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December 15, 2012

Day 2 – The 12 Days of ‘Where in the US would I love to spend to Christmas’

by Jason Dutton-Smith
Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco

It’s day 2 of the 12 days of spending Christmas in the US and today we look at one of the most famous and beautiful cities in the world. I know I left my heart there on my first visit years ago and do so again and again.

On the 2nd day of Christmas my true love said to me – San Francisco please!

This diverse metropolis is filled with the sights and sounds of a truly unique American city, rich in history, culture, food and blessed with scenery. Famed for its steep streets, incredible architecture, cable cars and probably the most well know icon of all, the Golden Gate Bridge.

A great way to start your tour of San Francisco is the Golden Gate Bridge. The best way to experience it is walking. Or better yet rent a bicycle where you can continue on riding from the bridge and enjoy the delights of Sausalito, a quaint little village on the other side of the bay. From here take the ferry back to the mainland for another unique view of this majestic structure from the water.

Alamo Square - San Francisco

Alamo Square – San Francisco

Your challenge this time of year will be to find a non foggy day to enjoy all the offerings and many viewing opportunities the Golden Gate Bridge offers.

Treading the footpaths of San Francisco is the best way to explore the hilly streets, maybe with a little help from the famed cable cars. A great morning is to start in Union Square taking the cable car up to the Cable Car Museum. Weave your way back down by foot taking in China Town for a look into the multi cultural past and a fantastic lunch.

Don’t forget to look up and out for stunning views of the city and bay at every twist and turn.

Check out our top 5 things to do in San Francisco including the must do clam chowder in a bread bowl, Alcatraz Island and more.

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