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San Francisco

San Francisco
San Francisco is the 4th most populous city in California, and the 14th most populous in the United States. As of 2006, the city had an estimated population of 744,041.

San Francisco is a popular tourist attraction, and is well known for its mix of Victorian and modern architecture, its seafood (especially in the Fisherman's Wharf area), and its large gay and lesbian population. There are many well-known sights in the city, including Alcatraz Island, the cable car system, Chinatown, the Coit Tower, the Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street (a street reknowned for its crookedness), the Palace of Fine Arts, and the Transamerica Pyramid. Moreover, thanks to the many movies filmed in the city, such as the Dirty Harry films, Bullitt and The Rock, many of these landmarks are familiar to people the world over, including people who have never been to San Francisco.

There are also many cultural attractions in San Francisco. Opera, classical music and ballet are all well represented in the city, and there are many theaters some of which feature local productions, and others of which feature national touring productions of Broadway theater. Additionally, there are quite a number of museums in the city, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) which contains a wonderful collection including works by Ansel Adams, Marcel Duchamp, Paul Klee and Jackson Pollock, and the Exploratorium which is a science museum housed in the Palace of Fine Arts.

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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide San Francisco

By DK Travel

DK Eyewitness Travel
Released: 2018-03-20
Paperback (324 pages)

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide San Francisco
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The best places to visit in San Francisco--from the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and Coit Tower, to contemporary SFMOMA and the buzzing Fisherman's Wharf--are showcased in this guide with fantastic photography, illustrations, and detailed descriptions.

Reviews of shops, restaurants, and where to stay in San Francisco will help you plan your perfect trip. Escape the city to tour the Napa and Sonoma Valley wineries, go hiking in Yosemite National Park, or relax on one of Northern California's best beaches. Discover the sights of this vibrant, West Coast city and beyond with DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: San Francisco & Northern California.

With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that illuminate every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: San Francisco & Northern California truly shows you this city as no one else can.

Kids' Travel Guide - San Francisco: The fun way to discover San Francisco-especially for kids (Kids' Travel Guide Series)

By Kelsey Fox & FlyingKids

Perfect Paperback (44 pages)

Kids  Travel Guide - San Francisco: The fun way to discover San Francisco-especially for kids (Kids  Travel Guide Series)
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San Francisco travel guide and activity book in one! Enjoy a new family adventure in San Francisco, California.

With “Kids’ Travel Guide – San Francisco” Your kids will become the family tour guide! They enjoy fun facts, challenging tasks, useful tips, coloring pages and exciting quizzes. There will be no boring moments in your San Francisco vacation…

Watch as your kids become little experts about San Francisco: the relevant history, what the city looks like, the transportation system, and many fun and fascinating facts about the city.

Your little tour guide will take you through San Francisco attractions: Be sure to visit the best sites for kids: The famous Golden Gate Bridge, the existing Union Square, magnificent Pier 39 and more amazing streets, and parks—plus all the fun things to do in San Francisco!

From planning and packing to returning home. The San Francisco guide and diary will become a souvenir of your travel that the whole family can treasure for a lifetime. 

You, the parents… All you need to do is to find an available bench and relax. And, of course, enjoy your vacation while you enjoy your active children.

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“Kids' Travel Guide – USA”—all about the USA, no matter which area or city you visit.

“Kids' Travel Guide – USA & San Francisco”—everything about the USA and things to do in San Francisco combined in one book. 

Even more adventures with Kids’ Travel Guides to Spain, Germany, Australia, Thailand, France, Paris, Italy, Rome, New York, San Diego, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, United Kingdom, London, and many more destinations…

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Grab a copy of the most fun, educational, and interesting travel guide for kids and enjoy a new family adventure!

FlyingKids makes your family travel more fun, enriching, and unforgettable.

