Dec 11

There are many attractions available in San Mateo County in which San Bruno is a city in San Mateo County, California, United States. San Bruno was incorporated in 1914. The last census population was 41,114 at the 2010 census with the location of north at 37°37′31″ and west of 122°25′31″. The San Bruno city is very adjacent to San Francisco International Airport and Golden Gate National Cemetery and is located between South San Francisco and Millbrae. The city is approximately 12 miles or 19 km south of downtown San Francisco. The San Bruno city has a total area of 5.5 square miles or 14 square km all of it land according to the United States Census Bureau. The city has excellent view where spreads from the mostly flat lowlands near San Francisco Bay. The city is into the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains which is awesomely rising to more than 600 feet above sea level in Crestmoor. It is also more than 700 feet above sea level in Portola Highlands. The San Bruno is having City Hall which is exactly sits at an elevation of 41 feet above the sea level officially. There are very hilly area where you can enjoy hiking and riding, these are as Portions of Mills Park, Crestmoor, and Rollingwood where featuring canyons and ravines. There are many Creeks available in the city where all of them are now in the tunnels. These creeks are flow from springs in the hills toward San Francisco Bay. Here in the west of Skyline Boulevard and outside of city limits is San Andreas Lake. It gave its name to the San Andreas Fault. San Francisco water department are using one of several reservoirs of lake which is providing water to San Francisco and several communities in San Mateo County, including San Bruno west of I-280.

San Bruno Mountain – Summit Loop Trail

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There are many trails present near the San Bruno City where one of the best trails is Summit loop trail. This is a great hike for a very clear day in the Bay Area. Where there are multiple places to take great photos. But again if the day is very clear than only you can enjoy full day hiking and riding. From top of the summit loop trail you can see San Francisco, Colma, and the Pacific Ocean. The trail leads from the parking lot straight up the mountain to the Radio/TV Towers. It’s a very single file dirt trail where no dogs or bikes are allowed. You can start your trail at the Trailhead at the Parking lot on the popular summit loop trail. You can also start the trail from the service road (basically the reverse route of the normal way). This way you will capture the BEST views on your way back and while you are headed downhill. So you have view all the way down, rather than having to turn around each time to enjoy the view. All in all, it was a nice morning hike that I would do again on a very clear day. Basics: The area of trails belongs to San Bruno Mountain State and County Park. The trail is very famous as you see in trail Map.The length of the summit loop trial is 3.13 miles that is moderate Hike which is 2 hours with stops. The trail is actually of Loop style type and it is single File dirt trail. It is having some stops along the way. There are two road crosses at the top but you will definitely find no traffic which is also somewhat well marked. There is some restriction in the trail where bikers are not allowed because it is not biker’s trial and your loveable pets are also not allowed. But there is no restriction on cameras. The Radio Road turnoff on Guadalupe Canyon Parkway is the entrance. Now get to the Trailhead by turning RIGHT after passing the Gatehouse, the road will go back under the Parkway. There is fee applicable for this trail that is $5. Tips: Pick a nice clear day for this hike as San Bruno Mountain can be a magnet for clouds and fog. Paid parking is available inside the State Park entrance off Guadalupe Canyon Parkway, So don’t worry about the parking. San Bruno city and its nearby trails and locations are the great place to visit. Stay at the Howard Johnson hotel near San Francisco International Airport offering complimentary Breakfast and High Speed Internet and witness the beauty of San Bruno and San Francisco. The luxurious rooms of our San Francisco Airport hotel are fully equipped with Hair Dryer, Iron / Ironing Board, Coffee / Tea Maker, Microwave / Refrigerator and many more other amenities. To relax in these rooms after a busy and tiring day, make a reservation directly at http://www.hojosanbruno.com/guestrooms

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Nov 28

There are very few man-made structures in the world as magnificent and imposing as the Golden Gate Bridge, as it spans the Golden Gate where the San Francisco Bay opens into the Pacific Ocean. It is part of two highways, California State Route 1 as well as U.S.Route 101, connecting San Francisco city and Marin County. Like the Statue of Liberty it has become a universally recognized symbol of the United States and a famous landmark associated with the great city. In fact, the American Institute of Architects ranks the incredible bridge fifth in the ‘List of America’sFavorite Architecture.’ Not to be left out, the American Society of Civil Engineers declared it as a modern Wonders of the World. As if to complete the accolade, Frommer’s travel guide described the stupendous structure as “possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed bridge in the world.”

