Leave Your Heart in San Francisco, by Fly.com's Michelle Erickson
In 2010, the readers of Conde Nast Traveler selected San Francisco as the Best U.S. City for the 18th consecutive year. Celebrated attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Fisherman's Wharf, combined with a year-round temperate climate, have given rise to one of the country's top tourism markets - witness its many chic boutique hotels and an incredible array of restaurants, despite its compact size.
A pedestrian-friendly city of neighborhoods, San Francisco offers visitors an endless list of things to do. But this scenic city is also famously offbeat. Hometown newspaper The San Francisco Chronicle is the only one in the U.S. to have its own architecture reporter. Visitors can find sports fanatics clad in Giants and 49ers jerseys as well as a vibrat gay and transsexual community. San Francisco was first in the nation to require universal health coverage. And no city loves a protest more than San Francisco.
Feast for about $20 in the multiethnic Mission District, or splurge on a fine meal at one of the city's 30 Michelin-starred restaurants. At the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, you can practically fill up just walking around eating samples of cheese, fruits, vegetables, oysters and bread. There is always something going on in San Francisco's foodies' scene.
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