San Fran Pano A panoramic view of the San Francisco skyline as viewed from near the Golden Gate Bridge.
Haight-Ashbury Street Fair The Haight-Ashbury street fair brings together an eclectic mix of people, artists, food and music. 30 years from the original summer of love, this annual street fair is in its 20th year...
Legacy of Peace and Love The name of Haight-Ashbury will forever be associated with the hippie hey-days. The times and the neighborhood might have changed, but symbols and pieces of that history are still evident - not only in small trinkets like these, but in the idealistic dreams of many residents and visitors.
Greenhouse Reflections The Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park has housed and exhibited exotic plants since 1878.
Golden Gate The Golden Gate bridge spans the swirling waters of the entrance to San Francisco Bay. This massive bridge was constructed from 1933 to 1937, and is without a doubt one of the world's most recognizable icons.
San Francisco Dusk Dusk settles over San Francisco, viewed from the Marin headlands north of the city.
Alcatraz Doorway An arched doorway leads to an empty room near the dock of Alcatraz Island.
Alcatraz Window A small window looks out over the courtyard at Alcatraz. A bullet's pock-mark tells of a violent and troubled past.
All you need The accomodations at Alcatraz were hardly luxurious. It's no wonder that prison life here took many over the edge of insanity.
What Next Alcatraz? Alcatraz has been many things - a wildlife refuge, a military fort, a military prison, a federal prison, a Native-American commune, and a National Park. What does the future hold? While it's probable that no major changes are in the works - the National Park is incredibly popular - one idea is to turn the whole island into an international center for Peace.
Dropoff A ferry drops-off some determined people planning to brave the chilly waters and swim from Alcatraz back to San Francisco.
Alcatraz Swim The Sharkfest is one of many organized open-water swims from Alcatraz to San Francisco. The swimmers have to contend with strong currents and bone-chilling water over the 1.25 - 1.5 mile course (the length varies as the currents require a non-linear path).
China Beach China Beach provides a different perspective on the Golden Gate Bridge. The beach got its name from the immigrant labor camps that were once located here. Now, the area is one of the most expensive in the city.
Riding the Wind A windsurfer takes advantage of the conditions at Ocean Beach on the west side of San Francisco.
Where is it? San Francisco is on the central California coast.
Before you go... The more popular tourist areas can get crowded to the point of insanity during the summer. There are a ton of resources available to plan your trip - I don't have a whole lot of new information to add.