San Francisco Travel Guide
If you are looking to escape the heat of the summer than there is no place other than San Francisco. Mark Twain once said that the coldest winter he had ever spent was the summer in San Francisco. And San Francisco has some fantastic sites to see while you are escaping the sun. Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Alcatraz, Lombard Street, China Town, Museums, Trolly Cars, and more restaurants than people.

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Fisherman's Wharf
Known for its historic waterfront, delicious seafood, spectacular sights and unique shopping, Fisherman’s Wharf offers a wide array of things to do for everyone. Our fabulous location in the 'City by the Bay', puts you within minutes of the Maritime Museum, Alcatraz, Coit Tower and everyone’s favorite, the world famous San Francisco Cable Car lines. Fisherman’s Wharf offers some of the most incredible views of the San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge and the cityscape.


Live Daily Entertainment

As always, you can enjoy live entertainment in THE CANNERY Courtyard while you dine al fresco, stroll among the graceful brick archways, or relax under 100-year-old olive trees. For up to date information, check the
entertainment schedule

There is regular service on the F-historic streetcar line from Market Street, to the Downtown area and Northern Waterfront all the way to Fisherman's Wharf at Jones and Beach Streets. Service will run every 10-12 minutes during the day and every 15 minutes in the evenings. The Historic Presidents' Conference Committee streetcars and rehabilitated "Peter Witt" cars from Milan will be used on the F-line.

Golden Gate Goodies

San Francisco Favorites

Tour of the Wine Country

Diners Response
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Buy Tickets For:
San Francisco Ticket Brokers Specializes in premium San Francisco Giants tickets and San Francisco 49ers tickets. Large selection of concert and theater tickets from Wicked in San Francisco to U2 and the Rolling Stones!

San Francisco Hang Gliding and Ultralight Center - Tandem hang gliding, paragliding and aquagliding all within eye shot of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Pier 39
- The best combination of shops, restaurants, and attractions on San Francisco Bay.

Cannery, The
- historic peach cannery transformed into a romantic marketplace with cafes, restaurants, and one-of-a-kind shops within a three level brick labrinth.
Ghirardelli Square - enter to win chocolate and get information on fine dining, cafes, bars, live entertainment, and the world famous soda fountain at this historic San Francisco landmark.
Gold Rush Trail/ Gold Rush Trail Foundation - San Francisco's outdoor history museum is a walking tour of gold rush era historical monuments, areas and points of interest.
Historical Landmarks - photos of historical plaque markers. - film location tours of Clint Eastwood films in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas.
Playland at the Beach - San Francisco's former Ocean Beach boardwalk amusement park.
San Francisco Cable Cars - see interactive demos on how cable cars work, cable car route maps with popular destinations, and the location and hours of the San Francisco Cable Car Museum.
San Francisco Zoo - with over 1000 animals on a 65 acre site located next the Pacific Ocean.
Steinhart Aquarium - oldest municipal aquarium in the U.S. containing one of the most diverse collections of aquatic animals worldwide.
TravelASSIST Top Ten / DOA (Dud on Arrival) - descriptions of key tourist sites, plus assorted "duds."

Museums & Historic Places
Alcatraz Island - links, history, mailing list, and a photo gallery.
Alcatraz: The Warden Johnston Years - historical documents, biographies, photographs, and other information about The Rock in the age of the Public Enemies.
National Park Service: Alcatraz Island - offering a close-up look at the historic and infamous federal prison where isolation was a constant of island life.
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
- devoted to the arts and cultures of Asia. The permanent collections represent over 40 Asian countries spanning 6,000 years of history.

Cable Car Museum
History and anatomy of the cable car, including over 100 modern and historical photos. The museum provides not only an historical perspective of the importance of the cable car to San Francisco but an insight into Muni and the daily operations of today's system.

Center for the Arts at Yerba Buena Gardens - presents visual and performing arts as well as educational programs, emphasizing the diverse artists and communities of the area.

Exploratorium, The
Visit dry valleys and hike up the slopes of volcanic Mt. Erebus, build a solar system, explore the science of baseball, skateboarding, hockey, and cycling.

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco - including the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum and the California Palace of the Legion of Honor.
Holos Gallery - holographic art gallery.
Mexican Museum - art and cultural institution located in the Fort Mason Center.

San Francisco Craft & Folk Art Museum
San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum - includes both national and international holdings, with special emphasis on the rich heritage of the live performing arts in the San Francisco Bay Area.
San Francisco Exploratorium
- experience exhibits from this museum of science, art and human perception.