Perhaps it is one of the most famous bridges in the world, the Golden Gate Bridge is by far the most recognizable icon of San Francisco. Spanning over the San Francisco Bay, connecting the northern tip of the San Francisco peninsula to a portion of the south facing headlands of Marin County by Sausalito. When the Golden Gate bridge was completed in 1937, it was the largest suspension bridge in the world. The need for the bridge came about as the only other way to reach travel through the Golden Gate Strait, was by ferry. Engineer and bridge-builder Joseph Strauss recognized the need for a bridge as ferry congestion became an increasing problem.

Structure: This great bridge is totally made up of concrete and cables where they joined with the use of rivets approximately 12, 00,000 lakhs. The bridges span between the two towers which is more than 20 meters below the sea level. The total length of the bridge is 8,981ft or 2,737 m. The main span between the two enormous towers is 4,200 ft or 1,280 meters long, making it the world’s largest suspension bridge. It consists of six lanes and has lanes for bicyclists and for pedestrians. The bridge is a lovely shade of “International Orange,” or orange vermilion because it blended nicely with the surrounding warm hues of the landscape amidst the cool hues of the bay and the sky and the second main reason is to help with visibility for army and other ships. It is masterly an example of engineering is a magnificent monument set against a beautiful surroundings.

Some of the Popular Activities to do at Bridge:

  1. Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge
  2. Most popular ways for travelers to get to the other side of the bridge is to rent a bike and ride it across to the other side
  3. Check out the Lone Sailor Memorial
  4. Stroll to the little town of Sausalito
  5. Walk along the water to Crissy Field
  6. Walk around the Baker Beach
  7. Visit the Beautiful Presidio

Tours Hours:

10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm,
1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm
Bridge walk is open between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Admission:

Adults: $12.95
Seniors (62+) and Juniors (6–17): $9.95
Kids (0–5): Free
Family (2 adults, 2 juniors): $40.00
Family + photo package: $55.00

The bridge is a tourist great attrction of such an magnitude that there are a number of overlooks around the city, which serve as viewpoints. The most popular site is the South Vista Point situated at the SF end of the bridge. Then there’s the North Vista Point on the Marin County side. A panoramic view of the bridge can be had from Land’s End, the northern tip of Lincoln Park. There’s another viewpoint at Baker Beach at Presidio Park and one at Conzelman Road on the Marin County side.

Surrounding the San Francisco Bay, the GGNRA is one of the most visited units in the National Park System. Over 13 million people come to this area each year to view the great red bridge, among other activities. There is no shortage of things to do in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. On a warm summer day, it’s not unusual to see people biking, rollerblading, and jogging on some of the countless well-maintained paths. In addition, photography is only one art form that is used to capture the majesty of the Golden Gate Bridge. Other artists employ paints, pencils, and sculpting clay to interpret the span.

The bridge is one of the most famous and beautiful bridges in the world because of its spectacular location, graceful lines, Art Deco detailing, and emblematic color. The Golden Gate remains one of San Francisco’s most iconic landmarks, stretching almost 2 miles to Marin County and soaring 4,200 feet above the bay.

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Nov 06

In 1914, San Bruno incorporated, is a city of San Mateo County, California, United States. The population of San Bruno in the 2010 census was 41,114.

San Bruno Mountain

San Bruno Mountain is the northern most part of the Santa Cruz Mountains which is located in northern San Mateo County, California. San Bruno Mountain lies within the 2,326-acre or 941 ha. There is San Bruno Mountain State Park is located as a unique open-space island in the midst of the San Francisco Peninsula’s urbanization. Next to the state park, there is Ecological Reserve in San Bruno Mountain on the North Slope which is 83-acre or 34 ha state which is near to the southern boundary of San Francisco, surrounded by the cities of South San Francisco, Daly City, Colma, and Brisbane.

San Bruno Mountain is surpassed by a four mile long ridge which gives you the expansive views of the San Francisco Bay Area. There are several radio broadcasting towers at the elevation of 1,319 feet or 402 meters that is the highest point. Radio broadcast towers are KTSF television, ION’s KKPX television and NBC’s KNTV Television, serving a huge area of hilly Bay Area region. The mountain is having home for many species belongs to rare species and plants which is in danger of extinction and endangered butterflies.

