It's been a particularly star-spangled year, with solar and lunar eclipses, a new comet, and an abundance of northern lights. Following last month's double planets (which will occur again later this year), our solar system is delivering a plethora of astronomical events for photographers and stargazers. Mark on your calendars with these can't-miss celestial dates.
Despite San Francisco's rapidly changing landscape, Nob Hill has managed to keep its luxurious and majestic character centuries after the first California barons built their colossal mansions overlooking the bay.
Those looking for a relaxing getaway less than an hour outside of San Francisco are smart to think of Mountain View. Founded as a stagecoach stop between San Jose and San Francisco, the city has grown quite a bit from its humble beginnings and is now home to some of the biggest tech companies in the world, including Google, LinkedIn, and WhatsApp. Visitors will also be able to enjoy the scenic views and entertaining attractions Mountain View has to offer.
While seemingly out of the way for Oakland residents who spend their time drinking greyhounds in Uptown or making laps around Lake Merritt, a newly revamped Jack London Square is brimming with ways to spend a delightful weekend on the water. From a morning spent kayaking in the harbor, to fresh oysters for lunch, to a glass of wine and a movie overlooking the bay, Jack London Square is the closest you can get to a beachy vacation within walking distance of a BART station.
The summer season may be winding down, but we're still yearning for more sun-kissed mountain time. Fortunately one of the best times to visit Yosemite National Park, specifically the higher elevations of the Tuolumne Meadows area, is post-Labor Day, when daytime weather remains warm and pleasant yet the summertime crowds have thinned.
Why travel over the pond when la dolce vita is only a short bus ride away? The quirky and vivacious North Beach, a.k.a. San Francisco's "Little Italy," will enchant you with snug restaurant patios lined up on the sidewalk, kaleidoscopic Victorians, traditional espresso bars, an abundance of gelato, green parks, steep hills, and an alluring atmosphere that makes this old neighborhood the perfect place to staycation. Here's where to stay, play, and eat when visiting San Francisco’s most European neighborhood.
The San Francisco Peninsula is dotted with thriving cities and towns which offer visitors a quiet pace of life. Expansive green spaces, cultural attractions, and plenty of tasty eateries dot the landscape.