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October 2012 :: The Human Body is the Best Work of Art

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[ S A N F R A NCI SCO ] BY KATE SILVER Golden Gate Bridge after sunset Photo courtesy by S.Borisov Y ou don't truly experience the inclines of San Francisco until you pedal up the hills on a bicycle. With your heart pumping harder than your legs, you slowly, slowly, slowly climb to the top, gasp at the beautiful, winding views of the Bay-side city, and then squee! downhill, trying to forget that for nearly every down there will be another much more brutal up. The same can be said of the city of San Francisco, as a whole, a town that has been terrorized by fires, earthquakes and economic busts. But for this beloved city, too, for every down, there is an up. Those ups come in many forms, whether it's the endless array of amazing food (tacos in the Mission, pork buns in Chinatown, clam chowder and sourdough everywhere), the perennially cozy sweater weather, the day-trip access to Napa and Sonoma, the sheer weirdness that can be spotted on any hilly street around town (including, but not limited to, naked people out for a brisk walk). At just 49 square miles, San Francisco is one of the most compact and navigable cities in the world, whether you're walking, cycling, riding on the reliable BART 58 LUXURY LAS VEGAS | OCTOBER 2012 or enjoying the city's famous cable cars. While you're here, be sure and venture across the Golden Gate Bridge for the best possible view of the city. The bridge turned 75 this year, and is, itself, as photogenic as ever, particularly when the infamous Bay fog comes rolling in. Stop by the Victorian homes of Haight-Ashbury, made famous in the mid-60s during the "Summer of Love," where a hippie, bohemian culture still thrives. Dedicate at least a few minutes to famed tourist trap Fisherman's Wharf before hopping on a boat to creepy prison-turned-national park, Alcatraz. Shop your way through Union Square, and the list goes on. While you can "do" San Francisco in a day or two (saving an additional day to visit wine country), the more time spent in this city, the more you can begin to appreciate its depth, quirk and true beauty. Known for its educated, tech-minded residents, its emphasis on healthfulness and sustainability and its welcoming, refreshing attitude, San Francisco is a destination where I (and millions like me) will somehow always feel at home.

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