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Pier 39, San Francisco

Pier 39, San Francisco

Pier 39 in San Francisco, California, is 1905 cargo pier that resembles a quaint wooden fishing village.  Located at the edge of Fisherman’s Wharf, it’s close to North Beach, Chinatown, and the Embarcadero. The area is easily accessible via the historic F Market streetcars. There are shops, restaurants, a video arcade, street performances, an interpretive … Continue reading

Boonville, Anderson Valley, Mendocino

Boonville, Anderson Valley, Mendocino

Quirky Boonville is in Mendocino County, 12 ½ miles southwest of Ukiah.  The town has its own language called Boontling, and you’ll see signs posted in both Boontling and in English. Boonville, all 5.5 square miles of it, was founded by John Burgots in 1862.   (The town was originally called The Corners.)  Burgots built a … Continue reading

Guerneville

Guerneville

Guerneville is to San Francisco what Calistoga was to The City in the 19th century.  Guerneville is a small town that caters to eccentric locals, people who love to garden, vineyard owners, and the well-heeled from San Francisco who need a break.  No mineral waters here, though.  The big draw is the Russian River and … Continue reading

The Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is THE landmark in San Francisco. Walking or biking across the bridge is part of the San Francisco experience. And, even if you don’t get the chance to cross the bridge, you’ll probably see it during your visit to the city, wherever you are.  Here are the best views, and also … Continue reading

Coit Tower

Coit Tower

  The Coit Tower, all 210 feet of it, is one woman’s monument to her love of firemen and firehouses. On Telegraph hill in San Francisco, the Coit Tower was built in 1933.  Lillie Hitchcock Coit was a kooky socialite with a lot of dough who loved to chase fires in the early days of … Continue reading

Union Square, San Francisco

Union Square, San Francisco

Union Square is a great starting point for a day in San Francisco.  Some of the city’s best theatres and art galleries are here.  So are top-notch restaurants, terrific shopping and the chance to see some historic architecture and stunning city views. Built in 1847, Jasper O’Farrell, a civil engineer, was responsible for the design … Continue reading

North Beach, San Francisco

North Beach, San Francisco

This part of San Francisco is called Little Italy, and it’s one of the friendliest places in a city that’s known for being fun-loving.  North Beach is bounded by the former Barbary Coast, now Jackson Square, the Financial District, Chinatown, Russian Hill, Telegraph Hill, and Fisherman’s Wharf at Bay Street. North Beach got its name … Continue reading

Chinatown

Chinatown

  San Francisco’s Chinatown is the largest outside Asia, and it is the oldest Chinatown in North America. In 1848 the first Chinese immigrants, two men and one woman, arrived in San Francisco on the American brig, Eagle.  One year after that, gold was discovered. The Chinese arrived en masse to lay railroad tracks as … Continue reading

The San Francisco Ferry Building

The San Francisco Ferry Building

The San Francisco Ferry Building is a terminal for ferries that sail across the San Francisco Bay, it’s a marketplace, and it also has offices.  It’s located on The Embarcadero in San Francisco.  The building has a gorgeous 245-foot tall clock tower with four clock dials, each 22 feet in diameter.  They can be seen … Continue reading