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4 Reasons to Stay Local in San Francisco

San Francisco has more to offer when you stay in an independent boutique hotel and experience unique adventures like these.

San Francisco is a city renowned for its art, culture, social progressiveness and beautiful views. In addition to all the top destinations, there are many attractions to visit that when you stay local in San Francisco that just might be a little further off the top-ten list you’ve always heard.

Catch a Movie in a Historic Theatre

Catch a Movie in a Historic Theatre

San Francisco’s Castro District has an independent historic movie theatre from the 1920s that’s still in operation today, The Castro Theatre. Though it is continuously updated with new movie technology, the Castro Theatre’s décor and architecture has stayed the same since the early 20th century. The theatre can hold an astounding 1,400 people, with screenings including classic films, foreign films, new releases and film festivals. Consult the schedule online, plan a day trip around the District and stop in for an evening show.

Experience Lombard Street

Experience Lombard Street

While strolling through the steep city streets, a fun place to stop on the way to your next destination is Lombard Street. You’ll probably recognize its zigzags from car commercials, movies and TV shows set in the city. The street is famous for its extreme turns, flowerbeds and excellent views. Even just walking down Lombard Street can give you some excellent vantage points, so make sure your head is on a swivel or you just might miss a perfect view.

Step to it on the 16th Ave Tiled Steps

Step to it on the 16th Ave Tiled Steps

The 16th Ave Tiled Steps leading up to Turtle Hill is a great hike that is not overly difficult for the less athletic traveler. A community project of the Golden Gate Heights neighborhood, the stairs feature artwork all the way from the first stair. Once you reach the top, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic vies of the Bay. San Francisco is known for its fog, but when the skies are blue and the Golden Gate Bridge is in full sight this is one of the best views in the city.

Put your phone away and just get lost

Put your phone away and just get lost

Immerse yourself in the city of San Francisco with a few minutes of unplanned wandering. Getting lost can put you in a place that you didn’t expect to go, and that destination could even better than the places on the travel guide list. If you’re looking for a specific place for lunch or a drink, ask locals. No one knows the city better than those who actually live there. As long as you know where you’re staying and how to navigate the bus route to get back, getting lost may be just the adventure you’re looking for.

When you book a boutique hotel in San Francisco, you have a city full of art, culture and new experiences waiting for you. Whether it’s hiking to the top of the stairs, catching a movie in a historic venue or just getting lost for a while, you’ll probably find that you too leave a piece of your heart in San Francisco.

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