Guides to San Francisco, Anaheim & San Diego!

San Francisco Guide: (hotels in San Francisco)
A few years ago San Francisco was riding high on the wealth of the dot com explosion. And it showed in outrageously high priced hotels, restaurants and real estate. When the bubble burst, the city was forced to adjust. In fact, now is a great time to visit the somewhat humbler, but just as fabulous, cultural mecca of the Left Coast. Hotels and restaurants have lowered their prices, making it easier to enjoy a weekend here. One of the best things about San Francisco is that you can be in a museum in the morning and on a mountain in the afternoon. Mind-expanding cultural attractions exist alongside invigorating outdoor activities. Gaze at the work of Jackson Pollock at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in the morning and then head to Muir Woods to peer up at gigantic redwoods in the afternoon. From the hippie haunts of Haight-Ashbury to the colorful Victorian architecture of the predominantly gay Castro District, and from Japantown to Chinatown, San Francisco is all about neighborhoods. Each has a distinct look and vibe. You could easily spend a day in each or hop on a streetcar to sample a few.

1. Urban Trek USA
2. Silver Lion Service Private Tours
3. City Segway Tours
4. San Francisco Guided Segway Tour
5. Golden Horizon Tours
6. Mr. Toad’s Tours
7. Stoked SF
8. San Francisco Fire Engine Tours & Adventures
9. Gourmet Walks
10. Alcatraz
1. Restaurant Gary Danko
2. Sotto ‘Mare Oysteria & Seafood Restaurant
3. Fino Bar & Ristorante
4. Frascati
5. Mama’s on Washington Square
6. Kokkari Estiatorio
7. Blue Bottle Cafe
8. Dottie’s True Blue Cafe
9. Ristorante Milano
10. The House

Anaheim Guide: (hotels in Anaheim)

Grizzly Peak in Disney California Adventure

Image via Wikipedia

The Disney influence is everywhere in the city that was reborn in 1955 with the opening of Disneyland. Formerly a sleepy suburban town, Anaheim today is a vibrant tourist center with fine dining, shopping, festivals, myriad attractions and a range of accommodations. Of course, at the heart of it all is Disneyland. “The happiest place on earth” mixes the nostalgia of some original rides with elaborate new ones, plus a 21st-century pyrotechnic extravaganza. For adults, there’s Downtown Disney, a dizzying array of stores, restaurants and nightclubs. The newest theme park, California Adventure, appeals to all ages. Competing for your attention is Knott’s Berry Farm, where the theme is the Old West and some of the thrill rides outdo Disney’s. For a change of pace, check out the Block at Orange, an all-in-one shopping, dining and entertainment promenade.

1. Flightdeck Air Combat Center
2. Disneyland Park
3. Downtown Disney
4. Angel Stadium of Anaheim
5. Disney’s California Adventure
6. Adventure City
7. Honda Center
8. Anaheim Plaza
9. The Shops at Anaheim GardenWalk
10. K1 Speed Indoor Karting
1. Marri’s Pizza & Italian
2. Napa Rose at Grand Californian
3. The Cheesecake Factory
4. Steakhouse 55
5. Slater’s 50/50
6. Mimi’s Cafe Disneyland
7. Original Pancake House
8. Mimi’s Cafe Anaheim
9. Baci di Firenze Trattoria
10. K’ya Street Fare

San Diego Guide: (hotels in San Diego)
Elegant and sunny San Diego is truly a city with something for everyone. In town, a whole day or more could be spent in Balboa Park playing golf, touring the world-famous San Diego Zoo or visiting a museum. Just outside of town, Torrey Pines State Reserve offers a somewhat wilder terrain where visitors can view rare birds and the stately trees the park is named for. Children, and in turn parents, will be delighted with the city’s wide range of family-oriented activities. From SeaWorld to the historic Gaslamp Quarter, there are events and exhibits to keep even the most hard-to-please happy. San Diego boasts an array of fine and trendy restaurants covering a melting pot of cuisines, world-class shopping and hotels from lavish to budget.

1. Another Side Of San Diego Tours
2. Sail San Diego
3. Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego
4. Speed Boat Adventures
5. Segway of Pacific Beach
6. Sail Stars & Stripes USA-11
7. La Jolla Sightseeing Tours with TourGuideTim
8. USS Midway Museum
9. Adventure Rib Rides
10. Dennis Conner’s America’s Cup Experience
1. Trellises Garden Grille
2. Sushi Ota
3. Phil’s BBQ
4. Kono’s Cafe
5. Muzita Abyssinian Bistro
6. Lucha Libre Gourmet Taco Shop
7. The Cheesecake Factory
8. Caffe Bella Italia
9. Extraordinary Desserts
10. Prado at Balboa Park

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