The whole Mountain was first determined by the Geological Survey of California in 1865, which was describing the place as a short range extending from Sierra Point to the Pacific Ocean. Even the San Bruno Mountain itself is consisting of two parallel north-west trending ranges which is united by a saddle at the northern end of Colma Canyon and separated by the Guadalupe Valley. The northern most range achieves a peak of 850 feet or 259 m and the southern range rises abruptly from Merced Valley at the south in a horizontal distance of only 0.8 miles or 1.3 km to reach radio peak. This southern range is often referred to as San Bruno Mountain., while the northern range is called the Crocker Hills.

 San Bruno Mountain and Nearby Areas

San Bruno Mountain

Sanatan Temple

If you are in require for spiritual needs then this temple is the right place which is based on Hinduism. Sanatan Temple is conveniently located and the best day to visit this temple is on Tuesday nights starting from 7:30 PM. The Sanatan Temple organized Ramayana katha, Bhajans, aarti and it followed by Mahaprasad or dinner. You will love the place with its peace and devotion. This temple also encourages many young devotees to participate in different activities. They have free YOGA, Sunday school for kids (Balvihar), senior programs and a free health clinic.
San Bruno Point Park

You can peek at the snowcapped mountains across the bay if the day is clear. At the time of night the sea and the sky mix together and suddenly you feel so small. At the right side you can see San Mateo Bridge and SF airport lights. If you look to the left, the Bay Bridge light comes. You can always see the city lights in front of you. Lanterns are strewn along the road to light the way, it ends up being mesmerizing. It is a shame that they tore down that part away, but it still made an unforgettable memory. Bring a loved one here, the nights are cold alone but the memories are unforgettable.

Golden Gate National Cemetery

From the 12miles or 20 km towards the south of San Francisco you will see The Golden Gate National Cemetery which is a U.S. National Cemetery in California, located in the city of San Bruno. Because of the name and location, it is frequently confused with San Francisco National Cemetery, which dates to the 19th century and is in the Presidio of San Francisco, in view of the Golden Gate. Around 1937, San Francisco residents voted to bar the opening of new cemeteries within the city proper and, as a result, the site for the new national cemetery was selected south of the city limits in adjacent San Mateo County.
In 1930s The Golden Gate was started and is one of a large number of U.S. Army-planned cemeteries. It was completed during the 1940s. They were designed specifically to provide abundant burial opportunities in locations around the nation in cities with very large veteran populations.

San Bruno Mountain is a great place to visit and enjoy with all of its attractions. Stay at the Howard Johnson hotel near San Francisco International Airport offering complimentary Breakfast and High Speed Internet and witness the beauty of San Bruno and San Francisco. The luxurious rooms of our San Francisco Airport hotel are fully equipped with Hair Dryer, Iron / Ironing Board, Coffee / Tea Maker, Microwave / Refrigerator and many more other amenities. To relax in these rooms after a busy and tiring day, make a reservation directly at http://www.hojosanbruno.com/guestrooms

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Sep 20

Golden Gate Bridge Jumilla 650X350 Dive into the Nightlife and attractions of San Francisco

The nightlife and attractions of San Francisco is as much diverse as San Francisco is and each club, lounge and bar in the neighborhood of San Francisco have different atmospheres. San Francisco offers a unique and plenty number of sources for entertainment from erotic lounges to trendy nightclubs.

The city boasts everything from ballets and opera to Irish pubs, hipster hangouts, piano bars, live music, cabaret, theatres, and more. There are plenty of other things that can be done once the sun sets over San Francisco. The bar scene is common place in San Francisco for both the locals and visitors.

The Mandarin Lounge is a great spot offering a hotel port for private conversation and great mixed drinks. If you’re looking for something a little more romantic, the Empire Flush Room is an ideal place hosted by vocalist, pianist and cabaret performers.

Other popular places where you can enjoy the San Francisco nightlife include: The North Beach, consisting of many strip clubs and historic beatnik bars.

Soma

SoMa caters to those seeking an upscale San Francisco nightlife experience. Dress to impress and head over to SOMA where you will find dance clubs, lounges, and electronic music. World-class DJs are in San Francisco regularly so plan on having an amazing night and check where the party will be.

  • Bars/Lounges: 1015 Folsom, Paradise Lounge, 111 Mina, Anu, Mezzanine
  • Restaurants: SupperClub, Ame, Basil Thai, Espetus Churrascaria, La Bricola

 

The Mission

This area is fabulously stylish, while still maintaining its grunge appeal. Here you’ll find cheap food, drinks and an abundance of popular 80′s music.

