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Get Lost by the Bay

Fisherman’s Wharf, Nob Hill, The Mission — new worlds await around every corner in SF. San Francisco lets you get lost in Beat poetry bookstores in North Beach, gobble spring rolls in Chinatown, or retrace the steps of the Grateful Dead in The Haight. Go biking along the Golden Gate Bridge and through the Park.
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What to Do

Point Reyes National Seashore, California
Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore

Just 35 miles northwest of San Francisco, Point Reyes is a popular escape for hiking one of its many trails and kayaking the shores of Tomales Bay and the coast. It's also known for wildlife -- making it one of the best places for bird watching and spotting Northern Elephant Seals (during winter months). 960 1280

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Juan Bautista de Anza Trail

Juan Bautista de Anza Trail

The Mission San Antonio de Padua was founded in 1771 and is a designated stop on the Juan Bautista de Anza Trail. In 1775, Anza led more than 240 men, women and children from Nogales, AZ, to settle in San Francisco. 960 1280

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Muir Woods

Muir Woods

Sunlight shines through 240 acres of Coastal Redwood trees at Muir Woods, 12 miles north of San Francisco, and one of the few remaining forests in the Bay Area. 960 1280

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Fort Point

Fort Point

Constructed during the height of the California Gold Rush, Fort Point's master masonry has been called "the pride of the Pacific." Overlooking the majestic Golden Gate, Fort Point protected the San Francisco harbor from attack during and after the Civil War. 960 1280

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Port Chicago Naval Magazine

Port Chicago Naval Magazine

WWII's worst homefront disaster took place on the evening of July 17, 1944, when 320 Americans were instantly killed by an explosion of 2 ships loaded with ammunition. Reservations are required to visit the site and must be made at least 2 weeks before your visit to the Memorial. 960 1280

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Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island

The infamous federal prison often overshadows the natural side of "The Rock," but whether you go for the fort's storied history, the West Coast's oldest operating lighthouse or unmatched Bay views -- it's worth the ferry ride. 960 1280

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Golden Gate National Rec Area

Golden Gate National Rec Area

How's this for impressive statistics: The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is one of the largest urban parks in the world with nearly 60 miles of California coastline, over 13 million visitors a year and no access fees. Of course, the crown jewel of the Bay area's "backyard" -- and its most beautiful and recognizable landmark -- is the bridge itself. 960 1280

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Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site

Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site

Tao House, located in Danville, CA, is the Monterey Colonial hillside home of America's only Nobel Prize winning playwright, Eugene O'Neill. While O'Neill and his wife only lived in the home for 7 years, it was where he wrote his final and most memorable plays: The Iceman Cometh, Journey Into Night and A Moon for the Misbegotten. 960 1280

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Where to Stay

Hilton San Francisco Financial District
Located close to the Financial District, this Hilton has spacious rooms, a business center, spa, fitness center and free Wi-Fi. Read the Hilton San Francisco Financial District's review
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Hilton San Francisco Union Square
With 1,908 rooms and tons of meeting space, this Hilton is the largest hotel in town. It also has plenty of perks, including a business center with computers, printers, copiers and fax machines available after regular business hours. Read the Hilton San Francisco Union Square's review
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Le Meridien San Francisco
Le Meridien stands out among business-friendly San Francisco hotels. It has a great Financial District location, classy meeting spaces, a solid business center, a fitness center, 2 on-site restaurants, a hopping bar scene and free Wi-Fi in public spaces.Read Le Meridien's review
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Omni San Francisco Hotel
Even business travelers who don't need to take advantage of the Omni's Financial District location or the ample meeting space will still appreciate the hotel for its terrific service, solid steakhouse and free wired internet (if you sign up for the loyalty program).Read the Omni's review
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The Fairmont San Francisco
The Fairmont is chock-full of conveniences like a well-equipped, 24-hour business center, thousands of square feet of meeting space, an on-site UPS store, high-end shopping and a cable car stop right outside for whisking guests around the city. Read the Fairmont's review
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W San Francisco
You can't ask for a closer location to the Moscone Convention Center than this W outpost in the SoMa Art District. The hotel offers guests 24-hour room service, Wi-Fi ($14 a day, though it's free in public spaces), a 24-hour fitness center, heated lap pool, 5,000-square-foot Bliss Spa and a restaurant with an award-winning wine list.Read the W San Francisco's review
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