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City of the Month: San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco, the City by the Bay, is our city of the month! If you haven’t been there, you need to go as soon as you can. There’s something for everyone to do. And, if you’re in a warmer climate like me (90 degrees is a cool day in Dallas), it’s a wonderful relief to experience their cool summers.

If history is what drives you:

Go back in time to Alcatraz. You can take a ferry to the illustrious island prison that has held such         infamous criminals as Al Capone and George “Machine Gun” Kelly.

You’re free to explore the island yourself or take a guided tour to learn about the rich history of the prison. I loved peering into the cells where the inmates stayed. This is the cell (right) that Frank Lee Morris escaped from in 1962, as depicted in the movie “Escape From Alcatraz” starring Clint Eastwood. There is also an epic nighttime tour that I’d love to go back and try. Creepy fun! Make sure you book your tickets early: http://www.alcatraztickets.com/.

If shopping and tasting is your bag:

Ghirardelli Square is also another great place to visit. There are a ton of options in which to indulge. Kara’s cupcakes are divine, and there’s every type of chocolate you can dream up at the Ghirardelli store. There’s also plenty of shopping and nightlife there as well!

Drive a little ways from the city to Napa Valley. There you will find the Castello di Amorosa, a bona fide castle. The owner actually deconstructed several European castles and brought them back to the States to become this architecturally distinct wine paradise. The tour is worth your time. You’re able to learn about different styles and how this unusual winery came to be. The wine is delicious as well!

If the great outdoors is calling your name:

Muir Woods is a great place to hike around. These giant redwoods put life in perspective as you get lost in the diversity of flora and fauna in this National Park.

For the sightseer:

Go see the Golden Gate Bridge and make sure you get a pic in front of the famous red structure!

Next is Lombard Street. This street in Russian Hill is super steep with eight tight hairpin turns. It has the distinction of being the world’s “crookedest” street! It’s worth a stroll.

Lastly, we have the Fisherman’s Wharf. It’s a family friendly place with something to do for everyone. You can watch the seals bicker and then cuddle at Pier 39, play some games on the boardwalk, or have some delicious clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl at Bistro Boudin.

Tony Bennett left his heart in San Francisco. With so many wonderful things to see and do, it’s easy to see why!

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