The Americas Cup is the world's premier sailing event. It features the world's oldest international trophy, dating back to 1851. The teams compete in some of the fasted sailing crafts on the planet, the AC72 boats.
From the 1920's through much of the 1970's, Crissy Field was an air field providing air defense and support for the Presidio. Now it is a park land affording visitors spectacular views, hiking paths and lawns for picnics, kite flying and other activities.
The Ferry Building on the Embarcadero at the foot of Market Street offers many opportunities for shopping, people watching or a relaxing time by the bay.
Fisherman's Wharf is one of the classic San Francisco locations. Visitors can enjoy many ocean and bay related activities. It is the embarkation point for numerous boat tours and fishing trips. The more adventurous can rent kayaks or sail boards and see the bay up close and personal.
The Wharf has numerous eateries where one can grab a bowl of clam chowder and loaf of sour dough bread or elect to get a full meal at one of the many more traditional restaurants.
Fleet Week is an annual event that occurs in October of each year. It features many military demonstrations and activities.
Now a major cultural center, Fort Mason Center was one of the earliest military posts on the west coast.
Golden Gate Park is located on the western side of San Francisco and is the third most visited park in the United States. The park offers 1,017 acres of backyard to the population and visitors of San Francisco.
The Marina Green is one of San Francisco's public parks. It offers a view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the bay and many of its islands. It is a great place to enjoy all sorts of leisure activities.
Ocean Beach is located on the west side of San Francisco and serves as the western-most entrance to Golden Gate Park. On weekends and holidays there is free parking at the beach and a shuttle to take visitors to the Park.
The area known as the Presidio dates back to 1776 when the Spanish established a garrison on the location. Later, when California entered the Union, the U.S. Army occupied the location until the later part of the 20th century when the Army left and it became an urban park operated by the National Park Service.
Sourdough starter is used to make sour dough bread. It is passed along from one batch to the next to preserve the yeast and the character of the bread.
Telegraph Hill is one of the original seven hills of San Francisco and one of the City's forty four hills. On top of its 275 foot (84 m) crest stands Coit Tower. It is also home to the Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill.
Union Square is the heart of San Francisco's Hotel and shopping. It is just a short walk from the city's theater district.