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In San Francisco spring comes early, so take advantage of this flight deal and get you self on over to California’s legendary San Francisco. Cruise across the Golden Gate Bridge and discover the city’s top neighbourhoods. US Airways will get you there for £356, departing March 23, 2011 from Heathrow.

Essential San Francisco Neighbourhoods to visit

  • North Beach – Why? Historic in nature yet totally modern in style. Little Italy brings the culture and excellent tiramisu. Relive the days of the Beats in the streets here, stop by the Beat Museum and snap your fingers like a natural. Hike up Telegraph Hill and pet a parrot.
  • Chinatown – Why? Culture like a slap in the face. Stockton Street is where the locals shop for all their market goods. Show up with an empty stomach and enjoy! Dabble in some free tea tasting at the tea shops and get a first-hand demonstration on how to make fortune cookies at the factory on Ross Alley.
  • Union Square – Why? Shopping heaven. Everything from department stores to designer boutiques. The financial district has all the bases covered. Start with a drink at the Gold Dust Lounge then let your credit card run wild. Art galleries and theatres are also widespread in the area.
  • The Castro – Why? Gay rights in California were born here. This area of the city is particularly gay-friendly and you can find a lot of bars, book stores and shops directly specifically at that community. The jewel in this neighbourhood’s crown is the Castro Theatre near Dolores Park.
Flight prices are not guaranteed, all fares found at the time of writing: 21/02/2011 at 9:00 GMT.
Img: ~ K ! M ~, Flickr cc.

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