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About the Author.
The City by the Bay: A Metropolitan Mecca.
About This Guide.
PART ONE: Planning Your Visit.
Understanding the City: A Brief History of San Francisco.
When to Go: The Sweater Season and the . . . Well, Sweater (Wetter) Season.
How to Get More Information before You Visit.
Gays and Lesbians.
A Calendar of Festivals and Events.
PART TWO: Accommodations.
Deciding Where to Stay.
Getting a Good Deal on a Room.
Hotels and Motels: Rated and Ranked.
Hotel Information Chart.
PART THREE: Visiting on Business.
Not All Visitors Are Headed for Fisherman's Wharf.
PART FOUR: Arriving and Getting Oriented.
Coming into the City.
A Geographic Overview of San Francisco and the Bay Area.
Things the Natives Already Know.
How to Avoid Crime and Keep Safe in Public Places.
PART FIVE: Getting Around.
Driving Your Car.
PART SIX: Sightseeing, Tours, and Attractions.
Touring San Francisco.
San Francisco for Children.
Helpful Tips for Tourists.
San Francisco on Film.
The Wine Country.
Russian River Valley.
Day Trips in and around the Bay Area.
Beyond the Bay Area.
PART SEVEN: Dining and Restaurants.
PART EIGHT: Entertainment and Nightlife.
San Francisco Nightlife.
PART NINE: Shopping.
Top Shopping Neighborhoods.
PART TEN: Exercise and Recreation.
The Great Indoors.
Unofficial Guide Reader Survey.
Posted July 30, 2009
Packed with info, but I especially appreciated the comparison charts for hotels and restaurants for quality and cost PLUS detailed listings later. There's a calendar of local events/festivals, details on BART, bus, train and boat tours, and a guide to weather (cold in August!). Details on star attractions, night spots and dancing, exercise opportunities such as health clubs, a climbing wall, in-line skating in Golden Gate Park, and fun things like driving down squigly Lombard street. Has good detail maps, but I bought a separate overall street map. My friend had a different guide and thought this one was much better. Lists Hours, phone nos. and emails for most everything too.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.