If you’re headed to Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, California, then you probably also have plans to have some fun in the adjacent city of San Francisco. Popular attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf and Chinatown spring to mind, but those places just scratch the surface of what there is to do in the “City by the Bay.” Now thanks to “Top 10 San Francisco 2016,” the latest pocket-size guidebook in the DK Eyewitness Travel series, visitors can discover hundreds of other places and activities that may be of interest.
All of the guidebooks in DK’s “Top 10” series are formatted the same way. Each breaks the location being covered into various categories and then lists the top ten things to see and do at the individual attractions mentioned in that category. The San Francisco book starts with a segment called “Top 10 San Francisco Highlights;” here the listed things to explore include all of the above-mentioned attractions plus places like Golden Gate Park and Mission Dolores. Picking out an attraction like, say, “Cable Cars,” will lead to a list of top ten things to know/see/do when it comes to the city’s cable cars, including of course directions as to where to find them and the routes they follow.
“Top 10 San Francisco 2016” touches on topics as varied as historic sites, (Nob Hill, Haight-Ashbury) museums and galleries, (Cartoon Art Museum!) churches and architectural highlights, off-the-beaten-path attractions, (Cottage Row) gay and lesbian venues, outdoor activities, beaches, parks and gardens, children’s activities and lots more. The San Francisco culinary scene is legendary and there’s a top ten restaurants list too (Delfina, Spruce). And certainly San Francisco keeps going when the sun goes down; the segment on nightlife will guide you to jazz joints, dance halls and even a famed Tiki bar.
Other parts of the book break down what there is to see and do listed by region of the city, and for those who wish to go beyond the city borders there is information on taking day trips from San Francisco to the nearby wine regions of Napa and Sonoma and other places. There’s information on where to shop, where to lodge, and a large, chock-full-of-info segment called “The Top 10 of Everything.” The guide is packed with color photos throughout. The inside back cover of the book features a transport map showing BART, cable car, bus and ferry routes and there’s also a pull-out map of the city included.
“Top 10 San Francisco 2016” will be widely available on Feb. 9. For information on other titles from DK go here.