Tag archives for San Francisco

On a recent visit to San Francisco, I was fortunate to have Nat Geo photographer Catherine Karnow as a companion and guide. As we explored the city in her zippy convertible, we made a point to venture across the bridge to Marin County, where Catherine makes her home. Here’s a list of ten of our favorite places experiences–on both sides of the bay.

If you think traveling with a Nat Geo photographer is a dream project–like I did when I heard I’d be working with Catherine Karnow–I’m here to tell you that it most definitely is. Not only did I gain insight into Catherine’s singular brand of photojournalism, I made a new friend–one I hope to see and work with again around the world. Here are a few things I learned from Catherine in the hopes that you, too, can benefit from her vision and experience as you explore and document the world.

As our joyful adventures in Dublin drew to a close, it was good to know that there were more adventures ahead. Catherine and I would be flying back over the Atlantic to explore the place Catherine calls home: San Francisco. And after exploring Catherine’s favorite spots, and discovering new gems together, we figured out the perfect way to spend a day in the City by the Bay. Here’s our recipe.

I’d never come close to a shotgun before. Or a bear. To me, a girl from New York City and the mother of a five-month-old son, that bear was as terrifying a threat as Godzilla. Luckily, it didn’t attack us, but it did eat the Naugahyde window padding off our parked camper before my then-husband’s…

Jill Schneider’s career as a photojournalist takes her all around the world, but her hometown of San Francisco always calls her back. A high school photography teacher and leader for National Geographic Student Expeditions, Jill is also a frequent Intelligent Travel contributor. Here are some of this California girl’s favorite things about her city by the bay.

As someone who was born, raised, and currently resides in San Francisco, I often take the city’s unique assets for granted. But when I was hired to take photographs for a guide book about my hometown, I learned to see San Francisco through new eyes: those of a tourist.

#NGTRadar: Travel Lately

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The “medi-spa” concept on display at Cavallo Point is relatively new. But over the past ten years, the approach has been catching on as spas work to cater to clients who are seeking a more comprehensive path to wellness. And who can dispute the fact that being ushered into the calming ambiance of a spa is more enjoyable than a sterile old doctor’s office?

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in March…

Urban Insider Annie Fitzsimmons lets the cat out of the bag about what makes San Francisco magical at this time of year.

Travels on the Run: San Francisco Bay

For National Geographic Books Senior Editor Barbara A. Noe, going on a run is the best way to get oriented in a new city, and a great way to take in the sights. So lace up your sneaks and read on to get Barbara’s tips on where to run in some of the world’s greatest places — and what to see along the way.

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups. Photograph by RobVSF, Flickr.

Happy Mistakes in the Mission

My friend told me about a monster drawing rally that was going down at the Verdi Club in San Francisco’s Mission District while I was in town, and I couldn’t believe my good luck. Artists competing to draw the most fantastical monsters imaginable? Sign me up.

The Heart of the Tenderloin

Vagrants, hookers, and drugs. That’s what used to come to mind when I heard people mention San Francisco’s “Tenderloin” district. But when I came across The Phoenix Hotel when I was looking for a place to stay in town, I found myself lured in by what its website promised — an “irreverent, mid-century motor lodge in San Francisco’s Tenderloin with a rock ‘n’ roll soul and more than a little edge” — and decided to put it (and its neighborhood) to the test.

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Photos: Where You Went

Our Facebook friends are always on the go. Here’s a taste of the places you and your fellow travelers have visited lately. If you haven’t found National Geographic Traveler on Facebook yet, please join us. Be sure to let us know where you’re off to each Friday, or just poke around for inspiration as you plan your next trip.

The sheep on that hillside off Highway 28, just north of San Francisco Bay, remind me that this place, called Carneros, is named for rams. It was once considered useless for anything but pasture, but today extensive vineyards indicate a different reality — primo chardonnay and pinot noir and, indirectly, art. Those sheep aren’t moving…

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Hello again to another edition of I Heart My City. This week’s questionnaire is courtesy of travel writer Spencer Spellman of the Traveling Philosopher blog. Spencer has traveled all over the world, but he calls San Francisco, California, home. A mosaic of colorful, distinctive neighborhoods, San Francisco is a city of trend-setting high fashion and…

Looking to add a dash of culture to your life? We’ve rounded up a great list of 10 free arts and culture events across the U.S. Get a sneak peek of the list below, then find all 10 online. Plus, we want to hear from you. Tell us about another free arts and culture event in the comments section below.

Free to See: U.S. Architecture

Architecture and design buffs are in luck: We found 10 free tours, open houses, and guides across the U.S. Get a sneak peek of the list below, then find all 10 online. Plus, we want to hear from you. Tell us about a free architecture tour in the comments section below. San Francisco City Guides San…

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Friend of IT Alison Brick checks out the renovation at SFO’s Terminal 2. It’s been a long time coming, but San Francisco International Airport’s Terminal 2 is just about cleared for take-off. The $383-million renovation project to modernize and green the terminal started back in 2008, but T2 has been closed even longer– it shut…

One of the small delights of travel is the discovery of oddball items that escape most of the guidebooks and travel stories. I’m reminded of how an old London friend liked to show his American visitors a bit of their own history just off St. James Street: A small brass plate next to a door…

On my recent visit to San Francisco, I visited the gorgeous new contemporary photography museum at Pier 24. Described on its website as “a place to view and think about photography,” the museum is contemplative and quiet by design, allowing 20 visitors in at a time by appointment only. This, coupled with the fact that…