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A Day in San Francisco

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Historic Cable Cars
The morning began with a cable car ride from Market Street to Union. Riding one for the first time felt a bit like riding a rollercoaster. The cars go up and down the hills and stop in the middle of the street as passengers hop on and off. Here, a view of Alcatraz (and the buildings below) from the top of a very steep hill.
Local Tastes of the City Tour
A friend recommended the Local Tastes (and history) tour, but spotting a $10 discount in my Go San Francisco Card guidebook sealed the deal. The tour took us around North Beach (the bay city's Little Italy) to coffee shop Caffé Roma, Liguria Bakery, Italian French Baking Co., sweet spot Z. Cioccolato (pictured), Victoria Pastry Co. and pizza bar Cinecitta. Mangia bene!
Liguria Bakery
This 100-year-old bakery—which makes focaccia bread, and only focaccia bread—was my favorite stop on the food tour. Touted as the best in the Bay Area, I can't argue. The focaccia was perfect.
Sts. Peter and Paul Church
This Roman Catholic church sits across from Washington Square and is renowned as the spot Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe posed for photos following a civil wedding ceremony downtown.
Coit Tower
The tower in the Telegraph Hill neighborhood.
Condor Club
Opened in 1964, the first topless bar in America made Carol Doda a star.
Columbus Avenue
Along Columbus Avenue sits City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, known for its history with the beatniks, the Francis Ford Coppola-owned Columbus Tower (aka Sentinal Building, distinct for its copper-green Flatiron style), and the commanding Transamerica Pyramid, the city's tallest skyscraper.
Books in the Sky
The art installation "Language of the Birds" at the corner of Grant, Columbus and Broadway Streets. At night the books illuminate.
The Words
"Language of the Birds" also includes English, Italian and Chinese words and phrases below that appear to have fallen from the books.
Golden Gate Bridge
Standing on Municipal Pier was as close as I got to the Golden Gate Bridge. From here, you can also see Alcatraz and a great view of the city skyline.
Pier with a View
Aquatic Cove separates Municipal Pier from Ghirardelli Square and Fisherman's Wharf. Looking back toward the city, you can see Coit Tower and downtown in the distance.
Fisherman's Wharf
It's crowded, but if you enjoy people watching, sourdough bread or seafood, it's a must-visit.
Boudin Bakery
Famous San Francisco sourdough can be found at this bakery. I should have ordered one of these friendly creatures.
A Bounty of Color
Vlahos' Fruit Orchard on Pier 39.
Pier 39 Sea Lions
These mammals camp out in Pier 39's West Marina.
Franciscan Crab Restaurant
The floor-to-ceiling windows perfectly complemented the dining options at Franciscan Crab Restaurant.
Waiting for a cable car back to Market Street with the sunset over the Golden Gate Bridge and the bay.

There is so much to do in San Francisco. Here, find a sampling of activities (mostly food related) Sky's associate online editor packed into one day. After you click through the photos, read her blog.

Text and photos by Amanda Hoffstrom

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