Once you've been over the Golden Gate Bridge, taken a ferry ride to The Rock, strolled down one of the world's most crooked streets and wandered through the famous San Francisco Zoo, what should you do next?
Take advantage of the freebies, of course!!
The St. Francis glass elevators at the Westin Hotel on Union Square will provide you with some of the best views of the City by the Bay. If you don't want to spend a night at the hotel, simply enjoy a free ride on this 32 storey elevator to enjoy expansive views of the streets below.
With the recent resurgence of the Galactic Empire, fans of the Star Wars Rebel Alliance are finding the force once again! While in San Francisco, be sure to make a trip to Master Yoda's Fountain at the headquarters of Lucas Films to show your support. While on the theme of fountains, head to Vaillancourt in Herman Plaza for a different but similarly unusual glimpse into the architecture which highlights the city.
Chat with some of the many playfully talkative sea lions basking in the sun at Pier 39 marina. While in the region, take a trip to the world famous Fisherman's Wharf but be prepared to be tempted by some the freshest seafood on the market.
If you're in town on a Tuesday why not indulge in a spiritual mind and body experience at Grace Cathedral? Yoga on the labyrinth is an indoor donation based gentle hatha and meditation style activity which takes place by candlelight. What's not to love about that?
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While there are a number of regions of the same name across the country, Chinatown in San Francisco is the oldest and possibly most well-known. The Golden Gate Fortune Cookie factory enables you to take a free tour to see how these little treats are made, so feel enticed by the scent and indulge in some free samples along the way. Although the original idea may have come from 14th century soldiers passing messages did you know that the idea of fortune cookies actually originated in San Francisco? If you feel so inclined, buy a bag at the end of the tour to share some words of wisdom with your friends about what their futures have in store.
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For something even more memorable, visit Off the Grid weekly markets at the historic Fort Mason waterfront to feast at one of the many gourmet food trucks on a Friday night. With dessert carts, cocktail bars and DJs playing, Check the event schedule for details to make sure you don’t miss out.
Rent a bicycle for four hours to bike the bay in half a day! For a little more, reserve yourself a spot on a guided bike tour to get some local knowledge along the way. Or participate in the bike share program where you can enjoy unlimited trips for up to 30 minutes throughout the day.
Vertigo, The Maltese Falcon, Mrs. Doubtfire and Interview with the Vampire amongst others, are just some of the many movies with filming locations in San Francisco. For an informative, fun bus trip, delve into film history with an experienced guide and enjoy a range of fantastic photo opportunities as you navigate the streets.
Some Like It Hot!
If you happen to be one of them and the movie tour has triggered your inner film buff, hire a car and head to the historic seaside resort at the Hotel Del Coronado to visit the beachfront hotel famously featured in the 1959 movie. Although the movie starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon was supposedly set in Miami, it was actually filmed in San Diego and you will be pleased to see that the style and charm of the hotel has lost none of its appeal in the almost 60 years since the movie was filmed and is still open for business. You might not find an eager millionaire waiting to greet your arrival, but you are sure to have a nostalgic experience you will be talking about with your friends for years to come.
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