Your hard-working grads deserve a special getaway to celebrate this major milestone in their educational career, and they’re guaranteed to enjoy a few days in this happily diverse city of wonderful weather, morning-fogged vistas, “watercolor” homes in historic neighborhoods, crazy-cool events and eclectic celebrations and the rhythmic melody of vintage cable car bells.
Her Golden Gate Bridge spans the glossy pages of travel magazines and arcs its way into family albums. Who wouldn’t cherish a photo op with this “international orange” world wonder? At Fisherman’s Wharf, you’ll discover steamy bowls of clam chowder, enormous hot fudge sundaes, unique souvenir shops and admission-free Musee Mecanique – a true San Francisco treasure. Pier 39 serves up all the cotton-candy nostalgia of an old-fashioned amusement park against an artist’s dream backdrop featuring spectacular views of the Bay Bridge, Golden Gate and Alcatraz, and a front-row seat to the antics of wriggling sea lions stationed on K-Dock. Get your coffee to go and enjoy some quiet time at a local beach, browse the trendy Marina District, cruise the San Francisco Bay and experience the magic of fairytale city nightlights from atop Twin Peaks.
Chase a fluttering fortune through beguiling Chinatown and discover hidden treasure and ancient mystery at every turn. Browse bustling open-air marketplaces, stalk the wild parrots of Telegraph Hill, marvel at the hidden murals of Coit Tower and navigate serpentine Lombard Street – the “crookedest” street in the world! Explore the acclaimed California Academy of Natural Sciences, one of the largest, most innovative, eco-friendly and best-loved natural history museums on the planet. Meet the resident bison herd at Golden Gate Park and wander the compounds that once housed the most notorious cold-blooded criminals in American History!
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