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If I had won the Powerball this past week (don't lie, I know you are disappointed that you didn't win, too), I would have gone to San Francisco for this up and coming holiday. Seriously, that is my favorite city to visit, live, stop by, vacation, etc.
So, since I can't afford to take that vacation this Christmas, I decided to torment myself more, by planning the vacation that I wish I could take using GoGoBot.com. GoGoBot allows you to create your dream vacation and check out other people's reviews at the same time, so you know that you are getting both a good deal and a good time.
Now, back to the vacation I wish I was taking...
First, where would I stay?
If you have ever been to the city (or if you have never been and you want to go), you know that the best places to stay are near either Union Square or Pier 39 (yes it's a tourist trap, but come on, you know you want to see those sea lions). If I wanted to stay near Union Square in particular, the Hilton in San Francisco received a four star review and it's only $158 a night (which is not bad at all, by the way).
But, if I wanted to increase my spending just a bit (hey, I can dream, can't I?) I would stay at the Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf. This is right by the pier and it's received almost 5 stars on reviews on GoGoBot.com. Isn't that incredible? Yes, it's $204 a night, but if you want to stay by the pier and have an amazing vacation in San Francisco, this is the place to stay.
Oh my, okay...so I have only been to this particular restaurant a couple of times when I lived in the Bay Area. But this is one of the hidden gems in San Francisco. This restaurant is called, "Scoma's." It isn't necessarily an easy find, but it's off the wharf and it has incredible seafood. You know what? This received five star reviews on the GoGoBot.com and there is a reason for it. This is a must go restaurant for anyone who visits the city. You must go to Scoma's. Must. Go. Scoma's.
Well, where would I go while I'm there?
Okay, first - Fisherman's Wharf. I know, I know, it's extremely touristy and always very crowded, but you know what? They have Ghiradelli's Chocolate there!! I'm a sucker for chocolate, you all know that. Plus, they have a beautiful bookstore that overlooks the water and I'm more than a sucker for books.
And first and foremost, if you are in the city, it's an absolute must that you visit the Golden Gate Bridge. You cannot leave without seeing that amazing icon of the city (but if you decide to walk across, be prepared to be out of breath by the time you reach the other side).
Pier 39, without a doubt should be on your list as well. From the barking sea lions that draws everyone's attention to the cute little shops, it's really easy to spend your day there. Trust me, it's always super crowded, but it's definitely worth it. Plus, the performing street artists surrounding the pier are worth seeing as well.
Finally my last suggestion is Union Square. This is the ultimate in shopping experience, so make sure you bring your spending money. You can spend the whole weekend exploring this part of the city and if there is any place that makes me wish I won that lottery, it's Union Square.
Well, this was my dream vacation! Make sure to create yours at GoGoBot.com! Gogobot allows you to tap into the knowledge of your friends when planning a trip anywhere. You can find like-minded travelers and inspiration for your next vacation, creating easy-to-use wishlists you can return to again and again.