Facebook_icon   Twitter_icon

Lowell, San Francisco, CA 94132, USA < change city >



August, 2007 in San Francisco

"We had a great experience getting married in the beautiful city of San Francisco! Our guests also enjoyed the local attractions. We highly recommend our wedding planner, Michelle Barrios-Nuevo of MB Wedding Designs, to help coordinate the planning before and the day of the wedding."


Ceremony: St. Gabriel Church
Reception: The Event Center - St. Mary's Cathedral




St. Gabriel Church - Ceremony - 2559-40th Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94116, United States

St. Gabriel Church

2559-40th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94116, United States


St. Mary's Cathedral - Reception - 1111 Gough St, San Francisco County, CA, 94109

The Event Center - St. Mary's Cathedral

1111 Gough St
San Francisco, CA 94109, US


Best Western Hotel Tomo - Hotel - 1800 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA, United States

Best Western - Miyako Inn

1800 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94115, United States


Cathedral Hill Hotel - Hotel - 1101 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA, 94109, US

Cathedral Hill Hotel

1101 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94109, United States


Hotel Adagio - Hotel - 550 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA, United States

Hotel Adagio

550 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94102, United States


Bay Bread - Restaurant - 2325 Pine St, San Francisco, CA, 94115, US

Bay Bread

2325 Pine St
San Francisco, CA 94115, US
(415) 440-0356

""Best bakery in the city, hands down… everything from breads, to sandwiches, pastries, tarts, cakes… the almond croissants and Cannelés will have you coming back on your next visit to the Bay Area." -J. Macapinlac"


Bob's Steak & Chop House - Restaurant - 500 California St, San Francisco, CA, 94104, US

Bob's Steak & Chop House

500 California St
San Francisco, CA 94104, US

""Best steak in town, believe me, I’ve tried them all. Get the Bone-In Ribeye & fries with a side of Tomato & Mozzerella salad, and a Manhattan to wash it down – heaven…" - J. Macapinlac"


Citizen Cake - Restaurant - 399 Grove St, San Francisco, CA, United States

Citizen Cake

399 Grove St
San Francisco, CA 94102, US

""Need a nightcap or have a latenite sweet tooth? Great bartenders and fantastic desserts are worth the parking hassle of Citizen Cake… also a French bakery with fine ice cream and other treats." -J. Macapinlac"


Gelateria Naia - Restaurant - 2106 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA, 94704, US

Gelateria Naia

2106 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704, US
(510) 883-1568

""20+ flavors of the freshest and most innovative flavors of gelato I’ve ever seen… always changing up the flavor menu, a must stop if in Berkeley." -J. Macapinlac"


Luka's Taproom & Lounge - Restaurant - 2221 Broadway, Oakland, CA, 94612, US

Luka's Taproom & Lounge

2221 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612, US

""Beer’s on tap, excellent homemade soups & sandwiches… GREAT FRIES and a pool room in the back… high end neighborhood pub." -J. Macapinlac"


Mitchell's Ice Cream - Restaurant - 688 San Jose Ave, San Francisco, CA, 94110

Mitchell's Ice Cream

688 San Jose Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110, US

"Mitchell's is one of Riquelen's favorite ice cream spots in San Francisco. They've been a City favorite for over 50 years. Generations of families have enjoyed our rich and creamy homemade ice cream, made right in our store. Stop by and see us. You're sure to leave with a smile!"


Patio Filipino - Restaurant - 1770 El Camino Real, San Bruno, CA, United States

Patio Filipino

1770 El Camino Real
San Mateo, CA 94066, US

"This is the restaurant of the caterer for the Filipino food at our wedding. DELICIOUS!"


Steps of Rome Caffe

348 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133, US

"great desserts!"


Zachary's Chicago Pizza - Restaurant - 5801 College Avenue, Oakland, CA, United States

Zachary's Pizza Restaurant

5801 College Ave
Oakland, CA 94618, US

""Best deep dish pizza in California… try the stuffed chicken/mushroom/basil – you’ll never dial Domino’s again. Berkeley location also." -J. Macapinlac"


1015 - Attraction - 1015 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA, 94103, US


1015 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94103, US



330 Ritch

330 Ritch St
San Francisco, CA 94107, US

"Nightclub. good luck finding parking."


AfroSolo - Attraction - 762 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA, 94102, US


762 Fulton St
San Francisco, CA 94102, US

"AfroSolo Arts Festival 2007 Features celebrity and emerging African American artists in various performances such as theater, dance, music, spoken word and visual arts."


Alamo Square Park - Attraction - Fulton St & Scott St, San Francisco, CA, 94117, US

Alamo Square

Fulton St & Scott St
San Francisco, CA 94117, US

"Hailed as one of the most photographed nooks in all of San Francisco, this park is located on the slopes of one of the city's infamous hillsides, affording picturesque views of the downtown area--including the iconic TransAmerica Building on clear days. In the foreground of your view will be the row of "Painted Ladies," six brightly colored and beautifully well-kept Queen Anne houses, instantly recognizable to anyone who's seen the opening credits to the hit-but-defunct sitcom Full House. Swing by for a quick snapshot, or stick around to enjoy what is one of San Francisco's very fine parks, a quiet retreat from the bustling city all around you."


Alcatraz Island - Attraction - Alcatraz



(925) 253-1900

"We will be departing from Pier 33 at 11:30am on Thur., August 9th for a 2 to 2-1/2 hour tour of ALCATRAZ! All are welcome! Pls. dress casually and in layers. The weather is usually pretty cool/cold in the morning and then heats up a bit in the afternoon. Please click on the link above for more details."


