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If you're visiting San Francisco on brief stopover, you can still create a full itinerary that takes in the sights and sounds. So rest up before you touch down and then hustle. 


Pave the way for health and tranquility. Wake up to the sound of the clanging cable car and head to Chinatown where you can practice the graceful movements of Tai Chi.


You will need some rocket fuel to navigate San Francisco's hills. Order a crêpes and a plate of scrambled eggs at Honey Cafe & Crepery on Post Street off Union Square. For a skinny latte on the run, go to Coffee Shop on Mission Street or the Four Barrel Coffee on Valencia Street. 


Hop on cable car from Powell Street to Fisherman's Wharf. Soak up the vista of the Golden Gate and Oakland Bridges before taking the ferry to Alcatraz Island. Make sure you have a return ticket to leave.

11:30 am

Grab your audio head set and view the infamous cell blocks where America's most hardened criminals were incarcerated. If the chill from the bay doesn't get you, their stories will.

12:55 pm

Take the ferry back to Pier 33 and stroll the wharf. There are many sideline attractions for children as well and the best are free; the seagulls and barking sea lions that call Fisherman's Wharf home. Grab some hot, steaming crab 'to go'.


Head to Russian Hill and stroll Lombard Street; from atop the hill follow the 'crookedest' street down to Coit Tower to view the WPA murals. Mexican notable, Diego Riveria was one of the commissioned artists.


Take a taxi through Chinatown and weave across the Financial District to Union Sq uare, where you can indulge in high-tea at the Villa Florence. Or head down to the Presidio and stroll through the former military park, now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.  Walk around to Fort Point to take in a spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge. 


There is always time to indulge in some shopping downtown. You can start at Union Square's department stores and end your spree outside the Westfield complex on Market Street.


The choice of menus are endless. For something casual and delectable, hit the North Beach neighborhood for American-Italian cuisine; fresh and saucy like many of its patrons.


If you're drawn to the Beat Generation, rummage through some of the books at the City Light Bookstore before you enjoy a late night coffee and soak up the memorabilia at Vesuvio's - the onetime haunt of Kerouac, Cassady and Ginsberg.


The fog has rolled in but the night is still young. Head to the Barbarossa Lounge on Montgomery Street or the Laughing Budda on Sutter for a cocktail, mixed with a stirring of midnight ambiance.


Before you entertain any ideas of goodnight, sweet dreams, no trip to San Francisco would be complete without one last Brandy Alexander and some low-key jazz at Club Deluxe in Haight Ashbury. Bedtime? Not yet. The late night bands are just getting started.


Head back to your hotel for a dreamy sleep beneath the sheets.