By Matthew R. Poole, Erika Lenkert, Bonnie Wach

* This ebook good points 1000s of full-color pictures to convey this cultural mecca to vibrant existence. * completely up to date each year (unlike many of the competition), Frommer's San Francisco features everything you must recognize to enjoy the points of interest and studies that wait for you within the urban by way of the Bay. * Our writer, an established resident hits all of the highlights, from Golden Gate Park to North seashore. He's looked at the entire city's top resorts and eating places in individual, and should assist you locate the alternatives that fit your tastes and budget.  * Features a rather thorough advisor to eating during this American culinary mecca. Our sincere, irreverent, and opinionated eating stories surround every little thing from the simplest dim sum to the hottest seafood, from cheap burrito joints and Vietnamese eating places to modern bistros opened through California's preferred cooks to clean meals markets for noshing. * contains aspect journeys to Berkeley, Sausalito, Muir Woods, aspect Reyes, and extra. There's additionally a close bankruptcy at the within sight Wine kingdom, with the easiest wineries, hotels, spas, and gourmand procuring, and the main decadent eating places within the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. * features a full-color foldout map.

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This outdoor fair celebrates San Francisco with themes, gourmet food booths, music, entertainment, and a juried art show featuring works by more than 250 artists. It’s a great time and a chance to see the city’s young well-to-dos partying it up. Call the Union Street Association (& 415/4417055) for more information or see www. com. First weekend of June. Haight-Ashbury Street Fair, HaightAshbury. A far cry from the froufrou Union Street Fair, this grittier fair features alternative crafts, ethnic foods, rock bands, and a healthy number of hippies and street kids whooping it up and slamming beers in front of the Stern Grove Music Festival, Sunset District.

Despite competition from endless numbers of less talented singers, Texas-born Janis Joplin formulated much of her vocal technique before audiences in San Francisco. Her breakthrough style was first acknowledged at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1967. Audiences reached out to embrace a singer whose rasping, gravely, shrieking voice expressed the generational angst of thousands of onlookers. Billboard magazine characterized her sound as composed of equal portions of honey, Southern Comfort, and gall.

In 1915, in celebration of the opening of the Panama Canal and to prove to the world that San Francisco was restored to it full glory, the city hosted the Panama Pacific International Exhibition, a world’s fair that exposed hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city’s unique charms. The general frenzy of civic boosterism, however, reached its peak during the years just before World War I, when investments and civic pride might have reached an all-time high. Despite Prohibition, speakeasies did a thriving business in and around the city, and building sprees were as high-blown and lavish as the profits on the San Francisco stock exchange.

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