What are the Top 100 Travel Experiences in the San Francisco Bay Area? Award-winning travel journalist Lee Foster, a local, provides the answers, assisting you to make wise use of your valuable exploration time. What are the best things to see and do?
Foster selects the most interesting subjects in 10 areas of San Francisco, such as Fisherman's Wharf or Golden Gate Park. He includes a few subjects also from North in Marin County, East to Oakland and Berkeley, and South to the San Mateo Coast and Stanford. Additionally, he groups subjects thematically by special interest, such as Culture/Museums and Nature/Hikes. Everything can be seen from a clickable Table of Contents outline by area and special interest subject. All the sections are then shown in an easily understood “SF A-Z” order.
For each subject, Foster presents a succinct write-up on why the subject was selected, based on his watching over the area for 40 years. Foster provides all the practical details you might want for a visit, such as a phone, exact address (for easy map search), and website for more information.
A noted travel photographer, Foster also offers one of his cherished photos and a Your Best Shot paragraph for each subject, assisting you to get the objective photo and the selfie that will make your visit to the subject memorable. Almost everyone visiting San Francisco will want to create and share some of their own photos. Lee can help make the photo quest successful
Within each subject presented, there are numerous details that only an experienced observer can accumulate. For example, “What time of day would be best for a visit to Baker Beach, with its views of the Golden Gate?” Answer: “”Afternoon from 3 p.m. until sunset, you’ll see the western-positioned sun fall on the Bridge.” Lee provides the answers to questions you will ask.
Sometimes you’ll want to know the precise location where a special experience and photo are possible. For instance, “Where exactly should I stand to get that fabulous view of old North Beach, the Coppola Building, with the Transamerica Pyramid in the background, showing SF Old and New?” Answer: “Exactly at the corner of Kearny and Columbus on the uphill side.” Another question: “Where is that park where you can see the Victorians with the city skyline in the background?” Answer: “That’s Alamo Square, a great place for a picnic.”
Your Author: Lee Foster
Lee is an award-winning travel writer and photographer and long-time resident of Berkeley, across the Bay from San Francisco. His work has won eight Lowell Thomas Awards, the highest awards in travel journalism. He has been named Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year. All the write-ups and photos here are from Foster.
He has several parallel books/ebooks on San Francisco and Northern California. You can see his work as print books/ebooks wherever books are sold.
Much of his travel journalism can be seen on his website at https://www.fostertravel.com About half of the 300 worldwide travel writing/photo coverages on the website are about San Francisco and Northern California. The others range from Egypt to Bali. You can Search for a SF/Norcal subject or worldwide subject and find his presentations, all available for free on the website.
Lee’s travel writing/photos have appeared in all the major U.S. travel magazines and newspapers, plus in more than 300 Lonely Planet travel books. You can see his digitally ready photos at http://stockphotos.fostertravel.com. Most of his licensing of photos occurs to major magazines and book companies, from the local AAA Via to National Geographic. Foster also offers an inexpensive Personal Publishing secure license for $20 for individuals who simply want a photo for their blog, website, book, or wall décor.
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About the Author
Lee Foster, born in 1943, grew up in a Minnesota of fishing for black bass, playing baseball, and hunting for ring-necked pheasants. He was the son of a factory owner in Mankato, a small city of 30,000. He took an under¬graduate degree in Great Books at the University of Notre Dame and a graduate degree in English-American Literature at Stanford University, where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. After these years of reading, some travel in Europe, and an increasing interest in photog-raphy, he began his own books of fiction and nonfiction. His main attention in recent decades has been travel writ-ing/photography. He now lives in Berkeley, California. His range of travel journalism can be seen on his Foster Travel Publishing website at http://www.fostertravel.com. He has been active in developing travel articles, photos, books, ebooks, apps, websites, and now audiobooks. Some of his work has been with traditional publishers; other efforts have been as an independent publisher. Over the years, Lee has published travel writing/photography in almost all the leading U.S. travel magazines and newspapers. His book partnerships include the use of his travel photos in more than 300 Lonely Planet books. His main personal books/ebooks are listed on his website at http://www.fostertravel.com/shop/. His recent works currently available include: 2015: Minnesota Boy: Growing Up in Mid-America, Mid-20th Centu-ry (book, ebook, a re-publication on his 1970 book Just 25 Cents and Three Wheaties Boxtops) 2015-2009: Three Sutro Media travel apps: San Francisco Travel and Pho-to Guide, Berkeley Essential Guide, and Washington DC Travel and Photo Guide 2014: Travels in an American Imagination: The Spiritual Geography of Our Time (audiobook in 2014, book from 2005, ebook from 2013) 2013: Northern California Travel: The Best Options (book, ebook, website) Back Roads California (publisher Dorling Kindersley, co-author, book) 2009: The Photographer’s Guide to San Francisco (publisher Coun-tryman Press, book, ebook) The Photographer’s Guide to Washington DC (publisher Coun-tryman Press, co-author, book, ebook) 2002: Northern California History Weekends (publisher Globe Pe-quot, book)