we are young seniors, but everyone listed is under 50, would like to get a senior's perspective. will be traveling the end of the year.

will be first time traveling to san fran, have been to southern calif, few times,


City: San Francisco

State: California

Country: United States


Ha ha, Am not used to thinking of myself as a "senior" but I do qualify! San Francisco is a delightful city to visit for anyone of any age. I find that the same places that appealed to me in my childhood charm me today, such as the Conservatory of Flowers. This utterly magical place is in Golden Gate Park. My parents took me there often when I was a child, and I went on my own throughout high school, took my dates there in college, my aged mother there when we wheeled her about, and I look forward to rolling down the lawn with my grand-daughter soon. The California Academy is also in the park. An entire day spent visiting there is not enough - there is the Japanese Tea Garden, the museums. For restaurants, be sure to visit North Beach for authentic and delicious Italian food. Broadway is pretty raunchy there, but just off Broadway are wonderful restaurants. Fisherman's Wharf is very touristy, but there is nothing like a loaf of crusty sourdough bread and a crab cocktail down there. Along the Embarcadero there are also many wonderful seafood restaurants. I am particularly fond of Fog City Diner a retro looking place with wonderful cuisine. For shopping, there is of course Union Square, Union St, Sutter St, and many neighborhood shops in the other districts. It is fun to simply drive about and stumble upon your own finds. For a more versatile and local experience, go to the Ferry Building and shop the food, then take a ferry across to Sausalito and browse the shops there, maybe eat on Ondine or the wonderful Spinnaker, where the Lobster Thermador is extravagantly amazingly delicious. This restaurant has a marvelous view of San Francisco, and is retro in theme as it has been around for ages. Have fun!

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