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Travel Guide: San Francisco

Welcome to "The Best of San Francisco," a Gayot travel guide featuring top restaurants, luxury hotels and spas, must-see attractions and other important information for sophisticated travelers and diners. Whether you're a local or tourist, our "best of" destination guide will steer you to the hippest highlights in San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area.

The Best of San Francisco

Guests enjoying entertaining performances at the Stern Grove Festival in San Francisco, California

The 78th Annual Stern Grove Festival
If you're going to be in the Bay Area this summer, make sure to check out the Stern Grove Festival taking place every Sunday from June 14 to August 16. Since 1938, San Francisco has been hosting the performing arts event at Sigmund Stern Recreation Grove, a tree-enveloped outdoor amphitheater. On the schedule this year are The Doobie Brothers, Salsamania, the San Francisco Symphony and many more. Better yet, admission is free, making it easy for you to enjoy great performances without putting a dent in your wallet.

Learn more at the Stern Grove Festival official website

Alcatraz Cruises's Hornblower Hybrid  is America's first hybrid ferry
Alcatraz Cruises
Often referred to as "The Rock," Alcatraz attracts more than a million visitors each year. The island's somber past as the site of a federal prison — the infamous Al Capone served time there — ignites the curiosity of many visitors. Alcatraz Cruises conducts tours of the abandoned penitentiary, offering early bird excursions for those that want to beat the crowd, as well as night tours for people willing to brave the dark.

Book your tour at the Alcatraz Cruises official website

Eco-friendly treatments are available at Earthbody, one of GAYOT's Top 10 Spas in San Francisco

Top 10 Spas in San Francisco
From day spas helmed by skincare gurus to hotel sites with glorious views, you can find relaxation and rejuvenation at one of these Top 10 Spas in San Francisco.

Discover where to rejuvenate in the Bay Area

Diners can bring their dogs on the patio at Skool restaurant in San Francisco, California
Top 10 Dog-Friendly Restaurants
Check out the best pet-friendly restaurants that welcome dogs and diners alike on their patios. Eat your food with Fido in tow at these Top 10 Dog-Friendly Restaurants in San Francisco.

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Have dinner at Aquitaine, a wine bar and bistro in San Francisco, California
The Best San Francisco Restaurants
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