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San Francisco, California Hotels

With so many options and a plethora of unattended rentals, choosing the right hotel -- with a good staff, and a convenient neighborhood -- can be really soothing when visiting San Francisco, California. This great walking city full of hills will tire everyone out, so prioritize your attractions (a CityPASS saves up to 50% on...

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Fairmont San Francisco Does Family Well

At the Fairmont Hotels & Resort's flagship property, the beautiful Fairmont San Francisco, my family was lucky enough to find out what the "Affordable Luxury for Families" concept was all about. The Fairmont, recipient of several historically accurate facelifts since its 1906 opening, boasts its original grandeur without sacrificing any of the modern conveniences one...

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Custom Itinerary: San Francisco And Yosemite on Tight Budget

Q.  Cathy P. and family of St. Peters, Missouri are visiting San Francisco and Yosemite National Park and want budget hotel and sightseeing ideas along the way. A.  Thank you for your note requesting itinerary planning advice for your upcoming trip to California.  As we understand it,...

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Halloween Brings Happiness and Horror to California

If ghosts, haunted houses, goblins and Halloween costumes are on everyone’s mind, there’s now something ghoulishly fun for all fear tolerances in the friendly, frightening state of California. Since the fright industry has grown so quickly, both mild and terrifying fun are available throughout the fall. We’ve found some great events (many of them free) in San...

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Make It the Summer of Love Not War

The Bay Area around San Francisco is partying all year to the tune of #SummerofLove50, the 50th anniversary celebration of the counterculture’s meteoric rise to prominence in 1967. Like the Human Be In on January 14, 1967 and the many public pranks and festivals that preceded it, the Summer of Love events were big, public media darlings that broadcast the youth revolution around...

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San Francisco, California Attractions

The City by the Bay, the Golden Gate City, no matter what you call San Francisco, California, its unique attractions like cable cars and Alcatraz are sure to delight families. And even though the kids are out of school during summer, if you visit San Francisco from September to November you're likely to have much sunnier and warmer weather. June through August days are typically...

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Weekend Adventures with Kids Around the Bay Area

We love San Francisco’s Bay Area and the Monterey Peninsula and return often with our family to sample new hotels, restaurants and the ever-changing scene.  Fans who have been leery of attempting a vacation with the kids can rest assured that there are enough family-friendly hotels -- and activities -- to please even the pickiest young traveler or the moodiest teen.Here are three of...

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Free Travel Fun In San Francisco

San Francisco, the beautiful City by the Bay, may demand top dollar at hotels and restaurants but lots of free fun activities can make your vacation a bargain. California is a dream destination for families with kids of any age, and beautiful San Francisco is one of FTF's Top Cities for Families. Now, families don't need to worry about their wallets; instead, they can plan a trip around...

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San Francisco’s SoMa District

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