Asia SF - Attraction - 201 9th St, San Francisco, CA, 94103-3806, US


201 9th St
San Francisco, CA 94103-3806, US

"Welcome to AsiaSF -- the renowned restaurant and nightclub located in the heart of San Francisco's vibrant South of Market district. Comprised of a restaurant, lounge, bar and subterranean dance club, AsiaSF is a journey into exotic culinary and entertainment delights. While the restaurant is widely known for its gender illusionists, 3-Star Cal-Asian cuisine and signature cocktails, the stylish décor and atmospheric lighting that sets the scene is equally dramatic. And all under the watchful eye of our Dragon -- the otherworldly being that is echoed throughout the AsiaSF experience."


Buena Vista Park - Attraction -

Buena Vista Park

Haight St & Buena Vista Ave E
San Francisco, CA 94117, US

"he oldest of San Francisco's parks, Buena Vista Park offers dazzling views of the city. Nestled between Haight-Ashbury and Lower Haight neighborhoods, Buena Vista Park, with its winding paths and natural beauty, allows you to escape the city. Its collection of winding staircases and dense thickets creates a natural space that evokes the wilderness that existed before the construction of the city. Prepare yourself for steep climbs and breathtaking views, as Buena Vista Park ("good view park") overlooks all of San Francisco. Through dense foliage, you can glimpse the Golden Gate Bridge, downtown, and many other neighborhoods among the beautiful trees and exotic flowers. * Plan your visit here during the day; the area is not safe after dark. A lot of people, some questionable, hang out in this park after dark. Be aware that this is not the best spot for walking around after dark."


Buffalo Paddock - Attraction -

Buffalo Paddock

"One of San Francisco's quirkiest and little-known attractions is the herd of buffalo that lives in Golden Gate Park. Opened in 1892, around the time that the great American Buffalo was on the verge of extinction, this Paddock has been around for over 100 years. When first established, the park was a "free-range zoo" consisting of bison, bears, elk, goats, and many more animals. Today, the buffalo live in a corral (as opposed to the zoo down the road) grazing and playing, just waiting for folks to come and see them. If you are spending any time in Golden Gate Park, stop by to say hello to one of North America's most famous animals."


Cable Car Drop off! - Attraction - 1499 California St, San Francisco, CA, United States

Cable Car Turntable

"Once the most popular from of public transportation for early San Franciscans, the cable cars have become a major tourist attraction. It's still a reliable and scenic way to travel around parts of the city. At the intersection of Powell and Market, visitors line up to get a ride on a distinct San Francisco treat--the cable car. Don't dismiss this as a tourist trap, because there is really no more enjoyable way to enjoy San Francisco's hilly views and fresh air than from one of these historic trolleys. San Francisco was the first city to use cable cars, and due to their surprising usefulness and eternal charm, it is the last city to keep them in use. Since 1873, these trolleys have been tugged at a slow but steady 9-mph cable in the ground by giant turbines. The slow pace allows passengers to take in the experience, pointing out sights along the way. Passing by Union Square up Powell, this cable car line leads directly to Fisherman's Wharf. Along the way, riders enjoy a soaring vista of Alcatraz, Angel Island, Mount Tamalpais, and the Golden Gate Bridge."


Carmel Mission Basilica - Attraction - 3080 Rio Rd, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA, US


Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA, US

"There are few places on earth as picturesque as the oceanside village of Carmel. A European-style village nestled between pine forests and white sand beaches, it's no wonder that Clint Eastwood was convinced to move here to become its mayor. Strolling along the shops famous for their incredible glass-blown art and other crafts is a serene way to spend an afternoon, or you can opt for the famous 17-mile drive through Pebble Beach. A jewel of North California's coastline, Carmel-by-the-Sea is a must see for those wishing to explore California's hidden treasures."


Children's Fairyland - Attraction - 699 Bellevue Ave, Oakland, CA, United States

Children's Fairyland

699 Bellevue Ave
Oakland, CA 94610, US

"This is a 10-acre outdoor park in Oakland's Lakeside Park at Lake Merritt that features larger-than-life displays, rides, and entertainment inspired by children's literature. For 50 years Bay Area families have turned here for wholesome family fun. Enjoy a restored old-fashioned carousel, puppet shows, the Johnny Appleseed Cafe, and all your favorite childhood literary characters from Alice In Wonderland to the Swiss Family Robinson. It is highly recommended that you buy the "magic key" that activates the narration of most displays."


Chinatown - Attraction - 888 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA, 94108, US


Grant Ave & Bush St
San Francisco, CA 94108, US

"Chinatown is simply one of those places that you can't leave San Francisco without visiting. Home to one of the largest and oldest Chinese-American populations outside of China, the historic and cultural imprint is still palpable on the streets, with Chinese markets emitting the smell of smoked duck, the percussive sound of Mandarin Chinese, and the sight of the many pagoda-style buildings lining the alleys. Historically this was one of the seediest areas of the city, with opium dens and brothels catering to the lax mores of the Gold Rush era. Today, this is a place where tourists buy porcelain statues, Oriental home furnishings, and other tchotchkes. However, Chinatown has not merely become a tourist theme park; in many areas, English is not spoken, signs are in Chinese, and local families can be seen enjoying the most authentic Dim Sum in the United States. Located right between Financial District and North Beach, this is one of the most central and unique areas in the Bay Area. In Chinatown's winding alleys you will find many landmarks, such as the Fortune Company Factory and the Tin How Temple."


Clement Street - Attraction -

Clement Street

"Located in the middle of the Inner Richmond district, Clement Street houses one of the finest collection of Asian restaurants in the city. And this is not merely a collection of dim sum restaurants like you'll find in Chinatown, but a splendid array of Vietnamese soups, Chinese noodles, Indian curries, Japanese tempura, Korean barbecue, and Burmese spices--all within a few blocks' distance. But Asian food is not the only card up Clement Street's sleeve; there is also a variety of French and California cuisine, serving out tasty dishes for locals wary of Chinatown's overcrowdedness and looking for a more diverse selection of San Francisco's eateries. Come to Clement Street for a wider variety of authentic cuisine located in a relaxed part of town."


