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An Affordable Family Trip San Francisco

On Sundays, a large stretch of Golden Gate Park is closed to cars and turns into a sea of cyclists and in-line skaters. Cable cars are for tourists. Locals use the city's bus and streetcar system, Muni.

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Hotels (3)

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    Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf

    Ideal for first-time visitors, this four-story hotel is within walking distance of the wharf and less than two miles from the Embarcadero and Union

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    Hotel del Sol

    Renovated in 2006, this 1950’s motor lodge is now a vibrant boutique hotel painted in festive shades of yellow, orange, and blue. The hotel is situ

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    Argonaut

    Housed in the 1907 Haslett Warehouse, the Argonaut is the only hotel located in the Maritime National Historical Park. As such, the hotel overlooks

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Restaurants (6)

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    LuLu Petite

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    Slanted Door

    They say the third time’s the charm, and so it is for the third branch of this top-notch local temple to neo-Vietnamese cuisine. The location is su

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    Isobune

    Founded by Shoichi Imanaka, whose family owned restaurants in Kyoto and Osaka, Isobune still uses those old family recipes at its Japantown locatio

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    Plouf

    Located on Belden Place, a small alleyway lined with European-style cafés, this seafood bistro is renowned for its fresh oysters and mussels. The d

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    Pasta Pomodoro

    Pasta Pomodoro in Laurel Village is the perfect family restaurant: authentic Italian food, quick service, and reasonable prices. While the stainles

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    Yank Sing

    During the week, Yank Sing is a popular Rincon Center lunch spot with servers making dim sum cart rounds amidst packed tables. On weekend evenings,

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Activities (9)

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    Wasteland

    For Joe Swinney and Cheryl Cohen, the owners of the trendsetting Wasteland in Haight-Ashbury, fashion begins with the kids in the street. Wasteland

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    Maritime Park

    People have been drawn to waters of Black Point Cove just west of today’s Fisherman’s Wharf since President Fillmore annexed it in 1850. The Works

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    Stow Lake

    Located in the center of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park sits the park's largest body of water, Stow Lake. Complete with an electrically pumped, 1

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    Surrey Bikes & Blades

    A chance meeting with a four-wheel, multi-passenger surrey cycle in Italy 24 years ago was Brian McInerney’s inspiration for this shop. Wheel Fun R

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    Exploratorium

    Interactivity is key at this well-named museum, where the exhibits are meant to be touched, messed around with, and even—in the case of the wonderf

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    Golden Gate Park

    The 1,000-acre park, which straddles the line between the Richmond and Sunset districts west of downtown, is the heart and soul of the city. Built

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    Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

    Think the Brooklyn Academy of Music meets Mass MoCA, all under one roof. At this arts complex, you can find groundbreaking performances—from such l

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    Ferry Building Marketplace

    Even if you miss the famed farmers’ market held here every Saturday, there are plenty of other reasons to swing by the beautifully refurbished 1898

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    Amoeba Music

    Amoeba Music on Haight Street is a must for music lovers: 24,000 square feet packed with 2.5 million new and used CDs, DVDs, video games, and vinyl

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    Some news doesn’t need to be sugarcoated: retro candy stores are back in style. In San Francisco, a handful of brightly colored shops trigger a trip down memory lane.

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    San Francisco, Berkeley, Marshall, Union Square, Chinatown

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    LEED-certified hotels, restaurants using organic produce, and iconic (and very energy-efficient) cable cars make The City by the Bay one of America's greenest.

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