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San Francisco has the trolley tours, Alcatraz Island tours, the Presidio, The conservatory of flowers at Golden Gate Park, Wine Tasting and winery tours, concerts and cultural events, plays and musicals, as well as Thoroughbred racing at Golden Gate Fields.

There are so many activities that are available in San Francisco that it is quite difficult to narrow them down to what you can actually do in the span of a few days. If you want to feel young again take a tour of Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf. Try taking a tour of Filoli Estates in order to see how the other half live. If you are feeling particularly playful head out for a day at the Exploratorium, this great place isn't only for more

Featured Destination - Pier 39

Pier 39 is a shopping, dining and entertainment complex that has dozens of options from which you can choose. However, even if you did nothing but sit on a park bench at Pier 39, you'd have an enjoyable day. Pier 39 sits on the waterfront's edge with a stunning view of both the city and the San Francisco Bay. You'll smell the salt air, hear the squeal of sea gulls, watch ferries and tour boats coming and going, and enjoy viewing a resident colony of sea lions that calls the water around Pier 39 "home."

In fact, spending some time admiring the view from a bayside bench would make a great way to start off your day. You'll be facing so many options ahead for you, that you might need some time to decide! Several restaurants at Pier 39 are open for breakfast...and, of course, you'll dine with a view of the bay from your table. After your morning meal, there may still be a chill in the air; if so, why not start by touring the "can't miss" Aquarium of the Bay.

At San Francisco's Aquarium of the Bay, you'll enjoy attractive exhibits showcasing marine life from a variety of the ocean's zones. You'll be able to walk through TWO clear viewing tunnels, where specimens will swim and slither to your left, right, and above you. You'll see large tanks, small tanks and touch tanks. You may attend informational programs, or simply ask as many questions as you like of the aquarium's staff. You're certain to leave with a renewed awe of our swimming friends...and knowing more than when you entered!

As the day warms up, you may wish to take a tour of the San Francisco Bay, which is easily arranged from the piers adjacent to Pier 39. Budget travelers may enjoy riding the ferry boats across the bay. There's no narration aboard a ferry; but the "price is right," and the ferries start running much earlier (and quit running much later) than the boats of nearby tour companies. more about Pier 39 San Francisco California

To some, San Francisco is the quintessential American city, and most first-time visitors discover a similar feeling upon leaving. The tumultuous rollercoaster of the city's history, tied in closely with the history of the United States, has created a mecca of modernism and tradition, revolution and reaction, sassy style and sophistication. Find airfare to San Francisco now and don't miss out on another minute of the action!

San Francisco has experienced a parallel history with the nation's evolutions and revolutions. San Francisco began as the Spanish colony of Yerba Buena, followed soon thereafter by the California Gold Rush, which exploded the city's population nearly 25-fold within a year. An earthquake followed by the Great Fire nearly destroyed the entire city in 1906. Since San Francisco's early cityhood it has been a mosaic melting pot of Chinese, Japanese and Italian immigrants (to name a few), many of whom were held at Angel Island, the West's own Ellis Island equivalent. Today you can catch a ferry out to the historic island which is now a beautiful park suited for most outdoor recreation including cycling and more »

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