Katie Sweeney


  • San Francisco, CA, USA

Katie Sweeney is a correspondent based in San Francisco who covers the city for Forbes Travel Guide. A Bay Area native, she was one of the founding editors of PopSugar’s online food destination, YumSugar. An adventurous eater with a flair for parties, Sweeney is constantly tracking down the city’s newest pizza places, cocktail hot spots and neighborhood dive bars. She chronicles her escapades as a San Francisco girl-about-town on her website, Six Twists. She also writes for Eater, Grub Street and CitySearch.

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    What are the best attractions in San Francisco?

    With its beautiful bay views and stunning urban hilltops, San Francisco has much to offer visiting guests. Whether you're staying for a couple of weeks or stopping in for a quick night or two, these are the city by the bay's top destinations — and are not to be missed.

    San Francisco's most well known piece of architecture is the Golden Gate Bridge, a 75-year old landmark. If you have a car, drive across the bridge and snap photos of GGB from the Marin Headlands. Otherwise, the bridge is navigable by bike or feet. Crissy Field, along the Embarcadero, is another great place to view the bridge in all its majestic glory.

    Hop on a short ferry ride and spend the afternoon touring Alcatraz island. Avoid long lines by purchasing tickets in advance online. Once on The Rock, listen to a fascinating tour narrated by a mixture of old inmates and prison guards.  

    Enjoy breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and its rocky windswept beaches at Land's End. Adventure seekers can hike the many nearby trails.

    From local artisan cheese to top quality Asian cuisine, food lovers will devour everything the Ferry Building Marketplace has to offer. The Farmers Market takes place every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday morning.

    Golden Gate Park, one of the nation's biggest public parks, is located in the heart of San Francisco. It's the home of the De Young Museum, California Academy of Sciences, Kezar Stadium, the Conservatory of Flowers, and the Japanese Tea Garden.
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