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Cable cars, painted ladies, and a famous zig-zag street await in San Fran

While still known for its liberal attitudes, this Bay Area city is made up of 11 districts each with their own feel and appeal.

San Francisco:  Painted Ladies, Alamo ParkPainted Ladies, Alamo Park

Think of a holiday in San Francisco and once the image of its famous fog lifts you instantly picture attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Prison, vertiginous streets, beautiful Victorian architecture, cable cars and the largest Chinatown outside of Asia. The Haight Ashbury area is famous for being the centre of the Hippie movement and still retains an eclectic bohemian vibe. Castro is home to San Francisco's queer community, and the Mission district has a distinct Hispanic flavour.

San Francisco: Downtown AerialAerial View of Downtown San Francisco

With more restaurants per capita than any other major city in North America, San Francisco is a gourmand's delight. Vegetarians and vegans are well catered for, and the city is also renowned for its Asian cuisine – especially Chinese delicacies and sushi. Be sure to try the fresh seafood at Fisherman's Wharf and sample your way through the many microbreweries as well.

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