48 hours in . . . San Francisco, an insider guide to The City by the Bay

Though a tiny city – only seven miles by seven miles – its influence is as wide as its appeal is diverse. Within 24 hours, you could hike a coastal path with Silicon Valley billionaires; bargain in Chinatown's lantern-strung streets; and chow down on cheap tacos in the Latin-flavoured Mission District, where palms sway outside Art Deco movie palaces. Throw in a surplus of major landmarks – the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz island, cable cars, Lombard Street – and you've got a solid argument that this isn't just the States' best-looking city. It's simply the best.

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