No longer just renowned for its lack of inhibition and strident gay community, San Francisco has a surprising lot to offer the vacationer. Sitting on the Pacific Ocean, it has cool summers, steep hills, fog, cable cars and world-famous landmarks, such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz.
Where to take the kids
San Francisco is a great place to take the family on vacation, with many attractions to entertain both kids and adults alike. The San Francisco Zoo on Sloat Boulevard has the smallest insects and some of the largest mammals within its walls; also a delightful miniature steam train called Little Puffer that the kids will love. At the Aquarium of the Bay, visitors can walk along transparent tunnels beneath the simulated ocean, with over twenty thousand different aquatic animals, including octopus and sevengill sharks, swimming around them. In the Touch the Bay exhibit, you can even touch some of the creatures. For a different type of water fun, there is the Aquatic Park with several swimming pools, water slides and a rock-climbing wall.