Planning guide available from San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau

The San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau
(SFCVB)
has just the thing to tuck into a suitcase or backpack: the 2010
summer-fall
edition of The San Francisco Visitors Planning Guide.

 The guide opens with a “What’s Fresh”
section that includes coverage on “must-see” museum exhibits this
summer, “high profile” tourist favorites paired with lesser-known
local gems and some wallet-friendly tips on 10 things to do for under
$12.
Tucked in between are features on alfresco dining and a new brand of
nightlife:
excursions under the light of the moon, the fuller the better. 

Published semi-annually in June and December, the
guide
includes a six-month calendar of events; fold-out maps of the city
showing
major transit lines and the Greater Bay Area, and interviews with local
experts
including wine blogger Alder Yarrow and amateur astronomer Jeffrey
Schwartz,
who is also a presenter at the California Academy of Sciences Morrison
Planetarium.  “Ask VIC,” is a distillation of F.A.Q.s from the
SFCVB’s Visitor Information Center, which assists more than 340,000
visitors
annually.

Fifteen San Francisco neighborhoods are profiled in
the guide.
Each neighborhood has a brief personality profile and an inset map to
help
visitors find their bearings. The Bureau’s website, www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com,
uses
those same neighborhood designations and offers a directory of all the
businesses located in each area. The  Palace of Fine Arts, home of San
Francisco’s innovative Exploratorium, is profiled “by the
numbers” on a spectacular gatefold; the flip side of the gatefold offers
a map and information on Golden Gate Park. 

For regional expeditions there are suggested road
trips and an
entire section dedicated to “Beyond the Bridge.”  Wineries,
attractions, restaurants and retailers north, south and east of San
Francisco
are showcased in this section. A special section on the wine country
offers
suggestions for wine tasting; wine and food pairings; brief overviews of
Northern California’s major wine regions, and a calendar of wine country
events. 

The “City Basics” coverage in the guide includes
tips on public transit, driving distances to more than 30 destinations
and
information on San Francisco International Airport. Members of the SFCVB
also
have brief listings throughout this section. This is where readers can
easily
reference sightseeing companies, attractions, wineries, restaurants,
retailers
and other visitor-related services. The San Francisco Visitors
Planning Guide
also includes an extensive section on accommodations
ranging
from hostels to luxury hotels.

 To receive a visitor kit, which includes the 142-page
San
Francisco Visitors Planning Guide
, order online at www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com,
send
an email to vic1@sanfrancisco.travel, call 415-391-2000 or write to the San
Francisco
Convention & Visitors Bureau, 900 Market St., San Francisco, CA
94102.

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