Home to the Summer of Love 50 years ago this year, and more recently Uber, Twitter and Pinterest, San Francisco is a city quite unlike any other in the US.
With its rich history and architecture, its inclusive, forward-thinking community, and well-established food and cultural scenes, a getaway to San Fran will leave you with no shortage of things to do and places to explore.
The iconic Golden Gate Bridge is an excellent starting point, and this mile-long feat of engineering, spanning from the San Francisco peninsula to Marin County, shines bright as one of America’s most celebrated and well-known structures.
The stunning Golden Gate Bridge
Here you can make your way and take in the dramatic views and the engineering genius that created this spectacular bridge. Be sure to take it in at sunset, and on a foggy morning from the Marin Headlands, when only the tips of its deep orange towers can be seen, creating an almost otherworldly sight.
Whilst known for its fog, the weather forecast for this spring is looking good, with warm and sunny weather predicted. Make the most of it on the sloping lawns of Delores Park on the western edge of the Mission District which offers wonderful views.
Enjoy Springtime weather in San Francisco
If flora attracts you, the Victorian-era Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park is a perfect place to spend a mid-week afternoon, without the crowds to get in the way. Enjoy thousands of select species and exquisite landscaping as you stroll through the beautifully-restored conservatory, the oldest public example in America.
The Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park
For manmade beauty San Francisco’s buoyant art scene cannot be missed. After 3 years of extensive work to expand the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art it re-opened in the summer of 2016 and both the new architecture by Snøhetta and its extensive collection are a must.
Highlights include significant works by Bourgeois, Warhol, Rauschenberg, Hopper and Frida Kahlo. Enthusiasts are able to join the Curators’ Circle, at varying levels including the Director’s Circle, and are given VIP access to exhibitions, curator-led tours and glittering events that will have you coming back often.
The San Francisco MoMa
On the smaller but no less impressive scale, there is a vast selection of galleries to explore, including the Berggruen Gallery, Fraenkel Gallery for photography, and the Crown Point Press Gallery for etching and printmaking. There are also the famous Mission Murals that make the whole city a canvas itself and sum up the SF spirit perfectly.
The food and drinks scene is just as impressive as the art, and along with creative takes on the coffee shop to hidden bars, there is also very fine dining to be had. Try the New American tasting menu at the 3-Michelin-starred Saison, and Dominique Crenn’s creations at Atelier Crenn (she was named best female chef at the World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards in 2016).
The St Regis hotel – Image courtesy of St Regis San Francisco
And of course there is the famous bustle of San Francisco’s Chinatown to venture through too and Japantown, one of only three in America. For places to stay the St. Regis’s contemporary elegance is always a favourite, or for something a little hip try the Zetta.
The Zetta hotel – Image courtesy of Viceroy hotels
Catering to everything a traveller could want with culture, art, great food, dramatic landscapes formed by nature and eclectic architecture, there is no wonder that San Francisco has made itself home to today’s dynamic commercial buzz.
Add to that wonderful parks and spectacular views and this North Californian city community will deliver all you could possibly want from a perfect getaway. Book your charter into San Francisco international airport and arrive hassle free and without the stress.
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