique food shops which serve up everything from tacos to caviar and light beer to champagne. However, it will come at a price! Most of the eateries are high-dollar so bring your wallet, you'll need it. But, with the Ferry Building's diverse and unique collection of shops, I am certain there is something that you'll find worth trying! This mecca of California Foods makes it a must do to get a taste of real California.
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"A few of my local favorites"

Baker's Beach

Beach to Golden Gate View

San Francisco is not known for its beaches thanks to the cool wind off of the Pacific, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't go. Bring a light jacket and head to Baker's beach for a stroll towards the Golden Gate Bridge. I highly recommend this at sunset!

Sausalito

Incredible Views of the Bay

Sausalito is a small town just across the Golden Gate Bridge. It has stunning views of the bay and also has incredible food and good shopping. Take a ferry from the Ferry Building about 15 minutes before sunset and cruise into Sausalito for an unforgettable dinner.

Twin Peaks

Best City View

Twin Peaks are the two largest "hills" in San Francisco and one of the is home to Sutro Tower, a huge communications antenna that is a well known symbol for the city. But, you're not hear for the Tower, it's all about the views. Tour the peaks at anytime of day, but especially around sunset for magnificent views of all of San Francisco.

Union Square

Shopping til' You Drop

Union Square is one of the main shopping areas of San Francisco. It is home to all of the big name designers and department stores, but also has an incredibly beautiful square at the center of it all. On the square is Emporio Rulli a simple cafe that is perfect to take it all in. The prices are a bit steep, but with a location like this, I think paying a little more is more than worth it!
 

Meet Will Crowthers

Avid Traveler, Wannabe Photographer, and San Francisco Dweller - www.absolutevisit.com
Although I have worked in San Francisco many times, I have never been able to call this incredible city my home, until ... now! As someone who has seen the sights through a tourists lens, but has more recently been down the local path, I feel like I'm ready to explode with all there is to do, see, and eat in San Francisco. Having traveled to 50 countries and many of the World's finest cities, I can confidently say that San Francisco has always ranked near the very top and always will. I can't wait for you to experience this amazing town!
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