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Three Perfect Days: San Francisco

Home to tech mavens, foodies, counterculture types and newcomers from all over the globe, America’s hilly, fog-shrouded Golden Gate is a city unlike any other.

Author Matthew Thompson Photography Erin Kunkel

The boat to Alcatraz

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AS THE HYDE-POWELL CABLE CAR NEARS THE TOP OF RUSSIAN HILL, the rumpled blanket of the city spreads out before you—a mosaic of electric buses, Chinese markets and cubist houses clinging to the pinnacles of ski-jump streets. This is San Francisco: a collision of history, whimsy and 23rd century technology, all meeting at oddly canted angles. A walk down the Embarcadero might reveal aging beatniks who look like Mark Twain, Art Deco street cars, sunburned longshoremen jawing in Spanish and trendy boutiques specializing in sustainable bamboo iPad covers. Whatever you’re looking for, be it rare bookstores in North Beach, fortune cookie factories in Chinatown or flocks of wild parrots at the top of Telegraph Hill, San Francisco rises to meet you and inevitably proves to be well worth the climb.

3 Responses to “Three Perfect Days: San Francisco”

  1. Jean Nelson-Dean Says:
    April 11th, 2011 at 11:31 am

    We just returned from our second trip to San Francisco with our kids. I wish I had seen this article before we left. Though we did many wonderful things, I would have had a few more great ideas. I am saving it for next time. What a great city! Everyone loves it from the tween, teens, and my husband and I.

  2. Sheila Krotz Says:
    May 4th, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    I love the 3 day series, but I felt as though you missed the mark with your recommendation of the Buena Vista Cafe; it is not well liked by the locals and there are so many better places to eat in SF! You did make a good recommendation with Beretta, though.

  3. sharon waller Says:
    January 27th, 2015 at 2:29 am

    You forgot to mention Boudin Bakery and Ghiridelli Square, a must when in SFO. Try a side trip to the Walt Disney Family Museum at the Precidio. A little expensive but well worth it for the Disney in us all.

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