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! Have a picnic at Crissy Field,
the Bay Area's youngest national
park. Buy sandwiches at the Warm-
ing Hut, sit at a picnic table, and
watch ships sail under the Golden
Gate Bridge. See p 85.
@ Order a cappuccino at Caffé Tri-
este, the first espresso house on the
West Coast and a favored hangout of
beatniks, including Jack Kerouac and
Allen Ginsberg. See p 30.
# Window-shop on Fillmore
Street. Have coffee at a sidewalk
cafe before exploring the many
boutiques that clothe San Francisco's
sophisticated young urbanites.
See p 44.
$ Walk the Land's End Trail, on
San Francisco's northwestern cor-
ner. Take in the splendor of the
Pacific Ocean, the Marin Headlands,
and the Golden Gate Bridge's less-
viewed western side. See p 87.
% Cross the Golden Gate Bridge
by Bike. Riding across this San Fran-
cisco icon on a bike is an awesome
experience. The views of the Marin
Headlands to the north and the
city to the south are awe-inspiring.
See p 40.
The Castro Theatre is a popular, one-of-a-
kind moviegoing experience.
7 Contemplate an isolation cell
on Alcatraz Island during the audio
tour of the former prison. Step
inside one of the unlit cells, which
were sealed by solid metal doors,
and close your eyes to sense the
eerie loneliness. See p 11.
8 Watch a flick at the Castro
Theatre, a 1992 Art Deco movie
house in one of the city's most
unique neighborhoods. A restored
Wurlitzer organ provides musical
accompaniment. See p 66 & 135.
9 Savor dim sum at Ton Kiang.
Drink hot tea as servers bring a pro-
cession of tasty Chinese morsels.
The options keep changing as the
kitchen whips up new batches of
shrimp dumplings, pork buns, and
other delicacies. See p 115.
0 Climb to the top of Coit Tower
on Telegraph Hill. Ascend the
210-foot San Francisco landmark for
sweeping city views. Inside the base
of the tower are impressive murals
(titled Life in California ) painted by
more than 25 artists, many of whom
studied under Mexican artist Diego
Rivera. See p 9 & 53.
Stand on the Golden Gate Bridge and
look up—its bright red steel arches seem
to touch the sky.
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