San Francisco - Top things to do when visiting the Golden State

San Francisco is a city that has both old and new places of interest to vist. It is also a city that has so much to offer it is hard to choose which places you want to see. Among the many places you will want to include these five to really get the feel of the city and what it has to offer. Here are Five things to do when visiting San Francisco.

1. The Walt Disney Family Museum- The museum was founded by Walt Disney's daughter in 2009. This state-of-the-art technological museum is full of Disney history from Mickey to Donald Duck. It includes more that 200 video screens, a museum store, a learning center and a Fantasia-themed theater with Disney classics showing six days a week.

It is located in a red brick building in San Francisco's Presidio area and is 40,000 square feet. You can go through ten galleries and enjoy the full Disney family history. It is now a public charity and is part of the California Benefit Corporation and is known as The Walt Disney Family Museum Inc.

2. The Rex Hotel- This hotel was built in 1907 and was inspired by the 1920's-era art salons and literary hubs. It has been updated and is tastefully decorated in original artwork and vintage furniture. The hotel has a great location being close to Market Street, Chinatown and Union Square. It is set off from the other hotels in the area by the Library Bar which draws all types of patrons for billiards and cocktails. You can enjoy art shows, readings, live shows and extensive libaray-themed cocktails. Dogs are welcome and they have two bikes available on loan.

3. The Powell Street Cable Cars- This is a great way to see the city lights. Operated by the San Francisco Municipal Railway it is the last manually operated cable car system in the world. Out of twenty three lines, that were established between 1873 and 1890, only these three remain working. One along California Street, two routes that go downtown near Union Square and on to Fisherman's Wharf. Seven million tourists ride the cable cars annually. The cable cars are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

4. The Twin Peaks- Standing 925 feet high the Twin Peaks are a great place to find a panoramic view of the complete bay area. Be sure to park in the north peak parking lot for a 180-degree view. Early Spanish settlers called the hills “Los Pechos de la Choca” (Breasts of the Maiden) and they are populated with rabbits and coyotes. Such plants as lupine, pearly everlasting, coyote brush and lizard tail adorn the area. Be prepared for a strong wind at this height.

5. The Cliff House- On the western side of San Francisco, just north of Ocean Beach, is the Cliff House. Overlooking the site of the Sutro Baths it is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Operated by the National Park Service it is also a part of the largest urban national park in the United State.

A room sized obscura camera is available on the terrace and is an interesting experience. You can explore the Sutro Bath ruins, historic Sutro Heights Park or hike the Lands End Trails.

There are two restaurants on the premises. Sutro's which is a more upscale restaurant serving lunch and dinner with reservations being recommended. Then there is The Bistro which is a more casual place with breakfast, lunch and dinner being served. Seating is available on a walk-in basis. Regardless of what you do in San Francisco, you'll definitely have a great time!

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