Twenty-seven miles west of San Francisco lies the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary – one of the world’s most unique ecosystems teeming with diverse marine life. While the rocky islands themselves are somewhat mysterious (closed to the public and inhabited only by scientists and researchers from Point Blue Conservation Science and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service), there are several tour and charter vessels that travel out to these islands nearly everyday year round for one very exciting purpose – to view a wide array of wildlife and most importantly, spot a breaching whale.
From beautiful beaches, to city skylines, to mile-high redwood trees, it’s no question that the Bay Area is full of sweeping views. But if there is one viewpoint you have to take advantage of while visiting the Bay, it’s from the top of one of the gorgeous mountain tops. There are several to choose from, and all are worth the climb, but we’ve narrowed it down for you to the top five.
Whether you are visiting San Francisco for only a short time, or you’re a native seeking a tranquil retreat from the city, Yosemite National Park and Muir Woods are two of the most popular attractions in the Bay Area. Normally, Yosemite National Park charges $20 per car for entry, and Muir Woods charges $7 for entry and additionally for parking in some areas.
If you enjoy haunted houses, hayrides, corn mazes, asylums, and amusement parks, then you are in for a nightmarish treat: the Haunted Hornet. As opposed to the traditional haunted locations that take place in forests, buildings, or fields, the Haunted Hornet takes you through perhaps the most scream-inducing adventure of them all, and it all happens on the water.
When you are visiting a city for the first time (or even the tenth time) it’s often difficult to figure out which hotel is the perfect one. Especially in a town like San Francisco, which offers hotels for just about any taste and style. If you are looking for a truly unique hotel on your next stay in San Francisco, check out these six stand outs.
With more restaurants per capita than any other city in America, it’s easy to get lost in the San Francisco food scene, especially when you are trying to pick the perfect spot for a romantic evening. Whether you are taking your date out for dinner for the first time, or the thousandth time, these six restaurants were selected for their romantic appeal, positive customer reviews, and insider recommendations, as some of the best spots in the city for the perfect dinner date.
If you’re new to the Bay Area, you might be unfamiliar with the name Lillie Hitchcock Coit. However, almost everyone recognizes the almost 300-foot high ivory-colored column as a breathtaking part of the San Francisco skyline, and this structure is known as Coit Tower located on Telegraph Hill. This gorgeous building was constructed in 1933, and its observation decks offer stunning views of the city. Perhaps just as impressive as the 360-degree view of San Fran are the interior murals that were painted during the mid-1930’s, which depict local life during the Great Depression.
No matter how much you’ve piled into your itinerary, there’s always a good chance you’ll find yourself in need of a previously unplanned rest day (or three). Luckily, San Francisco is brimming with opportunities for visitors to find their own personal oasis.
It’s no secret that San Francisco embodies the spirit of art and expression in a way that few cities can. That’s why artists of all shapes, sizes, genres, and media consistently flock to the Bay to explore and grow. Artists heading into San Francisco for any reason should mark these top spots on their list of must-sees.
San Francisco boasts some of the best homegrown food in the United States, from fruit to cheese and fresh baked breads. There’s no better place to get a taste for the city than at one of the many local farmer’s markets.