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Eyewitness Travel San Francisco & Northern California
by Annelise Sorensen
Dorling Kindersley
ISBN 978-0-75666-153-3
Published May 2010 - Softcover - 336 pages - $25.00

I dream of retiring to this part of the world someday, provided I can afford it!  Having always just whizzed through San Francisco, I'm longing for an extended stay where I can really see this gorgeous city and also explore more of Northern California.  This Dorling Kindersley guide has certainly whet my appetite and it's choc-full of very tempting sights to investigate.  As with all DK guides, you'll not be disappointed with the inviting photo illustrations, and San Francisco is truly a very picturesque city.  And there is so much to see.  Whether you choose to do one or all of the four one-day tours on offer in this book, at least skim the book for ideas and inspiration, or just look up the well known highlights, and you're bound to enjoy all you do in this enchanting city.  You'll also learn about the history of this city, and the Timeline is an easy resource.  Check out which museums and galleries you want to see as well as the landmark buildings and streets to include on your trip.  If you're in a car, you can opt to do the famous 49-mile Scenic Drive which covers most areas of interest.  Most places are reachable by bus and to a certain extent cable car or tram.  Apart from the visual must-see sights like Fisherman's Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, Haight Ashbury, and Lombard Street, there are also undiscovered gems like Napier Street, Filbert Steps, Greenwich Steps, and the Street Murals which I found in this book.  This beautiful book is loaded with useful information and glossy photos of superb places of interest, and is worth devouring for ideas for your trip, not only to this great city, but also farther afield to include Berkley, Oakland, San Jose, Palo Alto, Carmel, Napa Valley, Lake Tahoe, and Yosemite.  Even if you don't have much money, San Francisco is a wonderful city to enjoy on the cheap.  It's easy to walk around or use a day pass for buses and cable cars.
The usual maps are included as are "travelers' needs" like Accommondation, Transportation, Shopping, Museums, Restaurants, etc.
Conclusion - Another fabulous Dorling Kindersley destination guide.  A pleasure-to-read book.

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