San Francisco sits at the tip of the San Francisco Peninsula, with lots of walking and cycling trails all along the waterfront from the Embarcadero to Golden Gate Park. A short hop across the Golden Gate Bridge are Sausalito, Point Reyes National Seashore and Muir Woods.
The city is also renowned for its radical thinking and activism. It spawned the hippie movement, the Sixties’ ‘Summer of Love’ and the gay rights movement, while nearby Berkeley in the East Bay was the birthplace of the Free Speech and locavore movements.
To many Americans, San Francisco is the nation’s food and wine capital. Berkeley chef Alice Waters of Chez Panisse fame started the farm-to-table obsession here in the 1970s.
The city is now awash with excellent restaurants, while its proximity to the Sonoma and Napa Valleys means that, in less than two hours, travelers can enjoy tastings at some of the best wine estates in the country.
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