Clement Street

"Located in the middle of the Inner Richmond district, Clement Street houses one of the finest collection of Asian restaurants in the city. And this is not merely a collection of dim sum restaurants like you'll find in Chinatown, but a splendid array of Vietnamese soups, Chinese noodles, Indian curries, Japanese tempura, Korean barbecue, and Burmese spices--all within a few blocks' distance. But Asian food is not the only card up Clement Street's sleeve; there is also a variety of French and California cuisine, serving out tasty dishes for locals wary of Chinatown's overcrowdedness and looking for a more diverse selection of San Francisco's eateries. Come to Clement Street for a wider variety of authentic cuisine located in a relaxed part of town."


Cliff House Restaurant - Attraction - 1090 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, CA, USA

Cliff House

1090 Point Lobos Ave
San Francisco, CA, USA
(415) 386-3330

"The Cliff House, where San Francisco begins, has always been a quaint and utterly charming stop-off point for San Francisco visitors. Even with a renovation, the Cliff House maintains its original charm, but it is now 21st century spectacular. Gone are the old fashioned 1900's mahogany/tar & spar-like decor and fittings, supplanted by brilliant vistas available throughout by the walls upon walls of glass overlooking the rocky precipice to the Pacific. The most striking addition is the ultra-modern Sutro Wing, home of Sutro's, which features seafood and organic produce. The Cliff House Bistro--situated in the original location--offers more traditional fare and has a beautiful bar. Another addition is the Cliff House To Go, for takeaway orders."


Coit Tower - Attraction - 1 Telegraph Hill Blvd, San Francisco, CA, USA

Coit Tower

1 Telegraph Hill Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94133, United States

"Conventional wisdom holds that this monument is shaped like a fire-hose nozzle. It is not, at least not by design. The tower is the gift of Lilly Hitchcock Coit, an eccentric heiress who managed to stand out in a city full of them. Lilly's particular passion was for the San Francisco Fire Department. So when the money she left in her will for The City's beautification was used to construct the art deco tower on Telegraph Hill in 1932, people made assumptions. The view from here is one of the most impressive in San Francisco, taking in the Bay, two bridges, and the Marin Headlands. Inside, the first floor is decorated with excellent murals, commissioned by the WPA in 1933, depicting San Francisco history."


Conzelman Road - Attraction -

Conzelman Road

"On the far side of the Golden Gate Bridge, at the first exit, is a road that follows the hills in the Marin Headlands and The Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). Along this road, depending on the weather, you can get spectacular views back over the Golden Gate Bridge and into The City. If you drive far enough you'll come to a parking lot with a trailhead on one end. This trail is about a half mile long and ends up at Point Bonita Lighthouse. The trail is easily walkable, and it goes through a tunnel before reaching a short bridge that goes out to the lighthouse. There are hiking trails and narrow bridges over steep rocks. So, this is probably not the best site for those afraid of heights."


COPIA - Attraction - 500 1st St, Napa, CA, 94559, US


500 1st St
Napa, CA 94559, US

"COPIA - The American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts is a cultural institution, museum, and educational organization dedicated to the discovery, understanding, and celebration of wine and food with the arts. Named appropriately for the goddess of abundance, the center embodies the unique culture of the Napa Valley, which is world renowned for its fine wine, gourmet cuisine, and the arts. COPIA is a place for visitors to enjoy a great meal at Julia's Kitchen (Julia Child's restaurant), see exhibitions (don't miss the interactive fun in Forks in the Road), attend a wine tasting, or listen to a concert on the river terrace. There are also cooking classes, lectures on all things to do with taste, and Julia's own set of copper cookware on display."


Corona Heights - Attraction - 199 Museum Way, San Francisco, CA, 94114, US

Corona Heights

199 Museum Way
San Francisco, CA 94114, US

"This is one of San Francisco's green spots that anyone can see from the street, but few know how to get to. Located adjacent to the Field Museum, this park is for those who enjoy the climb as much as the view. It will most likely be uninhabited save for wildflowers, dog walkers and urban explorers. Climb the path towards the rocks at the top of the hill and behold a grand view of San Francisco. Don't let the strong winds sweep away the moment, you can walk down the stairs and grab an ice cream on Castro Street."


De Young Museum - Attraction - 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA, United States

de Young Museum

50 Hagawara Tea Garden Dr
San Francisco, CA 94118, US


Mission Dolores - Attraction - Mission Dolores, San Francisco, CA, San Francisco, CA, US

Dolores Park

Church St & 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94114, US

"Dolores Park is located in the Mission District, and it is not surprising that the park is surrounded by several churches in the Spanish missionary style. Dolores Park has six tennis courts and one basketball court, as well as soccer fields and open grass areas. A reflection of the Mission's diversity, Dolores Park has held political rallies, festivals, Aztec ceremonial dances, and Cinco De Mayo celebrations since the 1960s."


Ferry Building Marketplace - Attraction - 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA, 94111, US

Ferry Building

One Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111, United States

"Riquelen's mom enjoys the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market on Saturday mornings (opens at 8am). Ferry Building Marketplace is a must-see for San Francisco visitors. This multi-million dollar development has an abundance of activities for the entire family. Take a tour of the historical Ferry Building, browse through antique shops (Culinaire), enjoy a view by the bay and a bowl of chowder at Ferry Plaza Seafood, or buy organic produce at the Farmer's Market. Enjoy the sights and sounds of what makes the Ferry Building one of the Bay's most popular destinations for entertainment, food, and fun. Ferry Building Marketplace has a near year-round schedule of interesting activities like their annual October Harvest Festival and a Holiday Lights Celebration. Visit the website for full details on their calendar of events."


Fillmore Auditorium - Attraction - 1805 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco, CA, United States

Fillmore Street Shops

"After the 1906 earthquake, Fillmore Street was one of the only areas left undamaged. It quickly shifted to the center of San Franciscan culture and politics; after the destruction of Chinatown, the Japanese-American population increased dramatically until their internment during WWII. It was here that the San Francisco Zen Center was founded, perhaps explaining the serenity unique to the West Coast. Black Panthers congregated, hippies descended during the Summer of Love, Maya Angelou and Allen Ginsberg read poems--it was the site of several cultural revolutions all splashing against each other. Today, Fillmore Street is the home of some of the city's most clever and innovative chefs, the best clubs, the best bookstores, all in an area with one of the richest histories in San Francisco."