  • Bars: Zeitgeist, Delirium, The Elbo Room, Amnesia, Beauty Bar, Double Dutch
  • Restaurants: Delfina, El Cachanilla, Bar Tartine, Specchio, Bambino Cafe

 

Marina/Polk St

If you go to the Marina or Polk Street you will find an educated, young-professional crowd. Grab some great sushi, wine, and choose from an abundance of local bars for your drinking pleasures. Marina is great for the “Hollywood” types.

  • Bars: Bin 38, The Matrix, Circa, Amelie, S.N.O.B Wine Bar, R Bar
  • Restaurants: Isa, Zushi Puzzle, Mas Sake Sushi, Crusacean Restaurant

 

Union Square/Tenderloin

To the naked eye all this area has to offer is world-class shopping, surrounded by the not-so-glamorous Tenderloin. To the seasoned partier, this area is a gold mine for trendy SF nightlife.

  • Bars/ Music Venues: Ambassador, Ruby Skye, Rye, The Regency Ballroom
  • Restaurants: Michael Mina, E&O Trading Company, Masa’s, Gitane, First Crush

 

Lower Haight/Divisadero

If you want to keep it cheap and casual this is the perfect area to explore. You will find some of the best happy hour specials in the city on Divisadero. Once you’re done with Happy Hour grab a show at one of the awesome music venues.

  • Bars/ Music Venues: Fly Bar, The Fillmore, The Independent, Molotov’s
  • Restaurants: Little Star Pizza, Bean Bag Cafe, Nopalita, Green Chili Kitchen

 

Many music festivals are held here which includes indie rock, jazz, hip hop etc. Many bars and pubs offer live music at nights featuring great national singer or band. You can even enjoy dinner at the circus on the water front, Teatro Zinzanni, can also get pleasure from the Asian drag show.

The city bay also offers plenty of fun in the water including dinner dance cruises. Coming alive at night, you will hardly find yourself bored in San Francisco.

There are many places neighboring San Francisco which can be explored if you are looking for some fun around.

1. Union Square

Surrounded by palm trees, Union Square is an ideal place for shoppers, with Macy’s, Saks, Neiman Marcus, Levi, Virgin Megastore, FAO Schwarz, Gump’s and Britex Fabrics, along with boutiques for Coach, Bulgari, Cartier, Thomas Pink, Louis Vuitton, MaxMara, Emporio Armani, Diesel, Prada, Celine, Escada, Gucci, Guess, Hermes etc.

2. North Beach

Also known as San Francisco’s “Little Italy” this San Francisco neighborhood holds onto its legacy with the bohemian City Lights Bookstore. Plenty of opportunities, for night life, North Beach is an ideal place for people who love to hang out.

3. Noe Valley

Unlike North Beach, Noe Valley offer quaint cafes, craft boutiques and coffeehouses. You will simply love this neighborhood, if you are looking for a relaxed Way of life.

4. Chinatown

San Francisco’s very own Asian Hub. Here you come across an area bustling with activity and tightly packed with a flurry of Chinese restaurants, shops, temples and street vendors. So, if you are a food enthusiast, especially in Chinese food, then this would be the right place for you.

5. Fisherman’s Wharf

The wharf is a major tourist attraction with its collection of stores, restaurants and entertainment. The Ghirardelli Square and Pier 39 are some of the more popular shops and for your visit. The Maritime National Historical Park and Museum is also close by.

6. Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden gate bridge is one of the largest suspension bridges in the world and a symbol for the city. This major landmark connects the main city with Marin County.

San Francisco is a great place to visit and with all of the attractions of San Francisco, you just can’t go wrong. Stay at the Howard Johnson hotel near San Francisco International Airport offering complimentary Breakfast and High Speed Internet and witness the beauty of San Francisco.

The luxurious rooms of Howard Johnson hotel are fully equipped with Hair Dryer, Iron/Ironing Board, Coffee/Tea Maker, Microwave/Refrigerator and many more other amenities. To relax in these rooms after a busy and tiring day, make a reservation directly at http://www.hojosanbruno.com/guestrooms

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Jul 31

Painted Ladies of San Francisco are a row of vibrant Victorian houses located at 710–720 Steiner Street in San Francisco. This particular row of colorful houses was built between 1892 and 1896.

These Victorian-style houses are one of the countless numbers built in San Francisco during its growing at the end of the 19th century. Many of these old houses were lost during the 1906 San Francisco Earth quake, a large number of the mass-produced, moderate houses live through in the European and southeast communities of the city.

Around 48,000 houses in the Victorian and Edwardian styles were built in San Francisco, and many were painted in bright colors to accentuate their architectural details. Red, yellow, chocolate, orange, and other bright and loud colors were in fashion.

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