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What Will Your San Francisco Encounter Be?
Snapping a photo of the Golden Gate Bridge from the ferry to Alcatraz
Choosing between tacos "al pastor" and seared scallps in the Mission
Hanging out with the white alligator at the California Academy of Sciences
Sipping fair-trade coffee and people-watching in the Haight
Squeezing fresh fruit at the Ferry Building before hitting the shops
Poking around the Beat Museum then toasting Kerouac in North Beach
Discover Twice the City in Half the Time
Full-color pull-out map and detailed neighborhood maps for easy navigation
Our local author points you to the very best sights, restaurants, shops, bars and clubs
Unique itineraries and highlights help you make the most of a short trip
Local experts chime in on San Francisco, from Lemony Snicket on the city's oddities to foodie author Raj Patel's tips on seasonal and sustainable cuisine
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These are two of eight titles in the launch of a new "Encounter" series of pocket city guides created specifically for the visitor planning a two- to five-day trip to a city. Each volume is researched and written by a local author and focuses on what the city's residents themselves-both notable figures such as Craig Newmark of Craigslist in San Francisco and "average Joes" such as a Brooklyn bodega owner-feel are the best itineraries, neighborhoods, sights, shopping, and dining experiences in their hometown. This of course makes for fairly subjective lists. The target audience for the series seems to be younger, hipper travelers who will no doubt be pleased with the recommendations for clubs, bars, and hot new restaurants, but there are plenty of suggestions for mainstream tourist attractions and eateries as well. All weekend and short-term visitors will appreciate the color photos, compact format, and insider tips. Recommended for public libraries, especially those with larger travel collections.-Rita Simmons, Sterling Heights P.L., MI Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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