Fisherman's Wharf - Attraction - 100 North Point St, San Francisco, CA, United States

Fisherman's Wharf

"Fisherman's Wharf remains one of San Francisco's most popular tourist destinations. The Wharf consists of a long, coast side row of seafood restaurants, street vendors, souvenir stores, and beautiful ocean scenery. Fisherman's Wharf was originally a major fishing pier, and although the fishing industry is still alive today, the main focus of this specific coastal area is its historic tourist attractions. Parking is limited on the Wharf itself, parking downtown and taking a cable car to the Wharf is recommended. Ferry rides are offered for those who would like to visit Marin County. There are numerous attractions and great places to eat (see the other entries for Tourist Attractions and Fisherman Wharf restaurants). Wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers, even during summer months, the breeze off the ocean can be quite chilling. And take your camera. The photo opportunities are fabulous. And don't forget to visit the barking sea lions at Pier 39. The kids will love them, guaranteed!"


Fourth Street Shopping District - Attraction - Berkeley

Fourth Street Shops


"Fourth Street is Berkeley's Rodeo Drive--expensive and eclectic. Some of the nicest places to eat and shop in the East Bay can be found here, at a much more comfortable pace than San Francisco's frenetic bustle. The sun shines through the leafy avenues on a nice day as families looking for some shopping after their weekend brunch roam around; Berkeley students can be found grabbing a bite to eat while putting off their homework. While roaming around here, you will find several independent bookstores, diners, and cafes. Fourth Street offers a respite from the hectic urbanity of SF and allows die-hard shoppers to spend their money in an intimate, friendly environment."


Ghirardelli Square - Attraction - 900 N Point St, San Francisco, CA, 94109, US

Ghiradelli Square

900 N Point St
San Francisco, CA 94109, US

"Don't leave San Francisco without a stroll through this legendary square at Fisherman's Wharf, which is named after San Francisco's original chocolate-maker. There are a bakery and several restaurants featuring seafood, Chinese, Indian, and California cuisine. And, of course, there's the Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop. Take some time and visit the art galleries, gift and specialty stores, and shoe and clothing shops. Some services are available, including a dressmaker and tailor, film developing, an Automated Teller Machine (ATM), and a Federal Express drop-off box."


Golden Gate Bridge - Attraction - Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

Lincoln Blvd & Hwy 1 NB
San Francisco, CA 94129, US

"An engineering masterpiece, this bridge, built in 1937, towers with sturdy grace over the Golden Gate. Stretching over 4,200 feet, it is every bit as awesome an accomplishment in suspension-bridge engineering today as it was over half a century ago. Pedestrians and bike riders can access the east entrance for a jaunt on one of the world's most famous corridors. For photos, or to view the bridge in its entirety, try the spectacular lookout points located at the southeast and northeast ends. Don't miss the historic Roundhouse, a gift shop/visitors center, which boasts a fine selection of souvenirs, and an informative exhibit about the bridge's construction and history."


Golden Gate Park - Attraction - Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA, CA, US

Golden Gate Park

"Golden Gate Park is one of the most remarkable sections of wonderful San Francisco. Its 1,000 acres provide an unparalled opportunity for locals and visitors alike to enjoy a little respite from fast-paced city life. With miles of trails for walking, jogging, biking, and even horseback riding, you can feel like you are in the midst of wilderness, even if the city is only a few blocks away. The park stretches all the way to the Pacific Ocean (from Stanyan Street), so the more adventurous visitors can make their way all the way down to Ocean Beach. The park also hosts a golf course, bison, several lakes, lawn bowling greens, soccer fields, a baseball diamond, basketball courts (in the panhandle), a Japanese tea garden, the California Academy of Sciences, the Conservatory of Flowers, and much more. It is the perfect place for relaxation, contemplation, exercise, family time, and fun. Don't miss it!"


Paramount Great America - Attraction - 4701 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, CA, United States

Great America

4701 Great America Pkwy
Santa Clara, CA 95054, US

"Only place in Northern California where families can hug Nickelodeon® characters and enjoy the most rides, most water rides, most coasters and an 11-acre water park. Open April-October. Visit the Web site for pricing and calendar."


Haight Ashbury - Attraction - Haight St & Ashbury St, San Francisco, CA, 94117, US

Haight & Ashbury

1448 Haight St
San Francisco, CA, USA
(415) 355-9200

"amed as the cultural nerve-center of the 1960s hippy movement, the modern-day Haight preserves much of the verve and style that defined it during the '69 "Summer of Love"--but now adds to the mix a healthy dash of capitalism. Alongside spike-headed punks and grey-headed burn-outs, you'll now find trendy retro-clothing stores, fantastic ethnic food, mellow sidewalk cafes, exotic boutiques, ultra-hip clubs and bars, used book crannies, and cavernous music stores--including San Francisco's deservedly-famous Amoeba Music. Though somewhat grittier than other spots around town (thanks to its location between two city parks), the Haight keeps alive the spirit of the era that created it, and it is a worthwhile place to check out--even if it's just long enough to have a coffee and reminisce about the good ol' days."


Half Moon Bay - Attraction - 95 Kelly Ave, Half Moon Bay, CA, 94019, US

Half Moon Bay

95 Kelly Ave
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019, US

"A highlight of the charming little town called Half Moon Bay is this four-mile stretch of beach that kisses the Pacific Ocean. The trail runs along the beach and is accessible by pedestrians and bikes. Parallel to that trail is a designated horse trail, but note that horses are not allowed on the beach itself. Swim at your own risk. Even in the summer the water is very cold and the currents are dangerously strong. Camping is permitted by reservation only. After a day at the beach enjoy dinner in the Half Moon Bay area, it is full of great seafood restaurants."


