San Francisco Virtual Tour and Travel Guide by Ed Prifogle

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The City by the Bay

" I left my heart in San Francisco"
" Where little cable cars go half way to the stars"

Virtual Tour and Description

Planning on visiting San Francisco?
  1. Before arriving may I suggest that you take a virtual walk educating yourself about the city attractions.
  2. View this pictorial virtual tour,
  3. Then listen to this very personal taxi post card audio to get a sense of this wonderful city.
  4. See and listen to these excellent travel videos to experience the culture and richness of San Francisco.
  5. Look at these  live views,
  6. See these panoramic views of San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley
  7. Read this article and view the  NY Times video about the historical significance of San Francisco Chinatown.
  8. Spend some time seeing these movie clips about the seals of Ano Nuevo, the cable cars, the Golden Gate Bridge and Nob Hill, Mendocino, doing time on the Rock, winter in Yosemite, and the butterfly haven
  9. See these wonderful Quicktime videos about the California Coast and attractions.
  10. Review these comments from San Francisco visitors
  11. Watch  local TV to see what's happeniong now.
  12. Read the San Francisco Examiner to check up on current events..
Then you will understand why San Francisco is one of the great cities in the world and by far the most interesting and intriguing. 

Located on a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay,  the city is very compact, hilly, and scenic. There are over 1200 flights from all over the world that land at the San Franscisco Airport daily. This reflects the international character of the city. Chinatown is one of the oldest and largest in the US. North Beach residents are mostly of Italian heritage, and the bakerys and restaurants are excellent featuring fresh sourdough bread and sea food.

 Transamerica Tower

When driving from the north,  you arrive into San Francisco via the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge. If you are coming from the east you use the Bay Bridge which connects to Oakland. Both bridges charge tolls only while coming into the city. Only the southern approach uses no bridge as US101 provides access.

San Francisco is built on several hills, so any walking that can be pretty strenuous. Driving within the city is actually very easy as the streets are laid out in a grid and once you know the one-way streets, you can get around pretty easily. Parking can be difficult to find in most areas, so you may want to leave the car in one spot and take transit, which is plentiful. There are at least three types of transit services: MUNI is the San Francisco Municipal Transit and includes all buses and cable cars within the city. There is also the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) which provides service to Oakland (including the Network Associates Coliseum) and other East Bay suburbs. Finally there is Golden Gate Transit, which travels to the northern suburbs. MUNI should be enough for most tourists, and there is a MUNI pass that you can buy which allows you to ride all MUNI vehicles. The 1-day pass is $6, 3-day is $10 and the 7-day pass is $15.

The Bay Area is home to over 6 million people.
In addition to the many museums, galleries, parks, natural wonders, exciting neighborhoods, boutiques, and scenic overlooks, San Francisco is an architectural wonder. Check out structures like Coit Tower on top of Telegraph Hill, or visit Fort Point at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Federalist-style buildings in the Civic Center area, which include Davies Symphony Hall, the Veteran’s Building, the Opera House and the newly renovated golden-domed City Hall are certainly worth a gander.

San Francisco is known as the most tolerant city in the U.S. - the Summer of Love began in the Haight area in the western part of city, and the Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade that is held in June of each year is world-famous. The famous city landmarks include the Golden Gate Bridge, the Cable Cars, the Top of the Mark, Fishermaen's Wharf, the Opera House, Alcatraz,  Nob Hill, and North Beach. ENJOY the city with a heart.

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