San Francisco Airport Museums
See the China Clipper: Pan American Airways' Route to Asia; Story Cloths of Bali; Aquarium: Underwater Planet; African Connections: Baskets from Two Continents, and more exhibitions.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
One of the world's most innovative museums of modern and contemporary art.
Open every day (except Wednesdays) 11 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Open late Thursdays until 8:45 p.m

The Museum is closed on Wednesdays and on the following public holidays: Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

Tour Operators & Guides
Adventure Bicycle Company
- provides bicycle rentals and tour packages for the San Francisco area. Bicycle accessories are also available.
Blue and Gold Fleet - commuting and tour ferries.
Camping Pros - Provides all-inclusive camping trips for groups and families throughout San Diegos backcountry. Packages include reservations, all camping equipments, 3 catered meals a day and games and activities. Best of all, all equipment will be set up prior to your arrival and taken down following departure. Great for a variety of group and family functions.
Desert Jeep Tours - Exciting off-road jeep tours in San Diego's pristine desert. Badlands, Canyons, Ancient Indian Sites, rugged jeep trails and more.
Explorer's Club
- tours for children and/or their families of San Francisco and the Bay Area. Day trips packed with fun and learning opportunities.
Grayline San Francisco - guided tours of the city and surrounding areas. - Offering trip planning tools for the San Francisco, Bay Area and beyond. Complete tours, including Alcatraz, Muir Redwoods, Wine Country, Yosemite National Park, Chinatown Walking Tour; jeep sailing, fire engine, helicopter, sea plane, and bike tours also offered.
Pacific Marine Yachts - provides an SF Bay cruise dining experience, group charters, and Sunday brunch on luxury motor yachts.
Red and White Fleet - ferry, cruise and tour operator on the SF Bay.
San Francisco Tour Guide - provides tour guide service in English, Japanese, and Indonesian/Malay. I am a 14-year resident and am a travel guide writer and journalist.
Victorian Home Walk - offering small walking tours of San Francisco's Victorians, taking people "off the beaten path" where tour buses and mini vans are prohibited.

Special Services:
Effective Events - Effective Events is a comprehensive, full-service event planning and promotions company. We provide our customers with high quality events and tours for different types of markets. - A baby equipment rental company. Book the equipment you need on-line and will it will be waitng at your hotel when you arrive! Free delivery

Ace Wasabi's
- watch customers dining on sushi with a live sushi-cam.
Beach Chalet, The - brewpub located in Golden Gate Park's historic Beach Chalet Building, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and serving American Bistro cuisine and premium handcrafted ales.
Calzone's - a Euro bistro for the 21st century, featuring creative food and sleek European ambiance.
Four Seas Restaurant - serves gourmet Chinese cuisine and Dim Sum. Full bar cocktail lounge and private banquet facilities.
Harbor Village Restaurant - dim-sum, fresh seafood, acclaimed dishes, delicacies, and more.
House, The - evolutionary Asian American fare.
Indigo Restaurant - simple yet elegant New American cuisine in an intimate dining atmosphere.
Joubert's Restaurant - specializing in vegetarian food with a taste of South Africa.

L'Osteria del Forno - women-owned North Beach restaurant. Includes history of pasta, breads, map of Italy, Bologna, Varese, Italian ski resorts and more.
lou's pier 47 - In the heart of hastoric fisherman's wharf comes San Francisco's premier blues club and cajun seafood restaurant, with over 65 bay area blues bands a month.
mc2 - located in the Jackson Square district.
Mecca Restaurant - an acclaimed supper club featuring fine food and wines, groovin' live jazz, special winemaker dinners and a hip atmosphere.
Pier 39 - The best combination of shops, restaurants, and attractions on San Francisco Bay.

Pompei's Grotto - Family Operated Trattoria.
Sotto, Sotto Ristorante e Cabaret - serving Tuscany Region cuisine with live jazz music.
Spinelli Coffee Company
Stinking Rose, The - serving everything garlic. Includes online catalog.
Tommy Toy's - cuisine Chinoise restaurant for fine dining, private parties, special events, corporate entertaining. Gift certificates available online.
Yank Sing Restaurant
Yet Wah Restaurant
Zeke's Diamond Bar & Grill - south of Market Street location. Lots of micro-beers on tap.

Diamond Pizza and Italian Restaurant

Mozzarella Di-Bufala Pizzeria - thin, thick, cornmeal, and whole wheat crust pizza, as well as a full menu of sandwiches, pasta, and more.
North Beach Pizza
Panhandle Pizza Company - gourmet pizza and city wide caterer.

A. Sabella's Restaurant
- specializing in fresh local fish and shellfish; located in Fisherman's Wharf.
Cliff House
Farallon Restaurant - features coastal cuisine, in the heart of San Francisco.
Pier 39 Restaurants - sea lion web cam, photos, movies, and menus.
Sam's Grill And Seafood Restaurant

Argentum - The Leopard's Head
- dealing in antique silver, flatware pattern matching, appraisal and genealogy services.
Arcadia Framing Company
- custom framing, frameless mounting, posters and prints. Serving both residential and commercial clients.
Chateau De Faux - decorative finishing company specializing in gilded and painted finishes for furniture, walls, and accessories.
Don Levison Antiques - specializes in antique and classic wrist and pocket watches, clocks, mechanical music boxes, singing birds and other small automata and mercury barometers from the 17th century to the present.
Ed Hardy San Francisco - antique furniture.
Gaslight & Shadows Antiques - specializing in Limoges boxes. Large selection on display.
J Hill Antiques - offers a large and significant collection of American Victorian furniture, circa 1865-1875.
Print Store, The - local, vintage, and European art.
Russian Treasure in San Francisco - Museum quality Matryoshka-babushka nesting dolls, original Palekh, Fedoskino, Mstera, Kholui papier-mache lacquer boxes, Faberge eggs, Baltic amber, and chess sets.
San Francisco Music Box Company - music boxes and collectibles. Catalog available.

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