Healdsburg - Attraction - Healdsburg, CA, 95448, US


Healdsburg, CA 95448, US

""...GREAT restaurants everywhere in picturesque downtown Healdsburg" -G. Austria"


Jack London Square - Attraction - Jack London Square, Oakland, CA, US

Jack London Square

30 Jack London Sq
Oakland, CA 94607, US

"This is a Port of Oakland attraction named after the famous author and Oakland native. The charming waterfront property is filled with numerous entertainment options and quality dining and shopping establishments. Some of the highlights include awesome views, strolls on the boardwalk, the seafood restaurant, Kincaid's, and Yoshi's Jazz House. You may enjoy the selection of more than 10 fine restaurants, more than 25 great boutiques, and three nice hotels plus a movie theater, ferry cruises, and special events like a Farmer's Market every Sunday and an antiques and collectibles show the first Saturday of every month."


Japantown - Attraction - (Kintetsu Mall), 1737 Post Street, San Francisco, CA, United States


San Francisco City Hall
1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl, San Francisco, CA,

"Japantown, also known as Nihonmachi, is historically where San Francisco's Japanese-American population resided. Japantown suffered a blow during the internment of Japantown's population during WWII, and some say that the district has never recovered. Nonetheless, it remains a lively area comprised of several ethnic restaurants and local attractions. Situated across from the Fillmore, J-town houses some excellent sushi and tempura, traditional sculpture, and plenty of shopping to pass the time. If Chinatown left you unsatisfied, come to Japantown for some of the best sashimi and tempura the city has to offer."


Jelly Belly Candy Co - Attraction - 1 Jelly Belly Ln, Fairfield, CA, United States

Jelly Bean Candy Company

1 Jelly Belly Ln
Fairfield, CA 94533, US

"Discover delicious secrets during a walking tour of the Jelly Belly Candy Company factory, the manufacturer of 150 varieties of candy, including Jelly BellyR jelly beans. Retail store carries complete selection of candy and Jelly Belly gift items. Cafe open for lunch. Hours Tours daily 9am-4pm; retail store open daily 9am-5pm. Groups tours available. Admission Free."


The Lawrence Hall of Science - Attraction - Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley, CA, US

Lawrence Hall of Science, UCB

Centennial Dr
Berkeley, CA, US

"The Lawrence Hall of Science is a great place to enjoy the intellectual vitality of UC Berkeley in a family-friendly atmosphere. Designed to educate children from preschool to high school, the Lawrence Hall of Science is a place where kids' excitement at the sight of dinosaurs, algae, and other educational curiosities is palpable. Visit the Lawrence Hall of Science to learn how to pronounce "ichthyosaurus," to marvel at the mysteries of outer space, and to feed your brain with any and all manner of scientific curiosity you crave."


Golden Gate Park - Bison Paddock - Attraction - 300 34th Ave, San Francisco, CA, 94121, US

Lincoln Park Golf

300 34th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94121, US

"Lincoln Park Golf Course has it all: it's beautiful, challenging, and boasts one of the world's top-rated holes. This well-maintained par-68 course is fairly short, with 5,150 yards. The long fairways tend to be narrow and lined with trees. Lincoln's signature hole is #17 that runs along a steep ocean bluff and looks out onto the Golden Gate Bridge. This hole is selected yearly by national golf publications as one of the premier holes in the world. Resident golfers call Lincoln Park the best-kept secret in San Francisco because it's aesthetically spectacular and a tremendous value."


Lombard Street - Attraction - 1000 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA, USA

Lombard Street

Lombard St. & Hyde St.
San Francisco, CA

"This picturesque stretch of Lombard Street has eight angles along a single block. They twist at very acute angles, making for very slow going if you are in a car, though, oddly enough, cars were the reason for designing the street this way back in 1922, the idea being that this design would make it easier for them to negotiate the steep 16-percent grade. The drive is usually bumper-to-bumper and in the summertime, there is almost always a line of cars waiting to take the drive down, so a stroll is a good option, especially when the hydrangeas along the sidewalk are in bloom."


Mendocino Coast - Attraction - Mendocino, CA, 95460, US

Mendocino Coast

Mendocino, CA 95460, US

"Mendocino can be a delightful getaway from the city (fall, winter, spring). The best way to get there from San Francisco is to drive--up 101 to 128 and through Anderson Valley over to the coast. Once you turn off of 101, you'll get to see some of the best of California--lovely landscapes filled with oak trees, wineries and sheep, then moving into redwood forests and then the coast. On the way there stop in places like Booneville for lunch at the hotel or keep on driving to Philo and try Libby's for some great modern Mexican food. Mendocino Proper (as opposed to Mendocino County) is a little village filled with old Victorian cottages and houses right on the coast. There are many galleries and shops, and a lot of those Victorians, as well as some of the town's old chicken coops, have been turned into Bed and Breakfasts."


Mount Tamalpais - Attraction - Bolinas Ridge Rd, Mill Valley, CA, US

Mount Tamalpais

Bolinas Ridge Rd
Mill Valley, CA, US

"Easily the best view in the North Bay, Mount Tamalpais is the ultimate destination for San Franciscan hikers yearning for Mt. Tam's unparalleled vista. From its 2571-foot summit, one can see all of Marin County, San Francisco, Mt. Diablo--and on a sunny day the snow-capped Sierras are visible. Also offering camping, hiking, and biking in over 6,300 acres of oak and redwood groves, Mt. Tam is simply the best way to rise above the bustle and hum of the city. Step back in time and into this primeval forest on Mount Tamaplais. Some of these towering redwoods are more than 2,000 years old. Trails are set out for the casual stroller and for the avid hiker looking for a challenge in the cool stillness of this 560-acre national park. No pets or smoking is allowed. It's recommended that you bring a sweater or light jacket along. Parking space is limited. The best time to arrive is early morning or late afternoon."


