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TRAVEL FEATURE San Francisco, Here I Come! Words by Vanessa Pascale San Francisco, the picturesque "City by the Bay," is jewel box to behold. Discover a region painted with mountainous terrain, bright azure skies partially blanketed by its characteristic rolling fog, cool winds, and sparkling waters that catch your gaze. The second-most densely populated major city in America, after New York City, is filled with an eclectic mix of poignant architecture [think The Palace of Fine Arts and the classic Victorian-style houses known as The Painted Ladies] and a tapestry of world-renowned treasures, like the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Lombard Street "the crookedest street in the world", Chinatown [the oldest and one of the largest in America] and Alcatraz, which once imprisoned the infamous Al Capone. There is much to see and explore in San Francisco. Venture out onto the city's steep rollercoaster-like- streets on their iconic cable cars [the world's last manually operated cable car system], aboard double- decker buses, in two-seated GoCars — you can even get your pedal on and rent a bicycle. Featuring various charming alcoves, like Nob Hill, Union Square, Pacific Heights, the Marina…, and islands like Alcatraz, Treasure Island, Yerba Buena Island… it's no wonder this area is constantly illuminated in an endless list of films and television —Hitchcock's Vertigo, Just Like Heaven and the unforgettable opening credits of 90s favorite, Full House. The beautiful city hosts a number of remarkable events too, so there's always an entertaining show to take in or a fascinating exhibit to check out. I had the pleasure of experiencing their fifth annual Outside Lands Festival in Golden Gate Park this past summer. An event that is extremely beneficial to the city as a significant portion of the festival's ticket proceeds go to San Francisco's Recreation and Parks Department —enabling visitors to continue to enjoy these historical parks. Last year, the festival made a substantial impact, in the amount of $60 million, on the city as a whole. The sold out 3-day-festival fused all there of my top affinities: food, wine and music. There were performances by notable musical acts like Foo Fighters, Beck, Norah Jones (whose performance was incredible) Skrillex, Stevie Wonder, Metallica, among others, a cornucopia of tasty food stands, as well as fun little sections like, Chocolands, Outside Lambs, Wine Lands, and Beer Lands (a new addition to the festival). "Outside Lands has become known and loved for being the world's only gourmet music festival – that's a reputation we're very proud of and want to continue to expand on. Beer Lands perfects the food and drink experience the festival offers by bringing in 16 top local, craft breweries and gives ticket holders another way to enjoy California's rich culinary culture," stated Outside Lands Co-Producer Jonathan Mayers of Superfly Presents. Truly an amazing experience, the festival was great fun, and one that you must venture to San Francisco to see and hear. While in town, you'll need a place to stay. Read on for our top hotel pick for this west coast metropolis. ML MIAMI LIVING 85

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