LIST OF MAPS. 1 THE BEST OF SAN FRANCISCO. 1 The Best Only-in-San Francisco Experiences. 2 The Best Splurge Hotels. 3 The Best Moderately Priced Hotels. 4 The Best Dining Experiences. 5 The Best Things to Do for Free (or Almost). 6 The Best Outdoor Activities. 7 The Best Places to Hang with the Locals. Ten More Free & Dirt Cheap Secrets. 8 The Best Offbeat Travel Experiences. 2 SAN FRANCISCO IN DEPTH. 1 San Francisco Today. 2 Looking Back at San Francisco. Dateline. 3 San Francisco in Popular Culture: Books, Films & Music. 3 PLANNING YOUR TRIP TO SAN FRANCISCO. 1 When to Go. San Francisco-Area Calendar of Events. 2 Entry Requirements. 3 Getting There & Getting Around. 4 Money & Costs. The Value of the US Dollar vs. Other Popular Currencies. 5 Health. 6 Safety. 7 Specialized Travel Resources. 8 Sustainable Tourism. General Resources for Green Travel. 9 Staying Connected. 4 SUGGESTED SAN FRANCISCO ITINERARIES. Neighborhoods in Brief. 1 The Best of San Francisco in 1 Day. 2 The Best of San Francisco in 2 Days. 3 The Best of San Francisco in 3 Days. 5 WHERE TO STAY. 1 The Best Hotel Bets. 2 Union Square. 3 Nob Hill. Accommodations with Free Parking. 4 SoMa. The Best Family-Friendly Hotels. 5 The Financial District. Sleeping Seaside. 6 North Beach/Fisherman's Wharf . 7 The Marina/Pacific Heights/Cow Hollow. 8 Japantown & Environs. 9 Civic Center. 10 The Castro. 11 Haight-Ashbury. 12 Near San Francisco International Airport. 6 WHERE TO DINE. 1 The Best Dining Bets. 2 Union Square. 3 Financial District. The Sun on Your Face at Belden Place. 4 SoMa. 5 Nob Hill/Russian Hill. 6 Chinatown. 7 North Beach/Telegraph Hill. 8 Fisherman's Wharf. 9 The Marina/Pacific Heights/Cow Hollow. Sweet Nothings. 10 Japantown. 11 Civic Center/Hayes Valley. Hidden Treasures. 12 Mission District. I Scream for Ice Cream! 13 The Castro & Noe Valley. 14 Haight-Ashbury. 15 Richmond/Sunset Districts. 7 EXPLORING SAN FRANCISCO. 1 Famous San Francisco Sights. Funky Favorites at Fisherman's Wharf. 2 Museums. San Francisco's Old-Fashioned Arcade Museum. Free Culture. 3 Neighborhoods Worth a Visit. Fortune Cookie Factory. 4 Golden Gate Park. 5 The Presidio & Golden Gate National Recreation Area. 6 Religious Buildings Worth Checking Out. 7 Architectural Highlights. Especially for Kids. 8 Self-Guided & Organized Tours. 9 Getting Outside. 10 Spectator Sports. 8 CITY STROLLS. Walking Tour 1: Chinatown: History, Culture, Dim Sum & Then Some. Walking Tour 2: Getting to Know North Beach. 9 SHOPPING. 1 The Shopping Scene. 2 Shopping A to Z. Amazing Grazing. 10 SAN FRANCISCO AFTER DARK. 1 The Performing Arts. 2 Comedy & Cabaret. 3 The Club & Music Scene. Drinking & Smoking Laws. Underground Entertainment. 4 The Bar Scene. 5 Gay & Lesbian Bars & Clubs. 6 Film. 11 SIDE TRIPS FROM SAN FRANCISCO. 1 Berkeley. 2 Oakland. The USS Potomac: FDR's Floating White House. 3 Angel Island & Tiburon. 4 Sausalito. A Picnic Lunch, Sausalito Style. 5 Muir Woods & Mount Tamalpais. 12 THE WINE COUNTRY. 1 Napa Valley. The Ins & Outs of Shipping Wine Home. Enjoying Art & Nature. Where to Stock Up for a Gourmet Picnic. 2 Sonoma Valley. Touring the Sonoma Valley by Bike. 13 FAST FACTS. INDEX. General Index. Accommodations Index. Restaurant Index. List of Maps. The Best of San Francisco in 1 & 2 Days. The Best of San Francisco in 3 Days. Accommodations near Union Square & Nob Hill. Accommodations Around Town. Dining in Union Square & the Financial District. Dining Around Town. Dining near Chinatown & North Beach. Major San Francisco Attractions. Fisherman's Wharf & Vicinity. Yerba Buena Gardens & Environs. Haight-Ashbury & the Castro. Golden Gate Park. Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The Civic Center. Walking Tour 1: Chinatown. Walking Tour 2: North Beach. San Francisco Shopping. San Francisco After Dark. The Bay Area. Berkeley. Oakland. Marin County. The Wine Country.