North Beach - Attraction - Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA, US

North Beach

Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA, US

"North Beach is home to San Francisco's original "Little Italy." In the earlier part of the 20th Century, immigrants from Chile, and later Italy, settled in this quarter of San Francisco. They quickly created a vivacious nightlife, as well as an unparalleled reputation. To this day, North Beach is famous for its flavorful Italian restaurants, lively saloons, and enjoyable cafés. However, the Italian flavor of North Beach is not the only attraction to this exuberant neighborhood. In the 1950s, North Beach was also a magnet for many Beat writers and poets, most notably Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. The world-famous Bohemian style created by "the Beats" remains to this day, and it is found in many forms. From historic churches to swanky (and equally historic) saloons and cafés, Bohemian culture can be found at nearly every corner of this famous San Francisco neighborhood. Columbus Avenue is many things rolled into one: a historic avenue, a busy nightlife, a scenic vista point, and a vital commercial artery of the city. Connecting the Financial District, Telegraph Hill, and Fisherman's Wharf, Columbus Ave cuts through the city in one of the most dynamic neighborhoods in the Bay. It's also the home of North Beach's many Italian restaurants, and weekend nights bring hundreds of hungry locals and visitors to the outside dining. Historically, Columbus Ave was the seat of San Francisco's Beat Poetry movement. Close to Washington Square, you'll find the stairs to Coit Tower, sitting atop Telegraph Hill with its splendid views of the city. Continue along Columbus until you reach Russian Hill and Fisherman's Wharf, and you'll find some fantastic views of the Financial District (especially the TransAm building). Do yourself a favor, and give yourself plenty of time to explore the most unique street in the world; no trip to San Francisco is complete without it."


Oakland Chinatown - Attraction - Webster St & 10th St, Oakland, CA, 94607, US

Oakland Chinatown

Webster St & 10th St
Oakland, CA 94607, US

"Oakland Chinatown is not to be confused with San Francisco's Chinatown for several reasons: First, it is not a tourist attraction per se as much as it is a bustling commercial Asian-American enclave in Oakland. Secondly, it is not necessarily Chinese. Vietnamese and Korean restaurants are omnipresent, and one can find some of the most authentic pho and bulgogi in the bay. Since Oakland will never have as steady a flow of tourists upon which their businesses can rely, restaurants have to deliver consistently delicious and low-priced food for a demanding local clientele. Therefore, this is a great place to pick up an authentic Asian meal, or to pick up a trinket or two without participating in the tourist extravaganza that is San Francisco's Chinatown."


Occidental Cigar Club - Attraction - 850 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA, United States

Occidental Cigar Club

471 Pine St
San Francisco, CA 94104, US
(415) 834-0485

""Need a cocktail and a smoke? Head over to Occidental… one of the few places you can still do this in. Owner operated gets around the law, so pick a fine cigar (ask for a “special one” from the vault in back, but be prepared for a $20+ cigar) and go old school, sometimes it’s not a celebration without a cigar!" J. Macapinlac"


Ocean Beach - Attraction - Great Hwy, San Francisco, CA, US

Ocean Beach

San Francisco, CA, US

"Ocean Beach is a great place to go jogging, dog walking, or strolling. The frigid water, killer rip tide, and occasional shark attack discourage most swimmers, but there's a healthy surfing scene here. This is one of the longest and most scenic beaches in San Francisco, where beautiful sunsets and delightful views are enjoyed by hundreds of people on sunny days. Head north to watch the waves crash against Elephant Rock, and as you go enjoy the sound of waves crashing against the distinctly Northern Californian coast."


Old Faithful Geyser of Ca - Attraction - 1299 Tubbs Ln, Calistoga, CA, 94515, United States

Old Faithful Geyser

1299 Tubbs Ln
Napa, CA 94515, US

"One of three famous Old Faithful Geysers in the world erupts every 40 minutes on a yearly average. Exhibit hall, snack bar, gift shop and picnic area on premises. Self-guided geothermal tour and private moonlight viewing offered. Special tour rates available. Location Napa Valley wine country, 75 miles north of San Francisco. Hours Daily 9 am-6 pm, until 5 pm in winter months."


Palace of Fine Arts - Attraction - 3301 Lyon St, San Francisco, CA, USA

Palace of Fine Arts

3301 Lyon St
San Francisco, CA 94123, US

"Constructed as a temporary attraction for the 1915 Pan-Pacific International Exhibition, this Grecian temple of a monument continues to enchant and enhance the city. The original plaster, which made up the bulk of the monuments exterior, has been gradually replaced with funds raised by bond measures and the donations from the Marinas well-heeled residents who were loath to lose such a graceful part of their landscape. Swans in the adjoining lagoon glide by the soaring ochre-tinted colonnades and the imposing dome ringed with panels of centaurs and warriors engaged in battle over nubile maidens. Those column-top statues of sorrowing maidens turned away from prying eyes are using their tears to water the long-gone oaks that originally stood in the planters that they surround. Stroll inside the dome, clap your hands and marvel at the uncanny acoustics, then enjoy a picnic lunch on one of the park benches scattered to provide an unparalleled view of this gem. EXPLORATORIUM: Developed by physicist Frank Oppenheimer and opened in 1969, this innovative, interactive museum, located behind the Palace of Fine Arts, is dedicated to art, science, and human perception. The hands-on displays unveil the mysteries of science and language (trace hundreds of languages through family trees!). The exhibits present theories simply and succinctly. For a different kind of hands-on experience, check out the tactile dome, a labyrinth of different textures that explorers negotiate in the dark. Seminars on quirky subjects are offered on weekends."


Pier 39 - Attraction - Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133

Pier 39

Beach St & The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94133, US

"Check out the seals that sunbathe alone the left side of the pier. You'll be able to hear them when you get to the end."


