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You don't need a guidebook to tell you about the best places to visit in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our local writers have researched, explored, and compiled their favorites here, with their own insider perspective and voice. From San Francisco to the East Bay, Lake Tahoe to Silicon Valley, see what they think is most worthy of your time and your money. Read on, then go out and enjoy.

  • A Walk Around Russian Hill
    • A Walk Around Russian Hill
    • Among San Francisco's many attractions, the city's architecture has a charm that draws visitors and locals to its neighborhoods. Explore Russian Hill on foot, and you'll experience architectural gems, hidden stairways, and magnificent views of the bay.
  • Best Downtown Tasting Rooms in Yountville
    • Best Downtown Tasting Rooms in Yountville
    • Yountville has distinguished itself as the culinary capital of Napa Valley, boasting several Michelin-starred restaurants, but the small town has also emerged as a premier destination for wine tasting, with dozens of tasting rooms located in the walkable
  • Delicious, Casual Dining in Yountville
    • Delicious, Casual Dining in Yountville
    • The town of Yountville’s official motto is “Taste Life Here!” and with so many celebrated restaurants calling the town home, it’s an invitation that is hard to refuse. Not all of them are fine-dining establishments, though, so if you’re looking
  • Dog Days in Yountville
    • Dog Days in Yountville
    • When most people think about Yountville, a cozy little town tucked midway into the Napa Valley, they think Michelin-starred restaurants, luxury spas, hotels and world-class wineries. But here’s something you might not know about this quaint burb: Y
  • Escape to Alcatraz
    • Escape to Alcatraz
    • Alcatraz Island is one of San Francisco's most visited sites, reached by boat from the waterfront. Visitors enjoy its history, natural beauty, and scenic views of the San Francisco skyline, but most of all, they want to explore its history as a prison.
  • Exploring the Gardens of Golden Gate Park
    • Exploring the Gardens of Golden Gate Park
    • You don't have to be a master gardener to enjoy Golden Gate Park. There's something blooming year-round in its many gardens, from the iconic Conservatory of Flowers and Japanese Tea Garden, to its lesser-know gems.
  • Fall in Love with Yountville, One Shop at a Time
    • Fall in Love with Yountville, One Shop at a Time
    • Tucked away in the Napa Valley, Yountville is perhaps best known for its spectacular restaurants. But this small town also hosts a surprising treasure-trove of boutiques, galleries and shops that showcase everything from charming country décor to high fa
  • Lake Tahoe Tantalizes
    • Lake Tahoe Tantalizes
    • Just a few hours north of the San Francisco Bay Area, Lake Tahoe is a favorite destination for visitors as well as locals. It's a year-round playground, no matter your sport.
  • Mission: Possible
    • Mission: Possible
    • San Francisco's Mission District may be the trendiest neighborhood in the world. Accept this assignment, and you'll find cutting-edge art, music, cuisine, and shops.
  • North Beach: A Taste of Italy
    • North Beach: A Taste of Italy
    • Rich in Italian heritage, this historic and colorful neighborhood has been the home to an eclectic mix of San Francisco characters since its earliest days. It's an especially good place for nice meal, or lingering over coffee in a sidewalk cafe.
  • Out in the Vineyards - Top 5 Wineries in Yountville
    • Out in the Vineyards - Top 5 Wineries in Yountville
    • Located in the middle of Napa Valley, Yountville is home to more than 75 wineries. From a wine enthusiast’s perspective, this small, upscale town has it all, from world- renowned to homegrown talent, Cabernet to Champagne-style sparkling wine. With so m
  • Outdoor Yountville: Small Town, Big Action
    • Outdoor Yountville: Small Town, Big Action
    • Covering 1.5 square miles, with fewer than 3,000 residents, Yountville is a mere postage-stamp on the Napa Valley floor. Yet here you can hike, walk, golf, bike and even fly to your heart’s content, depending on how much you want to spend and how far in
  • San Francisco Theaters: It's Showtime!
    • San Francisco Theaters: It's Showtime!
    • An important part of San Francisco 's cultural world is its vibrant theater scene, and most of the major houses can be found in and around the Union Square district.
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