• Posted:Friday, March 26, 2010
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Relax and enjoy the sights of San Francisco
The great US state of California has always been known for the laid-back atmosphere and care-free lifestyle visitors can find, not least in one of my favourite cities. People may get more excited about Los Angeles and San Diego, but for me a stay in a cheap hostel in San Francisco is the way to go.

Perhaps best known for the Golden Gate Bridge, the city also offers tourists a chance to visit Alcatraz and ride the famous cable cars. Indeed, Tanya Houseman of the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau has highlighted a whole host of activities to enjoy.

She recommends sampling some of the wide range of neighbourhoods in order to appreciate the variety of cultures in the city, with Chinatown, North Beach and the Japanese Tea Garden among the options.

For those wondering about the best way to see the destination, Ms Houseman recommends the San Francisco City Pass - which offers admission to five major attractions at a discount price as well as unlimited cable car rides.

Commenting on the appeal of the "vibrant" city, she said: "San Francisco is popular because it's almost a European city within the US - it's diverse with lots of arts and culture, food, beautiful vistas and good weather, including romantic fog."

Brits in particular are fans, according to the expert, with the likes of Rudyard Kipling and Oscar Wilde known for their love of San Francisco. And it certainly seems to be in vogue, with STR figures indicating growth in visitors over the last year has been among the strongest in the US.

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