Rainbow Grocery - Attraction - 1745 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA, 94103, US

Rainbow Grocery

1745 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94103, US

"Rainbow Grocery is a collective organization dedicated to offering organic, vegetarian groceries that cause the least ecological and environmental damage. Located in The Mission, the ownership of this store is equally shared by each of its employees, in a typically San Franciscan spirit of community and shared spirituality. If you have a craving for Twinkies and Skittles, you need not look here. If you feel a desire to get granola in the largest sense of the word, look no further."


Ruby Skye - Attraction - 420 Mason St, San Francisco, CA, 94102, US

Ruby Skye

420 Mason St
San Francisco, CA 94102, US



Westfield San Francisco Centre - Attraction - 865 Market St, San Francisco, CA, 94103, US

San Francisco Centre

865 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103, US

"Located at the intersection of Powell and Market, the San Francisco Shopping Centre is most likely the first destination for the city's most die hard, shop-til-you-drop visitors. With over nine floors filled with small boutiques, popular chains, and the world's largest Nordstrom (occupying five floors), there will be enough to satiate shoppers no matter how large their appetite. The San Francisco Shopping Center is also the home of the world's only curved escalator--allowing/forcing visitors to view all the shops on a floor before ascending the next. Don't spend all of your cash, however--Union Square is just a few blocks up, just take the Cable Car right outside."


San Francisco Giants - Attraction - 24 Willie Mays Plz, San Francisco, CA, United States

San Francisco Giants

100 24 Willie Mays Plz
San Francisco, CA 94107, US

"Come see the excitement of professional baseball as the San Francisco Giants host the Pittsburgh Pirates."


San Francisco Zoo - Attraction - 1 Zoo Rd, San Francisco, C.A., 94132, US

San Francisco Zoo

1 Zoo Rd
San Francisco, CA 94132-1027, United States

"The first Wednesday of every month, admission to the Zoo is free (if you happen to arrive this early)! See more than 250 different species of wildlife from all over the globe here, many of which are endangered. There are a variety of attractions including children's petting zoo and an insect zoo, an Australian Walk, Penguin Island, a Primate Discovery Center, and the Otter River. It also features a one of the world's largest gorilla exhibits, a lion house, a feline conservation center, a carousel, and a kiddie train."


University of California Santa Cruz - Attraction - University of California, US

Santa Cruz

"Santa Cruz is a beautiful beachside town famous for possessing some of the best surf in California. Its famous Beach Boardwalk is a theme park complete with some surprisingly scary wooden rollercoasters, fun games, and plenty of cotton candy and other delicious junk food. Visit the lighthouse and surf museum, as world-class surfers and seals alike vie for the waves that smash into the cliff face. Also an excellent location for dining and shopping, Santa Cruz and its nearby communities offer everything from swimwear to arts & crafts for the sunbaked visitors. A good distance south of San Francisco, Santa Cruz is well worth the journey for the beach bum within all of us."


Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker - Attraction - 914 Heinz Ave, Berkeley, CA, 94710

Scharffen Berger

914 Heinz Ave
Berkeley, CA 94710, US

"There's a reason that people refer to this chocolate on a name basis. Most people don't distinguish between their sweets, happy to rely on simple distinctions like "milk" or "dark." However, Scharffen Berger Chocolate merits its difficult-to-pronounce name, a distinct mark of the world's premier manufacturer of artisanal chocolates. Taking a tour of Berkeley's Scharffen Berger Chocolate Factory is a joy for inveterate chocophiles and the uninitiated alike; afterwards, fill your gills with the many chocolate treats available at Cafe Cacao downstairs."


Six Flags Marine World - Attraction - 1001 Fairgrounds Dr, Vallejo, CA, United States

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

1001 Fairgrounds Dr
Vallejo, CA 94589, US

"Experience a one-of-a-kind adventure featuring a wide range of thrilling experiences, from interactions with exotic land animals and majestic marine life to rides and attractions that will delight families and guests of all ages. Call for exact operating dates and times."


SoMA - Attraction - SoMa, San Francisco, CA, San Francisco, California, US


"SoMa is one of San Francisco's youngest and edgiest areas, now filled with nightlife, artist lofts, and frayed-around-the edges urban chic shopping. Historically an industrial part of town, over the past decades SoMa (South of Market) has adapted to San Francisco's changing demographics. The economic boom changed the eastern side to an extension of the financial district, while the non-residential area is perfect for nightlife and the conversion of old factories into artists' lofts. Now dotted with museums, independent bookstores, and hip clubs, SoMa is the funky urban alternative to San Francisco's more commonly tourist-ridden spots."


Sony Theaters Metreon - Attraction - 101 4th St, San Francisco, CA, United States

Sony Metreon

101 4th St
San Francisco, CA, USA
(415) 369-6200

""Entertainment venue in the heart of the city, several restaurants, a martini bar, movie theaters, electronic gaming area (everything from Dance, Dance Revolution to Hyperbowl to old/new school video games, and of course a PlayStation store.)" -J. Macapinlac"


Entrance to Stern Grove  - Attraction -

Stern Grove

19th Ave & Sloat Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94132, US
(415) 252-6252

"The Stern Grove Festival celebrates its 70th season of free Sunday concerts featuring renowned music and dance groups set in a beautiful outdoor amphitheater in the heart of San Francisco."


Stow Lake  - Attraction - 50 Stow Lake Drive, San Francisco, CA, United States

Stow Lake

"Stow Lake encircles Strawberry Hill in a beautiful, secluded area of Golden Gate Park. The most popular activities in Stow Lake are to rent paddle boats or kayaks, or to take a bike ride around its beautiful shore. Strawberry Hill, rising from the center of the lake, is accessible either by boat or by the beautiful Roman Bridge where you will walk by a traditional Chinese platform to get an excellent view of the massive waterfall running from the hill into the lake. Although there is plenty to see in Golden Gate Park, this is not something that you want to miss. With a plethora of herons, seagulls, exotic flowers, and other wildlife, Stow Lake and Strawberry Hill is one of the most visually arresting areas of San Francisco."


