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Flying To San Francisco With American Airlines

Come play in the City by the Bay when you book one of American's flights to San Francisco. Hit the old haunts of the Beat Poets, ride a ferry out to Alcatraz Island and explore the lively blocks of Chinatown when you fly to San Francisco with American Airlines.

Ride a cable car with the family from Powell Street

A fun, vintage way of navigating the city's vertical landscape, the Powell-Hyde line originates at Powell and Market streets (as does the Powell-Mason line). From this junction, the trolley climbs Nob Hill and Russian Hill, with a stop at the top of Lombard Street, a curvy green slalom course of a road that's one of San Francisco's steepest and most picturesque.

Escape to Alcatraz, to understand just how hard breaking out from this island prison must have been

It's a ferry ride out, after which tours take you through the cells where Al Capone and the Birdman of Alcatraz were once incarcerated. Many trips here combine with a visit to Angel Island, a state park perfect for picnics and city views.

Eat dim sum in Chinatown, one of San Francisco's most atmospheric quarters

The narrow streets behind the elaborate Chinatown gate are lined with spice shops, produce markets, and temples. Best of all, however, is the variety of Chinese restaurants serving dim sum—Great Eastern and Oriental Pearl make good bets.

Follow the Beats through North Beach, San Francisco's Little Italy

Browse for poetry at the City Lights bookstore, founded in 1953 by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter D. Martin; have a coffee at Caffe Trieste or Mario's Bohemian Cigar Store, longtime neighborhood mainstays; and finish the evening with a drink at Tosca or Vesuvio, the latter an old Jack Kerouac hangout.

Fill up your bags on Fillmore Street

The upscale Pacific Heights' main shopping lane between Geary and California streets, colorful Victorian houses are now boutique furniture stores like Zinc Details and fashionable clothing and accessory shops such as Gimme Shoes. Just south, Yoshi's San Francisco is the best jazz spot in town—that is, if you choose not to cross the water to the original Yoshi's in Oakland.

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More Things To Do In San Francisco

Follow American Airlines as we go off the beaten path to discover more great things to do in San Francisco. Walk across the city's iconic Golden Gate Bridge, view coast redwoods—the tallest tree species in the world—and experience a taste of Mexico in the Mission District. American is with you every step of the way.

Take the family to the Palace of Fine Arts

A remnant from the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, which was rebuilt in the mid-1960s and renovated in 2009. Aside from its striking Roman-style architecture and fine Marina District setting overlooking a small lake, the Palace is home to the Exploratorium, a family-oriented, highly interactive science museum.

Stalk giant redwoods in nearby Muir Woods

Shaded paths navigate through 1,000-year-old coast redwoods, which grow here up to 250 ft. high—and make you feel quite small indeed. If you're looking for an adventurous challenge, hike to the top of neighboring Mount Tamalpais, the tallest peak in the region.

Walk the Golden Gate Bridge, one of the best-loved bridge anywhere

About the only thing more romantic than a classic postcard view of its red towers and cables shrouded in mist is crossing the bridge itself. Doing it by car is great, but getting out on the span by foot, with the wind whipping you around and the city and bay views surrounding you, is a transfixing experience.

Grab some grub at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

Whether it's fresh produce, spicy tacos or a regional cheese, it's easy to see why the Bay Area helped revolutionize regional American food with its California cuisine—famed chefs such as Alice Waters and Thomas Keller came here (and so do their prodigies) for some of their favorite ingredients.

View the murals in the Mission District, where Latin arts and culture flourish

Exit at the 24th Street BART Station for a colorful introduction, then head east on 24th to Balmy Alley, for the heaviest dose of street art. Graphic paintings by local artists illustrate the intertwined history of Mexico, California and San Francisco. Make sure to grab a burrito at local favorite Papalote Mexican Grill as mouth-watering sustenance.

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