Lonely Planet San Francisco (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet, Sara Benson & Ashley Harrell

Lonely Planet
Paperback (320 pages)

Lonely Planet San Francisco (Travel Guide)
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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet San Francisco is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Be impressed by the brilliance of the Golden Gate Bridge, swing down Balmy Alley for a slice of Mission life and witness some of its oldest murals, or immerse yourself in the fog and fabulousness of the city's hills on a cable-car ride; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of San Francisco and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet's San Francisco Travel Guide:

  • Full-color maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, politics, gay pride, cuisine, wine, visual arts, literature, music, architecture
  • Free, convenient pull-out sheet-map city map (included in print version), plus over 30 color maps
  • Covers Golden Gate Park, Fisherman's Wharf, downtown, North Beach, Chinatown, Nob Hill, the Mission, the Castro, the Haight, Berkeley, Napa and Sonoma Valleys, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet San Francisco, our most comprehensive guide to San Francisco, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less traveled.

  • Looking for just the highlights of San Francisco? Check out Pocket San Francisco, a handy-sized guide focused on the can't-miss sights for a quick trip.
  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's California guide for a comprehensive look at all the state has to offer.

About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world's number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we've printed over 145 million guidebooks and phrasebooks for 120 languages, and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You'll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, video, 14 languages, 12 international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more, enabling you to explore every day. Lonely Planet enables the curious to experience the world fully and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves, near or far from home.

TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)

Frommer's EasyGuide to San Francisco (EasyGuides)

By Erika Lenkert

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Frommer s EasyGuide to San Francisco (EasyGuides)
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Compact enough to carry and completely up-to-date, Frommer’s EasyGuide to San Francisco takes you from world-famous bridges to hopping restaurants to evocative historic sights and everywhere in between. Frommer’s local author Erika Lenkert knows every inch of the city and she’s not afraid to tell the truth.

Frommer’s EasyGuide to San Francisco contains:

Maps and photos, including a handy pullout map

Detailed itineraries for planning a trip to suit your interests and make the most of your time

Authentic experiences honoring San Francisco’s diverse population, food, and traditions

Opinionated reviews of the best restaurants, shops, attractions and hotels―and the ones to avoid

Accurate, up-to-date info on transportation, useful websites, telephone numbers, and other resources you’ll need

Money-saving tips and exact pricing for travelers on any budget―from backpacker to luxury.

About Frommer’s: There’s a reason that Frommer’s has been the most trusted name in travel for more than sixty years. Arthur Frommer created the best-selling guide series in 1957 to help American servicemen fulfill their dreams of travel in Europe, and since then, we have published thousands of titles became a household name helping millions upon millions of people realize their own dreams of seeing our planet. Travel is easy with Frommer’s.

Top 10 San Francisco (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide)

By DK Travel

DK Eyewitness Travel
Released: 2017-12-05
Paperback (160 pages)

Top 10 San Francisco (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide)
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This newly updated pocket travel guide for San Francisco will lead you straight to the best attractions the city has to offer, from the Golden Gate Bridge to Fisherman's Wharf to the best food in Chinatown.

True to its name, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 San Francisco covers all the city's major sights and attractions in easy-to-use "top 10" lists that help you plan the vacation that's right for you.

   • Itineraries help you plan your trip.
   • Top 10 lists feature off-the-beaten-track ideas, along with standbys like the top attractions, shopping, dining options, and more.
   • Comprehensive laminated pull-out map includes color-coded design, public transportation maps, and street indexes.
   • Maps of walking routes show you the best ways to maximize your time.
   • Additional maps marked with sights from the guidebook are shown on inside cover flaps, with selected street index and metro map.

DK's famous full-color photography and museum floor plans, along with just the right amount of coverage of the city's history and culture, provide inspiration as you explore. A free pull-out city map is marked with sights from the guidebook and includes a street index and a metro map.

The perfect pocket-size travel companion: DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 San Francisco.

Series Overview: DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Top 10s are handy travel guides that take the work out of planning a trip. Packed with amazing ideas, informative maps, insider tips, and useful advice, DK's Top 10 guides lead you to the very best your destination has to offer. The pocket size make these the perfect guide to take on vacation. Discover the history, art, architecture, and culture of your destination through Top 10 lists, from the best museums, bars, and sights to the places to avoid.


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