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San Francisco & Northern California (EYEWITNESS TRAVEL GUIDE) Paperback – September 15, 1994
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The travel guides have wonderful pictures, well researched histories and facts about San Francisco(about Lombard street, Cable Cars, Angel's Flight....), what wines to look for and taste (not just divided between Napa and Sonoma but also by vineyard but also by year), detailed walking tours, information on famous sites (Alcatraz, the sea lions at Pier 39 and some of the top wineries to visit in Napa and Sonoma). DK also makes a guide that covers all of California and I own both - unless you are simply going to San Francisco, I suggest buying the California guide over this one - they have almost the same information. The European guides for each city have more detail than this guide but it is still a good buy.
The guide covers travel information, driving directions, the best places to shop and eat, where to get good deals and SOOO much more. The book give you wonderful ideas on how to best see each area in a limited time or really enjoy it if you are there for more than a few days. The book also covers things to do that many tourists might over look as well as telling you what is worth your while and what to skip.
This is one of the best guides available on the market. It is perfect if you are planning to go to a few cities in a limited time or for more in depth information when planning a longer trip.
Unlike others, ETG's use an extensive amount of colorful pictures to help you position yourself in the city. San Francisco is not a large city (geographically speaking). It is rather easy though to find yourself lost in the complex grid of one way streets and endless bumps and hills. The guide divides the city into each of the thriving districts and is quick to point out the main spots of interest, along with other things a sight-seer wouldn't have thought of. The drawn maps detailing a block or two of a particular area are incredibly helpful.
The only negative is in regards to restauraunts listed. Due to the time between writing and publishing, many restauraunts are no longer in business. These guides are priced a little above most other books but, are well worth the extra money.