Marina / Presidio

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Marina / Presidio

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Follow the bay around Fisherman's Wharf and you'll wander into the lively Marina District. This pleasant, hip neighborhood in San Francisco has only really been around for a hundred years. The attractions of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915 were some of the first to be built here, but even these were all demolished. Except for the Palace of Fine Arts, that is. Knocking that down would have been a tragedy – see for yourself.

More generally, you should do as the locals do in the Marina District; they know what they're doing. You'll see them wandering up and down Chestnut Street, ducking into a boutique store or two. They'll be hopping from food truck to food truck at Fort Mason Center on a Friday night, before heading to a painfully trendy bar nearby. The next day they'll have already packed their picnic and their frisbee and be setting off for Crissy Field while you're still having your morning coffee.

Crissy Field is part of the Presidio of San Francisco and is simply adored by the locals. Watch your step if you go for a run along its Golden Gate Promenade (or walk – you don't have to always copy the locals), because you might not be able to take your eyes off the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge. The Marina District has some of the best bars and boutique shops in the city – but its views of the Golden Gate Bridge are simply beyond compare.

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