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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
  • 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.
  • Stellar Yountville Dining
    • Stellar Yountville Dining
    • Walking down Washington Street in Yountville, you’ll come to some extraordinary dining establishments, almost any of which could be grouped into the same culinary category as the Thomas Keller collection of restaurants (see “Top Yountville Dining: T
  • The Best of Pier 39
    • The Best of Pier 39
    • San Francisco's Pier 39 is home to more than 100 shops and restaurants, a carousel, an aquarium, and the famous sea lions. Find out what you can do and see during your visit to this San Francisco favorite.
  • The Best Things to Do in Yountville
    • The Best Things to Do in Yountville
    • A pint-sized town with oversized appeal, Yountville is best known for its world-class dining — it has two Michelin-starred restaurants — and its abundance of wineries. But for travelers who have had their fill of wining and dining, this Napa Valley ch
  • Top Yountville Dining: The Keller Constellation
    • Top Yountville Dining: The Keller Constellation
    • It’s not an exaggeration to say that Thomas Keller put Yountville on the Napa Valley map for fine dining when he opened The French Laundry in 1994. Now his star has grown into a constellation of four dining options in downtown Yountville, among a litany
  • Union Square: Stay, Shop, Dine, Play
    • Union Square: Stay, Shop, Dine, Play
    • Union Square is more than a park - it's the city's hub for shopping, dining, theater, and lodging. Find out what you'll see in Union Square and how to get there.
  • We Cover the Waterfront
    • We Cover the Waterfront
    • Over the years since the 1989 earthquake, San Francisco 's waterfront district has been transformed into a beautiful destination for tourists and locals alike. This guide will fill you in on all the things you can do and see there.
  • What's New at the Zoo
    • What's New at the Zoo
    • Northern California 's largest zoological park, the San Francisco Zoo houses more than 900 animals, representing over 250 species, in naturalistic environments.
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