Tony Bennett left his heart in San Francisco, and after your tour, you might too. Ride the cable cars around this enchanting city of ever-springtime weather. Get on your feet to climb some hills, visit the sea lions at Fisherman’s Wharf, and wave to stormy Alcatraz, or you could spend your afternoon lounging in Golden Gate Park. We recommend the sourdough over the Rice-a-Roni, but do as you please. Northern California’s not uptight.
Muir Woods (Redwood Forest): Escape the city to visit the world’s tallest living things. In Muir Woods, you can breathe the freshest air around. Majestic trees, some as tall as 258 feet and others as old as 1200 years, the redwoods certainly have some stories to tell. Take a hike!
Alcatraz Island: You know Alcatraz as “The Rock,” the infamous U.S. penitentiary that housed Al Capone, but that’s not even the half of it. Alcatraz Island functioned as a fortress during the Civil War, housed the first West Coast lighthouse, and was the site of an American Indian occupation to protect the first Americans. Small island, big history. (And your folks will love that snapshot of you behind bars.)