Taking travellers around a city that he knows intimately, native Californian Jerry Dunn showcases San Francisco's many different neighbourhoods. The Financial District shapes the city's famous skyline with its sky-scraping buildings, but it also contains gems bespeaking the past, including the Palace Hotel, with its stained-glass-domed dining room; and the gold-rush buildings of Jackson Square. Next it's onto shop-filled Union Square and high-class Nob Hill, with its famous view from California Street overlooking the Bay Bridge. Dunn helps you find hidden temples and locally favourite restaurants in Chinatown, while Italian pizzazz, Beatnik memories, and magnificent scenery await in North Beach. Fisherman's Wharf is a crowd pleaser, with its stands of crabbers selling their daily catch and plenty of restaurants to sample the local fare. Here, too, you can embark on an adventure to Alcatraz.The Marina has its fabulous bay views, parklands, and street after street of Victorian beauties, along with two must-see museums: the science-oriented Exploratorium, and the world-class Palace of the Legion of Honor.
Golden Gate Park has undergone recent flux, most notably in the rebuilding of the de Young Museum, unveiled in 2005 with its striking copper facade and spiraling tower. Dunn then brings you through the up-and-coming Haight-Ashbury district and over to the Civic Center area, where the Asian Art Museum and its monumental collection of Asian art mesmerises.Finally, you explore the revitalised South of Market area, showcasing the Modern Museum of Art, the new Giants stadium, and the Ferry Building, which, while still working as a ferry terminal, contains a vibrant assortment of upscale shops and wine-tasting bars. You can also get to know some of the neighborhoods better through guided walking tours - one, for instance, highlights Haight-Ashbury, while another focuses on Union Square. The book is rounded out with detailed background information, including a wide variety of restaurants and hotels and important travel information.
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 484 g
Dimensions: 212 x 135 x 17 mm
Edition: 3rd Revised edition