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Tony Bennett crooned the words, I Left My Heart in San Francisco and immortalized the city by the bay for generations to come.  There is no other city in the world that comes close to what San Francisco has to offer.  The Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge are two of the most spectacular bridges and are within minutes of each other; with the Golden Gate welcoming all those who travel by land and sea to San Francisco.

Truth be told the Golden Gate Bridge is actually painted orange – International Orange – as it gleans in the sun against the bordering hills, and the color helps it stand out in the fog for better viewing for ships passing under the bridge.

The Golden Gate Bridge - photo credit: www.pachd.com

The Golden Gate Bridge – photo credit: www.pachd.com

San Francisco is alive with diversity and cultural neighborhoods such as China Town and the Castro District.  It’s a city of contrasts blending old and new architectural styles with its iconic row of homes known as the painted ladies and the modern skyscrapers that reach to the sky, such as the Transamerica Pyramid building.

The painted ladies - photo credit:  www.123rf.com

The painted ladies – photo credit: www.123rf.com – look closely in the background center of the photo and you can see the point of the Transamerica Pyramid building

Visitors and locals alike enjoy the fun and excitement of visiting Pier 39, with its collection of restaurants, shopping and entertainment venues.  And you can catch a ferry to Alcatraz Island and tour the historical Alcatraz Prison, just 1.5 miles off shore or catch a ferry to take a water excursion out on the bay and see the two majestic bridges from a different perspective – looking up!

Approximately, 16.5 million visitors each year mark San Francisco as their vacation destination.  There is a plethora of hotel options to choose from, a veritable feast of restaurant choices and of course a multitude of site-seeing opportunities.

San Francisco, with its unique hillside views, infamous cable cars and charmingly eclectic neighborhoods, makes an outstanding vacation destination!

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