San Francisco Food + Travel Guide
What to Eat in San Francisco
How to Burn It Off in San Francisco
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There’s no shortage of stunning walks in San Francisco, and quad-burning hills to make you feel like you’ve earned those eats. Follow the Barbary Coast Trail for a taste of San Francisco Gold Rush history, as well as a crash course in some of the major tourist attractions (including Chinatown, North Beach, and Fisherman’s Wharf). You can do the 3.8-mile walk with a guide ($25 per person) or navigate the stops on your own (more time to stop for snacks that way!). Golden Gate Park is San Francisco’s largest, and is home to multiple museums, the Conservatory of Flowers, and the Japanese Tea Garden. The 1.588-square-mile park has ample trails to walk, though, if you’d prefer to remain outside—if you keep heading west, you’ll find yourself at the Pacific Ocean. Also hugging the coast is the Land’s End, a gorgeous patch of wilderness on the northwestern tip of the city. There you’ll find multiple trails, and some of the most beautiful views of the ocean and the Golden Gate Bridge beyond. Speaking of the Golden Gate, you can walk across (bike too; see below) the eastern side, about 1.7 miles each way.Read More
Where to Stay in San Francisco
Stay in a charming San Francisco Victorian at the San Remo Hotel (doubles from $99; 2237 Mason St., betw. Chestnut & Francisco Sts., map), built shortly after the 1906 earthquake right in the heart of North Beach. In addition to being budget-friendly, the San Remo is homey, charming, and within walking distance to some excellent food options. If you can, snag the romantic rooftop penthouse, with a gorgeous view of the city.
Looking to be in the thick of downtown? Try the Hotel Palomar (doubles from $242; 12 4th St., at Market St., map), a trendy, modern spot right near Union Square. You’ll be near ample public transportation options, and the hotel’s new bar and restaurant, Dirty Habit, is worth a trip in itself. Think craft cocktails, elevated bar bites, and a lovely heated patio to relax on after a long day of eating and sightseeing.Read More