Family coming to town for the holidays? Planning a long weekend in San Francisco? Dread the question, “What should we do today?”
A new guide to San Francisco has answers.
Written by veteran travel writers Jill Robinson and Kimberley Lovato, 100 Things To Do In San Francisco Before You Die is full of tips, fun facts, and advice on what do in San Francisco, whether you’re a longtime local or visiting for the first time.
“As travel writers we recognize that we often neglect our own backyard for world travel. But how lucky are we to have a backyard like San Francisco?” say Lovato and Robinson. “For new visitors we wanted to included iconic San Francisco sites, but we also wanted to share some little known gems and ideas that we hope will encourage San Franciscans to discover more about their city.”
The intro gives a taste of what what’s inside the pages of 100 Things To Do In San Francisco Before You Die:
“How could we stop at only 100? We cheated a little bit. There are actually more than 100 addresses inside the pages of 100 Things to Do in San Francisco Before You Die. No book on San Francisco would be true to itself without mentioning landmarks like cable cars, the Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Presidio, the Ferry Building, and Coit Tower. But turn the pages and you’ll fall deeper into San Francisco, and even locals will find places they haven’t been.
We tell you which hotels have the hippest bar scenes, where to eat egg tarts in Chinatown, and what exactly a Mission-style burrito is. We point the way to a world-renowned tequila bar in the back of a family restaurant, and to some of the city’s best neighborhood street fairs. We’ve covered the best museums, including one that hosts a weekly cocktail party. We also tell you where to shop for tie-dye, browse for local art, listen to live music, and follow in the footsteps of the Beat Generation.”
The easy-to-read travel guide to San Francisco is organized into five sections: Food and drink, Music and Entertainment, Sports and Recreation, Culture and History, and Shopping. There are also itineraries such as “Free Things To Do” and “Family Fun,” just to get you going.
“This is not meant to be all inclusive, and at only 130 pages, the book could not go into great depth about each location, unfortunately,” say the authors. “We see 100 Things San Francisco as an idea generator that prompts readers to dig deeper into the places that interest them.”
The San Francisco guidebook also includes fun facts about the City by the Bay.
*The official color of the Golden Gate Bridge is International Orange.
*The city’s infamous fog has a name, Karl. And he’s on Instagram and Twitter, too.
*The majestic dome of San Francisco’s city hall is taller than the dome on the nation’s capital building.
“We had a lot of fun researching and learned a ton about San Francisco,” say Lovato and Robinson. “We think it’s a great gift for new neighbors, teachers, Airbnb guests, and co-workers. Or we suggest using it as a bribe for that out-of-town relative or friend who keeps promising to visit. Just send them a copy.”
“One day if I go to heaven … I’ll look around and say, ‘It ain’t bad, but it ain’t San Francisco.’”