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San Francisco is a manageable size — about six miles square — and the traffic isn't nearly as bad as it is in New York or L.A. So it's possible to do 10 great things during your visit and see most of the city. On your first morning by the bay, head down Stockton St. into North Beach, the formerly Bohemian part of the city and get yourself a serious breakfast at Mama's at 1701 Stockton. After breakfast you will need a little exercise. Walk uphill on Lombard Street to Coit Tower, which some say resembles a fire hose nozzle. It gives good views of the city, perched as it is atop historic Telegraph Hill in North Beach. The views aside, you're really here for the murals. Inspired by the social-realism style of the great Diego Rivera, and commissioned by the federal Works Progress Administration, the paintings inside the tower were completed in 1933 and are great fun to look at. It's free to get inside the city-owned monument, but if you want to take the elevator to the top to dig the views, its $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and $2 for kids aged 5 to 12. Now you've seen Coit Tower and the city views. Now it's time to take the stairs of Telegraph Hill down — all 400 of them! It's worth it because, along the way, you'll get to see some beautiful houses, gardens and, most times of the year, brightly colored flora.

San Francisco Tickets

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You won't find better entertainment value in the U.S. for $2 then the historic trolley car on the Embarcadero and you can ride it all the way to the Castro Station. Seventeen trolley cars are in service, painted in the colors of the originals from the 1920s and '30s. Rest your weary dogs as you rattle past the Wharf, down the Embarcadero and onto Market Street, one of the city's main thoroughfares. From the Castro, you can walk to the Haight — it's a little less than a mile. After you have checked out the array of Victorian homes in the birthplace of American counter culture cross the street and enter Golden Gate Park. Be sure to visit the Conservatory of Flowers (closed Monday), which is the oldest Victorian greenhouse this side of the Thames, and the carousel on Kezar Drive, both on the eastern edge of the park. Hop a cab east to the Exploratorium in the Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco's legendary science museum in the Presidio. Make sure you experience the tactile dome, a pitch-black maze that you have to navigate by touch (it's worth the $20 premium on top of the $15 admission fee); blow the world's biggest soap bubble, as big around as a beach ball; and dissect a cow's eye. From the Presidio you can walk to the Golden Gate Bridge which is the top spot for suicides in the nation. If you haven’t jumped and it's baseball season, you owe it to yourself to take in a San Francisco Giants game at AT&T Park. Not to mention that you've never had better food at a ballpark (except maybe at Camden Yards): the garlic fries and Sheboygans (bratwursts with kraut), oh my. Whether a Tony-award winning show or a South of Market dance club is more your style, prepare yourself to party. The Ballet, Opera and Symphony can all be found in the Civic Center and Davies Hall in the 300 and 400 block of Van Ness Avenue. If you’re a theatre lover be sure to check the show schedule at the SHN Orpheum at 1192 Market Street (at 8th), the SHN Curran Theatre at 445 Geary Street (between Taylor and Mason) or the SHN Golden State Theatre at 1 Taylor Street (at 6th and Market). shows include Priscilla Queen of the Desert in August, The Book of Mormon and Porgy and Bess in November and December