Tag archives for San Francisco

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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…

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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…

Bouncing Around San Francisco

Kristin Luna jumped at the chance to try out San Francisco’s new trampoline park. I grew up in the South on a large plot of land with both a playground and a trampoline decorating my yard. Even with no real training, I could tumble and flip, bounce and twirl as if I were an aspiring…

California Spring Break

Last year, Rainer Jenss traveled around the world with his wife and two sons, and blogged about his experience here on Intelligent Travel. This year, he’s back with a new column that focuses on traveling with kids. What is it about prisons that so intrigue us? Is it how just the thought of being incarcerated…

This year, inspired by our ever-popular “I Heart My City” series on Intelligent Travel, we’re kicking off the holiday season by asking our readers to share their favorite ways to celebrate in their cities. Today’s city-lover is Nancy D. Brown of the What a Trip blog, offering her picks for San Francisco.  What to share…

10 Must Eats in San Francisco

Traveler alumnus and Intelligent Travel blog founder Emily King is mildly obsessed with two things: San Francisco and food. Here, she shares her passions for both. Life has pulled me to the Bay Area twice this past summer. As friends can attest, I left my heart there the first go round, and when I returned…

Cut Your Carbon in the Check-in Line

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Airlines have been tacking on fees for almost everything these days, and we’re as tired of being nickel-and-dimed as the next guy. But we were glad to hear that San Francisco’s SFO airport is the first in the nation to provide on-site kiosks that will enable travelers to help cover the cost of their carbon…

This afternoon, I feel like I could easily spend several hours wandering through the galleries of SFMOMA. But alas, I live in Washington D.C. But wait! Late last year, they launched the ArtScope project, which allows you to search through the 3,500 items in their collection. It’s a beautiful tool, and presents the works in…

Hey there, city fans! Today’s city comes to us from Nancy Brown, who tells us why we should leave our hearts in San Francisco! Want to see your city on IT? Complete our list of fill-in-the-blank questions, copy and paste the list into an e-mail, fill in your answers, and send your responses to IntelligentTravel@ngs.org.…

Dine Baby Dine

We at Intelligent Travel love Restaurant Week. The concept: Dine on a fixed-price, three-course lunch or dinner to sample a variety of cuisines at a fraction of the cost. Some restaurants let you select items from their full menu, others offer limited menu choices (check the website to see full menus) or specially prepared menus.…

Sleep Well in San Francisco

Traveler invited HotelChatter senior editor Juliana Shallcross to share her favorite San Francisco hotels in September’s cover story, “Classic San Francisco.”  Juliana revealed some gems, including the Hotel Vitale, which she describes as a “small but elegant 199-room property on the Embarcadero, the city’s traditional waterfront.” When booking, she says, request a room overlooking the…

Sustainable Sushi in San Fran

IT reader and cookbook writer Pat Tanumihardja sent us a note singing the praises of San Francisco’s sustainable sushi scene, so we asked her to share the details from her recent visit… Eat seasonal! Buy organic! You’re preaching to the choir in San Francisco, where sustainable cuisine is no longer a buzzword but the word…

So after a whirlwind trip, IT editor Janelle Nanos is still recovering from her tour of the West Coast. She’ll be summing up some of the highlights over the coming days and weeks. I’ll start off by saying that eating well in San Francisco isn’t all that hard to do. The produce there is so…

Plan My Trip! Biking the Bay

IT Editor Janelle Nanos is blogging from the West Coast this week and taking suggestions from readers on where to head next. Greetings from San Francisco! I lived in this fair city for the summer four years ago, and I’m having a hard time believing it’s taken me this long to return. As I’m sitting…

Ok readers, here comes a challenge. We at Traveler make a living telling people where to go and what to do when visiting new places. But we also know that the real essence of great travel is having knowledgeable locals tell you where to go. So I’m turning the tables a bit and asking you,…

Bay Area Food Finds

Contributing Editor Andrew Nelson just stopped by Northern California and raved to us about the food. Though slightly jealous (is it possible to find a good burrito on the East Coast?) we were eager to hear more… When it comes to food, Northern California keeps stirring the pot. For travelers there’s always something to sample.…

In many major U.S. cities, you’ll find a cultural hub we all know as Chinatown (unless you’re in Seattle, where it’s the politically-correct “International District“). As many people flock to Chinatown for its cheap eats, the history and cultural aspects of these places often get forgotten. That’s why the Chinese Culture Center in San Francisco…

Tour Cities With a Local, for Free

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IT was recently browsing National Geographic Traveler’s free cities index, with hundreds of listings on how to spend your down time without spending a dime. What we were surprised to discover, is that many cities—and the more expensive ones at that—offer free tours by local guides. Want to see Pacific Heights’ mansions? The Coit Tower…

Turning Off San Francisco

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This Saturday, San Francisco is turning itself off. On the 20th, Lights Out San Francisco is asking residents to shut off all non-essential lighting from 8 to 9 p.m. in a citywide effort to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. LOSF estimates that turning off essential lighting for one hour will save about 15…

Can We See the Menu, Please?

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For years now, we bloggers have been enthusiastic fans of the website MenuPages.com. The site has a very simple premise: It provides relatively up-to-date, plain text, on-screen and pdf versions of restaurant menus in New York City, D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, L.A.and San Francisco. The site is a boon when the restaurant you’re thinking of…

Savor IT

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IT’s been known to plan entire vacations around food. In fact, for your bloggers, restaurants tend to be paramount to all else. Which is why we’re rather ecstatic to share IT’s newest find: Savory Cities. So far, the company only has two city sites—Savory New York and Savory San Francisco—but we love their idea, their…