Suite one8one - Attraction - 181 Eddy St, San Francisco, CA, 94102, US

Suite one8one

181 Eddy St
San Francisco, CA 94102, US



Takara Sake Tasting Room - Attraction - 708 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94710, US

Takara Sake

708 Addison St
Berkeley, CA 94710, US

"Takara Sake is a bottling factory and museum for sake, a traditional Japanese rice wine. Located in Berkeley, Takara Sake is the nation's leading sake producer. Takara has been producing its special brand of shochu, mirin, and sake for more than one and a half centuries. The tasting facility is a spacious, Japanese-designed area where visitors can sip sake and plum wine free of charge. It also has a museum that provides information on Takara sake and the history of sake production."


Tech Museum of Innovation - Attraction - 201 South Market Street, San Jose, CA, United States

Tech Museum of Innovation

201 S Market St
San Jose, CA 95113, US

"San Jose's Tech Museum of Innovation is designed to inspire children's scientific curiosity, but adults who began as chaperones invariably find themselves becoming enthralled participants. Outside the mango-colored building is a tremendous, hypnotic Rube-Goldberg type of perpetual motion machine, famous for perplexing visitors for hours at a time with its spinning whirligigs and bouncing doohickeys. Inside is an array of hands-on exhibits employing scientific principles that yield exciting results for kids and grown-ups alike. Also, don't miss the IMAX theater, showing films on an enormous screen that literally fills your field of vision, an experience that you're not likely to forget soon. Come to the Tech Museum with an open mind, and give yourself a few extra hours just in case you don't want to leave."


Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley - Attraction - Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA, 94704, US

Telegraph Ave.

Telegraph Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704, US

"Telegraph Avenue has a long history of attracting the Bay Area's most eccentric, eclectic, and electric minds. Here extremes battle each other: Berkeley engineers face street punks who face intellectuals who face raving derelicts, all in the densest collection of fiercely independent bookstores, music stores, and cafes in California. It's home to several "institutions" such as Moe's Books, Shakespeare & Co, Amoeba Records, and Rasputin Records (just to name a few), and visitors can find obscure LPs and hard-to-find books in a setting where the locals sport everything from Mohawks to turtlenecks. Also check out the dozen or so cheap and delicious restaurants and pizza joints that have kept students from starving to death for decades. Buy a trinket or a piece of handmade jewelry on one of Telegraph's art stalls, which take over the street on Sundays in a weekly arts fair."


Union Square - Attraction - 870 Market St, San Francisco, CA, United States

Union Square

"Set in the heart of San Francisco's high-class financial district, Union Square is a favorite local meeting place and renowned landmark; having recently undergone a major renovation project, it's also now open for public enjoyment. Named in honor of the pro-Union rallies held there during the American Civil War, Union Square is also noted for its 97-foot Corinthian column featuring a statue of Victory--dedicated in 1903 to honor Admiral Dewey's defeat of the Spanish navy at Manilla Bay--and she even survived the 1906 quake in one piece! Today Union Square is the city's premier shopping district, surrounded by trendy cafes, large department stores (including a huge Nike outlet), and many smaller high-end boutiques. The Union Square area is also the city's theater district, and its surroundings are home to the city's most elegant hotels and art galleries as well. If you're looking for the ultimate San Francisco shop-fest, wanting to take a dip into local high-culture, or you're just in the market for a pleasant spot downtown to relax, this is the right place to be."


Vulcan Street Steps - Attraction - Levant St & Lower Ter, San Francisco, CA, 94114, US

Vulcan Street Steps

Levant St & Lower Ter
San Francisco, CA 94114, US

"Nearly two blocks long, the Vulcan steps are surrounded by magnificent gardens and eclectic architecture, a reflection of the tastes of those who chose to live on such a steep slope. You may glimpse one of the locals who has happily traded convenience for an exceptional view; as the houses can only be reached by foot, all furniture, groceries, and other heavy objects must be hoisted up the stairs by hand. The Vulcan Steps connect Castro and the Haight; take this passageway for a quick interlude between the two. The Vulcan Steps run between Ord and Lower Terrace, to the right of 17th Street if you are going up the hill from Market. Directions are hard to give because the streets are all squiggly in this neighborhood, but that is the one thing that is wonderful about it--it's easy to get lost and just wander around. The Vulcan Street Steps are delightful and charming--go walk them to find out why."


Wave Organ - Attraction -

Wave Organ

"This piece of artwork in the Marina also plays music. The sea-powered organ is a set of pipes that run along the waterfront and extend into the waters of the bay. The organ was built by scientists from the San Francisco Exploratorium. Place your ear against one of the pipes and listen to the music created by the sound of the waves. It's a unique way to enjoy nature and this is, perhaps, the only place in the world that you can."


Winchester Mystery House - Attraction - 525 S Winchester Blvd, San Jose, CA, United States

Winchester Mystery House

525 S Winchester Blvd
San Jose, CA 95128, US

"A bizarre, four-story mansion containing 160 rooms. Mrs. Sarah Winchester kept carpenters and craftsmen busy 24 hours a day for 38 years building this Victorian structure, but its strange construction and purpose remain a mystery. Group rates available for 15 or more."


Yosemite National Park - Attraction - Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

"In California, Yosemite (pronounced yo-SEHM-itty) is synonymous with natural beauty; it's a word that conjures the sweeping valleys and majestic mountains captured in the photography of Ansel Adams and writings of the great naturalist John Muir, among others. Simply unparalleled in its scale, grace, and awe-inspiring beauty, Yosemite has been a pilgrimage for Californian nature-lovers for over 150 years. The park allows every outdoor activity conceivable, including hiking, biking, photography, horseback riding, kayaking, canoeing, and...you get the point. Roughly 150 miles east of San Francisco, you can visit Yosemite by car and then spend any amount of time you wish there. Give yourself some time, however, as it is an area spanning over 1,200 square miles. You won't be disappointed."


See More in Lowell