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ALL ABOUT TOWN From sipping a cappuccino in North Beach to shopping in Union Square to sampling fortune cookies in Chinatown, San Francisco is ripe for exploration.

This vibrant and colorful neighborhood—a world-famous gay mecca—is known best for its political activism and spirit of acceptance. It’s as diverse and unique as its residents—people watching is a main attraction here. The famous Castro Theatre is a historic movie palace with a lavish Colonial Baroque façade and bright neon marquee. Harvey Milk Plaza is named for San Francisco’s first openly gay elected official, and a giant rainbow flag and new rainbow crosswalks honor his legacy. Sunny outdoor cafes and jam-packed bars add to the energy.

CIVIC CENTER/HAYES VALLEY Considered the cultural hub of the city as well as the original home of the United Nations, Civic Center is the proud home of the War Memorial Opera House, Davies Symphony Hall, the Asian Art Museum and City Hall—an impressive Beaux Arts-style building that occupies two full blocks of Van Ness and Polk streets. Burgeoning Hayes Valley to the west maintains a distinctly trendy and hip vibe with its art galleries, fashion-forward boutiques and trendy restaurants. It’s also home to the world-class SF Jazz Center, the first stand-alone performance venue of its kind in the country.

CHINATOWN Walk through one of the most photographed spots in the

FILLMORE DISTRICT/JAPANTOWN Renowned for its musical and cul-

city, Dragon’s Gate at Grant Avenue and Bush Street, and be transported to the Far East with the neighborhood’s vibrant colors, scents, tastes and sounds. San Francisco’s Chinatown is the oldest in the country and the largest outside of Asia. Ornate pagoda-style buildings with dragonadorned doorways and red lanterns line the streets. On bustling Grant Avenue find shops carrying everything from San Francisco souvenirs to Asian antiques as well as Chinese restaurants, bakeries, teashops

tural heritage, the Fillmore District was once known as the “Harlem of the West.” Hear jazz, blues, R&B and salsa music any night of the week at venues throughout the neighborhood. The Fillmore Auditorium rose to fame during the 1960s when artists such as Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Doors performed. Jazz, in particular, gives off a strong pulse. The adjacent Japantown is one of only three in the nation and boasts a striking Peace Pagoda at its center, as well as authentic shops and restaurants.

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and open-air markets. Less-touristy Stockton Street delivers a more authentic experience.

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WhereTraveler Guestbook San Francisco 2018-2019  

WhereTraveler Guestbook San Francisco is the premier travel guide for discovering the best things to do and see in San Francisco, California...

WhereTraveler Guestbook San Francisco 2018-2019  

WhereTraveler Guestbook San Francisco is the premier travel guide for discovering the best things to do and see in San Francisco, California...