San Francisco

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Overview

San Francisco is a harbour city. It is built on a peninsula and it is surrounded by water. Like New York there are other cities such as Berkeley and Oakland, in the one conurbation called the Bay Area. The defining characteristic of San Francisco is hills.

San Francisco Map, from Mapquest

Sightseeing

Yosemite Valley, from the tunnel exit

Shopping for Snow Gear

REI, an outdoor gear co-op at 840 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA 94103, Tel: (415) 934-1938 has a large range of winter equipment. There are other branches of REI in the Bay area.

Shopping for Other Stuff

There is a major shopping district near Union Square. It contains major department stores such as Macys and Nordstrom as well as a lot of smaller shops including Tiffanys and Saks. The big shopping centre in the area is the Westfield Centre. The cable cars from Fisherman's Wharf terminate here.

There are also a lot of tourist type shops around Fisherman's Wharf.

Places to Stay

San Francisco has many areas in which to stay. If you are interested in shopping find a hotel near Union Square. Fishermans Wharf is a bayside tourist area. All major hotel chains (and a few you haven't heard of) have properties in San Francisco and there is accommodation to suit every budget.

Getting Around

As well as cable cars San Francisco has the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) and the Muni (which probably stands for something). The BART is a train and the Muni are trolley buses and trams. The Muni operates within San Francisco, and the BART connects with other Bay Area cities and the airport. The services all link up well. An adult Muni ticket costs $1.50 and is good for 90 minutes on Muni transport (not the BART or Cable Cars). Ask for a transfer ticket. A concession ticket is $0.50. There is a BART station at the airport. If you can sort out the interchanges it is a great and cheap way to get around and will get you to most of the tourist sites for not much money. The drivers are very helpful.

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