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Medhatter's Guide to San Francisco

Family Vacation in San Francisco
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Sun, sand, wharf and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco makes for a perfect family vacation destination. Guest blogger, Ms Rebecca Gwee, a regular fixture in San Francisco susses out the city’s higlights.


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Gleaming  between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean, The Golden Gate is a bewitching sight to behold. There are a multiple of ways to admire this gorgeous architecture – by drive, by bike or simply cross the bridge by the walk.

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Visiting the Famed Prison

Nicknamed as “The Rock”, the maximum-security facility operated from 1934 to 1963, Alcatraz holds a wealth of fascinating stories.It is known for incarcerating some of American’s most notorious felons including the notorious gangster Al “Scarface” Capone (1899-1947) and murderer Robert “Birdman of Alcatraz” Stroud (1890-1963). To reach the island, take an Alcatraz Cruises ferry from Pier 43. ( Speaking about bike rides, you can rent bicycles and cycle along the piers where there are many fascinating sights to behold

Shop, Wine and Dine at Festive Waterfront – Fisherman’s Wharf

With a excellent collection of specialty shops, restaurants, family attractions and a gorgeous marina, it is no wonder that PIER 39 is the number one hot spot for visitors and locals.

The pier offers a picture-perfect views of the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, Alcatraz Island, Angel Island and the famous city skyline. Say hello to the hordes of California sea lions who have taken up residence on the floats to the west of the pier. And if you would like a snack to bite into, order a take away for a delightful box of crab and shrimp cocktails from the pier side vendors.

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Bean There, Done Ghirardelli

Another eating and shopping must stop is the Ghirardelli Square. An ultimate chocolate experience awaits as this is the place served as a chocolate factory by none other than Domenico “Domingo” Ghirardelli. In September, the square plays hosts the annual Chocolate Festival benefiting Project Open Hand, a two-day celebration of chocolate with endless sampling of finest Ghirardelli chocolate, chef demonstration, eating contests and live music.

To visit America’s longest continuously operating chocolate manufacturer. Drop by at  747 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

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