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Fall In Love With San Francisco

May 31, 2008
Narrowing the sites to see in San Francisco down to just a few is a near impossible task, but on a limited visit a task that one must undertake. The array of accommodation in San Francisco is wide both in terms of style and experience, and budget. It is recommended to try one of the boutique hotels of which there are many in the San Francisco area. The joy of the boutique hotel is that you get the same standard of hotel as in a large luxury hotel but on a more personal basis which provides a considerably more genuine experience.

If your budget doesn't stretch to a boutique hotel then a hostel will do just fine. Considerably cheaper than the hotels, hostels provide the same kind of real San Francisco experience but on a less luxurious level. Ultimately, with a city as character filled as San Francisco it simply seems a shame to stay in a hotel chain that could be anywhere in the world.

As for sites, Fisherman's Wharf is a must. Truly connected with the influx of peoples during the gold rush years, Fisherman's Wharf is today the home of many descendants of those first pioneers. The restaurants that currently dot the area are world renowned, offering the freshest and best in sea produce. Much more than just a culinary attraction however, Fisherman's wharf offers the opportunity for tours and cruises both guided and not. The specific attractions within Fisherman's Wharf are varied and interesting for anyone with even a passing marine interest.

The Pampanito allows the old and young alike to clamber over the U.S.S. Pampanito and experience the vessel as World War II submariners would have. Open every day from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. in the week and 8p.m on Friday and Saturday, the admission free includes a self-guide audio facility which is narrated by a veteran submarine captain.

If one sea fearing vessel isn't enough for you however, the Hyde Street Pier must be on your to do list. Home to the largest collection in the world of historic ships, the Hyde Street Pier is the only floating National Historic Park. The Hyde Street Pier is open every day between the hours of 9.30 and 5.00, and offers both guided tours and participatory demonstrations.

To finish off a maritime day, why not visit the Maritime Museum which is in the same area. Unfortunately the museum is closed for renovations until 2009, but the building itself is still worth a look at. In art deco style, the "streamline moderne" structure has been designed to represent a cruise ship a truly breath taking piece of architecture.

There are many hotel options in the Fisherman's Wharf area, however they can be pricey and staying here isn't necessary as it is very easily accessible from all over the city.
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