From Columbus, a walk in either direction on Lombard Street uncovers iconic attractions. To the east, those in the mood for a workout may hike up Telegraph Hill to Coit Tower. On a clear day, the cylindrical structure, built in 1933 in honor of the city?s firefighters, boasts superb views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, the Transamerica Pyramid and San Francisco?s tumbling, pastel-colored hills. To the west between Hyde and Leavenworth streets, flower-linked Lombard(a.k.a The World?s Crookedest Street) twists and turns at a 40-degree grade past a block of colorful home.
At the top of Lombard (at Hyde), hop aboard the famed open-air Powell-Hyde cable car line. A National Historic landmark, San Francisco?s cable cars were invented in 1873 and are a fun way to tour the city?s ups and downs without working up a sweat. The cable car line passes through grand neighborhoods before cresting Nob Hill.
Tony Nob Hill is home to several landmarks, including the Cable Car Museum, Grace Cathedral and Hunting-ton Park. Make some history of your own with cocktails at the Top of the Mark to ogle 360-degree views of the city. At the Fairmont?s Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar, it thunders and rains on cue, and serves the famous Tonga mai tai. Nearby, at the Stanford Court, dine under a Tiffany-style dome in Aurea restaurant.
Once you are finished with touring the above, explore the Theater District, adjacent to Union Square. Since 1965, the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) has astounded audiences with groundbreaking contemporary works, while the Curran and Golden Gate theaters showcase musical and plays headed to Broadway. Post show, a plethora of dinner spots- from the super chic to the casual and tasty- are a short walk away.
After a long day it?s time for some fireworks and celebrations. Relish the exquisite cuisine, sip some local wine and dance in the rhythm of musical atmosphere with San Francisco!!
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